Grimsby Town Vs Chesterfield, Tue 13 Apr 2010


Defender Joe Widdowson and striker John-Louis Akpa Akpro are slight doubts for Grimsby ahead of the visit of Chesterfield.

Both players sustained knocks during the crucial 1-0 win over Hereford on Saturday but Mariners manager Neil Woods thinks they should be fit.

An Achilles problem ruled out Lee Peacock at Edgar Street and the forward is again struggling.

Woods has options should he wish to make changes. Defenders Jude Stirling and Paul Linwood, midfielders Peter Sweeney and Michael Leary, and forwards Adrian Forbes and Adam Proudlock will all be hoping for recalls to the starting line-up.

Ahead of the game, Woods said: "Obviously it is another big game - they are all big games - but it leads us to the even bigger game, which is Torquay on Saturday.

"That would put us in a position to actually affect one of the clubs around us, but first and foremost we have got to concentrate on Chesterfield. We have got a lot of belief, the players have always had that, so we will go and try to win another game on Tuesday night."

Chesterfield striker Barry Conlon is unable to play against his former club.

Conlon joined the Spireites on loan from Town in January before agreeing to cancel his contract at Blundell Park and signing for John Sheridan`s side until the end of the season.

Part of the deal was that the 31-year-old would not be allowed to play against the Mariners.

Drew Talbot has suffered a bang to the head and is set to undergo a scan, so Scott Boden is likely to replace Conlon. However, fellow youngster Jordan Bowery is also in contention to partner Jack Lester.

Lester made his first start since the end of January following a knee injury against Dagenham on Saturday. He is a little stiff after completing the full 90 minutes but he is expected to be involved, and probably start, against the club where he started his career.

Defender Dan Gray returns to the squad after missing the last two matches with a knock.

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