Grimsby Town Vs Barnet, Sat 1 May 2010


Grimsby are waiting nervously on the fitness of several players ahead of the crucial clash with relegation rivals Barnet.

Defender Olly Lancashire (shin), midfielder Peter Sweeney (back) and striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (thigh) are nursing injuries following the 2-0 victory at Darlington last weekend.

Meanwhile, Lee Peacock has yet to train this week due to an ear and throat infection.

On loan midfielder Dean Sinclair (hamstring) has been receiving treatment at parent club Charlton. He has resumed light training but remains a doubt.

Second-from-bottom Grimsby are four points behind Barnet and must win if they are to take their fight for Football League survival to the final day of the season.

Paul Fairclough is hoping to have striker Jake Hyde available as he prepares to pick his first Barnet team since December 2008 for the huge game.

Fairclough has returned to the helm after Ian Hendon was sacked in midweek following the 1-0 defeat at Accrington which left the Bees in relegation danger.

The Bees have lost their last five games and Grimsby are now just four points behind with two games to go. Fairclough needs a point on Saturday to guarantee survival and send the Mariners into non-league football.

Hyde has missed the last three games with an ankle injury but could return while defender Ismail Yakubu remains sidelined with his back problem.

Fellow defender Daniel Leach is struggling with food poisoning but Gary Breen - who will continue as assistant manager - is fit to play.

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