Grimsby Borough and Cleethorpes Town ready for battle
GRIMSBY Borough go head-to-head with Cleethorpes Town tomorrow night in what promises to be a fiercely-fought derby match.
The two sides – who along with Louth Town are the area's top amateur football teams – will do battle at the Bradley Community Stadium (7.45pm) in the Baris Northern Counties East League division one.
There promises to be a good crowd for the hotly-anticpated face-off.
Grimsby Borough boss Nigel Fanthorpe said: "It's going to be a big game for the area. Hopefully, we will get a big crowd in so it should be a good atmosphere.
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"Cleethorpes have done really well with it being their first season at this level – they've adapted well.
"I think they've seen that this league is unforgiving – the bottom sides can always beat the teams at the top of the league – so it's all about being consistent.
"It's quite a strong area for the Northern Counties with ourselves, Cleethorpes and Louth, who have just hit the top of the table, so we'll be looking to put a good advert on for the league.
"Both ourselves and Cleethorpes play good football so I can't see it being anything other than a great game.
Cleethorpes Town boss Andy Liddle, pictured, said: "It's a big game for the area – probably the biggest derby ever at this level.
"We are both struggling of late but in derbies, the formbook goes out the window – it's about who wants it more. If we were top of the league and they were bottom, it would still be a very tough game.
"Borough are one of the most experienced teams in the league and know what it's about. We'll have to give them respect.
"It'll be man on man, grit for grit.
"We're on a bad run, but I'm still encouraged by our performances – we've only played badly in two of our games so far this season."
Tickets for tomorrow's game are £3 for adults, £2 concessions. Children can go for £1 if accompanied by a responsible adult.
Match reports from Saturday's matches on page 38