Grimsby Borough expecting big turnout for Gainsborough Trinity tie
BRADLEY Community Stadium is set to host another big crowd when Grimsby Borough welcome Gainsborough Trinity tomorrow evening (7.45pm).
Steve Housham's Blue Square Bet North side, including former Mariners Michael Leary and Lee Ridley, are the latest high-profile opponents for Borough.
Having already faced Grimsby Town and Harrogate as part of their pre-season build-up, the Wilderness Boys are ready for another thorough examination.
And joint-boss Nigel Fanthorpe believes it is ideal preparation for the Northern Counties East League season.
He told the Telegraph: "These are great friendlies for us and our fans – rather than playing teams at our level which we didn't want to do, we're taking on sides from further up the ladder.
"That shows our lads the type of quality we need to be aiming at.
"Playing against the likes of the Mariners, Harrogate and now Gainsborough is really opening the lads' eyes to the levels we need to aspire to.
"We're looking for a good turnout there and Gainsborough have ex-Town players like Michael Leary and Lee Ridley in their team, so that should add to the interest."
Trinity drew with the Mariners at Northolme earlier this month, and Fanthorpe appreciates the challenge ahead.
He added: "We know Steve Housham from his Brigg days, so we had a chat with him and he was very happy to bring a team over to play at Bradley.
"It will be a tough game because they're another Conference North side.
"They'll be coming on a mission to step up their preparations, so it will be a real challenge for us as we look to the first game of the season."
The Borough joint-boss will be keen to see his side get back on track against Gainsborough after a 2-1 home defeat to Winterton Rangers on Friday evening
The visitors raced into a 2-0 lead with a long-range strike and another from the penalty spot.
John Taylor scored a consolation goal for the Widnerness Boys with a quickly taken free-kick.