Braintree Town vs Grimsby: Walker set for Braintree brow
Dan Walker is set to make his Braintree debut when they play host to high-flying Grimsby.
The 22-year-old midfielder joined on a one-month loan from Luton on Thursday and is expected to go straight into the starting XI.
But manager Alan Devonshire has a dilemma on his hands following last weekend's 3-2 win over Telford and could be tempted to name an unchanged side.
Goalkeeper Danny Naisbitt is expected to miss a further two weeks with an ankle injury so Nathan McDonald will continue in goal.
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Sam Habergham returned from a dead leg against Telford and is likely to continue in defence after suffering no adverse reaction.
Devonshire admitted his side will have to "out-work" Town when they meet in front of the television cameras on Friday.
"To have a chance we're going to have to out-work them as a team," he told the Grimsby Telegraph. "We aren't going to be as good as them individually so it's about being a strong collective unit - we've got to be on it."
Grimsby bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst could make changes.
Striker Ross Hannah is expected to make his first league start since making his loan stay from Bradford permanent.
The Mariners chiefs must decide whether to partner him with loanee Richard Brodie or recall Andy Cook.
Cook was left on the bench for last weekend's FA Trophy win at Welling but could be restored to the starting XI.
Fellow loanee Jamie Devitt is expected to retain his place in midfield and Hurst believes there is more to come from the duo.
"Dev is excellent on the left-hand side," he told the Grimsby Telegraph. "We just need to get him a little bit fitter, which will come naturally. It was a heavy and slopping pitch at Welling, and in the second half up the hill it took its toll on him.
"Richard is awkward to play against and he's seeing now what we expect and what we want from him. But there will be much more to come, which is a great sign for us."