Grimsby Town preparing for tough test against new boys Dartford
JOINT Grimsby Town boss Rob Scott is preparing his side to take on an 'unknown quantity' tomorrow.
After coming through what was, on paper, a tough September with games against some of the league's so-called 'bigger sides', the Mariners kick-off October against a team that have certainly raised a few eyebrows.
Dartford have been the surprise package so far this season following their promotion from the Blue Square Bet South.
The Kent outfit sit fifth in the table – one point and one place above the Mariners – and visit Blundell Park looking for their fifth win from seven games.
And with Town also on a good run of form, Scott is expecting a tight game against a team he says will be full of confidence.
"Dartford have had an excellent start to their season" he said.
"They've come into this league on a real high having been promoted from the league below last time out.
"But they're a bit of an unknown quantity with regards to this league.
"As always we've done our homework and it's clear to see they've had an excellent start so they'll come to Blundell Park brimming with confidence.
"They're quite a big, strong side and they've been together a while now and they've added a couple of players at the start of the season, but they are a well-organised, well-drilled team.
"They've got a goal-scoring threat in Adam Birchall and Harry Crawford, who was banging in the goals last season.
"They will be a hard-working team and will provide tough opponents.
"But it's down to us to focus on what we can do.
"We'll need to show those same qualities that we have been doing of late.
"We'll have to be hard-working, well-disciplined defensively but at the same time inventive and fast-paced in an attacking sense.
"We want them to show everything they have been doing in recent weeks."
Scott says a win at home tomorrow would turn what was already a good point last time out at Newport into an excellent one – as his side look to be among the promotion contender come the end of the season.
He said: "Newport was a slightly different game in that it was away against a team second in the league – you can't go into every game expecting to win three or four nil – you have to be disciplined and defend right, which we did.
"In recent games we've shown that cutting edge and that perhaps wasn't quite there against Newport.
"If you can pick up a point away at teams towards the top of the league, like we did at Newport, and win your games at home, you'll always give yourselves a chance. You need to average two points a game to be promotion contenders.
"If we're picking up draws and wins away from home here and there and can couple that with strong form at home, then we stand a good chance.
"If we can pick up four points from our last two games then it will be a great return."