Let's build from the back – Grimsby Borough bosses
JOINT Grimsby Borough boss Nigel Fanthorpe wants another resolute defensive display when promotion-hunting AFC Emley visit Bradley tomorrow in search of revenge (3pm).
The Wilderness Boys came from behind to beat Emley 2-1 away from home in their reverse Baris Northern Counties East League Division One fixture back in September.
Ahead of tomorrow's rematch, Borough are looking to build on their solid display in a goalless home draw last Tuesday night against Eccleshill United, who had won four games on the bounce going into the tie.
The improvement at the back came after a 4-3 home defeat against Rossington Main last Saturday.
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They will be delighted to keep another clean sheet tomorrow as Emley boast the league's top-scorer in Ashley Flynn, who has netted 37 goals in all competitions this season.
Fanthorpe said: "The game against Eccleshill wasn't a classic but it was a resolute display by us.
"They had quite a few new players in and were a very good side.
"But we got our heads together and defended very well – it was a good clean sheet and a good point.
"That's the remit for tomorrow now. We're really looking forward to it.
"We're up for it, without any shadow of a doubt."
The joint boss added: "It was pleasing to win at Emley earlier this season. Not many teams have done that.
"They have two big centre-backs over 6ft and have pace up front, along with a striker that's scored almost 40 goals.
"Against Eccleshill, we got the ball up to the forwards a bit quicker rather than dwelling on it between the back and midfield.
"We stretched them a bit, which helped us with our defending.
"We'll need to do that again tomorrow, or we'll be beaten."
With Grimsby Town in action tonight as opposed to their usual Saturday afternoon berth, the Borough bosses are hoping for a good turnout at the Bradley Community Stadium tomorrow.
"Hopefully it's a nice day and a few more fans will pop down to support us," he said.
Borough's injury doubts going into the game are Jake Thompson (knee), Jim Archer (calf) and Shaun Baker (illness).