Show no fear to Hereford, says Grimsby Town's Joe Colbeck
GRIMSBY Town's inside man says they have nothing to fear when they get into the ring with The Bulls on Saturday.
Joe Colbeck, who spent two years with Hereford before their relegation last season, is now gearing up for a return to Edgar Street with his new team-mates.
And while he admits that his former team have been "flying" since their drop into the Blue Square Bet Premier, he says that Town should go there with confidence – especially after a morale-boosting first win of the season against Mansfield on Monday.
The 26-year-old, who grabbed his first Grimsby goal in that game, said: "Every one of us was on our game against Mansfield and that showed in the performance.
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"The longer you're waiting for that first win, the harder it gets and the boys have felt the pressure. But to go out and play the way we did on Monday was brilliant.
"If we'd have won the first game against Southport – I think we'd have won three on the bounce, but as it was, it knocked our confidence and we were a bit unsure of ourselves in the next few games.
"But after Monday's result, we're now going to Hereford on a bit of a bounce.
"Confidence hasn't been particularly high after a pretty poor start to the season but getting that first win has boosted it massively and that will help against a strong side like Hereford.
"I've got mixed feelings about it but I'm excited to go back there.
"You never know what sort of reception you're going to get when you go back to an old club. You might get some boos or you might get some cheers – it will probably be a bit of a mix for me."
He laughed: "It might be just a bit of friendly banter or they might actually mean it!"
Should Rob Scott and Paul Hurst ask him, Colbeck will be only too happy to share what inside knowledge he does have on Hereford, although he is the first to admit that a lot has changed since his time at Edgar Street.
"When Hereford went down, there was a bit of a feeling of 'what are they going to be like this year?' but they've started off absolutely flying," he added.
"There was opportunity to re-sign for them at the end of the season but I wanted to come to Grimsby.
"It's good to see them doing well but obviously I want to play well against them and beat them.
"It was sad seeing them go down because I have a lot of friends there but all that goes out the window tomorrow when I go back there with Grimsby.
"I'm sure the gaffers will be asking me about some of the key players that Hereford have got, but it's a completely different team there now.
"I know a couple of players that are still there but there's no reason for us to fear anyone."