In-form Grimsby Borough aim for hat-trick of wins
NO-one can touch Grimsby Borough if they continue the fine form that's delivered back-to-back wins.
That's the view of Wilderness Boys joint boss Nigel Fanthorpe after his team's impressive victories over AFC Emley and Teversal.
Borough can make it three on the bounce at home to Askern Villa in the Northern Counties East League Division One tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
And Fanthorpe and co-boss Steve Newby are hoping their players can again produce the goods that have shot Borough up to seventh in the table.
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"The most pleasing thing about the last two games has been the performances," said Fanthorpe.
"We've changed the formation and it's been some of the best football we've played all season.
"It's another big ask tomorrow. You never know what you're going to get with Askern. If we produce the form from our last two games again, we'll have no problem. But football isn't like that.
"We'll have to keep emphasising to the players that it's about crossing that white line and giving '110 per cent'."
Only centre-midfielder Lewis Buckthorp will be unavailable for Borough tomorrow. He has a hamstring strain.
But Jim Archer, who recently joined from Louth, has impressed in the middle of the park as Borough have switched to a 4-4-2 formation and enjoyed success.
After a disappointing 2-0 defeat to derby rivals Cleethorpes Town, Borough triumphed 2-1 at AFC Emley last Saturday and 1-0 at home to Teversal in midweek.
Fanthorpe added: "In the Cleethorpes Town game we never got going. It was a pathetic performance.
"But the response at Emley was great, and to back it up against Teversal – a big side tipped to win the league – was even better. We matched them and ran them into the ground all over the pitch.
"The work-rate, the commitment and desire in the last two games has been outstanding.
"When we have lost the ball, we have been back in shape quickly as a team – everyone has been running; we haven't had any lazy players. If we perform like we have done the last games, there's no-one in this league that can touch us."