'It's all about three points tomorrow', says Grimsby Borough joint boss Nigel Fanthorpe
JOINT manager Nigel Fanthorpe says taking all three points is the only thing that matters tomorrow as his Grimsby Borough side prepare to face Bottesford (3pm).
After the cancellation of last weekend's fixture at home to Northern Counties East League (NCEL) Division One leaders, Athersley Recreation, Borough have now been out of action for three weeks.
And while it may take a while for Grimsby to shake off their rust, Fanthorpe thinks a trip to Scunthorpe will be enough to entice his players.
He said: "We know what Bottesford are all about, so we know how to approach the game. They are very close to us in the table, but do have a couple more games to play before the end of the season.
"It's a good chance for us to travel there and look for three points – we will attempt to be at them from the off. Our players are really looking forward to it.
"We managed to beat them 3-0 earlier in the season, but I actually thought they were the better side – I told their lads and manager that after the home match in October.
"It is that stage in the season where we have to focus primarily on results. If we win by playing well, or win it ugly, all that matters is that we pick up three points."
Having not played since the 2-1 defeat to Emley on March 2, the Borough squad are fresh and raring to go ahead of their trip down the A180.
Boosted by the return of Danny Grant – who left the club for Cleethorpes Town at the beginning of the season – co-bosses Fanthorpe and Steve Newby have plenty of options available to them.
Grimsby, who currently sit 15th in the table, have eight matches left in Division One.
With 12 points separating Fanthorpe's men from the relegation places, though, their NCEL status has almost certainly been secured.