PREVIEW | Bradford to visit for final group match

After ending our losing run in Sky Bet League Two with four points in a week thanks to our victory over Barrow and draw at Tranmere, we return to EFL Trophy action tomorrow for our final Group Stage match with Bradford City visiting Blundell Park (7:30pm kick-off).

Team News

Manager Paul Hurst confirmed that he will be without as many as ten players for tomorrow night’s match, including Donovan Wilson after the striker’s full debut on Saturday ended when he left the action in the first half with a groin issue.

That figure includes Otis Khan being away on international duty with Pakistan, as well as a further member of the squad absent due to personal reasons. Hurst was keen to point out that a number of those who are unavailable for tomorrow’s match should be available on Saturday when we host Accrington Stanley at Blundell Park.

While not keen to name all those unavailable, Hurst shared that midfielder Harry Clifton (ankle) and Toby Mullarkey are two who will be absent, further adding that the latter has been playing with a minor issue in the last few weeks with Hurst keen to see whether a break from action will enable him to play on Saturday.

Striker Rekeil Pyke, fresh from scoring his first league goal for the Club, could be a further absentee with further discussions and checks due to take place following training today.

Bradford City

Our visitors head to North East Lincolnshire for the second meeting between the two sides already this term with the first – a league encounter in West Yorkshire last month – ending in a 1-1 draw following a late equaliser from the hosts.

After a defeat to Tranmere Rovers last week saw the club relieve manager Mark Hughes of his duties, Bradford picked up an impressive three points at the weekend when they defeated Swindon Town under the stewardship of caretaker Kevin McDonald, their first league win in four.

Currently sitting two points and four places above the Mariners in League Two, Bradford are yet to play this season in the EFL Trophy while this will be the Mariners’ final group match.

The Bantams’ top goalscorer this season is Andy Cook who, after missing four games through August and September, has five to his name.


Supporters in the UK and overseas will be able to watch the match live on Mariners TV for just £10 with match passes available HERE.



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