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20 July 2015

A look forward to the third First Team pre-season friendly

- Huddersfield Town's First Team to take on Grimsby Town
- Pre-season friendly at Blundell Park on Tuesday night
- Both sides have 100% records going into match

Huddersfield Town’s First Team is back in action on Tuesday evening in a pre-season friendly at Grimsby Town; 7.30pm kick-off.

After Saturday’s 2-0 win over Leyton Orient in Spain, Chris Powell stated that the midweek game at Blundell Park would be his team’s toughest of pre-season so far.

Looking at Grimsby’s record in pre-season so far, it’s easy to see why. Like Powell’s men, Grimsby boasts a 100% record in matches – with one of the Mariners’ four wins coming over Sky Bet Championship side Derby County.

Managed by Paul Hurst, Grimsby will be hoping to go one step further after a good season ended in heartbreak in 2014/15. Having finished third in the Vanarama National League, Hurst’s side reached the Play-Off Final - only to miss out on promotion back into the Football League on a penalty shootout against Bristol Rovers after 120 minutes.

Hurst has already set about revitalising his squad, and two names in particular have been grabbing the headlines during pre-season. 

Irish striker Padraig Amond has arrived after being released by Morecambe and has hit the ground running, netting five goals in the Club’s four pre-season friendly wins to date.

Another summer signing has two pre-season goals; Nathan Arnold. The attacker played for Grimsby on loan in 2014/15 and has now joined permanently, having been named in the National League ‘Team of the Year’ for his first year as a Grimsby player. 

A couple of other names familiar to Town fans have joined Grimsby during the closed season; tall former Rotherham and Hartlepool left winger Andy Monkhouse, now 34, and speedy right-sided midfielder Marcus Marshall, another ex-Morecambe man.

Here is Grimsby Town’s pre-season record ahead of Tuesday night’s game:

Cleethorpes Town (A); 4-0 win (Padraig Amond 2, Jon-Paul Pittman, Omar Bogle)
Derby County (H); 2-1 win (Padraig Amond, Craig Clay)
North Ferriby United (A); 2-1 win (Nathan Arnold, Jon-Paul Pittman)
Gainsborough Trinity (A); 3-1 win (Padraig Amond 2, Nathan Arnold)

The Terriers played Grimsby at Blundell Park (DN35 7PZ) as recently as January 2014 in a dramatic, televised FA Cup encounter. On that day goals from Ross Hannah and Craig Disley, who is still Grimsby Captain – punctuated by an Oliver Norwood strike – had given the hosts a 2-1 lead going into the final four minutes, only for a late Martin Paterson strike and a dramatic Aswad Thomas own goal to give Town a 3-2 win and passage to round four. 

Ticket news

Click HERE for admission information for Tuesday night’s game.

Can’t make it on Tuesday night? Town’s official Twitter account, @htafcdotcom, will have live in-game updates!

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