Grimsby travel to Meadow Lane to face Notts County this weekend for the second match week in League Two. Notts County had a less-than-ideal start to the season and will be desperate to get their first points in League Two, whereas though Grimsby have a point on the board, they’ll be looking to get their first win of the season this weekend.
Notts County currently sit rock bottom of the League Two table after a disastrous start to their first season in League Two since the 2018/19 season. After a heavy loss in the opening game, Notts County’s goal difference took a hit, leaving them with an undesirable negative four-goal difference, the worst in the league so far.
The Magpies started their campaign away to Sutton United where they were systematically taken apart. Sutton were immediately on the front foot, with Joseph Mohamed Kizzi scored within the first two minutes. This awful start was then compounded by Aidan Stone picking up a straight red card for a foul, before Omari Patrick doubled Sutton’s lead before half time. Patrick picked up another goal along with Harry Beautyman before Notts County could reply through David McGoldrick. However, Harry Smith scored for Sutton handing Notts County a 5 - 1 thrashing on their return.
Notts County drew Lincoln City in the First Round of the League Cup where yet again The Magpies had to play with ten men with Aden Baldwin being shown a red card in the second half. Lincoln City finished the game with a 2 - 0 win with goals from Sean Roughan and Less Sorensen ending Notts County’s League Cup journey at the First Round.
The Mariners started their League Two campaign at home against Wimbledon. Despite having 15 shots, Grimsby could only manage five shots on target and could convert zero of those shots as they played out a 0 - 0 draw with Wimbledon. Grimsby dominated the game against Wimbledon, completing almost double the amount of passes as the visitors but were just unable to find the back of the net.
Grimsby faced fellow League Two side Mansfield Town in the First Round of the League Cup. After a poor back pass and poor touch from Grimsby goalkeeper Harvey Cartwright, he brought down Mansfield’s Lucas Akins who converted the resulting penalty. Rhys Oates then doubled Mansfield’s lead to give them the 2 - 0 win that sealed their spot in the Second Round.
Notts County and Grimsby have a very storied history with the sides meeting an impressive 85 times. Grimsby have the better record of the two winning the fixture 36 times in comparison to Notts County’s 28 wins. However, there have also been a high number of draws in this fixture, with the teams sharing the points 21 times.
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