TOWN will be gunning for revenge when Grimsby visit in the FA Cup second round on Saturday week.
Alan Buckley’s League II strugglers, who beat Andy Ritchie’s men 4-1 in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first-round tie at Blundell Park earlier in the season, claimed another League I scalp by defeating current leaders Carlisle 1-0 in their FA Cup first-round replay.
Grimsby had come within five minutes of victory in the first match in Cumbria, which finished 1-1, and Gary Jones’ crisp 62nd-minute finish clinched last night’s triumph.
Ritchie’s assistant John Dungworth watched the tie.
It will be the third time the clubs have met in the FA Cup.
Grimsby were 1-0 first-round winners at Blundell Park back in 1974-75 while Town claimed a 3-0 third-round triumph at Leeds Road in 1989-90.
While Leeds suffered a shock exit at the hands of League II Hereford, who won 1-0 at Elland Road, Saturday’s Galpharm visitors Leyton Orient were frustrated by the late call-off of their replay at Bristol Rovers (waterlogged).
Rotherham were beaten 3-1 at home to Forest Green, but Barrow suffered a 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth after extra-time.
Meanwhile, Town keeper Alex Smithies played the first half as England Under 18s beat Ghana 2-0 in last night’s friendly at Gillingham.
Smithies will be on duty for Town in tonight’s FA Youth Cup second-round tie at Tranmere (preview Page 54).