Southport host Grimsby Town at the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Saturday looking to continue an improved run of form which has seen them lose only one of their last six matches.

The Sandgrounders go into the match on the back of three straight draws having come from behind to earn a late point at Guiseley on Tuesday night courtesy of a Louis Almond equaliser.

Grimsby, who were regarded as one of the pre-season favourites for promotion having been beaten in last season’s play-off final, currently sit in ninth place after a mixed start to the season.

Paul Hurst’s team have only lost two of their opening 12 matches but no side in the division has drawn more games. Like Southport, their last three matches have ended all-square.

“It’ll be a case of carrying on how we’ve been playing over the past few weeks,” said Port manager Paul Carden.

“We watched Grimsby last week against Tranmere and we know the threats they pose but we also know the threats we can pose as we’ve proved in our recent matches.

“Louis Almond has been in great form and we’re hoping he can continue that but it’s not just him because there are other players who are in good form at the moment. We’ve got lads in the team who are playing really well.”

Captain Luke Foster serves the final part of his three-match ban, while Mike Phenix is also suspended. Andy Bishop will again be unavailable due to an ankle injury.

“We’ve been disappointed at drawing at home to Tranmere and away at Halifax but if you were offered those points at the start of the season you would probably have taken them,” Carden added.

“It shows our level of expectancy when we’re now disappointed with these results. I’ve said it a few times in recent weeks but we’re a good team with good players and it’s down to us to prove it.”

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