Date: 8th January 2008 at 10:17am
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Stockport County take on Grimsby Town in the Northern Area Semi-Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this evening, with one of the sides just three games away from Wembley.

Grimsby visited Edgeley Park in the league just a few weeks ago, with that game ending 1-1. A similar result tonight would see the game head straight to penalties.

Kick off is at 7:15pm, with the earlier start to try and attract more children to Edgeley Park.

It is County’s first home game of the competition this season, with County coming through to this stage via a bye, and then good away wins at Macclesfield and Carlisle United.

Tickets are cheaper than normally with season ticket holders getting in for just £5, and normal adults getting in for the cheaper price of £10.

Vital Quotes:

Jim Gannon on County’s three straight wins: ‘There’s a real confidence culture about them at the moment – long may it continue.’

Stockport County Team News:

Rob Clare, Ashley Williams and Matty McNeil are all still injured. Dominic Blizzard is unlikely to feature and should train later in the week.

Gareth Owen picked up an injury on Saturday and James Tunnicliffe is likely to come in for his first start of the season in central defence.

Jimmy McNulty is cup tied after being part of the team that County beat 1-0 earlier in the competition.

Leon McSweeney could get his home debut, although Gary Dicker is likely to continue in central midfield. Liam Dickinson and Anthony Elding should continue upfront.

Conrad Logan is allowed to play in the JPT.

Player to watch: Conrad Logan

Been a big part of County’s three game run with some fantastic saves. He could be the hero tonight, with a clean sheet at least ensuring that the game would go to penalties should County not score.

If it did go to penalties, then Logan could be the hero….

Grimsby Town Team News:

Martin Butler and Sam Hird are both cup tied.

Ex County man Danny Boshell missed out through injury on Saturday but could come back into the side.

Ciaran Toner may feature, but faces a late fitness test.

Player to watch: Danny Boshell

The ex County man didn’t have a very good game at Edgeley Park a few weeks ago in the league and he will be looking to make up for it tonight. He will look to show the County fans exactly what he can do.

Match Facts & Stats

William Hill are quoting;

Home Win 19/20

Away Win 9/4

The draw 23/10

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Ref Watch:

Mr Jones is tonights official. He took charge of County’s 2-1 away win at Rochdale in early November this season.

Next Fixtures:

STOCKPORT COUNTY V Accrington Stanley – Saturday.