Grimsby v Scunthorpe, 1pm
9 November ~ Today the whole of northern Lincolnshire will come to a standstill for a few hours while fans from Binbrook to Bottesford come together to watch the region’s premier football clubs do battle in the first round of the FA Cup. Over eight years have passed since Grimsby and Scunthorpe’s last proper meeting in what is now League Two – a 0-0 draw at Blundell Park in April 2005. In those nine seasons supporters of both clubs have had to pretend to be excited by matches in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup.
As the teams have only played in the league in three seasons over the past 30 years, an entire generation of Mariners and Iron fans have entered adulthood without sampling the excitement of their local derby. The Mariners’ form this season has been generally good. Paul Hurst appears to have taken to being a sole boss well since the club decided to part company with his co-manager Rob Scott in September and his team are currently fourth in the Skrill Premier having had three straight victories. Brian Laws' Scunthorpe are eighth in League Two but only four points off the top after claiming a good point at third-placed Chesterfield last weekend and look to have recovered from the 4-1 humbling at York ten days ago.
As everything appears to be in place for it to be a great match, it's all the more baffling that ITV have plumped for Skrill South Bishop’s Stortford’s game against Northampton for live coverage tomorrow. I suppose Clive Tyldesley had already started making his notes on the Stortford players’ part time jobs before they had even noticed the fixture taking place on the south bank of the river Humber. Shame. Edward Wright