Colchester United face Grimsby Town at the JobServe Community Stadium this afternoon with the club in desperate need of three points.

The U’s Sky Bet League Two play-off hopes have been fading in recent weeks with John McGreal’s side in poor form and another defeat would virtually end their chances of a top seven finish.

Out of form Grimsby Town are the visitors to Essex this afternoon. The Mariners haven’t won for nine matches but have reached the 50-point marker which has ensured their English Football League place for another season.

Ahead of the match, we take a look at the facts and figures which surround previous meetings between Colchester United and Grimsby Town.

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3 – Grimsby Town visit the JobServe Community Stadium for just the third time this afternoon. They have failed to win on either of their previous two trips to Essex

39 – Grimsby Town’s number 39, Wes Thomas, was on target as they defeated Colchester United 1-0 at Blundell Park in the reverse fixture in October

4 – Colchester United have failed to win any of their last four meetings with Grimsby Town

10 – The two sides are separated by 10 points in the Sky Bet League Two table. Colchester United are ninth while Grimsby Town currently occupy 17th position

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1974 – Colchester United’s biggest victory over Grimsby Town came in 1974 when they were 5-0 winners at Layer Road

20 – The U’s recorded 20 shots on goal in the reverse fixture at Blundell Park in October but they were unable to find the back of the net as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat

1972 – Grimsby Town’s last victory at Colchester United came in 1972 when they won 1-0 at Layer Road. Midfielder Lew Chatterley netted the only goal of the game that day

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8 – Just eight of the 35 meetings between these two sides have ended level. Only two of those eight matches ended goalless

1 – Despite being eight places below Colchester United in the league table, Grimsby Town have conceded just one goal more than the Essex club

3,016 – The crowd recorded for last season’s meeting at the JobServe Community Stadium was 3,016. That figure is expected to be bettered this afternoon as the two sides contest a Good Friday fixture

This afternoon’s match is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm with admission available on the day for both sets of fans.

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I am Dan Pentland a writer and reporter for The72 and Chelsea Presser websites and editor and owner of FAWSL Full-Time magazine. Regularly reporting from EFL matches, FAWSL fixtures and various internationals. Completed the 92 in 2015! Contact me on Twitter @danpentlandpcuk or via E-mail [email protected]