McArdle looking forward to ‘spicy’ cup tie against Grimsby

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Iron Captain Rory McArdle is keen to secure three points in Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy group game, when his side host local rivals Grimsby Town.

Saturday’s loss to high-flyers Shrewsbury Town has left the fanbase feeling a little glum, but a win against Grimsby, even in the widely-boycotted Checkatrade Trophy, would surely replenish a few of those vacant smiles.

The Mariners travel to Glanford Park sitting 15th in Sky Bet League Two, on the back of a 0-0 draw with their other local rivals, Lincoln City, on Saturday.

Speaking to United’s iFollow Iron account, McArdle said: “For everyone that’s involved, it’s another game.

“With it being against a local rival, it adds that little bit of spice. Once you get out and the game starts, everyone who’s there wants to win.

“Hopefully the fans will come out. It’s still a derby and hopefully both sets of fans will turn out and create a good atmosphere.”

Although much has been said about the current Trophy format, McArdle was keen to focus on the fact that should his side progress far enough, they will be rewarded with a trip to play at Wembley.

“You want to progress as far as possible. The final is at Wembley and as you start progressing, it can have a positive impact for a club.

“The earlier we can get the points on the board will put us in a better position because we want to progress through the rounds.”

The 30-year-old defender was grateful for Tuesday’s game, as it gives United the chance to put right any wrongs from Saturday’s disappointing defeat at the New Meadow.

“It was a little bit different when we were beaten in the league last time, with a Sunday game following a Tuesday match. We’re looking to bounce back again, like we did then.

“We won’t just put Saturday to bed. We will look at how we could have done things differently, but equally we’re looking ahead to the Grimsby game and want to put things right again.” He concluded.

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