Grimsby Borough switched on for high-flying Athersley
THE Wilderness Boys have learned a valuable lesson the hard way ahead of tomorrow's trip to face league leaders Athersley Recreation.
That's the view of Grimsby Borough's joint managers after the team's run of three consecutive Northern Counties East League Division One victories was ended at Yorkshire Amateur on Tuesday night.
Borough travelled to Yorkshire, a team in the lower reaches of the table, on a three-game winning run. But defensive mistakes saw Nigel Fanthorpe and Steve Newby's men ship three early goals, as they went on to lose 3-1.
Tomorrow, Borough travel to league leaders Athersely, who are unbeaten in five league and cup matches.
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And Fanthorpe knows his team can't afford another slow start, but is confident his charges can shock the table-toppers.
He said: "We're looking forward to facing a new team in the league and one that's flying high. They are good at home, but anyone can beat anyone in this league.
"We have to get them on the back foot and surprise them. We are still very good going forward.
"We missed chances on Tuesday night but you have to have chances to miss them – we are creating a lot of opportunities.
"It's at the other end where we have been letting ourselves down.We conceded three early goals at Yorkshire Amateur – some of our lads' heads were still on the bus. It's a lesson learned that we have to be switched on from the off."
A casual start by Borough contributed to their downfall at Yorkshire.
Craig Heard and Dominic Noteman drove through the middle of Borough's defence to notch early goals, before another defensive mistake allowed Kaydon Fishley to force the ball from close range.
Luke Fanthorpe shot wide and John Waugh forced a save from the home goalkeeper as Borough hit back.
The visitors were on top throughout the second half, and pulled one back when Jake Thompson converted Fanthorpe's pass to score his third goal in two games.
Steve Davies missed a header at the near post, and Josh Fuller and Fanthorpe shot wide when well-placed, as good chances to reduce the deficit went begging.