Fine forwards display not enough for Grimsby RUFC
THE Blues put in an impressive display against the Midlands 3 East (North) leaders, before eventually losing 36-3.
And despite the result against West Bridgeford, Grimsby will be encouraged by their form heading into a weekend free of league action.
Amid torrential downpours and very damp conditions underfoot, Grimsby's points came from the accurate boot of young fly-half Brad Watson, with a penalty.
But there should have been many more opportunities in a game where Grimsby were clearly superior in certain areas.
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The Blues pack completely out-scrummaged their Bridgeford counterparts for the vast majority of the match and at times were almost at a gallop in the scrum.
With all this pressure, Grimsby were expecting many penalties to come as a result of the caving home scrummage. These were not forthcoming – The only things given were re-sets to the set piece.
Number 8 Sam Vickers was his normal devastating self and a supreme display from hooker Matt Pettiford, left top, was another highlight.
The centre partnership of captain Ben Pharaoh and Stuart Saunders also started to flourish, in both directions.
Props Jason Stead, left bottom, and Colin Matthews worked tirelessly, as did open-side Adam Waterman, while lock Luke Chaplin was imperious in the line-out and full-back Ashley Waterman punched above his weight.
The home side used their possession with more precision for their four well taken tries, and the Blues' defence went to sleep on the odd occasion, allowing Bridgeford to capitalise.
There were many positives for the Blues to take from this outing and some notable individual performances.
The impressive display from the Grimsby pack will certainly give Pharaoh's men something to build on.