Match report: Grimsby Town 12 Grimsby Borough 3
TWO Grimsbys, four managers, more than 30 players on show and 15 goals – the Mariners got their pre-season underway in blockbusting fashion.
For Town, bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst opted for a mixture of new signings, familiar faces, trialists and selected members of the club's youth team.
Borough joint managers Nigel Fanthorpe and Steve Newby named former Mariners Josh Fuller in midfield and Andy Taylor in their starting line-up.
Borough started the brighter, with their composure on the ball dictating the flow of the game early on as the Town side looked to find their tempo.
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But Town went ahead on seven minutes when Soares' deep cross from a short corner found Andy Cook – and he rose the highest to nod over Borough's stranded keeper into the net.
Two minutes later, and Town got the second goal their sharp play had warranted when Craig Disley worked a one-two with Andy Cook on the edge of the area, leaving the former Bristol Rovers man with enough space to shape a measured side-foot shot past the helpless Borough keeper.
Four of the five permanent summer signings were on show, including Joe Colbeck, who impressed in his first outing.
On 22 minutes, the former Hereford winger started and finished a fine move when he released fellow new boy Greg Pearson, who selflessly pulled the ball back to an onrushing Colbeck, who smashed the ball in off the crossbar to extend Town's lead.
Three minutes later and the Yorkshireman was at it again when he turned in Soares' low cross from six yards out to make it 4-0.
With half-time approaching, Borough got the goal their hard work deserved when the ball fell to Danny Grant on the edge of the area, who struck the ball into the bottom corner.
The Wilderness Boys grabbed another on 40 minutes when two of their former Town players combined to good effect. The impressive Fuller jinked his way into the box before pulling the ball back to the waiting Taylor, who fired the ball into the roof of Town's net.
But two minutes later Town hit back and Colbeck brought up his hat-trick in spectacular fashion, firing a stunning 20-yard volley into the top corner after Soares' corner had been half-cleared to take Town in at the break at 5-2.
Scott and Hurst introduced a new team at half-time, including Derek Niven replaced fellow trialist Lewis Chalmers, while new signing Aswad Thomas was introduced to the back four alongside Ian Miller, Bradley Wood and first year YT Hamish Falconer.
After a quiet restart to the game, Borough claimed the first goal of the half just after the hour mark when a mix-up between Thomas and James McKeown presented the ball to Taylor, who found Lee Stephenson to finish a simple tap-in from 10 yards.
However, Dayle Southwell grabbed Town's sixth when he headed in a Frankie Artus corner at the near post and minutes later, last season's top scorer Liam Hearn opened his account for the evening he tapped in the knockdown after Antony Elding had challenged the Borough keeper for a high cross. He doubled his tally five minutes when he turned in Andi Thanoj's low cross.
It was soon nine for Town when Hearn threaded a ball through to Frankie Artus who slid the ball in off the left hand post and within a minute, Elding tapped in to make it 10 after Hearn's unselfish pull-back.
Artus, wearing 11, made it 11 shortly after when his low-drive squirmed under the Borough keeper and with the final whistle looming , Hearn completed his hat-trick to make it a perfect dozen for Town.