Opening day defeat for Grimsby
GRIMSBY will be aiming to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they host Lincoln at Springfield Road on Saturday.
The Blues made a disappointing start to their Midlands 3 East (North) campaign with a 15-11 loss at Mellish last weekend.
Grimsby took an early lead when Brad Watson slotted a penalty from out wide, but Mellish's strong scrum began to function.
It was from one such scrum that the home side scored their first try. The scrummage wheeled 180 degrees and the home scrum-half fed the winger who ran in unopposed.
Grimsby looked around for the play to be brought back for the obvious infringement but it was not to be.
Grimsby's Neil Corry and Justyn Hill were a constant menace all game and from one run from Hill, an infringement occurred and again Watson slotted the points.
Grimsby then had an opportunity to take the lead from an easy kick, but space was noted out wide and a quick tap led to the ball being dropped with an empty line at their mercy.
On the brink of half-time, Grimsby took the lead.
New captain Ben Pharaoh, pictured, started a flowing move which ended with Alex Wilson scoring. The conversion was missed.
In the second-half Grimsby seemingly scored two tries, but the referee disallowed them both.
Again the impressive Mellish scrum put the Blues under pressure and from a turnover they scored again.
Grimsby scrum-half Scott McCreath sprinted 70 yards and chipped over the full-back only to be cynically taken out late.
Grimsby continued to press for the winning score, but dropped passes and resolute Mellish defending kept them at bay.