Seas wary of DMS threat as title race gathers pace
GTFC Seas boss Mick Rouse knows his table-toppers will have to be at their best if they are to overcome DMS on Sunday.
Seas sit proudly at the summit of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League – but DMS are still unbeaten and have several games in hand.
They are also in top form – hat-tricks from Tom Hobson and Jonathan Oglesby saw DMS beat Empire United 9-3 in Division One last week.
Rouse said: "I've seen DMS play and they have pace in abundance.
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"We'll have to be at the races straight away and not off to our usual slow start. We know what we are about and have made our plans.
"We have a big squad to choose from and should be able to field a decent team.
"They will be as wary of us as we are of them and we are expecting a close game, as in the past.
"We have to beat teams like DMS and Humberston if we are to stay top of the pile."
Last week, DMS opened the scoring against Empire when Craig Mitchell's shot found Renzie Lobendhan, and he tapped home from close range.
It was soon 2-0 when Callum Day's pin-point cross was headed home by Hobson.
The Empire started to create chances of their own and were back in the game when Dale Pratt's free-kick found the top corner.
DMS increased their lead just before half-time when Darren Hanslip and Lobendhan combined well to set up Oglesby, whose shot gave the keeper no chance.
Danny O'Hare gave Empire hope when he was put through and coolly finished past Glover, but DMS increased their lead soon after when Hobson headed home.
Hobson's goal-bound header was handled in the box and Mitchell made no mistake from 12 yards to make it five – and he completed his hat-trick when he latched onto Danny Barrett's through-ball to finish calmly.
Danny Revill and Hanslip both went close before Oglesby fired home DMS' seventh, and then completed his hat-trick with the goal of the game when his volley from a corner flew into the net.
Danny O'Hare made it 8-3 when he finished from close range.
Barrett completed the rout when he headed home from close range to keep DMS' unbeaten league run intact.
In Division Two, Pattesons beat Inkworks 5-0 with a hat-trick from David Green and further goals from Peter Fuller and Liam Robinson.
Gary Precious, Pattesons secretary, said: "Inkworks were not as good as last time we played them when they beat us 2-0, but we've improved since then."
This weekend sees Pattesons travel to St Andrews College to play leaders Crows Nest in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash.
Precious added: "This is the big one. We owe them a contest after they outplayed us last time.
"They are a good young side who can play good football and we'll have to match them."
Crows' manager Terry Hanley is also looking forward to the game.
He said: "We won 6-3 last time but, if we both go in with the right attitude, it should be a good contest."