Setback for Grimsby Town after friendly defeat at Stalybridge Celtic
ROB Scott and Paul Hurst will be scratching their heads over where the real Grimsby Town have gone after last night's disheartening defeat at Stalybridge Celtic.
The Blue Square Bet North side eased to a 2-1 victory on home turf, storming into a two-goal lead.
The Mariners' sole reply came in the second-half after a goalkeeping error gifted striker Greg Pearson an opportunity he couldn't miss.
But in truth, the visitors deserved nothing from the final friendly of their pre-season campaign.
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And with exactly a week remaining before the league season kicks-off, the Mariners joint-bosses must be wondering which Town side will turn up for next Saturday's tricky opener at Southport.
After encouraging performances against Football League sides Doncaster Rovers, Scunthorpe United and Hull City in the last month, things were looking rosy at Blundell Park and promotion was the word on supporters' lips.
But since those encounters, Town have laboured to victory over Northern Counties East League side Barton Town Old Boys before scraping past local rivals Lincoln City on penalties in this week's Lincolnshire Senior Cup final.
While, last night's defeat to a side from the level below will have left Scott and Hurst with more questions than answers ahead of the new campaign.
One boost for the Mariners came in the shape of trialist Luke Daley who made a lively debut on the wing. The former Norwich City man may well have done enough to secure a permanent deal.