Adam Smith challenges Grimsby Town young guns
ADAM Smith expects his Grimsby Town Youth team to up their performance levels – despite a largely successful week.
The young Mariners fought back from 2-0 down against Hull City on Saturday to grab a draw, before dispatching Yorkshire Amateur 6-0 in the FA Youth Cup.
However, Smith wants his side to fly out of the blocks quicker in future encounters.
"We had to have some very strong words with the lads at half-time against Hull," said Smith, pictured.
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"We were well off the pace and Hull were the better side, but we made some changes and in the second-half we got a reaction. Will Peers took his goal very well and then late pressure saw us deservedly get a penalty, which Jack Griffin scored.
"We have to give the boys credit for fighting back from 2-0 down to get a point against a side who were top of the league. But overall we know we need to do better and to start games better."
Rob Bryant was the star of the cup clash at Blundell Park, with Peers, Lee Wattam and Caine Winfarrah also on target as the young Mariners moved into the third qualifying round.
Smith added: "We got a goal five minutes before the break, which settled us down, and we were much better in the second half. We kept a lot of possession and ground them down."
"We've got a weekend off now, so the boys will be training tomorrow morning.
"We'll look to top their fitness levels up a little bit and prepare for York away on the following Saturday."
Former Town Youth star Ryan Bennett has been named in the England Under-21 squad to face Serbia in the Euro 2013 play-off matches.
The Norwich defender, who was the Mariners' youngest ever captain aged just 17, is in line to win his third cap in the first leg on Friday, October 12.