Toffees sweet on Mariners' Trawling the Town project
GRIMSBY Town's 'Trawling the Town team' has been such a success that it has drawn Premier League approval.
The club's Academy Under-9s side – formed with players unearthed through the Trawling the Town campaign – has put in some eye-catching performances throughout this season.
Perhaps their most impressive came against their counterparts from top-flight side Everton.
And although they lost that day, the Toffees' coach was full of praise for their performance.
Town's Academy Manager Alan Lamb explained: "They did really well in the game at Everton.
"I think they lost 5-2 in the end but they played, really, really well and their coach acutally complimented us on the strength of the side, which was a real endorsement for us and the Trawling the Town project.
"To hear that from the coach of a youth team at a club in the Premier League was unbelievable for us and we were very proud of that."
Lamb, himself a former graduate of Town's youth set-up, continued: "The Under-9s have done really well so far this season and have had some fantastic results.
"Their wins are nearly always in the double-figures which is obviously very impressive.
"Without picking out individuals there are some very, very promising players in that side and they've all come through Trawling the Town which just goes to underline the value of the initiative."
The members of the Under-9s side all signed for the Mariners after being picked out for their performances in the Trawling the Town open trials last Easter.
The initiative was launched in partnership between the club and the Grimsby Telegraph to unearth the area's brightest footballing talents.
And with the project set to re-launch again later this year, Lamb said that everyone at the Academy is looking forward to it all starting again.
He added: "We've come out of last year's open trials with a really good set of lads and, as coaches, we're delighted to have had the chance to work with them.
"I've spoken to the other coaches and they all can't wait for the next Trawling the Town to see what players come through.
"Hopefully we can put together another successful side like we've managed to do with this group.
"I think it's a great initiative and we're very happy with how successful it's been for everyone involved."