Young Mariners go goal crazy with 8-2 victory against Scunthorpe United
GRIMSBY Town School of Excellence's youngest age group, the Under-Nines, excelled with an outstanding 8-2 victory against local rivals Scunthorpe United.
Alex Taylor, Ben Smith, Brinn Peters, Will Stapel (two), Stuart and Luis Adlard (two) were the Town scorers.
Taylor got the young Mariners off to a flying start with a great strike following an excellent pass by Stapel.
Fellow defender Smith made it 2-0 after beating his man and rifling home from the edge of the box.
Trialist Peters made it 3-0 to Town with another edge of the box strike before Billy Samuels reduced the arrears for Scunthorpe.
Town scored five goals in the final quarter. The notable goal saw Archie Lumby put a magnificent cross in for Adlard to head home.
Then Adlard got the goal of the game when he controlled the ball with his head, pinned his marker, turned and lobbed the ball over the keeper.
Stapel also grabbed two great goals and Harry Stuart one before Samuels pulled another back for Scunthorpe.
Ollie Battersby, Lumby, Joe and Charlie Flemming had fantastic games.
Grimsby Town Under 10s lost 7-2 at Scunthorpe.
Walker and Powles were the Town scorers.
The game began at a hectic pace, with both teams trying to cope with the wet conditions.
The Mariners were knocking on the door, with Tasker, Buckley and Pargeter all going close, and they eventually found the breakthrough.
A good ball into the box caused panic and the ball fell to Walker whose low drive was deflected into the net.
Town made several changes for the second period, and it seemed to have an adverse effect as Scunthorpe took advantage of poor decision making.
Cartwright was forced to make some excellent saves as Scunthorpe piled on the pressure. The Iron were soon level when a player eased past three Town players before slotting home.
The away side took the lead soon after when the same player was given far too much time and space to find the bottom corner.
Grimsby managed to hold out to the interval with just a one-goal deficit.
Scunthorpe extended their lead in the third period when a corner was headed home by an unmarked player. Several lapses in concentration led to three further goals for Scunthorpe.
An unfortunate mis-communication in the Town defence led to a seventh for the Iron.
There was a consolation goal from Powles after good work from trialist Thompson.
Grimsby Town Under-11s beat Scunthorpe United 6-1. Kai Morris, Jack Nicholson, Jordan Potts (two) pictured, Alex Aldrich, and Jamie Goddard were on target for the young Mariners.
Morris opened the scoring with a well-placed shot into the top corner.
Ryan Broadbelt made two excellent saves at full stretch to maintain the lead but was helpless when the Scunthorpe forward hooked the ball in.
Jan Meiwald skipped down the right and crossed to Nicholson who volleyed home at the near post.
Potts made it 3-1 when he found space down the left, jinked past the defence and fired home a low shot.
Alex Aldrich picked up the ball on the halfway line and ran straight through the whole of Scunthorpe's back line before unleashing a powerful strike into the far corner.
Potts added his second before Goddard finished the scoring when he followed in Lawrence Burchill's shot.
Grimsby Town Under 12s lost out 5-1 against their Scunthorpe United counterparts.
Joey Finnegan netted the Mariners' only goal.
Defensive frailties meant Town were soon 2-0 down.
A bright spot was Town's goal. Billy Merrison took a throw-in at left back and, after receiving the ball back from Lewis Graham, switched play through James Hopkins to right back Harvey Mawer.
Mawer played a one-two with Callum Degruchy and showed good pace to lose his man. Mawer then found Charlie Wilkinson wide on the right and Wilkinson played in a great cross, hard and low, which was met by Finnegan for what was the goal of the match.
The Grimsby youngsters struggled, with only a few of the boys producing the required quality on the ball.
Degruchy was the pick of the Grimsby lads in a match where he showed an excellent appetite for the game and seldom gave the ball away.
The second period was even, but Grimsby slumped in the third and fourth periods, eventually losing 5-1.
Grimsby Town Under-13s continued their winning start to the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory away at Scunthorpe.
The Iron scored when the offside trap was sprung, and a Scunthorpe forward finished well past Town keeper Pearson.
The young mariners responded well. A cross-field pass found Jack Boswell, who controlled the ball and fired into the top corner.
At times, the Town lads struggled against the 4-3-3 formation of their rivals, but any threats were dealt with by Harry Falconer and Sam Sarbutt.
Town took the lead when Adam Thomas hit a shot from 20 yards that eluded the keeper and went in off the cross-bar to make it 2-1.
With the rain pouring down, conditions became difficult, but credit goes to both teams who fought for every ball.
Scunthorpe put pressure on Town, but they held firm, and indeed had opportunities, with Reece Moody and Josh Coulten firing wide.
Theo Cielpy made two good saves to keep Town ahead.
Harry Falconer and Jack Boswell caught the eye, along with trialist Sam Jefferson.
Grimsby Town Under-14s beat Scunthorpe United 3-1.
The game started scrappily, with both teams working hard all over the pitch and cancelling each other out.
After the first 15 minutes, Town took a grip when striker Jack Fidling latched onto a pass and crossed to Kieron Helsdown, whose volley smashed past the Iron keeper to make it 1-0.
Max Wright was put through and fouled by the keeper in the box. Lewis Collins stepped up and cooly converted.
Town's passing was better than the previous week, but still not to the standard they are capable of.
After 35 minutes, a sloppy pass gave Scunthorpe the ball in the final third. The striker's shot hit the post and was finished by the second striker following in.
The game got physical and the players gave 100 per cent.
Town netted a third after a good interchange between Jack Steel and Scott Morris. Steel's shot was saved, but George Hains gathered and found Steel, who made it 3-1.
Grimsby Town Under 16s drew 2-2 against Scunthorpe United.
They came from behind twice to draw with their local rivals.
Town's first half display was poor, with too many players complicating the game and giving away possession.
Scunthorpe opened the scoring shortly before the break from the penalty spot.
Town's performance improved in the second half, as they maintained possession of the ball better and looked a lot brighter defensively.
The equaliser came after good work from Lewis Smith and Jack Barker found Josh Morrall coming in from the left. Morrall finished emphatically across the goal into the corner for his second in as many games.
Scunthorpe were then fortunate to be awarded a second penalty. Town were controlling the game at this point, and were unfortunate to go behind.
However, they soon equalised for the second time, again from the left foot of Morrall, who bent the ball at goal from a free-kick, which Andy Ross glanced into the Scunthorpe net.
Town showed greater composure throughout, and should have won on the balance of play.