Young Grimsby Town turn on the style against Hull City
GRIMSBY Town Under-10s gave one of their best displays of the season to outclass a good Hull City side 4-0.
The early stages were even as both sides battled to gain the upper hand.
Grimsby's midfield quartet of Jan Meiwald, Alex Aldrich, Reece York and Jordan Potts all showed good movement when in possession and excellent defensive qualities when the opposition had the ball.
Defenders Kai Morris and Ellis Cobb, although under pressure at times, remained cool and organised while attempting to play football from the back.
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Although tight, the best opportunities fell to Grimsby with Lawrence Burchell going close after excellent wing play from Meiwald and Potts.
The young Mariners got on top during the second period as they passed the ball well.
Defenders Morris and Cobb started numerous attacks showing a real coolness on the ball rarely seen from players so young.
In central midfield, Aldrich was outstanding as he and York pulled the strings, getting the better of their opposition.
Triallist Jack Nicholson led the line well and proved to be a real handful.
Grimsby took a deserved lead when an Aldrich header from a York corner hit the crossbar and Nicholson was first to react to score his first goal in a Town shirt.
The third period continued in the same fashion. Town doubled their lead when Goddard beat his marker before passing to top scorer Burchell, who finished well.
A third came when a Goddard corner was well-met by Aldrich for his first Grimsby goal since signing at Christmas.
The Mariners were now well on top as Hull struggled to cope with the movement and quality of the Grimsby youngsters.
Burchell put a spot-kick wide before Hull threw bodies forward.
Town scored a fourth when Meiwald beat his man for pace before a fantastic low cross was just missed by Nicholson – but it was put into the net by a Hull defender.
GRIMSBY Town's youngest age group – the Under-9s – produced their best performance of the season in a thrilling 6-5 win over rivals Hull.
Jack Pargeter and Taylor Gray each scored a brace with Brandon Buckley and Aidan Bass also netting a goal each for Town.
Harvey Cartwright was outstanding in goal, and was ably protected by Charlie Bratley, Harry Lightfoot, Emil Powles, Jack Tasker and Richard Bell.
Owen Parker, Finn Walker and Alfie Usher always looked dangerous when they attacked and worked tremendously hard for the team.
Every member of the squad put the team first and, collectively, they overturned a heavy defeat by Hull earlier in the season.
GRIMSBY Town Under-12s went down 2-0 against Hull City in an intense derby.
Hull dominated possession, but a resolute backline of McKeon, Tomlinson, Falconer, Nelson stood strong and very few chances were created.
Hull went ahead when they picked up a loose ball 20 yards out and drove a shot into the bottom corner.
Grimsby responded well and continued to work hard.
Falconer went close with powerful header and Moody was played through well by Sarbutt, but narrowly shot wide.
As Grimsby searched for an equaliser, Hull doubled their lead with a well-taken shot after a long jinking run.
Pearson then made an outstanding save, tipping over a volley from distance.
Despite lots of endeavour, Town couldn't find a goal to match their efforts.
THE Grimsby Town Under-13 team maintained their unbeaten run against a strong Hull side.
Both teams tried to play football and provided an entertaining game.
Grimsby started well and were 3-0 up at the end of the first period through goals by Dale, Will Appleby, pictured, and Walton.
Matty Dale scored with an angled shot from distance and Appleby headed in a Dale corner before Brodie Walton scored with a retaken penalty.
Grimsby allowed Hull to get back into the game and the scores were level at 3-3 as the game moved in to the final period.
The young Mariners took control again with a second goal by Appleby, followed by a powerful shot from George Haines and a well-worked goal by Jack Fiddlin. Ultimately, they were worthy winners.
GRIMSBY Town Under-11s worked hard throughout, but went down 5-1 against Hull.
The young Mariners struggled to retain possession, meaning Town spent long periods chasing the ball and defending.
Lewis Tomlinson in the Grimsby goal made several good saves towards the end of the game.
During the last period, Town got into the game more and were rewarded for their work-rate with Tom Sawyer smashing into the top right corner.
Although the scoreline was deflating, it was a good learning experience.
The team can be happy with their hardworking attitude and take that into the final two games of the season.
GRIMSBY Town Under-15s went down 4-1 against a strong Hull City side.
Town worked hard but effectively beat themselves in the end, with some poor defensive errors costing them.
Town's season has been littered with these sorts of errors, which has clouded over some decent performances.
Rob Bryant scored Town's only goal, chipping the keeper from 20 yards, to cap a solid personal performance.
Captain Lewis Smith gave an assured performance in midfield and Bryant held the ball well playing up top on his own.
TOWN Under-14s went down 5-1 against their Hull City counterparts.
The game started evenly, with both teams defending well.
Ryan Harrison handled well in the Town goal.
Town went in at the break 0-0.
However, the young Mariners gave away three goals in quick succession and had a mountain to climb.
Paul Walker, pictured, pulled one back for Town, and almost scored a second – but lifted it over the keeper and narrowly wide.
Town kept working hard, but Walker was carried off on a stretcher with a nasty injury.
Hull's captain was then replaced after picking up a suspected broken leg after a shuddering collision with Town keeper Harrison, who also limped off. The long delay seemed to affect the Town lads, who conceded two more goals.
All in all it was a game marred by injuries, and a performance the Town lads will want to forget quickly before their derby clash against Lincoln.
Town wish a speedy recovery to all the players who were injured.