Grimsby Town youth team made it seven EFL North East Youth Alliance games unbeaten as they drew 0-0 away at Hartlepool United.
Neil Woods’ side started with goalkeeper Ollie Battersby, and a back four of Joe Starbuck, Tom Jamieson, Emil Powles, and Ollie Saunders – with centre-half Mattie Pollock called up for the first-team’s FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace.
The young Mariners’ midfield consisted of Jock Curran, Lennon Stead (Luis Adlard 68’), Kyle Richardson, Brandon Buckley, and Conley Poynter, with Rumarn Burrell up front.
Town started brightly, with good spells of possession, but the opposition eventually grew into the game and got on top.
Battersby was called into action a number of times by the home side, but the goalkeeper made some solid saves to keep the scores level.
Town didn’t create any chances of not in the first period and the sides went into the break even at 0-0.
The Mariners started the second half the brighter of the two sides as the game opened up, and became more end-to-end, but there was no real quality in front of goal.
But winger Poynter came close for Town as he forced the Hartlepool goalkeeper into action.
But it was the home side who were testing Battersby more frequently in the Town goal as both sides searched for all three points.
And Town could have won it in the last minute when Burrell’s header found Buckley, but the midfielder fired wide, with the game ending goalless.
The young Mariners are in EFL Youth Alliance Cup semi-final action on Saturday when they welcome Bury to Cheapside (12pm).
Updated 10:10 - 7 Jan 2019 by Adam Smith