“It's a difficult day for the lads, but I trust they will come back fighting to improve again!”
Grimsby Town youth team coach Callum Lester
Grimsby Town U18s suffered their first EFL North East Youth Alliance defeat since October as they lost 3-1 away at Notts County.
Town went ahead early on, through Conley Poynter’s strike, but the Magpies fought back to claim all three points as the young Mariners dropped down to second in the league – with Bradford City leapfrogging them.
Neil Woods’ side started with Boyes in goal, and a back four of Tom Jamieson, Mattie Pollock, Emil Powles, and Ollie Saunders.
Joe Starbuck, Jock Curran (Brandon McPherson 75’), Kyle Richardson, Conley Poynter (Owen Davey 60’), and Brandon Buckley (Luis Adlard 55’) made up the midfield, with Rumarn Burrell as the lone striker.
Town started well, with Starbuck playing a great ball through to Poynter, who finished well from just inside the box to make it 1-0 to Town.
But Notts County quickly got back on level terms with a similar finish to make it 1-1.
And the home side kept more possession, with neither team creating any clear-cut chances.
But Notts County took the lead just before the break when a wide free-kick was flicked past Boyes to make it 2-1.
Town started the brighter in the second half, and controlled large periods, with Adlard and Curran both going close to making it level.
And the young Mariners were denied a potential penalty towards the end when Saunders was seemingly hauled down in the box, but the referee waved play on.
And the home side wrapped up all three points at the death with a neat finish from the edge of the box.
Town return to action on Saturday, February 23 as they travel to Mansfield Town in the league (11am).
Image: Anne Boyers.
Updated 14:12 - 28 Jan 2019 by Adam Smith