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Under 18's - Match centre

Bradford City
Grimsby Town
Full time
R Burrell (7', 12'), M Pollock (21')
Sat 1 Sep 11:00 - Football League Youth Alliance - North East

Young Mariners Defeat Hard-Fighting Bantams


Bradford City U18s 0 - 3 GTFC U18s

The Young Mariners had their second game of the season, last Saturday. Their opponents were Bradford City, who were looking to carry on their good run of form following a 4 – 1 victory over Chesterfield. The Town youngsters, on the other hand, were hoping to improve upon the 1 – 1 draw against rivals, Lincoln City, that they had picked up two weeks beforehand.

Bradford dominated possession early on, but it was Town who managed to score first, with Rumarn Burrell capitalising on a Bradford mistake to send the Young Mariners 1 – 0 up in the 7th minute. Five minutes later, Rumarn Burrell piled on more misery for Bradford, after slotting home following a good run. The quick turnaround in play placed the Town youngsters firmly in the driving seat, and they came close to making it three through Poynter.

On the 21st minute, Town got their third, with central defender, Mattie Pollock, smashing the ball in the net from close range after some good build up play. The Young Mariners continued to pile on the pressure following this, and were unlucky not to have added more to their tally before the break.

HALF-TIME: Bradford City U18s 0 – 3 GTFC U18s

Bradford dominated possession once again in the second half, and managed to breach Town’s defensive line, but Ollie Battersby’s clever saving denied the Bantam’s chances. At the other end of the pitch, Rumarn Burrell unluckily missed out on his hat-trick after his effort was cleared off the line by the Bradford players. Neil Woods made some changes in personnel in an effort to keep the pressure on Bradford, with Cameron Painter and Lennon Stead coming on in the 65th minute, and the trio of Lewis Derrick, Brandon McPherson, and Ayodeji Owoeye being subbed on 15 minutes later. Town created more chances through Joe Starbuck and substitute, Brandon McPherson, but none of them hit home. The referee called time soon after, giving the Young Mariners their first win of the new season.

FULL-TIME: Bradford City U18s 0 – 3 GTFC U18s

The Young Mariners will now look to their first home game of the season, when they host County Durham based, Hartlepool United. The Town youngsters will be looking for revenge after Hartlepool dumped them out of the Youth Alliance Cup, last season, smashing the Young Mariners 5 – 1. Hartlepool have been in a good run of form recently, racking up big wins against Scunthorpe and league newcomers, Huddersfield, as well as a draw against Burton. It will be a 12 o’clock kick-off, and will take place at Cheapside Training Ground.

Key moments

Goal Rumarn Burrell scores for Grimsby Town
Goal Rumarn Burrell scores for Grimsby Town
Goal Mattie Pollock scores for Grimsby Town


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ollie Battersby keeps a clean sheet for Grimsby Town
82:00 Sub On
Lewis Derrick is substituted on for Grimsby Town
82:00 Sub On
Brandon McPherson is substituted on for Grimsby Town
82:00 Sub On
Ayodeji Owoeye is substituted on for Grimsby Town
66:00 Sub On
Lennon Stead is substituted on for Grimsby Town
65:00 Sub On
Cameron Painter is substituted on for Grimsby Town
End of period 1
21:00 Goal 0 - 3
Mattie Pollock scores for Grimsby Town
12:00 Goal 0 - 2
Rumarn Burrell scores for Grimsby Town
7:00 Goal 0 - 1
Rumarn Burrell scores for Grimsby Town
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As it happened

  • Bradford City
  • Grimsby Town
  • 0
  • Rumarn Burrell Goal 7:00'
  • Rumarn Burrell Goal 12:00'
  • Mattie Pollock Goal 21:00'
  • Cameron Painter Sub On 65:00'
  • Lennon Stead Sub On 66:00'
  • Lewis Derrick Sub On 82:00'
  • Brandon McPherson Sub On 82:00'
  • Ayodeji Owoeye Sub On 82:00'

Team selection

Battersby, Ollie Battersby, Ollie
Jamieson, Tom Jamieson, Tom
Powles, Emil Powles, Emil
Poynter, Conley Poynter, Conley
Pollock, Mattie Pollock, Mattie
Saunders, Ollie Saunders, Ollie
Starbuck, Joe Starbuck, Joe
Richardson, Kyle Richardson, Kyle
Burrell, Rumarn Burrell, Rumarn
Buckley, Brandon Buckley, Brandon
Curran, Jock Curran, Jock

League round up

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