Game of Two Halves for Unbeaten Young Mariners
By Cameron Tilley
GTFC U18's 2 - 2 Notts County U18's
Grimsby Town U18’s lined up to face Notts County on last Saturday at Cheapside. Both teams had made a good start to the season and were both looking to add to their respective runs. The GTFC squad saw one change, with Ayodeji Owoeye being replaced by Under 16, Luis Adlard.
County started brighter, with some free flowing football as Town struggled to get to grips with the game. They capitalized on this early dominance, going close early on, but blazing the ball over the bar. Town were not as lucky the next time, with a deflected cross going in to give the Magpies a 1-0 lead 20 minutes in. They doubled their lead soon after, as the opposition number 11 created a one on one chance, before coolly slotting home. The wind played a part in the Young Mariners’ early struggles but Town eventually started getting to grips with the game and came close through a Richardson effort and a Pollock header.
HALF TIME: GTFC U18’s 0 – 2 Notts County U18’s
The second half saw a more vibrant Town, who were quick out of the blocks and went close through current top scorer, Rumarn Burrell, who dragged his effort wide. There was a substitution made near the hour mark, as Under 16, Luis Adlard, replaced Joe Starbuck to make his Under 18’s debut. On the 60th minute, Rumarn Burrell got another chance and managed to pull one back for the Young Mariners, as he slotted the ball past the keeper following some good individual play. Town were now on top and it was a matter of time before they added another, doing so after some neat play by Burrell who pulled back to Luis Adlard to smash home the equaliser on his debut. Both teams were looking for a winner in the dying stages of the game, both going close. Battersby made a fine stop at one end of the pitch and Buckley saw his shot go wide in the last minut, but it was all square in the end, in what was certainly a game of two halves for the Young Mariners.
FULL TIME: GTFC U18’s 2 – 2 Notts County U18’s
Next up for the Young Mariners are Mansfield Town, who they play away today in the Youth Alliance Cup. Mansfield are having another strong season, currently sitting in fourth place in the league. They will also be hungry for a win after losing out to top of the table, Doncaster, in a 4-2 loss, last Saturday. The Young Mariners will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s cup fixture, in which they defeated the Stags on penalties to advance to the next round.