Grimsby Town were looking to build on Fridays impressive performance when they took on North Ferriby United this evening.
They did so in emphatic fashion, twice coming from behind to secure a very convincing 5-2 victory, a score-line that did little to flatter the home side who actually played very well
The Mariners bosses opted for a strong starting eleven. James McKeown returned for Town in goal, Clayton McDonald started his second game for the club since he arrived last week. Liam Hearn headed another three pronged attack
Despite the strong line up it was the hosts who should have opened the scoring after only a minute. Jamie Yates drilled a low cross in for Anthony Wilson, who fired just wide
They survived another scare five minutes later when Tom Davie was allowed to plow through the defence but he fired just wide.
The hosts were doing well to contain town, who were being allowed no space to move the ball. Ferriby were defensively tight especially on the wings, and The Mariners struggled to find a way through.
They only managed their first chance after fourteen minutes. Liam Hearns trickery caught the Ferriby defence napping and allowed Alex Rodman to take a shot after being set up, his curling shot though, just past the post
However, Ferriby were the stronger side in the early stages and Soon found the break through they were looking for. Wilson’s stinging shot was well saved by McKeown but Ryan Kendall was there to fire the rebound home from just inside the box.
Town responded well and thought they'd scored when Liam Hearn had the ball in the back of the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Rodman then narrowly missed when Joe Colbeck whipped in a low cross in front of goal, meaning the chance went begging on the half hour.
The Mariners were soon back on level terms when Scott Kerr's free kick found Hearn unmarked and he curled round the keeper to level the scores.
That didn't last long though as Tom Davie did remarkably well to escape pressure from the Town defence and his cross looped over everyone including a stunned James McKeown to restore the hosts lead.
Former Mariner Nathan Jarman came into the frame after the break, and the second half began very much like the first, with the visitors on top
Captain Matt Wilson headed just over the bar five minutes after the restart, and Liam king fired just wide soon after.
Little happened over the next ten minutes, Town appearing to weather the early storm.
They eventually drew themselves level when Disley played in Hearn who did well to beat the offside trap and beat the keeper with an audacious chip from 20 yards.
A triple substitution followed for the Mariners, Thanoj replacing Disley, Southwell came on for Rodman, and Lennel John Lewis came on for Colbeck.
Ferriby's Russell Fry whipped in a dangerous cross minutes later but no one was there to make a connection.
The Mariners then netted a third on 66 minutes. Southwell broke through the defence before playing in Thanoj, whose shot was blocked. The resulting corner saw the ball Fall to Lennel John Lewis, who nodded home from close range.
Ferriby had another chance on 70 minutes when Liam King released a stinging shot low to the keepers left but it was well saved.
The game was put beyond all doubt 17 minutes from time when Aswad Thomas whipped in an excellent cross and found John Lewis unmarked, and he fired into the roof of the net to give Town a two goal cushion.
John Lewis then released another venomous strike from the right hand side of the area, but his shot was deflected away from danger.
Town rounded off an impressive performance and sealed the victory when they added a fifth two minutes from time. Sam Hatton fired a brilliant free kick into the back of the net from 20 yards out.
This victory was a reminder of Town’s resilience and perhaps a sign of performances to come in the forthcoming season.
The Mariners have two more friendlies. Against Gainsborough and Grantham Town before the seasons curtain raiser v Aldershot on August 10.