GRIMSBY Town lost their first game of the pre-season this afternoon, as they lost by a flattering 3-0 scoreline to Scunthorpe United in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup Quarter Final at Glanford Park.
Goals from David Mirfin and Sam Winnall all but sealed the victory for the Iron, before Deon Burton added a bizarre third in stoppage time from 40 yards out.
The Mariners, yet to concede in pre-season before this afternoon, gave starting places to three of their summer signings. Alex Rodman, Scott Kerr and Paddy McLaughlin were all included in the first XI. Trialists Chris Doig and Paul Bignot also made their debut appearances for the club. Scott Nielson missed out after picking up a knock.
It was Scunthorpe who had the first chance of the game when a poor pass from Doig allowed Godden through on goal, but McKeown was quick off his line and saved to keep the scores level.
Town were next to create a chance, Paddy Mclaughlin found Liam Hearn with a decent long ball but after making a run to keep up with the attack, was unable to connect well enough with Hearn's cross to trouble Sam Slocombe in the Scunthorpe goal.
The new boys were making a good impression in the early stages, Chris Doig the next to pose a noticable threat to Scunthorpe, but his thirty yard effort went straight at the keeper.
Scunthorpe did well to keep Grimsby at bay and soon put on some pressure of their own. A well placed cross by Nolan resulted in a goal line scramble on 32 minutes, the ball unable to find its intended target.
Some good passing from Grimsby saw Hearn able to tee up McLaughlin again soon after, but he could only watch as his effort sailed over the bar toward the travelling supporters.
Scunthorpe continued to play well and eventually found the breakthrough they'd been looking for. Andy Welsh's corner on 37 minutes found David Mirfin unmarked at the back post, and he headed home to give The Iron a deserved lead going into the break.
The second half began brightly for Grimsby who nearly found the net just three minutes after the restart. Liam Hearn made a great run through the middle, before playing in Joe Colbeck from the right hand side. Still no luck for Town though as he saw his shot go wide of the mark.
Both sides had a number of half chances, non of which were a threat to either goal, before goalscorers Deon Burton and Sam Winnall were introduced for the home side on 58 minutes.
The game seemed to quieten down from that point, the next notable opportunity only coming 12 minutes from time. Scunthorpe thought they'd sealed the win when Godden connected well with a cross from the right hand side, but Chris Doig's goal-line clearance saved Grimsby's blushes.
Town would have levelled the scores when Ross Hannah slotted home a good ball from Aswad Thomas inside the box, but his effort was ruled out as offside. At the other end, the homeside could have but the game to bed, but Winnall's header went wide.
As the game drew to a close Grimsby lacked any real threat and Scunthorpe looked comfortable with the ball. The game was virtually put beyond doubt in stoppage time when a well delivered free kick found Winnall, who headed in to make it 2-0.
The game finished in the strangest of circumstances, Town's players seemingly switching off as Deon Burton took a shot no less than 40 yards out, the whole team unaware he had done so, and made it 3-0 with a stunning effort.
Full time: Scunthorpe United 3-0 Grimsby Town
(Mirfin, 37, Winnall, 90+1, Burton, 90+3)
Town: James McKeown, Paul Bignot, Shaun Pearson, Chris Doig, Aswad Thomas, Craig Disley, Scott Kerr, Paddy McLaughlin, Joe Colbeck, Liam Hearn, Alex Rodman; Subs: Sam Hatton, Andi Thanoj, Dayle Southwell, Ross Hannah, Andy Cook
Scunthorpe: Sam Slocombe, Eddie Nolan, David Mirfin, Niall Canavan, Andy Dawson, Terry Hawkridge, Michael Collins, Matt Sparrow, Etienne Esajas, Chris Iwelumo, Matt Godden; Subs: James Severn, Deon Burton, Aandy Welsh, Luke Waterfall, Sam Winnall