.GRIMSBY Town cruised to a comfortable victory over Winterton Rangers in the second game of their pre-season programme
The Mariners dominated throughout against their Northern Counties East Premier Division opponents and this was reflected by the five-goal margin of victory.
Town opened the scoring in style on 17 minutes, when a low cross from Liam Hearn was cut out and the ball fell perfectly for LENELL JOHN-LEWIS to fire an acrobatic overhead volley into the net from 12 yards.
Dayle Southwell headed over the bar six minutes later, before Hearn curled an effort over the top from the edge of the area.
Former Alfreton striker HEARN was looking sharp and he made it 2-0 just before the half-hour, slotting in from inside the box after a smart pull-back from Southwell.
A solo run from Southwell almost led to a third goal but Winterton keeper Craig Turner was equal to his effort, rushing off his line to make the block.
The Mariners were well on top and John-Lewis headed over the bar from a left-wing Thomas cross, before an Alex Rodman shot from the edge of the area was tipped over the bar by Turner.
A third goal looked to be coming and it duly arrived after 33 minutes, when SOUTHWELL got himself on the score sheet after being found six yards out by Hearn.
Town had chances to add to their score before the break through Hearn and Rodman, who impressed on his debut.
Pearson also looked to make it four from a left-wing Rodman corner but he could only find the side-netting with his far-post header.
The Mariners made seven changes for the second half, with only Pearson, Doig, Thomas and Kerr remaining from the first half XI.
The visitors stretched their lead six minutes in when an OWN GOAL made it 4-0, before the pace of the game dropped as the hosts struggled to make any impact in front of goal.
Andy Cook, who was one of the men to be introduced at half-time, missed a series of chances to extend the lead further, while strike-partner Ross Hannah was also denied on a number of occasions.
A fifth goal did come though, when JOE COLBECK fired into the far bottom corner of the net with a drive from the edge of the area in the dying minutes of the game.
Town are next in action when they travel to Brigg Town on Tuesday.
Town (first half): Jake Turner, Paul Walker, Shaun Pearson, Chris Doig, Aswad Thomas, Dayle Southwell, Scott Kerr, Craig Disley, Alex Rodman, Liam Hearn, Lennell John-Lewis
(second half): James McKeown, Sam Hatton, Shaun Pearson, Chris Doig, Aswad Thomas, Joe Colbeck, Scott Kerr (Walker, 60), Tom Charlesworth, Patrick McLaughlin, Andy Cook, Ross Hannah
Enjpy the highlights on Saturday on Mariners Player