IT was another great day for Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust Futsal Scholarship on Sunday. The Mariners A team went to the National Finals in Birmingham hoping to add the National trophy to their impressive collection. The national cup hosts team who finish first, second or third in their respective league. The Mariners firstly collected their league title, Trophy with Jack Blendell collecting his golden boot for finishing top goal scorer in the league.
Town were seeded in group 6 with Chesterfield, Leyton Orient and Port Vale. First game saw Grimsby beaten 2-1 by Chesterfield, and the early defeat spurred them on with Town only losing one game all year up to this point. Town second game ended in controversy with Leyton Orient leaving the court with 15 minutes remaining and Town a goal up. The 3 points were awarded to Grimsby.
The final game meant Grimsby needed three points to qualify as best runners up to go into the hat for the quarter final. The mariners started the game well with an early goal by Connor Watson. Town pushes hard to get more goals and their efforts were rewarded with a string of late goals to secure the points with a 7-1 win.
Town were in the draw for the quarter final against Notts. County who the Mariners had faced recently in the soccer AM semi final. Town started well and looked to get at County early, the positive start was soon rewarded with a goal and from that point Town looked in control. Town rarely looked threatened and had the majority of possession throughout. Town dominance was rewarded with a four nil victory.
Town were drawn against last year's finalists Reading in the semi final. This was a tight affair with Reading having long spells of possession but struggling to break down a solid Grimsby. The Mariners game plan worked well with Town scoring on the counter attack on two occasions in the first half. The second half was the same with Town shutting out their opponents and countering well, the game finished 4-0 to the Mariners.
The final saw a familiar line up with Grimsby taking on soccer AM finalists Derby County. This was a tough fixture for Town knowing the ability Derby had in their side. And it was Derby who started the better, dominating the ball and creating chances. Fortunately they found an inform Town keeper in Liam Cooper who made two top saves to keep the score line goalless at half time. Town were better second half though and started to create chances of their own, with Dan Marshall testing the County keeper with a shot which was heading into the top corner of the goal. Town were now having speeds of possession them selves and with one minute to go it was Dan Marshall who found him self in space at the back post to smash a volley past the County Keeper. Derby pressed hard in the final minutes but once again it was the Mariners who won the game and took the crown of National Futsal Champions.