GRIMSBY Town kept up their 100 per cent pre-season record as a young Mariners side comfortably beat Brigg Town at The Hawthorns.
A Jon-Paul Pittman hat-trick was added to by Padraig Amond’s sixth goal in Town colours and a late double from substitute James Wroot rounded off a 6-0 win.
Pittman put Town ahead on 24 minutes, before Padraig Amond made it 2-0 three minutes later.
Pittman was on-target again soon after half-time and he completed his treble in emphatic fashion with 10 minutes to go.
Wroot then took over goalscoring duties, making it 5-0 before adding a late sixth.
Town boss Paul Hurst included himself in a starting XI where Marcus Marshall, Amond and Pittman were the only other senior professionals.
Other members of the first-team squad were given the night off after last night’s home victory over Huddersfield Town, with the rest of the team made up of young professionals and youth-teamers.
The Mariners created the first chance of the game on three minutes, with Marshall’s cross from the right being put over the bar by Pittman.
The first corner came four minutes later but Town could not create any problems from it, although their next venture forward did eventually lead to Josh Venney heading at home keeper Rob Zand.
Amond saw a shot deflected wide for another corner just short of the 10-minute mark but again, it came to nothing.
Another chance was to come soon afterwards, as a ball from the right was headed wide by Amond at the near post.
Marshall won another corner on the right on 13 minutes, before a drilled shot by Clifton from 20 yards was deflected wide for yet another flag-kick.
Venney sent an effort through to the keeper as Town continued to create chances, before Town keeper Jack Pearson was called into action for the first time to stop an effort from 20 yards.
Amond shot from the free kick but it was punched away. Max Wright set off on a run through the middle after a turn opened up space for him on 23 minutes but he was stopped by a foul 25 yards out.
The Mariners did not have to wait much longer to open the scoring though, as Amond chased down a short back-pass and squared it for PITTMAN to tap into an empty net.
And it was 2-0 on 27 minutes, as Wright slipped a ball through for AMOND, who finished from inside the penalty area.
Amond could have had his second five minutes later but he was denied by Zand, who also kept out a follow-up effort.
The corners kept coming for Town but Zand in the home goal was not being troubled by the deliveries from the flags.
Hurst swung a free kick into the area two minutes before the break but nobody in the blue of the Mariners could get on the end of it.
Seconds later, the manager was involved again, passing to Amond on the edge of the area for the striker to fire just wide of the near post.
A short spell of Brigg possession at the end of the half led to a corner from the right being cleared by Josh Sunter and that was the last meaningful action of the first half, with Town’s two-goal lead remaining intact.
Oates replaced Pearson in goal for Town ahead of the restart but the first half-chance of the second period fell for the hosts, as a deep cross from the right was volleyed over the bar from a tight angle at the far post.
Town did not take long to make it 3-0 though, as Marshall played a one-two with Amond n the edge of the box, before laying the ball off for PITTMAN to finish, with 49 minutes on the clock.
A poor back-pass led to a Grimsby corner four minutes later, with Hurst being replaced before it was taken.
A Brigg shot from long range flew over the bar, before Oates was called into action to make a relatively comfortable stop soon afterwards.
Marshall set off on a run down the right on 67 minutes but was stopped by a poor challenge midway inside the Brigg half, although the Mariners could not create any danger from the resulting free kick.
It was almost 4-0 three minutes later when Amond did well on the left but his low cross was just too far ahead of the onrushing Venney for him to make contact.
And Town did have a fourth with 10 minutes to go, as Amond went through but could not find a finish and after the loose ball broke for PITTMAN, he took it wide before smashing an emphatic finish into the net to complete his hat-trick.
Pittman and Amond were both replaced two minutes later, leaving Marshall as the only senior pro on the field.
The scoring was not over though, as a cut-back from Marshall fell for substitute WROOT to steer a shot into the far corner of the net.
And he was on the scoresheet again with a minute to go, calmly slotting home from the edge of the box to complete a comprehensive win.
Town are next in action on Saturday, when Notts County are the visitors to Blundell Park.