A strong Grimsby Town Reserves team put Hartlepool United to the sword this afternoon, by securing a dominant 5-0 victory.
On loan Manchester United goalkeeper, Dean Henderson completed his first 90 minutes in a Mariners shirt and was accompanied by a number of first team players who performed fantastically in front of manager, Marcus Bignot.
A very energetic display was evident all round, as the Town players did not allow the visitors any time on the ball and were quick to move the ball around the pitch with plenty of possession and one-touch passing between the team. The continuous possession paid off after 15 minutes, when Bolarinwa was found in the box and comfortably finished with the outside of his foot to make it 1-0.
Chance after chance came the way of the Mariners, with Rhys Browne then finding space in the box before being brought down for a penalty in the 43rd minute. Browne then stepped up to take the spot kick himself, which was saved but the attacker smashed the follow up in the back of the net.
The second half started the same as the first, very energetic around the whole team, before Vose found Bolarinwa with a fantastic through ball, with the pace of Bolarinwa used to beat his man and slot the ball across to Tuton, who placed the ball beyond the goalkeeper to make it 3. The 4th was not far behind, as Bolarinwa was again involved, finding Tuton down the right wing, who then cut in, beating two men before placing the ball in the bottom corner.
The 5th came just 5 minutes later, with Bolarinwa securing his second, as he used his pace again to beat his marker and placing it beyond the keeper. The seismic difference between the teams was evident, with the coaching staff opting to make changes with 4 substitutions made, giving youth players Hough, Sawyer, Lofts and Lawis a chance.
Despite the goals drying up, the chances continued to come, with Hartlepool's substitute keeper making some great saves to limit the damage, but a larger score would not have flattered the home team.
Marcus Bignot, watching from the stand, must have been impressed and might have a few selection headaches ahead of Saturday's trip to Plymouth.