Grimsby Town assistant manager Paul Wilkinson has praised the players for their performances in the Mariners’ 7-0 pre-season victory at Winterton Rangers last night.
The team was made up of a mix of young professionals, trialists, academy players, and first team players, and the assistant boss was pleased with their attitudes in the win.
Speaking on iFollow, he said: “After that first 10 minutes, I thought we started to pass and play better, and got runners in behind, and that stretched the game for us and gave us the opportunities to open them up.
“We were a bit sloppy in the first 10 minutes and probably a bit lucky to escape without giving a silly goal away, but after that I thought we controlled most of the game and the boys did really well and took their opportunities.
“I thought all of them equipped themselves well, attitude was really good – as it has been all pre-season, and in the end we’ve come out worthy winners.
“Jay (Rollins) took both of his goals well in the first half – a couple of good runs inside, Summers (Luke Summerfield) with a couple of good passes.
“We’ve been happy with the progress. Still looking to improve, still looking to bring one or two in, and that’s a continual thing at the moment, but the boys’ attitudes and the way they’ve gone about pre-season has been first-class.”
He added that he was impressed by the youth players who played a part in last night’s win, and hopes to see them continuing to progress over the coming season.
“Really well. We got away with one when we were 4-0 and they had a chance which might have given us a tough last 15 minutes, but then their application and the way they played and passed the ball was good, and they took their opportunities really well.
“Really pleased with them. And that’s what you want from them – if they’re coming on as subs, we want them to impress us, we want somebody to stamp their authority on the game because that’s the reason they’re subs.
“They’re not subs for the sake of filling the subs bench. They’re subs with the opportunity to come on and show myself and the gaffer that they’re going to be worthy people over the next six months to a year that can maybe step in and sit on our bench or play in our first team,” he said.
Town host Wigan Athletic in their final pre-season friendly this Saturday (3pm kick-off).