Grimsby Town Women kept their 100% winning run for the season intact last night with a 7-0 victory at Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Wednesday night.
Goal scorers for the evening were Eleanor Collingwood, Saskia Rawbone, Libbi Wright, Laura Robinson and Alisha Dejonge who scored an impressive hattrick.
The Mariners went in at half time 2-0 up. With an abundance of possession and chances being created, it looked like it was going to be a frustrating night in front of goal until Eleanor Collingwood opened the scoring with a well-struck shot from around 23 yards. With two in-form strikers rotated onto the bench, an early change was called for, and it would be one of those strikers that came on to get the second goal, Alisha Dejonge heading Town 2-0 before the half time break.
After the break, the Mariners added a further five goals to their tally in a much more impressive showing.
Speaking after the game, manager Dale Houlston spoke to gtfc.co.uk. He said: "I have rotated the team a bit tonight to give others a chance in a new formation, in a fixture I felt very confident we would win.
“We have a good group of players here and there isn't anyone that I can't trust when selected to start. It was another case of completely dominating possession in the first half but not making the most of that possession in the final third, and more importantly in and around the penalty area. I lost count of the amount of times the ball has come into the box and we haven't been first to the ball or ruthless enough in those areas. I was particularly frustrated with corner kicks. We know that Olivia Kershaw delivers fantastic corners and free kicks, on the money every time. But in the first half, we had endless corners which the home team were first to and the ball just wasn't being attacked.
“I think the scoreline shows that in the second half the group has been able to take things on board and implement what was needed to improve the overall outcome, and that is very pleasing".
The win puts Town three points clear of HBW United at the top of the table, and both teams have now played the same amount of games. HBW United are the only team in with a chance of catching and overtaking Town in the race for the promotion spot, and they visit Grimsby this Sunday in a vital game as the seasons draws towards the latter stages.
Kick-off at the Oasis Academy Wintringham is 2pm.