The Mariners women produced an emphatic showing in Sunday’s local Derby, securing a 5-0 win over Grimsby Borough at Bradley Football Centre.
The previous fixture between the two teams ended in a 0-0 draw, the only league match that the Mariners have dropped points in so far this season.
In the opening minutes, Alisha Dejonge had the first opportunity but hit wide from a narrow angle. Twenty minutes later, though, the breakthrough came with pressure and intensity telling.
A clearance from Borough landed at the feet of defender Olivia Kershaw on the halfway line. A short pass to Mia Atherley on the right-hand side saw the full-back find Ellie Wilson.
Her cross went straight into the danger zone, looking for DeJonge. A deflection took it away from her but fell to Eden Pedersen who smashed the ball into the back of the net.
Shortly after, a second goal arrived. Battling tackles from Pedersen and Kim Brown in the middle of the park sent the ball wide to Dejonge. She slipped a great pass through to Danielle Brighton who found Wilson, the forward finishing into the bottom corner to double the lead – one which the women took into the break.
The Mariners came out for the second half and penned their opponents into their half with a third goal coming around the fiftieth-minute.
Neat play saw Evie Revell – a half-time substitute – receive the ball out wide on the right and deliver a cross that found Dejonge whose excellent finish gave the Mariners a three-goal advantage.
The fourth duly followed with a surging attack down the right with Kim Brown belting a volley past Borough’s goalkeeper.
Completely in control, Town continued to push forward and a fifth came in the dying moments. Kershaw put a corner into the opponents’ penalty area and, when the clearance found her, a lovely cross found Wilson. The forward’s volley past the Borough keeper rounded off the scoring and sealed a 5-0 win for the Mariners.
The womens team’s next fixture is at home to Sleaford Town, taking place on Sunday with a 2pm kick-off at Oasis Winteringham Academy.
Following the match, Assistant Manager Paul Shaw said: “We know Borough, they are a fantastic set up from youth sides all the way through to the first team.
“They are bringing through a lot of young women into their first team which is a credit to the system they have set up.
“We knew after the previous game against them that the longer the game goes without a goal the more determined they become to keep a clean sheet and become more compact therefore harder to break down so a early goal was key.”
Line Up: Jasmine Lacey, Mia Atherley, Olivia Kershaw, Laura Ibbert, Leah Wray, Eden Pedersen, Danielle Brighton, Kim Brown, Ellie Wilson, Bethany Wharton, Alisha DeJonge
Subs Used: Evie Revell, Charlotte Townsend, Emily Blyth, Chloe Wilkinson