High Fives All Around As Boro Beat Hall Road
The Wilderness Boys collected - 5-2 victory over Hall Road including an Adam Drury hat-trick.
Grimsby Borough returned to Bradley on Bradley for their first Saturday home fixture in several weeks. They welcomed Hall Road Rangers who sat one point behind Boro with a game in hand after an impressive start to the season. Both teams knew a win would put them in the playoff chasing pack that is starting to take shape. Boro kept 10/11 of the same team that thrashed Brigg Tuesday night, the only change being the injured Peers replaced by Trott returning after a 3 game ban.
A strong crowd at a sunny Bradley witnessed Boro start where the left off against Brigg on Tuesday- Rampant! Within 12 minutes they were 2-0 up. First on 10 minutes a ball in behind from Lobenden caused confusion between defender Mortimer and goalkeeper Dobson. The ball popped out to Drury on the edge of the box who scuffed straight and a recovering defender, luckily the ball fell for Trott who wasn't going to make the same mistake. He guided the ball into the corner of the unguarded net.
One became two minutes later. This time Bradbury cut in from the left and fed A.Drury. He played a delightful one:two with striker Trott then drilled emphatically into the far corner from the 1v1 with the keeper.
Boro rather eased of the gas at this point and Hall Road were allowed back into the game just 5 minutes later. A ball pulled back across the box forced Mitchell to drag down his man for a penalty, Hall Road may have felt the referee could have let it run a little longer as Spinks smashed the ball home after the whistle. However the resulting penalty was converted by Phillips to half the deficit.
Hall Road where getting a lot of room down the right hand side with Batty and Norton combining well in the wing area. On several occasion some key interceptions were required from Petronzio, Hanslip, Cooper and Briggs in the pressurised back four.
Hall Road thought they were level on the half hour mark. A pull back from the left by Allison saw Phillips score but the linesman's flag came to the Wilderness Boys rescue. Boro were living dangerously and couldn't keep hold of the ball the relieve any pressure. Just before the interval Drury had the be at his best to deny Phillips from 8 yards with an instinctive save to his left, Phillips will feel he should have scored though.
Boro scrapped it out to the interval at 2-1.
The second half pivoted on the 4th goal and Hall Road showed early initiative. S.Drury had to again be alert just after the interval with a well timed slide tackle as Spinks looked like he was just going to get there first.
Then on 56 minutes came the key moment. A free kick was played short to Lobenden by Mitchell. Lobenden fancied his chances from 30 yards and blasted the ball goalwards. The ball was blocked by Bennett and spun harmlessly up into the air and more or less straight into Dobson's hands in the Hall Road saving comfortably just to his right. Bradbury had gambled on the keeper dropping the ball and gone in for a rebound. Just when all danger looked to have passed, as the keeper got up to his feet he dropped the ball straight at Bradbury's feet who rather embarrassingly tapped in from 3 yards.
This installed confidence into Boro and on 60 minutes Debnam played A.Drury in straight down the middle and he cooly slotted in from the 1v1 to make it 4-1 to Boro. There was a glimmer of hope for Hall Road 10 minutes later. Alanson pulled the ball back from
Inside the box on the left after some a great ball in behind. He pulled it back to Phillips who tee'd up Spinks coming in from the right who rifled home from 8 yards into the top corner to peg Grimsby Borough back to 4-2.
However any revival hopes were extinguished by an exquisite Adam Drury hatrick on 79 minutes. A long ball over the top from Briggs forced Dobson out of his box into a headed clearance towards the dugouts around 40 yards out. Drury took a touch, set aim and inch perfectly lobbed the retreating Dobson, a classy goal to round off a classy performance from the winger.
Spinks almost made the last 10 minutes interesting but his header from point blank was blocked superbly by the spreading S.Drury. This rather killed off the tempo of the game and Borough were able to enjoy the remaining moments of the game.
FT Boro 5-2 Hall Road
Boro up to 5th with that win 1 point behind Knaresborough in 3rd with a game in hand. They take a break from league action midweek with a trip to Bottersford in the Lincs County Cup