Grimsby Borough eased through to the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy last night after a 6-1 home win over Winterton Rangers at Bradley Road – and Wilderness Boys Manager, Daniel Barrett admitted that both sides had more than an eye on their League campaigns, writes Colin Muncie.
With just twelve minutes played, Jack Debnam (1 and 10 minutes) and Marc Cooper (12 minutes) had established a three-goal advantage for the home side. Cooper completed a hat-trick after 33 and 40 minutes to send Borough in 5-0 up at the break, and although Tyla Bell pulled one back for Winterton just after the hour, Daniel Trott made it six with eight minutes left.
Daniel admitted that he’d have liked to have rung a few more changes. “Tonight, was a little bit of a false game,” he acknowledged, “as both teams’ priority is the League. Rob and Scott rested half their lads tonight and, to be fair, I would have done the same if last Saturday wasn’t as bad as it was. The game was over after ten minutes and we were 3-0 up. Then the tempo was taken out of it. It’s a good result for us – and you can only beat what is in front of you.”
“I will praise the referee for holding his hands up and accepting that he made two bad decisions,” Daniel added. “One being a red card and one being a penalty both costing us, but credit where credit is due – a lot don’t do that. The only shame in it is we will now lose a player for a couple of games.”
“We wish Winterton all the best for the rest of the season in what I’m sure will be a close-run race.”
Rangers Manager, Rob Watson admitted that his attention was firmly fixed on a tricky-looking visit to Swallownest this weekend. “It was a nothing game to us,” he told TBG. “That’s no disrespect to the Cup but we rested players in mind for Saturday. I even played -so that says it all. If we had a reserve team we would have trained instead.”
“Good luck to Borough in the next round.”
Winterton Assistant Manager, Scott Helliwell admitted that the ninety minutes had probably been a game too far. “The game couldn’t have gone any quicker for us tonight,” he confessed, “it was a game we weren’t bothered about, but we wanted to get minutes into people and just get some confidence back. Credit to Grimsby – they battered us in the first half.”
“It’s now full focus on the League for the rest of the season – starting on Saturday!”