NCEL Division One side Grimsby Borough went on a rampage yesterday away at Shirebrook, with a thumping 6-0 victory to put Daniel Barrett’s side 9 points clear at the top of the standings.
Former professional footballer Peter Winn got Borough off to a perfect start, with a cool finish after just seven minutes. Daniel Trott then notched his 21st league goal of the season on 15 minutes.
Borough’s grasp on the game got even tighter just before the break as William Dodds put into his own net past ‘keeper Levi Owen. Moments after the interval, Trott bagged his second of the game.
Then Adam Drury scored their fifth of the afternoon, before Trott rounded off his hat-trick and the afternoon for the Wilderness Boys on 74 minutes as Borough took advantage of a postponement filled afternoon for the fellow top sides.
Barrett was delighted with the win, and the team performance. “Today was a good performance considering the weather conditions, it was very difficult to get the ball down. It’s another clean sheet and six goals to the good. It’s points in the bank and we now look forward to a week off.”
Whilst Trott was a little more talkative. “To be honest, I think we’re just plodding away taking points and seeing where we are at the end. It’s not in our hands and I still think we will he caught by either Hallam or Campion, but we will go about our business quietly and hopefully have an ace time in Bennerz at the end of season do!”
Danny did have a word for defender Danny Grant, who has just come back from injury. “I’d just like to say a special mention for my very good friend Daniel Grant, who’s had a awful time through injury but finally getting minutes and missing pens!”
“In fact I kick the dog harder!”, he quipped. “What a bunch of lads especially Sunts (Josh) who’s hair is exceptional!”
Whilst Borough were off celebrating, we caught up with Shirebrook ‘keeper Levi Owen, who was in a reflective mood. “I am really disappointed with the result. Grimsby are a very good team who I think will push to win the league. But we allowed them to play their style of football which I don’t think anyone can deny is very attractive and positive.”
“Our lads are a very young team, our average age is only 20 which for NCEL division one is probably unique, so we’re going to have to learn the lesson the hard way… which I hope we have today. We need to quickly regroup and play how we did against Nostell, Hallam and Selby.”
“On a personal note it’s been a good season. I’ve shown good form and played well most of the season, today was my 30th league game and I’m very happy with that as an 18 year old goalkeeper, but that’s all down to Cammy, Wid and now Gaz who’ve all given me the opportunity to be the only every present.”
“Hopefully I can keep my form up for the remaining games this year and we can start to pick up some points again to stay in the league, as the committee and the fans deserve to be watching football at this level.”
“Happy to add another penalty save and a few good saves to the cameo, yet I’d swap all of them for a scruffy 1-0 against Harworth next weekend & hopefully a shock result against Campion midweek.”