Grimsby have had a very encouraging pre-season, we have brought 8 players, a strength and conditioning coach and a performance analysis coach in during the off season, which was much needed because at times our bench looked like it was a Sunday league management team compared to some other teams who had 10+ coaches.
Here is a quick summary of the results and scorers:
(A) Cleethorpes Town 2-4. Went 2-0 down after 8 minutes. Berrett, Osborne, Cardwell (trialist), Yussuf.
(A) Grimsby Borough 3-11. Sam Jones 2 (a pen), Vernon 3, Mitch Rose, Dembele, Cardwell 2 (trialist), Yussuf, Summerfield
(A) Stamford (Lincs cup) 2-3. Sam Jones 2 (a pen), Dembele
(H) Scunthorpe (Lincs cup) 4-0. Yussuf, Boyce, Cardwell (trialist), Robinson (trialist)
(H) Barnsley 2-1. Dembele, Robinson (trialist)
Tour to Devon 17th-21st
Bideford 0-4. M Rose 2, Vernon Yussuf
Tavistock 1-7. Cardwell 2 (trialist), Keeble, Jones 2, Vernon, Dembele
(H) Blackburn 0-1. Played well but conceded a sloppy goal
(H) Wigan 1-1. Davies (pen)
Sam Jones and especially Siriki Dembele stood out as our best players, every time Dembele gets the ball he makes the crowd get off their seats which we haven’t had for ages, if he can continue to develop throughout the season he will be a gem!!
The only sour note of pre-season is the injury to Jamey Osborne when he did his knee ligament during a non-contact training session, I thought Jamey would be our key man this season but we will not be able to call on his services until Christmas.
To see how I think Town will get on this season click the link to view an article I did for a Football League blogger recently. https://smfyfe.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/league-2-season-preview/
Bring on the new season!!! UTM!!
Whatever happens, remember…. M.U.M are the words!!