Mens 1st Team
Grimsby 1st second home of the season started with with a minutes silence in memory of Club President John Moody who recently passed away.
Grimsby started the stronger of the two teams creating a lot chances in front the Doncaster goal but were unable to convert due to some excellent goalkeeping and last ditch tackling.
It was only five minutes till the break when Grimsby got there break through as skipper Dicky Johnson played a "one two" with Shane Tomlinson outside the Doncaster area giving him space and time to find the potent Andy Lockwood who was waiting to drill the ball home.
In the second half Grimsby knew the next goal would be crucial and they didn't have to wait long until they got it Lockwood with his second of the game.
Next came a flurry of goals in a short space of time as the Doncaster players heads dropped, first was it was the inform Inderjit Hayre with an excellent individual goal followed by Lockwood getting his hat trick with a very well taken goal rounding the keeper.
The fifth and sixth goals came from a well-executed reverse stick shot from Dicky Johnson and youngster Craig Hardy gambling on a through ball from Kenny Sewell tipped into the goal leaving the goal keeper no chance and giving Hardy his first goal for the 1st team.
Doncaster got a conciliation goal in the form of a penalty stroke which goal keeper Kyle Stockton almost saved.
Grimsby 1st now have a week off to recoup and after an unbeaten start to the new campaign sit joint top at the top of the Yorkshire League Division 1 .
Mens 2nd Team
Grimsby Men's 2nd team hosted Kingston-upon-Hull 4ths at Ormiston Maritime Academy in only their third game of the season with one win and one loss under their belts. They were looking at bouncing back from a home defeat against Brigg two weeks before. With an experienced backline, a youthful and an experienced forward line Grimsby felt quite confident against a rag-tag Hull side.
Grimsby took the lead as John Gibbon's continued his fine start to the season scoring after 10 minutes. This was doubled as he linked up with Fraser Taylor to score his second. As Grimsby dominated midfield, Callum Coulbeck was having his first start in the middle of the park and was showing great vision and movement and linked up well with Wesley Gilcrest. Grimsby's 3rd goal of the game came as Craig Hardy fed Gibbon's for his first half hat-trick.
After the break Hull scored as they snook a shot into the corner past keeper Mathew Thompson. Grimsby's two goal cushion was kept safe as skipper Richard Goodhand saved a certain Hull goal on the line and the final score was a 3-1 win to the home side who remain fourth in the league.
Ladies 1st Team
Grimsby 1st v Brigg 3rd
Grimsby’s Ladies Hockey 1st team continued their good form with a third victory in three league games. This time Brigg 3rds where the team on the receiving end of some excellent play.
Grimsby won 5-1 with goals from Anne Lambert (2), Katie Augusta, Hannah Baker and Gaenor Thompson sealed the victory. The only blight on the game, when Grimsby conceded a well worked Brigg penalty corner in the second half.
Lambert continued her goal scoring form, as she opened the Grimsby account, with a clinical finish from open play after receiving a well executed pass from Teresa Oaten.
Brigg began to pick up the play, but found the Grimsby midfield trio of Jo Turner, Gaenor Thompson and Hannah Baker difficult to cross. So, when Turner picked up a loose ball, she quickly played a pass across midfield to Thompson then Baker, to ease a final pass to Katie Augusta, who with pace scorched past 3 defenders and slotted the ball passed a hapless goalkeeper, to make it 2-0 at halftime.
Grimsby began to dominate the play early in the second half and this was highlighted after 10mins with a well worked third goal. Built up with a series of short passes, Hannah Baker made an advance to the twenty five yard line. Then, after playing the ball to Lambert at the top of the D, a return pass, saw Hannah stretch and pass the ball into the back of the net, finishing off a well worked move.
This really perked Brigg up and when they converted a well earned short corner, they felt that there was some hope, but this was to be short lived..
The Grimsby team stuck to their task and after the breakdown of some good open play hockey by Brigg, when Liz Crowther intercepted a pass in defence, she showed her skill as she took the ball past 2 players, giving a short pass to Thompson, who with Baker, made short shrift of the midfield, with Baker easing the ball to Anne Lambert to finish clinically.
The final goal was scored from a penalty corner, 15 mins from the end of the match. An unconventional short corner was taken on the left hand side of the D, by Gaenor Thompson to Hannah Baker, who decided not to shoot, but play a return pass to Thompson. Her initial flick was saved, but Thompson reacted the quickest and hammered the ball into the backboard.
Ladies 2nd Team
Lincoln Roses 2nd v Grimsby 2nd
The women of Grimsby 2’s took a big step in their development this season as they ran out resounding 3-0 winners at Brayford Pool in Lincoln last Saturday.
It took Grimsby some time to settle into their game, but once their confidence grew, the opening goal soon came from Holly Fielding, beginning her fine form with a well taken goal. Continued pressure on the hosts' circle lead to several more chances, one of which was converted again by Holly Fielding to double Grimsby’s lead 5 minutes before half time.
Looking to dictate the tempo of the second half, Lincoln Roses came out and moved the ball swiftly around the pitch, rotating the forwards regularly in order to wear down the away side's press. Lisa Foster kept up the Grimsby momentum, breaking down the Lincoln attacks and leading those made by the Grimsby side.
Rachel Elson made some valued contributions, creating several goal scoring chances which, on another day, would have seen more goals.
A fine win was rounded off when a lengthy spell of possession saw Tabea Hager find space to fire in from close range, capitalising on some good well worked passing moves by the Grimsby side.
Grimsby were the deserved winners with an all round faultless team performance with fine contributions by everyone.