Goals from Ollie Maltby and Josh Ford handed Boston Town a 2-0 victory over a Grimsby Town XI tonight.
Former Poacher Callum Bastock was among the young Mariners side.
And both the Grimsby number one and Boston stopper Ricky Drury coped well with long range efforts which peppered their goals in the opening stages.
In a contest which began at a fast pace, the young Mariners looked to play an interesting passing game, while Town followed suit.
But the hosts also had the option of adding power to pace, with forwards Mickey Stones and Liam Nimmo, on trial with the club, able to bulldoze their way through the young opposition back line.
And had both had more minutes under their belt this summer, they would surely have been on the scoresheet.
Town winger Callum Stocks shared the strikers’ direct approach, but added a little more pace and trickery to his game.
Several times he created space down the right flank, his most memorable moment being a mazy run which ended with a powerful drive, from a tight angle, just whizzing over Bastock’s upright.
It was 10 minutes into the second half when Boston took the lead, substitute Ollie Maltby keeping his cool to slot a close-range volley past the exposed Mariners keeper.
With a number of substitutions punctuating the second 45, the contest retained its quick tempo, but chances were rarely created.
However, with virtually the final kick of the game, Ford found the net.
Controlling a cross with simplicity, his touch earned him the opportunity to unleash a ferocious strike which nestled into the Grimsby net.
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