|Grimsby Borough||6-0||Barton Town|
Drury 45, 46, 82 pen
It was a night to forget for the Swans as we were thrashed 6-0 in our first league game of the season at Grimsby Borough.
A crazy five minutes at the end of the first half saw the Swans concede three goals through Brody Robertson, Jack Bradbury and Adam Drury. 30 seconds into the second half Drury got his second. Elliot York got Grimsby’s fifth before Drury sealed his hat-trick with a penalty.
|4||Josh Baker 🟡|
|5||Matt Plummer 🔻Millson 19|
|6||Scott Matthews 🟡|
|8||Craig Disley 🔻Caulfield 67|
|10||Ben Hinchliffe 🔻Eccles 80|
|12||Adam Millson 🔺Plummer 19|
|14||Ryan Caulfield 🔺Disley 67|
|15||Josh Eccles 🔺Hinchliffe 80|
It was an even start to the game, with a couple of half chances. Our best chance of the first half fell to Ben Hinchliffe, whose drilled shot from just outside the area went just over the bar.
On 19 minutes captain Matt Plummer came off injured, another injured centre back, along with Taron Hare and Chaz Fisher. Adam Millson replaced him, and a reshuffle in defence saw Josh Baker playing right back.
Grimsby looked the stronger side but the Swans were resilient, up until the 40th minute when a nice through ball found Brody Robertson. He rounded Charlie Dixon and tapped into an open net for 1-0.
Two minutes later Jack Bradbury struck from distance, and the ball was low into the corner beyond the reach of Dixon for 2-0, and it was three before half time as Adam Drury fired a low shot into the bottom right corner.
From the restart it took Grimsby just 30 seconds to score a fourth. They waltzed through our defence and Drury had his second goal. Grimsby were comfortable from here on in.
The Swans had a small amount of pressure in the second half, with a couple of efforts from Adam Millson and Josh Batty. Most of the Swans attacks ended in goal kicks or defenders seeing the ball out for a goal kick.
It was five on 75 minutes when recent Grimsby signing Elliot York tapped in after some nice buildup play from Grimsby.
A penalty was given for Borough on 82 minutes, and Drury completed his hat-trick with a well taken penalty.
For the Swans it was our heaviest defeat since October 2017 when we lost by the same scoreline to Pontefract Collieries.