GAINSBOROUGH Trinity were pipped 2-1 by Grimsby Town on the Northolme on Saturday.
Gainsborough Trinity handed starts to two trialists, Josh Wilde and Jack Davis being called up by Blues boss Brian Little.
Grimsby Town started the better of the two teams in the opening five minutes, Jack Bradbury skilfully beat two defenders, pulled his cross back to Andi Thanoj who blazed his shot well over the bar.
The home side then had their first chance of the game, a well timed run from Ryan Kendall sent him clear of the Grimsby’s defence, and he saw his shot saved excellently by Kenny Arthur.
As the half wore on the it didn’t look like either team would break the deadlock, until the 30 minute mark when a well placed ball from Lee Ridley was calmly tucked away by Serge Makofo to give the visitors the advantage.
On the stroke of half-time Grimsby were awarded a free-kick, and a chance to double their lead, but Makofo’s shot was well saved by summer signing Andrew Pettinger in the Trinity goal.
Kendall’s skill helped him to beat two defenders; but his cross was headed wide by Mark Gray.
Trinity right-back Davis brought down Makofo on the edge of the penalty area; Makofo took the free-kick but it was easily saved by Pettinger.
After the interval Gainsborough came out a completely different side, changing 10 players, only Craig Nelthorpe staying on from the first half.
Trinity drew level two minutes into the second half thanks to a Darryn Stamp chip. A mix-up between the Grimsby keeper and his back line allowed Stamp to take full advantage and chip home for 1-1.
In the 70th minute Grimsby took the lead again through Anthony Church. Michael Coulson had a header saved brilliantly by Phil Barnes, who could only parry, and the ball found its way onto the head of Church who headed Grimsby 2-1 up.
The Mariners’ second was the final goal of the afternoon, despite another decent chance for the visitors after a scramble in the Trinity box.
Trinity: Andrew Pettinger, Jack Davis, Josh Wilde, Gavin Cowan, Mark Gray, Jonathan Williams, Michael Leary; Ryan Williams, Ryan Kendall, Lewis McMahon, Craig Nellthorpe.
Subs: Owaine Warlow, Andrew Boyce, Rory Coleman, Shane Clarke, Jonathan D’Laryea, Jamie Yates, Sam Turner, Ryan Paczkowski, Darryn Stamp, Dominic Roma, Phil Barnes.
Grimsby Town: Kenny Arthur, Bradley Wood, Lee Ridley, Frankie Artus, Charlie I’Anson, Darren Kempson, Jack Bradbury, Andi Thanoj, Sam Mulready, Rob Eagle, Serge Makofo.
Subs: Gary Silk, James Mckeown, Scott Garner, Anthony Church, Michael Coulson, Liam Hern.