|Date||19 September 2015|
|Result||L 1 - 4|
GS: Nick Bettles 1-F
Sheffield travelled to Grimsby on a glorious day, for their first league game of the season. Early excitement was dampened a little when the postcode supplied by Grimsby delivered the teams to Cleethorpes promenade and the prospect of playing on the beach. Checks were made and eventually the home team's ground was located. On arrival the Grimsby captain asked if we had brought an umpire and we had not. A short debate ensued about whether we should have brought one but Andy Robinson and Boggles volunteered to share umpiring duties, resolving the issue.
Glorious weather greeted the start of the game and a competitive 10 minutes ensued before Sheffield's defence gifted Grimsby two goals. Sheffield pressed forward for a goal and looked a reasonable force with Phil Lumb and Ben Driver playing well, but Grimsby broke well a couple of times, really stretching Sheffield's defence and hitting the post on one occasion. Half time arrived and defensive alterations were made and Sheffield began the second half well. Robinson marshalled the defence well, and on a foray forward a cross by Lumb was deftly deflected home by Nick Bettles. Game on! The game was then end to end under a hot, sapping sun, but with ten minutes to go Grimsby scored the goal that perhaps their overall play warranted. With the last move of the game, Sheffield's defence stopped for a clear case of feet, unspotted by the Grimsby umpire and the home team scored, to leave the final score as 4-1.
Grimsby were a friendly and hospitable bunch who hosted us to a good tea in a pub that overlooked Cleethorpes station and the sea. Next season, train travel to this game could well be an option!