Grimsby shine in comfortable win
Paul Hurst made one change to his starting eleven after the goalless king’s Lynn draw midweek.
Giles Coke was replaced by Burgess whilst Waterfall was named captain.
Town emulated their possessive play once again whilst improving creativity and determination in the final third.
Efete’s performance in the opening five minutes illustrated a Town side with something to prove after frustration at the hands of King’s Lynn.
Grimsby revelled in possession after forcing an early double corner but were unable to provide the deadly connection needed.
The Mariners did not have to wait long until their first goal which sent Blundell Park into madness.
A deflected Michee Efete cross found its way to Sousa who instinctively smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Moments later, Sousa had an opportunity to score his second and double the Mariners lead but could not beat keeper Dilon Barnes.
Grimsby thought they added their second of the afternoon after Efete’s header was saved on the line.
Thirty minutes in and Town had recorded a plethora of chances, Efete and Sousa playing with confidence and wreaking havoc in Aldershot’s six-yard box.
John Mcatee netted Grimsby’s second after pulling the trigger at the edge of the box.
The Mariners dominated their opposition in the first half, silencing the negative response to their previous, goalless draw.
Mcatee got things up and running again as Aldershot made a half time change to breathe life back into the travelling side.
Aldershot experienced a significant increase in possession throughout the second half, which enabled a variety of half chances for the visitors.
Despite a run of Aldershot efforts, Town managed to add a third goal on the sixtieth minute mark.
John Mcatee added his second of the afternoon after viciously connecting to a rebounded shot.
Aldershot did manage to send their travelling fans home with a constellation goal, however.
Oxlade-Chamberlain skipped past the Town defence, evading multiple last-ditch challenges before setting up Ryan Glover in extra time.
Overall, the Mariners fully deserved all three points after their inspired performance gave the home fans something to cheer about in the miserable weather.
Grimsby will travel to Southend next Friday.