TOWN must wait until Tuesday to find out if they are totesport.com League East Division champions.
The reserves returned to the top of the table by winning 3-1 at Grimsby this week, but will be overhauled by Leeds if they beat Rotherham at Elland Road in their final fixture.
Town’s superior goal difference (plus 24 to plus 18) means a draw will not be good enough for the Whites.
Jack Hunt marked the award of a first-year professional contract by scoring one of Town’s goals at Blundell Park, the others coming from Jon Worthington and Dave Heagney, who will both be leaving at the end of the current campaign.
Paul Stephenson’s side also included Spencer Harris, Liam Ridehalgh and Lewis Nightingale, who along with Leigh Franks, have also been awarded pro deals after coming though the academy.
It was an 11th win in 16 games for the second string, who lost only once – 3-0 to Leeds at the Galpharm earlier this month.
History was made when four of the club’s home games were taken to the Welfare Ground at Emley, with the only other home Central League fixture thought to have been played away from the club’s main stadium the April 1950 meeting with Newcastle, which was switched to The Shay at Halifax because of fire damage to the main stand at Leeds Road.
Trialists Paul Gerrard, James Smith, Matt Jansen, Craig Fagan and Peter Gilbert were among the 51 different players fielded by the three men in charge of the reserves at various stages of the season – Stephenson, Graham Mitchell and Mick Docherty.
Top scorer with eight was Keigan Parker, far left, who grabbed a hat trick in the 4-1 win at Bradford in February.
Town’s other hat-trick marksman was Luke Beckett, in the 3-1 defeat of Bradford at Emley in October.