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20/09 Chesterfield Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
DAWS had a very uninspiring start, with his first two passes being miss-placed. But no-one muttered too much, for Town were beginning to play the ball around, to feet, with Davison starting to roll the ball out to the full backs. You know, like Town used to do, way back when.
Grimsby Town 4 Chesterfield 0
CAMPBELL or BIG HAIRED DEFENDERâ€™S OWN GOAL? Only the video jury can decide. Set the video to Stun, Scotty. The crowd went wild, and so did Crane and Barnard. Yep, Crane had a huge barney with Barney. Ford literally prized them apart and the referee wandered over and had "words". If Ford hadnâ€™t been there then one of them would have been on the floor, teeth akimbo. It appeared that Barnard was not appreciative of some aspect of Craneâ€™s positioning, judging by the finger pointing and amateur lip reading (expletives excepted, if not accepted by Crane).
The rest of the half was torpid, poor, so very poor, punctuated by brief moments of unfettered excitement and skill. Around the half hour mark several things happened; a bit like buses, weâ€™d waited ages then it comes all of a rush. Town should have scored again when Barnard surged, swayed and swaggered down the left and middle, before playing a perfect pass through to Boulding on the centre right. Boulding swept on and, from just inside the penalty area, to the right of goal, dragged a shot across Muggleton and straight out for...a corner. The corner, on Townâ€™s left was clipped to Barnard, waiting outside the penalty area on the left, whose first shot zipped into the area and back out again. Barnard thundered forward and murdered a shot from the edge of the area which went a few inches over the angle of post and bar. A minute or so later Town had a beautiful flowing move down the left, started by Daws who intercepted the ball in midfield by volleying a cushioned pass up the wing. Barnard, Daws and Hockless combined, with the tiny tot caressing a pass out to the unmarked Cas, on the right edge of the penalty area. Cas slightly miss-controlled the ball, allowing it to bounce up , giving just enough time for Muggelton to race out and block the shot.
Chesterfield broke back down the other end and the warning lights flashed on our map. The ball was knocked over Crane, who trundled back and totally miss-hit a back pass. Folan, who was wearing Leroyâ€™s hair out of Fame, pumped up the volume and was set on a collision course with the now plunging Davison. They collided, the ball rolled free and Barnard tapped the ball out of play, as both lay prostrate on the ground. Folan was wheeled off the pitch and eventually replaced by Robinson. This was just one of many stoppages for injuries, including Ford, who suddenly started hopping after heâ€™d knocked the ball back to Davison. Down he went, on came the physio and eventually off went Ford, to be replaced just a couple of minutes before half time by Edwards. There were three minutes of added time, during which another lengthy stoppage occurred. The half ended when Boulding was hacked down from behind. No action taken, Boulding just left in a heap as everyone else walked off the pitch.
Half time: Grimsby Town 1 Chesterfield 0
That was just about all in the first half, a scrappy, stop-start affair. Chesterfield had several more efforts on goal, including a couple of long shots which forced Davison to plunge and pluck. They probably should have scored near half time when they infiltrated the Town area on the right and the ball was pulled back to Robinson, just 10 yards out. He tried a first time steered volley, which ended up as a poked, sliced weak embarrassment as it rolled slowly, slowly across goal. It probably looked closer from 100 yards away, or behind a post in the press box. The Pontoon just "Pfftd" at that. Town were leading and it should have been by at least three, but that defence was still not convincing. The full backs were untroubled, but the centre had difficulties with two large lumps of lignite. Having said that, Edwards had a cracking two minutes, so there was hope for the second half.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Weâ€™ll thatâ€™s two teams worse than us, so far".
The report continues in the Second Half.
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