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15/11 Stockport Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
ISNâ€™T this fun, eight minutes of sauntering, itâ€™s only a matter of time before all our wrongs are righted.
Grimsby Town 1 Stockport County 1
Town got a couple of throw-ins simply because Onoura was the first man to the ball, claiming the ball for Grimsby by sticking a little fish faced flag on top. Hah, the Norwegians didnâ€™t get here first! A disintegrating lump of nonsense was unfolding before us. Ah, but what was it? You have three options to chose from: was it (a) the match as a whole, (b) Des Hamilton or (c) a copy of the GET on to which tea had been spilled.
What was that? A Town attack? Yes! Another, what felt like one whole week after the last one. In other words, around the half hour mark. A long high ball towards Onuora reached its target. A flick on and Anderson, on the edge of the area to the centre left, tipped the ball behind the defence and slapped a left footed thwacker a foot or so over the angle of bar and near post. A few minutes later a cross from the Town right sailed over all to Anderson, about a dozen yards out. He sidled back to his right foot, twisted and curled another shot over the angle of bar and far post. Isolated moments in a sea of drudgery, for the ball was either in the air, or on the toe end of a Stockport player. Oh, one very tiny fact, the Stockport goalkeeper was replaced after about 35 minutes. He shook his hands in pain and limped off. I think he fell awkwardly when catching a useless cross from some Town player or other. The replacement goalkeeper was Colgan, who looked suspiciously like the Colgan Town had on loan years ago. It must be the same one, as he appeared to be extremely comfortable sitting on the bench at Blundell Park.
With about 10 minutes to go before this turgid dross ground to a halt, Town re-enacted an early Mack Sennet short, when Stockport simply punted the ball over the top towards the left edge of the Town area. Young trotted, then sprinted, Edwards gracefully glided across the turf and Davison came off his line and out of his area. Oh dear, Gibb got there first as the Town players looked at each other, giving nods and winks but no clues as to who would actually deal with danger. Luckily Gibbâ€™s cross (there was at least one striker unmarked on the edge of the area in front of a very open goal) was blocked by a combination of Edwardsâ€™ feet, Davisonâ€™s shins and Youngâ€™s hope against hope. A couple of minutes later more awful defending by Town allowed a cross to sweep through the area from their right to a little lad on the left. Welsh, about a dozen yards out and about the same again wide of goal, let fly with a zinging shot which Davison tipped over the bar. Fortunately the shot had gone straight at Davison.
Wahey, Town again, nice of them to drop in and say hello, wasnâ€™t it. Crane ambled forward, looked up and saw no movement. Only one thing to do in those circumstances, lump it long. From about 40 yards out on the Town right, he hit an excellent diagonal pass over the defence. Boulding sneaked behind his marker and was free about half a dozen yards out just beyond the far post. The goalkeeper was espied flapping on his line as the defender fell. Boulding carefully steered a left footed volley just past the Ron Ramsdenâ€™s advert. In other words, the ball ended up wider of the goal than when it started its crazy journey of discovery. Any more? Not from Town. Just more time for Town to collapse in defence, allowing a throw on their right to be played back to the full back, who curled a teasing, tantalising cross through the 6 yards box. Davison took one step forward, one step back (a bit like Townâ€™s season) and the central defenders hesitated. Daly strode forward and the combined personalities of Edwards and Crane squished Daly. A-tissue, a-tissue, they all fell down, and Edwards eventually got up and strolled off with the ball.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Stockport County 0
There were three minutes of added time and thankfully it ended. Wake me up before you go-go. Have I missed anything out? A lot of rubbish, quite frankly. And that penalty appeal in the 31st minute. A deep cross into the Town area, beyond the far post. Crane, Wilbraham and McDermott jumped. Up went Craneâ€™s hand, away went the ball. "Handball" shouted a confused Pontoonite. He was quickly silenced by means of the "usual methods". He wonâ€™t wear a cagoule again. Town were extremely fortunate to be level, having defended like four Ashley Ficklings on an ice rink. Only Wilbrahamâ€™s insistence on taking two touches allowed International Rescue, in the form of Edwards, to arrive
To sum up - it filled Blundell Park with inertia.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"We should de-commission Hamilton now".
The report continues in the Second Half.
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