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Will Paul Hurst stay at Grimsby?
06/12 Peterborough Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
THIS was all very well, all so pleasant, Town in the ascendancy, shots, passes, jokes old and new. Peterborough hadnâ€™t got inside the Town penalty area yet. A quarter of an hour gone and nothing for Davison to be concerned about, just a couple of back-passes to launch upfield.
Peterborough United 3 Grimsby Town 2
The rest of the half wasnâ€™t very interesting. After about half an hour Barnard dinked a free kick from left to right, deep into the Peterborough penalty area. Edwards chested the ball down to Jevons, who controlled it, shimmied right, shammied left, drifted past one, two, then placed a shot against a third defenderâ€™s shins. Town prodded the Poshites a few times, mainly down the left, with Campbell a constant menace with his purposeful, pacy probing. Crosses to the near post, crosses to the far post, all just a little too far away from a striped booty or head. Town had the ball most of the time, but Peterborough just seemed to like it that way as their rapid attackers really did glide through the Town midfield, and then defence. Did I say midfield? There seemed to be someone missing there. His name was Pouton, or was it Daws? Twice Croweâ€™s ability to run very quickly saved Town, as did Craneâ€™s extremely long legs.
About 10 minutes before halftime Peterborough tore Town apart down the left; Barnard a distant memory, Hamilton long since curdled, Newton placed a perfect through ball for McKenzie to run onto. Hamilton, dear, dear Des, simply wound down as McKenzie ran past him, leaving a clear run on goal. Into the area, on the left, wide of goal a shot hit low across Davison and a few inches wide of the far post. Davison was forced to race out of his area and lump the ball into touch as Newton again bypassed Barnard without so much as a by-your-leave. How rude of him. Desco Hamilton, free, surging down the left, acres of space, a clear run, go, go, go, youâ€™re going to a go-go. Going into a cul-de-sac of his own making, the chance gone as Hamilton slowed down, overtaken by defenders and events, drifting aimlessly into the corner. Wasted.
Thatâ€™s just about it apart from a weak header from Jevons from somewhere inside the penalty area. It may have been 3 yards out, it may have been 13 yards out, it was too far away to tell. Oh and that shot by Anderson which screamed just over the bar at the back of the stand against which several Poshites were leaning. Newton and Campbell had a bit of a contretemps as Campbell eased the ball out of play. Stuff and nonsense really, though Newton was fortunate not to be booked for being stupid. Hang on a second, is that it? Is that all from the first half? Yes, you arenâ€™t that bothered about Crane getting booked are you? Or Hamilton, for an ostentatious dive by Farrell after heâ€™d lost the ball? Frankly Town would have been better off if Hamilton had been sent off. For he and Barnard were having shockers. The rest were fine: Crowe was busy, if not particularly threatening going forward; Jevons was trying really hard, even running around and not falling over at the slightest whiff of enemy odour; Onoura had been effective when standing still. The theory of Iffy seemed to worry the Peterborough defence, if not the reality. Peterborough had had three efforts on goal and Davison didnâ€™t make any saves. And that really was it.
Half time: Peterborough United 1 Grimsby Town 1
So, nicely poised, the danger signs were there for both teams. It had a name and that name was Keith Hill.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Thereâ€™s a man burning messages on his chest over there".
The report continues in the Second Half.
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