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28/12 Peterborough 2nd Half
By: Tony Butcher
NO changes were made by either team at half time, although Town did have a different attitude and had a real go for the first quarter of an hour. Anything you can do we can do better, for Cas has a long throw too and it isnâ€™t a gloopy drooper than goes a long way slowly.
Peterborough United 0 Grimsby Town 0
The game was not so much drifting to 0-0, but set in quick drying concrete, with steel girders for support, with superglue affixing the deep piles driven into the ground. And on days like these donâ€™t you just know Townâ€™lll mess it up with a calamitous bit of slapdashery. Hello Des! Town indulged themselves in some passing between the defenders, across the back line, to Young, to Pouton, who noticed Des free on the halfway line. Hamilton decided to knock the ball back to Edwards first time. As Edwards controlled the fire encrusted meteor, a striker ran from behind him, and nicked the ball to Farrell, near the half way line on their right. Farrell zoomed clear towards goal, Edwards got back and half stopped him near the corner of the penalty area. Farrell stepped inside Edwards, then another defender and was free with just Davison between him and unlikely glory. Farrell seized the moment and thwacked a right footed drive around Davison, over and wide of the top right hand corner. Nice to see you, to see you nice. Didnâ€™t he do well?
This was their chance. Full stop. That was it. Clarke did manage to burst clear a couple of minutes later but shot straight at Davison from a narrow angle. It didnâ€™t look particularly interesting from 100 yards away. And they flung a few crosses into the crowd too. Did I mention those long throws? The Poshites nearly scored from one, you know, when Cas flicked on towards the right hand corner. Davison slowly sailed to plunge upon this stray cat. But the sum total of the Poshies was a few more chucks, some rubbish corners, some barging, and some dribbling from Farrell. It all explained why they are down at the bottom. Fortunately, Fry didnâ€™t think to bring on Newton, who relishes Town full backs.
Town had the better chances to do something wonderful, but failed every time. The nearest and dearest of these knocking opportunities was our old friend Michaelmas Boulding. Hamilton, in the centre of the pitch, did a bicycle kick to lift the ball over the top. Boulding got in front of the defender and was free, bearing down on goal from the centre right. From about a dozen yards out and just wide of goal, Boulding mumbled a soft right footed shot straight into the â€˜keeperâ€™s arms. Anymore, yep. Boulding again, sent freeish on the right, wriggling past a defender, had a shot blocked from a narrow angle and the ball bounced back to him. With Pouton and friends queuing up unmarked inside the area, Boulding dragged a first time shot against the first defenderâ€™s shins. Pouton walked over and told Boulding off. Oh I forgot, Young was replaced by Ford with 15 minutes left, just after heâ€™d received some treatment for something or other. Ford wasnâ€™t noticeable, so this suggests that he didnâ€™t make any monumental errors. But then again, whoâ€™d have noticed, whoâ€™d have cared. Brains were being sucked out of heads by the sheer tedium of the torpid trash in front of us.
Sometime during the afternoon Campbell tried a Childsian volley as the ball dropped from the stars. His cross shot zoomed low through the area and was volleyed clear by a defender a few yards out. Finally, the vocal minority got the thing they wanted, Onoura was replaced by Mansaram with just less than 10 minutes left. Mansaram was Mansaramian, all enthusiastic bundling, good, bad and ugly in the some movement. A wonderful chase down of a chip into the right hand corner, robbing the defender then...passing directly to the next one, 5 yards away. At the end Town won a free kick near the left hand corner of the Peterborough penalty area. No Barnard, no Anderson, so only Jevons to take it. Everyone in the ground knew where the ball was going, and Jevons duly curled it around the wall and into the side netting, causing an unnecessary frisson of excitement in those Town fans rattling their jewellery in the seats at the side.
There were five minutes of added time, and after a couple, to a chorus of indifference, the referee gave up and ended the game. Oh, and the obligatory daft booking for Crane. Injured when clearing and receiving treatment off the pitch when Legg hurled a mighty arrow into the centre, Crane ran back on and tackled Legg as he picked up the clearance. Seems the referee hadnâ€™t allowed him to come back, so a yellow card was wafted.
Sometimes you can have too much information, and if youâ€™ve got this far, you have. All you needed to know about this game were these three words - long throw, offside. Peterborough were dreadful, without any style or wit, yet Town managed to match them. Itâ€™s games like these which show why Town wonâ€™t go down, but wonâ€™t go up either. For they lack the will to win, to be ruthless, to be professional. Or perhaps the win bonuses arenâ€™t that generous, or take the payers into a higher tax bracket; the cost/benefit analysis falling on the side of "why bother".
It was like watching a schoolboy game.
Nickoâ€™s Man of the Match
No-one outside the defence did anything worthy, though at least Pouton tried to do things properly. Edwards, the Farrell robbing moment aside, was an unobtrusive rock, though overall the only Town player to enhance his standing in world football was Greg Young, who looked confident and competent, even causing minor peril to Peterborough when striding forward.
Mr Penn. Determined not to make a life changing decision, such as moving to Australia or sending someone off, he was a bit of a cowardly green custard. Was he a homer, or just afraid to do something which might make people shout at him? Arbitrary and mostly arbitrary against Town, he wasnâ€™t awful, just average for this division. There have been worse this year, he gets a 4.872.
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