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20/01 Wrexham Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
WREXHAM had a couple of dribbly shots from outside the area which forced Davison to bend his back to pick it up off the mud. Davison could have nipped home for a quick shower if he wanted too, and the shots would still be trundling towards the Pontoon.
Grimsby Town 1 Wrexham 3
Nothing shots, but dangerous moments, as Wrexhamâ€™s tactic of simply dribbling forward at the Town centre backs was a worrying development. After about a quarter of an hour, they simply ran quickly towards the Town goal and Thomas. 20 yards out in the centre, dinked the ball out from between his feet towards the top right hand corner. Davison flew across his goal and just managed to palm the ball away for a corner. An excellent save.
Anderson, poor, poor Anderson, the heckling adding to his inner turmoil, barely capable of running, backing off, frightened, a shot from 30 yards out, skipping seven yards past the right hand post. Why bother? Why? Young, left alone to fend for himself as Carlos the Jackal hunted his prey. Ford, finally Ford dissolving, with Groves apoplectic as the man on a mission from Mars backed off, and off, and off. Bring back Galli! Daws swiped away the danger. There were Town attacks, in the sense that Town players were inside the Wrexham penalty area, the ball too, sometimes going in the vague direction of the goal. But belief gone, huffing, puffing, failing to blow down the little pigsâ€™ house, which had quite a bit of straw in if you peered at it for a few seconds.
The half drifting, the game sunk, the season marooned, all those marine metaphors bob, bob, bobbing along. A Jevons header, yawn. A Crowe header, eyelids dropping quicker than the ball into Dibbleâ€™s hands. Oo! The ball lobbed high, Onoura challenged the â€˜keeper, the ball dropped, Jevons physically near, but mind far, far away. Sigh.
With a couple of minutes left Anderson curled a big, ballooning kick around the wall from about 25 yards. The ball zoomed back, but far too late, hitting the empty seats behind the goal with a splish and a splash. Whenâ€™s half time? Now. Off they trouped to an ominous silence from the majority. Yes some boos, but only by a few knots of defiant angry young men.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Wrexham 2
Yet again a team was trouncing Town, and this one even had an outstanding individual. Carlos Edwards, fast, tricky, and on this showing way below his level. Would Barnard have made a difference? Probably, as he would at least have kicked him hard very early on. The really, really awful thing about it all was that there was no apparent tactical change to deal with the obvious threat. If there was, the players didnâ€™t do what they were told to do. And as for attacking, forget about it. A few superficially fancy flicks from Mr Twinkltoes Jevons which only meant the ball got to Onuora, who at least was trying. Somehow Town have replaced Livingstone with a caricature - Livvo without the psychopathic elbows. Boulding did a couple of neat rolling, spinning turns out on the touchline, but as per usual his crosses just trundled into the shins of the first defender.
The fans? Well, a couple got ejected for having a scrap in the singing corner of the Pontoon. One of them got so animated he ended up punching a policeman. Overall it was the usual mixture of emotions, there is still no consensus over who is to blame. But everyone was certain "something must be done".
The soufflé hasnâ€™t finished deflating.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
The Toilet held a 10 minute silence as a mark of respect following the death of hope.
The report continues in the Second Half.
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