Question of the Week
Will Paul Hurst stay at Grimsby?
28/02 Barnsley Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
THE Pontoon muttered like Mutley, but shook heads approvingly at Thorpeâ€™s movement. He just looks like a striker. A minute or so later he proved it. Pettinger wellied a long kick down the centre left, caught on the breeze drifting, floating, going, going.
Grimsby Town 6 Barnsley 1
Perhaps theyâ€™ll stay a while longer, for here comes the fightback. A spell of pressure from Barnsley (ie two passes inside the Town half) and Rocastle skidded a shot across the face of goal from about 25 yards out on their left. Pettinger dived low and parried the ball aside. Nardiello scampered forward and was eventually strangled by a combination of Ford and Crane as he tried to dance along the bye-line and into the 6 yards box. That was the last Barnsley attack.
Town continued to toy with these lower league charlatans. Thorpe again drifted behind his marker at the back post, this time offside. Now thatâ€™s something we havenâ€™t seen a Town striker do for 25 years - drifting away from his marker not being offside, of course. For about 10 minutes the Town players seemed to be signalling to the bench that some one was injured and eventually Ford hobbled off, replaced by Parker after 40 minutes. Nobody was sad to see the Space Cadet walk off, but he still got a warm ovation. Probably for being injured. Rankin, havenâ€™t mentioned him much. Will do now. A minute after Ford went on a space walk Town put together a purringly perfect move. Barnsley attacked down their right under the Police Box. The ball was eased away from the fragile pretenders to the throne. Armstrong, Barnard, then Coldicot exchange one touch passing; Toblerone football. Coldicott clipped the ball to Rankin, on the touchline near the half way line, who chested the ball down with testosterone oozing from every pore. Isaiah turned and ran up the wing as Coldicott curled a pass for him to chase. Rankin powered on, pursued by a fading figure from the past. Handyside, poor Peter, sinking, sinking into the pitch, Rankin away. Along the bye-line Rankin turned, awaited the arrival of the former favourite, then simply stepped inside, leaving Handyside face down in the dirt. Into the area, Beresford shaking, RANKIN slapped the ball around the less-than-dapper flapper and in off the right hand post. A brilliant team goal with a great finish, followed by a blinding flash as a bridge was burnt a couple of yards from the Osmond Stand. Rankin raced up to the remaining raging Barnsley fans, turned his back, hopped up and down and with both hand raised pointed to the back of his shirt.
It began to snow.
There were three minutes of added time announced, but four on the board held up by the so called fourth official. Whatever, half time came, and more Barnsley fans went. Having been in the same position so, so many times this season the Town fans of course had so much empathy for the poor huddled masses in the Osmond End. Not. This was very reminiscent of Oldham all those three weeks ago. One team almost deliberately losing, it really was like they wanted Town to win even more that we did. As a team, Town were excellent, Daws and Coldicott controlled the middle, with Coldicott especially not allowing any Barnsleyite time to even attempt to control the ball. He was instantly upon their ankles, gnawing and gnarling his way through bone. Jevons carried his wand around, casting spells upon any of the little pixies who came near, enchanting the crowd with his swivelling hips and magical boots. Thorpe and Rankin were the air mobile, ready to attack at a moments notice. Handyside looked very, very ordinary as a result. We even saw the lesser spotted Campbell too, out from its winter hibernation.
Half time: Grimsby Town 4 Barnsley 0
This was all we could ever dream of and more. Everything was going perfectly, what could go wrong now? Oh, yes, it was snowing; itâ€™d be just Townâ€™s luck to have the game abandoned, wouldnâ€™t it.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
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The report continues in the Second Half.
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