Question of the Week
Do you support Cleethorpes Town?
02/03 Notts Co Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
THE corner, from their right, was flung beyond the far post to the unmarked Barras, who headed firmly goalwards. Four Town players stood and stared as the ball made its way towards the centre of the goal.
Notts County 3 Grimsby Town 1
The Town fans were soon appalled, as Crane, Campbell and Ford walked upfield and watched Antoine-Curier stroll through them on to a lofted dink. They didn't move, just hoping for an offside flag. Antoine-Curier ran on, down the inside left, into the area and approached the quivering Pettinger. About 10 yards out and to the left of goal A-C smacked a drive against Pettinger's chest. The lad stood up well, though it should have been another goal.
Urgh, again, Ford, always Ford, no longer visible to the naked eye; you need a radio telescope to see him as he exits the solar system. Arrgh, what is he doing now? A corner, a scramble, the ball at his feet a dozen yards out. If in doubt hoof it out? No - if in trouble drag back, step over and shimmy through your own penalty area. His mind really doesn't work the same as yours or mine, does it.
More? You need to know more? Caskey, left free with a late run into the area, mis-headed a dropper wide of the left post. Crane headed a long punt out of the Town area. Caskey burst through the middle past Captain Cardboard. Crane felt similarly unenthused enough to move. Caskey stretched and sliced a half volley very wide, very high from the middle edge of the penalty area.
Barras headed against Ford's shoulder when a free kick from their left was shaped into the far post, just eight yards out. The corner was curled into the middle of the box and Pettinger made an excellent reaction save, clawing the ball away to his right. Remember these are just the actual moments of blind terror. The dreadfulness that resulted in nothing has been kept from you. There are some things best left in the dark recesses of life.
Half time: Grimsby Town 4 Barnsley 0
You get the feeling Town were a defensive disgrace? You bet, and all down the right. Hopeful hands shot up whenever County hit the ball over the top, with barely an attempt to track back. County should have scored at least a couple more, and Town would not have felt hard done by.
The irony is that it is the Town players, those who are actually employed by the club, who rested on the Saturday laurels. Thorpe, Daws and Armstrong were the most motivated of the lot, the best of the bunch. Hockless tried, but was easily brushed aside by the County defenders. Jevons didn't like it much, for the self styled 'Pies nullified him just by having a bloke stand near. No room, no time, no fight. I could go on, but you have the picture, the footballing equivalent of Guernica.
But it was still only 1-2, and look what happened last week. Ah, but no Stacy this time.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"I never thought I'd ever say we miss Stacy."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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