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13/03 Bournemouth Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
TOWN were looking a little ragged, especially in midfield where there were several instances of friendly fire, mostly involving Barnard. Yes, the dashing dragon just kept colliding with his team-mates, such was his puppy dog enthusiasm to get the ball. He doesnâ€™t need toilet training though.
Grimsby Town 1 Bournemouth 1
Another fair haired Bournemouthite hit a low shot from outside the area which drumbled through to Fettis, with Feeney attempting to slide across and divert the ball into the bottom left corner. Edwards slid too, both missed, Fettis didnâ€™t. Nothing to get hung up about. Near the end Feeney, inside the penalty area on the deep right, spectacularly dived over a clump of dirt as Young swiped the ball out for a throw in. A rubbish dive, no penalty given, but no yellow card either which, in context, was another rubbish bit of reffing.
Town? Now Town did sometimes move forward, though there was absolutely no creativity at all, the "chances" were all on breakaways. Rowan bundled down the left and crossed low through the middle of the penalty area. Thorrington hurtled in and just missed the ball . A little later, or perhaps a little earlier (does it matter?), Campbell dimpled the ball down the right and Thorrington hared off, off and away, towards the penalty area, crossing low. Jevons slid, a defender slod, the goalkeeper slud, and the ball carried on towards the corner flag. Coldicott wampled a Poutonian shot high over the bar, higher over the scoreboard. The ball bombled along the top of the Osmond Stand, within a foot or two of the top of the roof, then careered down the corrugated shack and got stuck under the adverts. Now that was a highlight of the half. I think another Town player had a shot, which may have sliced across the face of goal from left to right. I may have dreamt it, or perhaps it was a nightmare. There were no ladders or dancing elves, so perhaps it really did happen.
Half time: Grimsby Town 1 Bournemouth 0
You know, Iâ€™ve told you everything that happened in this half. It was awful, awful stuff. Town defence was more solid (hurrah), but at the price of many other things. The nominal full backs did advance a lot, they did try, especially Edwards, but they are centre backs, arenâ€™t they. Much of the time they did that defending thing," if in doubt get it out". They did, but the ball kept going straight back to Bournemouth. The gruesome twosome upfront hardly touched the ball, and if they did the referee kept giving free kicks to the Cherry blue and apple blossom white visitors. The midfield was a cultural desert and, for great chunks of the half, seemed to consist of Coldicott and Barnard only.
Oh, I missed out Bournemouthâ€™s offside goal. It was offside.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"When are we going to be Town again?".
The report continues in the Second Half.
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