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Will Paul Hurst stay at Grimsby?
20/03 Hartlepool Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
ONWARDS, onwards, players rushing forward, Barnard free, Campbell freer, but Jevons closed his eyes and thought of the television glory. About 25 yards out he hit a rubbish shot which wobbled seven yards wide of the keeperâ€™s right post. His team-mates were not pleased. What next?
Grimsby Town 0 Hartlepool United 2
Town did respond, kind of. Edwards took a lot of throw-ins that increased the ire of Law - some actually stayed in play. Ah, thatâ€™s more like it. Coldicott, always Stacy isnâ€™t it, mugged and hugged, flicked and tricked receiving a return pass from Rowan on the left hand side. Into the area, a dozen or so yard out wide of goal Coldicott did something. It may have been a shot, it may have been a cross, the jury will probably never return a verdict on that. Provett caught it. You see I fibbed earlier, he did touch the ball again. Bet you feel better now for ploughing on into the wind.
Sometime in the hours between the goal and halftime, Hartlepool occasionally visited their own supporters, just to keep them warm and happy, to wave and smile, to meet and greet. Crosses, overhit, corners flibbled into the centre. Chances? No. Boyd was free again, behind the defence racing towards Fettis, who stuttered off his line. Actually it may have been Porter, but little men hiding inside big red polyester all look the same. Fettis attempted a slide tackle inside the area and whoever the striker was fell. The ball zoomed out of play and the referee gave a gaol kick. Town seemed a bit lucky there. It was either a dive or a foul, wasnâ€™t it? Lucky again, Fettis punched away a corner and was given a free kick for being fouled by Armstrong. Please end this rubbish, I have a sandwich to eat.
Ah, Bolder, Bolder, we remember you. Racing into the areas on the left, a pass flicked through by Jevons. The crowd on their feet, Bolder off his, slipping as he tried to side step a defender. The attack petered out pathetically. Rowan , Rowan, poor little Jonny, fading from view, the crowd increasingly irritated by his weakness, his sleepiness, his sheer lackness. Irritation turned to jeers when he crossed into the Pontoon when sent free down the left. What a catalyst he hasnâ€™t turned out to be, left standing like a naughty schoolboy. Nothing more to say apart from their left back thadumped a free kick from a full 40 yards which went about a foot over the bar. Cheeky.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Hartlepool United 1
Somehow we got to half time without someone being decapitated by a swinging speaker or viciously tackled by a corner flag. You really could have someoneâ€™s eye out with them you know. I donâ€™t know how many extra minutes were added for the retaken throw-ins and delays when free kicks, goal kicks and corners had rolling ballitis. And I donâ€™t care. It probably wasnâ€™t enough, but it was far too long. Help, end this now.
The conditions were terrible, but that does mask some rather unpalatable matters. Town were only fleetingly adequate. The notional fullbacks struggled manfully with their task but you just canâ€™t get away from the fact that they are centre backs. They didnâ€™t support the attacks very much and when they did the crosses and passes were rather haphazard. Town were a blob of lumpy custard, too much of one thing, and not enough of the other. Definitely not enough cream in the jug.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"The vet was surprised I didnâ€™t feel my catâ€™s bottom".
The report continues in the Second Half.
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