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17/04 Rushden Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
THATâ€™S nice, theyâ€™ve got the ball and theyâ€™ve got inside the Town half. Itâ€™s only taken â€˜em five minutes. Oooh dear, Jack crossed from their left, Crane, five yards out at the near post, swung his right leg and shinned his clearance a few feet wide and high. Just like his backside then.
Grimsby Town 1 Rushden and Diamonds 0
Town had done very well to avoid scoring against the flabbiest, flimsiest team weâ€™ve seen at Blundell Park this season. And that includes the various alleged Grimsby teams. Anderson, Mansaram, a cross, Jevonsâ€™ shot blocked. Play permanently inside the Rushden half. Eleven yellow men inside a confined space, but such massive gaps for Town to play in. Tardis Town defying the laws of physics, surely? Mansaram again shape shifting past Roget, crossing to the near post, Anderson poking his right leg in front of a defender eight yards out. The ball missing the angle of post and bar by inches. Andersonâ€™s boot clattering Sambrookâ€™s knee. Tears before bedtime, angst, anguish, and a lot of prevarication. "Get â€˜im off the pitch."
Iâ€™m exhausted, arenâ€™t you?
So were the players; they had a little rest for five minutes. They simply let Rushden have the ball, which isnâ€™t a bad thing to do. Nothing would happen. Would it? Câ€™mon this is Town, they should be several up, but theyâ€™re bound to concede a stupid goal. Yeah, and here it is. Barnard back heading to ...Jack, whoâ€™d snuck around the back whilst the international playboy was contemplating his plans for his back garden. Begonias are so not 2004 Darren. But Town could prevent Jack from feeling happy, for he raced off away from goal, turned and was smothered by the seventh cavalry. Barnard walked the ball away with a song in his heart and a smile our faces. They didnâ€™t get in Townâ€™s half again, despite the continuing disability of Crane to win any headers, or mark any players. He did make one decent tackle on Jack though, on the right just inside the Town half, as Rodernee was about to hare off down the wing. And letâ€™s not forget when Crane had visions of Cruyff: collecting a clearance just outside their penalty area, he backed off, did a mini-step over and tried to nutmeg the defender. Somehow I donâ€™t see him as a flying trickster winger.
Town started to have nearly moments, nice moves, not quite. Mansaram almost through the centre; little dinkers just too hard, or a Rushden boot crazily careering the ball away. With five minutes left Rankin received near the left corner of the Irthlingsâ€™ area. He turned left, twisted right and swizzed past the defender, who flicked a leg out and an arm across. Rankin was free, behind the floozie, but decided to fall over those protruding limbs. Unfortunately, he was a little too dramatic in his falling, arms flung high in unison, body twisting with a half pike, feet leaping off turf together. Heâ€™d have got his silver badge, but he didnâ€™t get his penalty. On play went, up went the Pontoon roof.
In added time Town murdered them again. Rankin - isnâ€™t it always, wonâ€™t it always be - twisting on a rebound and, eight yards out at the far post, slithering a shot a foot wide via the seam of Hunterâ€™s shirt. A corner swung away from goal and Crane thundered a header against the face of the crossbar from about a dozen yards out. Turley dropped the next corner, cleared and that was it.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Rushden and Diamonds 0
There we are, Town completely dominating, but no goal. Inferior opponents just packing their own penalty area with bodies and hoping for a breakaway goal, a bit of fortune. That was us last week, so we shouldnâ€™t sniff at them too much, should we? Well, yes, they did look particularly poor and clueless defensively, as bad as Wycombe and Chesterfield were. Oh, and not forgetting our South Yorkshire charity teams.
It wasnâ€™t all wonderful, for Town had a worrying tactic of trying to hit big booming balls over the top from one side to the other. No one could kick it hard enough really, and possession was lost. In with the good there was some long ball nonsense
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Their defence is looser than my trousers."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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