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08/05 Tranmere Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
ROAR, roar, roar; on and on. Darn it, the Tranmere players are trying too. Space, always space on the flanks for Hall and Beresford. "Behind you Campbell". Too late, Beresford free, a cross from the bye line, a swipe clear by Edwards, a lunging thwack from Young.
Tranmere Rovers 2 Grimsby Town 1
The party started early. Tranmere were reminded that they were supposed to be at home and also offers were made to sing for them. Disappointingly the Town fans never did decide which song they were going to sing. All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit was suggested, but the rich harmonies were too complex for the teenagers. Too many notes my dear Barnard.
And thatâ€™s it from Town as an attacking force. Forget it. Nothing. Town stopped what limited football they had been playing and resorted to blind whacks downfield. I suppose the aesthetes would overlook this if Town won. But there were still 65 minutes left. We could hope Tranmere wouldnâ€™t be bothered.
Unfortunately, they were. Beresford pecked at Crowe, Hall nibbled at Barnard and Jones battered Young. Balls crossed; balls ricocheting around; a Lawrence block; another Lawrence block; Coldicott thrusting himself at swiping boots. The ball constantly ping-ponging around the Town penalty area. Young, bravely diving at Jonesâ€™ feet to head clear from inside the 6 yards box. Young again, sliding meticulously to tickle the ball away from Hume. Another shot flannelled through the area, dunked into the stands by Edwards. Edwards again charming Jones away, then heading clear. Hold your breath: Tranmere raging forward again through Taylor who drifted a shot a foot from the angle of post and bar as Fettis bounced to his left. Another shot: high and wide. Relief.
We want half time. We need half time.
Weâ€™re not getting half time. Three minutes added? Where did that come from? More crosses through the box, missing limbs. Whatâ€™s happening? Thatâ€™s it, over; half time happiness.
Half time: Tranmere Rovers 0 Grimsby Town 1
So there we are. Everything in our own hands. Sitting pretty; safe. Weâ€˜re winning, no-one else is. Weâ€™ll just go off and wax down our surfboards, we canâ€™t wait for June.
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