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21/08 Rushden Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
MORE Town pressing, more Town attempts to humiliate the opposition. Town were toying with Rushden, like a slightly arrogant uncle in the back garden.
Rushden and Diamonds 1 Grimsby Town 0
There were moments when they looked likely to nearly shoot, but a Town boot or backside arrived without there being undue cause for concern. The Town defenders even started to indulge in some playful total football when clearing: little triangles around an attacker with Williams even getting involved in this exhibition of one-touch passing and moving inside the Town penalty area.
As the half ended Town went up to second gear again. A corner floated in and Reddy headed softly into the arms of Turley from the centre of goal. And that was it. It was a stroll, a charabanc trip to Skegness, a jolly by the Nene, but we wouldnâ€™t be giving anyone a crate of beer: there had been no outstanding shooting, red stockinged leader. There were other Town shots: Sestanovich had a 30 yard wobbler; Pinault an attempt to chip the goalkeeper who was on his line. Take confidence a bit too far and it strays towards arrogance.
All disrespect to Rushden but they did play pleasantly when allowed the ball. They were physically a bit weak, a team that will dissolve under a heavy barrage, but they did try to play football as we know it, Jim. They were just inferior to Town. The shame is that the Town players knew it too and played like they were already three up. Carefree can lead to careless.
Half time: Rushden and Diamonds 0 Grimsby Town 0
But if you wish to accentuate the positive, then Town simply overran Rushden for most of the half. It could be construed as being a fine performance so far, just without any of those goal things which statisticians and be-suited administrators seem to think are important. What happened to beauty! To art! Do they count for nothing? At 0-0, I suggest they do.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Rushden are as dangerous as my cat."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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