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28/08 Mansfield Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
SIT back and enjoy shall we: itâ€™s the same old story, youâ€™ll hear words youâ€™ve never heard in the bible.
Grimsby Town 2 Mansfield 0
Whoops, Larkin free behind Gordon, at a narrow angle 10 or so yards wide of goal. Wahay! Shinned into the crowd. Phew. Another snitchy attack, a cross drifting through the area. This is a bit worrying. Oh no! A wellied clearance curled behind Whittle and Ramsden on their centre left. Larkin hared off, free, alone. As Williams came off his line Larkin lifted the ball safely into the arms of Mary. Another let off.
Crunch. Thud. Pinault crumpled as Murray tried to volley him over the Main Stand. Mansfield moans, Grimsby groans. Rather than list every Mansfield nobble, it would be easier to confirm that there were a couple of people in the Pontoon who werenâ€™t fouled by Mansfield players. Oâ€™Neil did a stamp volley on Gordon as the Deanster waited for the ball to drop. Booked. A minute later Artell did a forearm smash into the back of Reddyâ€™s neck. Finally the assassin was booked. And he still complained about it.
As the whistle blew for half time Curtis shoved Reddy as he tried to control a throw in under the Stones/Smiths/Findus stand. Reddy tapped the back of Curtisâ€™ ankles. Curtis reacted, and several Mansfield players hurtled over. Hands were raised, chests were shoved, and at least one punch was thrown towards Sestanovich. A couple of stewards ran on and escorted the referee off the pitch and, hopefully, out of the ground.
Half time: Grimsby Town 1 Mansfield 0
A fine flowing, interesting game of football had glued up and become a bank holiday kick-boxing fest. Mansfield showed a real nasty streak after they realised theyâ€™d been outfought and outthought. But it was working for them, for Town couldnâ€™t regain control of the ball for long enough to mesmerise with their magnificence. Well, there we are, the first test of the season. Were they up to it, or would they crumble like a cardboard shoe?
Russ, over to you. Time for your genial Harry Grout teamtalk.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"This refâ€™ll have to work hard to avoid sending them all off."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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