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04/09 Rochdale Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
TOWN played at walking pace, movement merely a word with eight letters in it. The crowd was silent, bored already, sitting back and awaiting the circus maximus, the ritual annihilation of the Christians. Mmm, Rochdale had the ball. They still had it. They still had it. Town let â€˜em have it.
Grimsby Town 0 Rochdale 1
Come to think of it, does anything other than a mind boggle? Answers to the usual address by Friday and you wonâ€™t win a prize
After half an hour the ref flipped. Bored out of his mind perhaps, he awarded Rochdale a free kick for Whittle cleanly heading the ball. Or perhaps his expectations of fourth division football are so low he mistook adequacy for improper behaviour. Gallimore stepped up, the crowd chuckled: those Rochdale fans donâ€™t know, do they. We do. A three man wall melted away before his very eyes into just Reddy standing a few yards away tossing his hair from side to side. Does he or doesnâ€™t he use Harmony? Galli was completely bamboozled, he had no target to aim for. Itâ€™s third man from the left, half way up the right shin isnâ€™t it? Galli walloped it straight at Williams. In a world first a Galli free kick was on target. Well done that man. Some other Rochdaler had a shot sometime. It went wide. A bit later another one had another, it did the same, but wider still.
A couple of minutes after the Galli free kick, Whittle was booked for heading the ball. Then a bit later a Spotlander was booked for tripping Parkinson. Neither should have been booked.
Doesnâ€™t time fly by when youâ€™re enjoying yourself? Iâ€™d rather be listening to an old man talk about drainage in Ashby cum Fenby.
Inept defending by Town allowed Rochdale to pull them apart down the left, the lack of full- backs meant space appeared. Gordon stayed in the centre as Crowe ambled about. Some bloke in blue got to the bye-line, crossed, and no other bloke in blue got near the ball as it drifted across the face of goal. They should have scored, they never looked like doing so. Usually the Pontoon rages, but it sat back, detached from this pageant of poorness taking place in a field nearby.
Finally, half time neared and we could all be let out on parole for 15 minutes. We had behaved ourselves, couldnâ€™t they let us out for longer? The Rochdale â€˜keeper appeared to take the ball out of his area when a dinked through ball zipped through as Parkinson approached. Edwards raced out to his left and from a perfect angle 120 yards away it looked like he kept hold of the ball for at least a yard. Nothinâ€™ doing from the officials. Bertos wasted a breakaway for them when Whittle backed off then stood his ground, whisking the ball off the Kiwiâ€™s fruity foot about 10 yards out. Whittle looked up and whacked the ball straight back to Rochdale. In the last minute Sestanovich curled a beautiful pass diagonally over the back of their defence. Crowe zoomed in behind their full back and chested the ball to Edwards.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Rochdale 0
Yes, celebrate. Itâ€™s half time.
Town were awful, with only Pinault of the front payers being consistently adequate. The defence was rarely awoken form their slumbers, though Williams still managed to cause mild peril with his inability to kick the ball. In the entire half their goalkeeper made one save. Rochdale did exactly what it said on their tin - "hard working". They ran around, they tackled, they stood in the way. It was enough. Town played like they thought opponents had a duty to allow them to paint pretty patterns on the Blundell Park canvass. Only Jackson Pollock could get away with chucking it about willy-nilly.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Sounds like your car needs some colonic irrigation."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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