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18/09 Leyton Orient Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
ORIENT whacked the ball downfield, down the channels, forcing Town to give away throw-ins galore. Ah-ha, thatâ€™s the secret of their success. Big blokes and long throws. The long throws were uniformly rubbish, the Town centre backs nodding away at will.
Grimsby Town 2 Leyton Orient 0
Scott trotted up behind Crowe and knocked the ball away as the throw in was about to be taken. Stupid boy. And letâ€™s not overlook his elbow towards Sestanovich when Orient were preparing to take a free kick about 40 yards out. Stood on the edge of the Town penalty area he clearly threw his arm at Sestanâ€™s face. Missing, fortunately. The ref, unfortunately, missed it, but was alerted to something happening by a lone cry from the Pontoon. He had a little word with both, telling them to stop whatever theyâ€™d done, presumably in Sestanâ€™s case it was "stop poncing about on the wing doing nothing".
Footballers eh? You can tell them once, you can tell them twice, but they never listen to any advice. Sestan was terrible, succeeding only in failing, matched only by Parkinson in his ineffectiveness. Poor old Parky, like someone was riding on his head with a furry donkey. He tried and tried and tried and tried, but he was carried along only by the momentum of his own incompetence today. Shame really. Donâ€™t expect any stories of derring do, Town had one other effort in the first half, just before halftime when Reddy nodded softly into the arms of Mary, sorry, Harrison, from a Pinault cross. There were allegations that Macca and Parkinson had shots, but the Town Prosecution Service refused to take this to court through lack of evidence.
Not that the game was totally bereft of ...Iâ€™m lying, it was. They had some shots, they werenâ€™t very good. Williams wasnâ€™t forced to touch the ball. The Orient fans finally pierced the silence with a song - "one ball, youâ€™ve only got one ball" as a slack steward took ages to retrieve the ball from the empty seating twixt Osmond and Smiths/Stones/Findus. The secret of great comedy is timing, supposedly. As they sang a second ball was thrown on the pitch, so their comic wind was taken out of their cosmic sails. Not that the Town fans had read the runes or the tea leaves either. They attempted some half-baked attempt at inter-communal needling of their own. "Can you hear the Leyton sing?" they asked, two seconds after the Leyton fans had sung. Are we deaf or stupid? We are here, waiting for half time.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Leyton Orient 0
At last, half time, we can do something else with our lives.
The first half was rotten really. Leyton Orient had been awful, the worst team weâ€™ve encountered so far this season. Town were lethargic in attack, but untroubled in defence. Pinault was crocked, Sestanovich was cracked. Townâ€™s plan B was to tipple the ball over the top and rely on Reddy. Not a totally daft idea given that Orientâ€™s â€˜keeper had a mad desire to skip gaily out of his area and pretend to be a road sweeper, whistling happy tunes with a cheery, beery smile.
Not now Arthur.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Weâ€™ve got a good defence now theyâ€™re all injured."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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