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21/09 Charlton Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
ANOTHER couple of minutes of Town rocking and rolling saw a blizzard of passes with Sestanovich the fulcrum. Down the middle, up the left, Reddy spinning away from his marker on the edge of the area. The ball was caressed through the centre-backs and Reddy was behind the defence rampaging towards Keily.
Grimsby Town 0 Charlton Athletic 2
After 31 minutes some Charlton players ran into the Town half for a few seconds.
The game tailed off as Charlton players started to crumple to the floor whenever the ball went out of play. Some were injured, some were just doing that professional thing of breaking play up. Minutes seemed to be taken up with the referee standing over felled yellowboys, and Town started to tire. Hughes had a shot. Well, when I say shot, his boot made contact with the ball and it remained inside Blundell Park. Where are we now? Getting towards half time with Reddy rallying and revving up his engine, Crowe migrating down the left. Crowe free after a Young interception and pinging Pinault pass. A cross hovering through the area, dropping a foot past the post as Reddy hung about underneath the flightpath. Parkinson hit in the face as a brilliantly weighted Gordon dimple over the top dropped to him in the area. A Charlton boot flailed and smacked the ball against Parkinson and fortune was favoured as it bounced straight to Keily. Is that it? Just about, unless you really need to know that Sestanovich ended a sweet passing movement by volleying onto the roof of the Pontoon from outside the area.
As half time approached their Young collapsed when challenging Crowe near the corner flag. It looked a bit serious as heâ€™d twisted his knee when his studs caught in the turf. He got up and carried on though. He was still breathing, why should the physio come on?
Two minutes of added time? Gone in a flash, which, incidentally, you are not permitted to do inside Blundell Park. So thatâ€™s why they sent him to Halifax. Oh, sorry, misheard, flash photography. There we are, despite everything these so-called internationals and stars of the silver boot were winning. Two shots, one goal. Town had 43.3 shots, and no goals (Sestanovichâ€™s last shot was only 33% interesting). And the score line was the only downside. Rousingly cheered off, most of the crowd were happy with the performance so far. Most? Well, thereâ€™s always one MOB around.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Charlton Athletic 1
Town had been thrillingly good: the approach play magnificent, the defence impregnable. Everyone was playing very well indeed. Ah, thatâ€™s nice.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Do they sell iced tea in the pie stall?"
The report continues in the Second Half.
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