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21/09 Charlton 2nd Half
By: Tony Butcher
THEIR Young was replaced by Kishishev at half time. Apparently he used to play for Lena Lovets: his lucky numberâ€™s seven then. Town simply continued to steam roll these yellow sub-mariners. A couple of minutes in, Parkinson tapped the ball down the left for Reddy to chase.
Grimsby Town 0 Charlton Athletic 2
Lisbie (whoâ€™d come on for Johannson) sprinted away down the middle from the half way line, pursued by Pinault. Sufficiently harried he passed the buck, the ball making its way to Jeffers, suspiciously in front of the last Town player. Offside? He always had been before. JEFFERS, inside the area, took one touch, awaited Williams and carefully lifted the ball across and into the bottom right hand corner from a narrow angle. And now he was a "Scouse reject". Or should that be a "Scouse scoring reject". Third shot of the game, second goal. What a shame, but shows why they cost millions and ours were found at the Toll Bar car boot sale. Thatâ€™s an awful lot of frozen prawns to sell, Chairman John.
Game over then? Yeah, really. Town continued to attack, continued to pepper the Charlton goalmouth, but same old, same old. Sestanovich raiding on the right, crossing, blocked near the line, rebounding to Fleming. A leaping, hooking volley from the edge of the area trumbled towards the bottom left and corner. Keily somehow flappily scooped the ball away. Another rminute another Macca shot, cutting infield and from near the corner of the box he flailed a shot high through the area, just missing the angle of right post and bar. Sigh, is there nothing we can do to score?
With about 7 minutes left Hockless and Coldicott replaced Sestanovich and Pinault. The towel had been thrown into the ring. Hockless was greeted with shock and awe by his admirers. That doesnâ€™t include the Charlton players, who were rather pleased to see a little boy arrive to play with the adults. His first contribution was to dibble about 25 yards out and lose the ball to Lisbie, Two passes later Jeffers was putting the ball into the net. Nah, offside again. In injury time Fleming made a terrible back pass towards Williams, succeeding in setting Euell free in the middle of the penalty area, 15 yards out. Euell lobbed Williams and cleared the bar. Euell, yes, he came on for the last 20 minutes or so and made a major contribution to Charlton safety. Fleming had run out of steam so Big Jase was able to do a lot of late runs from midfield. Still counting those shots?. Not many, eh?
Have we finished yet? Yes we have. Town got the ovation their general play deserved, Charlton the win they didnâ€™t deserve, Mendonca the love of the Pontoon as he walked to the Main Stand. Charlton had been outfought, outthought and outplayed, but they outscored Town. So everything was fantastic apart from the result. Whatâ€™s changed Clive? Everything and nothing. No-one played badly and should be hailed for their effort and teamwork. Town looked great, missing just one ingredient. We need someone to score. Not much to ask, is it? Sladeâ€™s got the chicken, heâ€™s got the noodles, now go and get the mange tout.
Nickoâ€™s man of the Match
Iâ€™m looking inside a jewel box, I see Diamond Dean, Ruby Reddy, Amethyst Ashley and Garnet Greg. Itâ€™s like the Romper Room, isnâ€™t it. Who could it be? They were all excellent, but Greg Young was rock steady in defence and a handful going forward with his barnstorming roadtrips and playmaking. But everyone gets a Macca (the other, less famous Macca)-like thumbs up and mentions in despatches. Donâ€™t let the score line fool yer, we were ace.
A Marriner. Hardly noticed him in the first half, he was happy enough to stroll around sharing jokes with the players. But in the second he seemed determined not to make a "controversial" decision which affected the big team. He might as well have got his autograph book out. Not impressed. 4.301, even if he was right about the penalty.
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