Question of the Week
Do you support Cleethorpes Town?
08/10 Northampton Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
AH, thatâ€™s better, two passes, on the ground. Thatâ€™s all it took to win a corner on the right. Floated long, floated high, Whittle his little wings flapping, roared above the humanity and thumped a header back across goal.
Northampton Town 0 Grimsby Town 1
The crowd began to amuse itself with witty banter. Unimpressed by the number of travelling Mariners, they were even less impressed to be reminded of Wembley in 1998 - "1-0 to the Mariners", with a coda "and it was offside". It was nice of them to keep abreast of local matters and express such sympathy for the Birdâ€™s Eye 600. Havenâ€™t they got a funny accent, more tractors than Town.
Pinault flashing and flinging passes hither and thither, Reddy sneaking forward, Reddy clobbered. Yellow card, free kick to Town, 25 yards out on the right. Pinault curled the cross in, Reddy lashed the ball with his quiff, but lacking power the ball arced archly to Rachubka. On the cusp of almost interesting. Another Town free kick, Gordon glowering at Pinault, no French fancies here. About 25 yards out to the right of centre the Grand Vizard of Gordon rapped a low shot around the wall. Bobbling, bumbling, tumbling the ball seemed to brush against the outside of the post and along the side netting. Rachubka wasnâ€™t fussed by all this bother. It probably looked more interesting to those of us watching our radios, or listening on CEEFAX.
Thank goodness for that, itâ€™s nearly over, plenty of time to count the number of Town fans on crutches. Is this a new dance craze? Hey, pay attention at the back of the stand, Town are attacking. No sir, make that Mr Jason Crowe has got back in his favourite car and is taking the scenic route. Riding along in his automobile, the ball beside him as he wheeled past a third cobbler, then a fourth. Into the centre, 25 yards out he drew back his left boot and shivered a shot goalwards. The ball took a deflection, leaving Rachubka motionless upon his line. The ground fell silent as the ball spun towards the bottom right hand corner, then a roar of relief as it went just wide of the post. Somehow the referee managed to award a goal kick, Parkinson and Cramb expressed a contrary view upon recent events.
At last, half time.
Half time: Northampton 0 Grimsby Town 0
A right mess at times, at others a dour, stale splodge of gruel on the breakfast table. There were flashes of excellence from both sides, but always 30 yards from goal. Whenever Town managed to pass, and someone moved, Northampton trembled. And you could just about say the same thing the other way round. Town had slightly more of a threat up front, with Cramb more of a goat than a sheep. He looked interesting. Defensively Town were oddly dishevelled on the left, in other words Gordon was having a bit of a stinker. His positioning was appalling, his tackling rather fey, at the end he simply missed tackles and was unable to run back. Rather concerning donâ€™t you think? Still, the rest of the defence was perfectly fine.
The half time entertainment was much better. Two fans were plucked from the terraces to take penalties against each other. Grimsby John, against Cobblers Kev. Yes! Big John saved the first, scored his first, scored his second and was on the threshold of greatness, his name to be plastered across the back of the GET, songs to be sung for evermore. Come on John, score and you win, the pride of Grimsby....Noooooooooo. Over the bar and into the stand. Sudden death - Kev scored, John missed, game over. Typical Town, hopes raised, victory assured and nerves fail. John, you truly are Grimsby Man.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Now weâ€™ve stopped Sabin running, theyâ€™re nothing."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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