Question of the Week
Will Paul Hurst stay at Grimsby?
06/11 Scunthorpe Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
A shot, a shot, Brianâ€™s kingdom for a shot! Things were looking sweet, talk about a treat. Town somehow got a free kick on the left, maybe one of the Town players was assaulted by any one of the old iron ninja centre backs.
Scunthorpe United 2 Grimsby Town 0
Now work this one out - play restarted via a drop ball!
Town played with just two upfront, keeping the basic formation. Tackles became stronger, Fleming in particular seeming to be on a one-man mission to snap legs. It would be wrong to say the referee had lost control. He never had it the first place. Up to half time Town had a bit of a go, with Sestanovich wasting an excellent chance, just a minute after the sending off. The ball dropped from heaven just outside their penalty area, rebounding back to Transit Stan, who hit a first-time left-footed volley that sliced comfortably over and wide. Parkinson, unmarked to his left, was unimpressed. Macca raided down the right, crossing dangerously; Crowe did likewise down the left, but crosses were just over, just in front of Town strikers. And still Scunny hadnâ€™t got inside the Town area. Ah, thatâ€™s nice for them, Sparrow headed softly at Williams after Hayes had twirdled around on their left and crossed to the far post.
Ah the ref again. In the two minutes of added time (that all?) Sestanovich fouled Byrne as he cleared down their right and the ref allowed play to continue. Finally Hayes was offside. So thatâ€™s a free kick to Scunny. A couple of minutes later Gordon was fouled on the edge of the Town area, but the ball fell to Crowe who turned and was about to set up a counter attack. Play stopped, Crowe threw the ball down in frustration. And was booked. It rather summed it all up, the little decisions were not kind to Town and a momentum of mutual antagonism had built up between referee and Town players. All Scunthorpe had to do was stand back and let the fireworks go off on their own. They really enjoyed the display, they got all the enjoyment and didnâ€™t have to pay for it.
Half time: Scunthorpe United 1 Grimsby Town 0
Despite there being 200 policeman at Glanford Park not one of them arrested the instigator of this public nuisance, they let him walk off without even a caution. Standards of policing today, eh, slipping.
Have I said how utterly appalling Jones was? I have now. That man frequently allowed the ball to make contact with his head. Letâ€™s not think about his feet. He makes Mark Lever look like a cross between Futcher and Handyside. His distribution made Whittle look like Socrates. Maybe itâ€™s a bald thing, for Parkinson and Coldicott were equally inept. Even with 11 men Town were quite embarrassingly poor, trying to match Scunthorpe for fourth division football. Theyâ€™ve got far more experience at hoof and hope, theyâ€™ve been built for that purpose, so let â€˜em do that. Itâ€™s called playing to your strengths. The selection dictated the tactics. A mistake had been made. Again.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Will we have anyone left on the pitch at the end?"
The report continues in the Second Half.
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