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26/12 Macclesfield Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
WHOOSH. Bang, bang, bang. Ball up in air, clatter, natter, chance. An aimless hump rebounded to McDermott, about 20 yards out on the right.
Grimsby Town 0 Macclesfield Town 0
At some point Tipton broke free, pursued by our bear. Sestanovich tracked back and collided with the little tearaway. Down went Tipton, inside the area, Stanley tumbled too. No penalty. Seen them given against us, but not for us since the days of Jack Lester's tumbling dice.
Back to gruel. A pin dropped in Daubney Street. You could almost hear Dean Gordon's ego seethe. If we wanted to sleep it's warmer indoors, you know. The longuer went on longer and longer. Errors a-go-go, Jones slicing a clearance straight to Williams. Backpass? You jest, guest. Bull sloppy, Bull slipping, Bull assaulting Harsley with an awful stamping lunge. Just a booking, you can thank your lucky stars. The referee intercepted a Town clearance, setting up a Macc-attack, streetwalkin' through the Town defence. Whittle woeful, weak, wobbly, wrong. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Tipton and Rodger had a rumble as the ball rolled slowly out of play into the Town dug-out. Rodger stood up, Tipton followed through, some cheap plastic purses were wafted.
In the last minute of the half Town awoke from their slumbers. Gritton turned 25 yards out, drew two defenders to his Celtic toenails and awaited the arrival of the cavalry. Marty G rolled a perfect pass between two defenders for the rampaging Sestanovich, who slightly mis-controlled the ball as he burst into the area, drifting wide as the 'keeper rushed out. Wilson did an Al Jolson impression and Transit Stan lofted the ball way over the bar. Goalkeeper's shouldn't be allowed to look like Papa Lazarou, should they. No wonder fear was in Stan eyes. Is Dave in? Back came Town, Crowe slamming another cross shot at the 'keeper's head, Parkinson thighing the ball too far as he was played through on the left, deep inside the area and rolling his shot into the side-netting.
The half ended, some people booed, most had already started queuing for the toilets. Well, you might as well do something useful.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Macclesfield Town 0
Urgh, yuk, Town had been very poor, playing like, well, a team in 17th place in the fourth division. Devoid of creativity, resorting to hoofing clearances it was a game of chance, rather than of chances. Despite all, Town should probably have been two up against a team that wasn't bad, but wasn't frightening, They were bog standard, a team that on a good year would be somewhere near the play offs for a while, on a bad year within crying distance of relegation for a bit. Not good enough to go up, not bad enough to go down, seemingly a one trick pony team. That trick involves a big bloke causing mayhem and the little pixies picking up the pieces. Tipton was a tricksy cove, Sheron a wily wriggler who has a penchant for just missing, but we know that from his eleven thousand previous incarnations.
Why was Jones playing? To counter Parkin, was it? Jones only marked Parkin when great big Jon bothered to wander over to Town's left. He just drifted into the Town area and stayed all alone. But playing Jones has immediate consequences and severe aftershocks, doesn't it.
We'd like some of the good players on the pitch in the second half.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"I'm sure I saw Cramb wearing a white puffa jacket in the pie queue"
The report continues in the Second Half.
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