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11/01 Northampton Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
TEN minutes of relative tedium, just midfield bargings with no attacks of any consequence, but the hint of threat from Town. Reddy tireless, always out wide; Parkinson spinning like a weather vane in the breeze. Itâ€™s the ears that did it. Did you say ears Bert?
Grimsby Town 1 Northampton Town 2
Gritton, hello there! A drop-kick headed on loopily by our Celtic warrior who turned and volleyed from the car park at Ramsdenâ€™s. The ball wizzled up in the air, dropping nicely into Harperâ€™s midriff. It looked good from the Pontoon, anyway. Oh, nice move, Town swaying down the right, Macca shooting straight at Harper. Firmly, but fairly. Within easy goalie-grabbing range. The hints are turning to suggestions.
Northampton looked dangerous on the break, passing well, moving better, but over-elaborate, always seeming to want a flick too far, a trick too many. And they hadnâ€™t allowed Town inside their area much, blocking off and crowding out. Townâ€™s efforts from open play were all longish range. Raids down the wings got as far as the bye-line and crosses were intercepted at the near post, or flicked from the far. They needed to be, for the â€˜keeper looked wobbly. But who are we to cast such stones?
Another dreadful fly-kick by Harper swerved to Crowe about 40 yards out on the centre right. Crowe shinned the ball forward as Harper waddled back into the open goal. Pinault and McDermott closed the lock-gate on the Northampton narrowboat. Pinault, 30 yards out, bludgeoned the ball, it sliding a foot or so away from the left hand post. We oohed: we felt duty bound.
And thatâ€™s it for the first half. More Town raids which produced nothing but wafted shots and wayward crosses. Pressure exerted, but Cobblers unperturbed by the locals banging on the castle door demanding an explanation for all those noises and strange comings and goings. "Be off with you, itâ€™s not your concern". So they all duly trouped away after one minute of time added for the sake of it.
Half time: Grimsby Town 1 Northampton Town 0What an odd half, played in front of the Osmond Stand. Town territorially dominant, but only one goal. Town, as a whole, as individuals, were looking a bit hesitant. Fortune favoured at crucial times when Northampton got around to attacking. Little rebounds, mis-kicks, and some rotten decision making by the Northampton midfield all conspired to give the illusion of comfortable command. But they looked likely to score with the wind at their backs.
Bull still looked injured.
For once Sladeâ€™s half time team-talk would energise them. Wouldnâ€™t it?
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"It hasnâ€™t grown back yet then."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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