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22/01 Lincoln Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
IF you want to recreate the next five minutes then stand up, walk to the nearest window and stare at the clouds. Somewhere there is sunshine, somewhere there is day, somewhere there is Grimsby Town, many miles a-way.
Grimsby Town 2 Lincoln City 4
Taylor-Fletcher received the ball in the centre circle, Coldicott hustled, Fleming joined him in the shake down. With one leap he was free from the muggers, racing goalwards down the middle. Huge panic, Town players converging, Taylor-Fletcher tripped right on the edge of the area. Town constructed a wall, then slowly, slowly, it dissolved. Theyâ€™d forgotten to put any mortar between the bricks. I did say bricks, wash your ears out. Williams hid behind the wall, Westcarr stepped forward and curled the ball a foot or so over the left hand post.
Back to normal. 32...33...
Ooooh, Young almost through, but overhitting the ball as he strode down the left behind the full back.
YES! Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelelelujah. Thirty eight minutes and Town had a shot. Three passes! Movement!. On the right, switched to the left via Parkinson, Young steaming up the wing, surging in to the area and slapping a half volley straight at Marriott. The ball rebounded off his chest, Young followed through and the â€˜keeper managed to fling himself on the ball, and cling himself on to it.
Weâ€™re blessed with a cornucopia of attacking football. A second shot. And it even stayed within the county of Lincolnshire. Gritton, on the right edge of their penalty area, chested the ball down and looped a volley in the vaguest of direction of the goal. No-one, least of all him, ever thought it was going in. He seemed to be going through the motions of shooting. It may have been the least worst option available. After all, it wastes a few more seconds. They canâ€™t get a third goal if the ball isnâ€™t in the ground.
Young did an awful fly hack where he missed the ball and fell over; Reddy was booked for a late sliding swoosh of the full back, under the noses of the Lower Smiths/Stones/Findus, where the anorak remains iconic fashion.
There, you know everything now.
Riddled with ineptitude from start to finish, this was the very opposite of last weekâ€™s performance. The Town players lacked urgency, they didnâ€™t appear fired up for the game. The tactics were bone-headed in the extreme. A couple of stoppers in midfield and three runners up front works away from home, but not against a formidably disciplined and ferociously motivated opposition. Relying upon the ball over the top and down the sides isnâ€™t very subtle. It isnâ€™t very clever either. And thatâ€™s a nice way of putting it. Lincoln were not bad at all, with three very slippery strikers. They looked like theyâ€™d score every time they got within 20 yards of Williams. Yeah, I know, who doesnâ€™t?
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Lincoln City 2The first half of games is all about the preparation, the long term planning of the manager. He spent a week getting it very wrong. He now had 20 minutes to put it right. There was only one phrase on the lips of every Town fan: "Sort it Slade". And, for once, there can be no argument with that.
Go into a darkened room and sob.
The half time entertainment provided more drama and footballing skill than the previous 45 minutes. A penalty shoot out during which Fraser parried one straight into David Smith. Heâ€™ll be singing a medley of Stylistics hits for at least a couple of nights. Ouch.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"In Immingham no-one can hear you scream."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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