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12/02 Shrewsbury Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
NICE pass from Hockless, nothing happened. Nice cross from Hockless, something almost happened. Floated to the far post the bedazzling full back leapt across and headed the ball across goal with the goalkeeper shivering behind him. No Town players near, shame.
Grimsby Town 0 Shrewsbury Town 1
Up till the goal Bull had played perfectly adequately. By his standards. After it, well, letâ€™s be nice and just not finish that sentence. Shudder. Bull trapped, possession lost, Rodgers breaking, Forbes shuttling to safety. Safety? A back pass to Williams is safety? Spooned up, straight to a big Shrew 25 yards out, the goal-a-gaping. Town players scattered across the turf like crisp packets, fortunately Shrewman was dim, passing to a mate who was miles offside. Town imploding, players shrinking, have we a team of eleven Stuart Campbells? Shrewsbury pressed on, pushing Town up to the back of the Pontoon by their lapels, demanding points with menaces. Town had a little sniffle and called their mum. A simple tactic, tall man against small man, one of these days theyâ€™ll cut us to little pieces. Aiston looming, leaning, levering past Macca inside the area. Six yards out, eight yards wide, thaddump - a shot driven high to the near post, parried well by Williams, swerved away by the alert Forbes. Town being strangled, grasping for some air. Corner after corner, Shrews toying with little Grimsby. The ball in the net again - offside days ago. Town any good? Years ago.
Town! A Hockless cross, Howie flapped and quacked like a hungry duck straight to Parkinson in the centre. The ball bounced up off the chest of the man-who-is-never-dropped, a defender hurtled out and Parky slapped a volley off the defender, the ball sailing into the sun. A corner. They broke, Town screamed. Anything else, Mâ€™lady? Yes sir, a Hockless cross bimbled through the Shrewsbury chorus line. Kick step miss, kick step miss, off the final defenderâ€™s shins and away for a corner. All it needed was a monkey, a man with an enormous moustache and a large lollipop and weâ€™d have a classic silent comedy. And Reddy had a shot that thereâ€™s no point in describing as he was offside.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Shrewsbury Town 1Then the boos came. Soundâ€™s like an overwrought Tennessee Williamsâ€™ play, doesnâ€™t it. You can always depend on the kindness of strangers, or strangers can always depend on the kindness of Town. There is nothing positive to say, itâ€™s a simple as that. There were gaps everywhere, there was little movement, so how ironic that Mr Perpetual Motion Fleming managed to be everywhere the ball wasnâ€™t. The laws of physics and the application of statistics demanded that he touch it at least once. Hey diddle-diddle, the cat and the fiddle, Fleming in the middle. Ramsden didnâ€™t know how to play as a marking centre back, his several mad dashes out to intercept were ill-timed, ill-conceived and made us ill. Luckily Shrewsbury were more pests than pastry chefs.
Now earn your cornflakes, Mr Slade.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"An arts centre in Rotherham, thatâ€™s an oxymoron."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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