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Question of the Week
Do you support Cleethorpes Town?
|Willo: Free Kicks|
16/04 Notts Co 2nd Half
By: Tony Butcher
COUNTY made a change at half time, bringing on Scoffham for Hurst. County up and at Town. From some kind of something, something happened. A couple of minutes into the half the ball was lobbed high into the box from their left, probably a long throw; they had loads of them.
Notts County 2 Grimsby Town 2
Phoar, that Oakes can hit 'em. A screaming abdab from 30 yards, a couple of feet over the bar. Mmm, he's getting the ball a lot, running the game. Another long-range effort, zooming towards the No Smirking sign. Town sinking back closer and closer to Williams, the ball permanently down the other end. Humungous throw ins, dropping like doodlebugs upon the Town area. Pressure mounting, Town wobbling, Jones diverting all. Forbes the shepherd, gathering his flock, magnificent movement, his pockets stuffed full of Magpies.
Reddy...too slow, too injured, unable to reach the infrequent droplets from Pinault. Pinault: lamping long balls to nowhere. At least he's not passing straight to the men of Nottingham, which is an improvement from the Mansfield debacle. Parkinson...fell over his own shadow when wonderfully placed. Moments, just moments, all squandered. Deeney fell over the ball, Reddy slept.
With a quarter of an hour left Pinault challenged Oakes for a high ball about 30 yards out on their centre right. A free kick was given in typically arbitrary manner; most aren't given, so why now? Williams edged over to his right, OAKES spotted the quivering mass moving away, took it quickly and arced a perfect shot into the bottom left hand corner. Yes, magnificent shot. Yes, poor goalkeeping.
Pressure mounted with County hurtling forward; their fans awoke, the whiff of victory sniffed. Town non-existent beyond the half way line, missing everything in midfield; Crowe and Fleming way forward, Pinault too far back. The defence was a bullwark; shots blocked, crosses deflected, headers bonged way, Williams protected. The tourniquet tightened with Town stuck inside their own penalty area; crosses from the left, crosses from the right, Williams a bouncing baby boy in a blue jumpsuit, almost falling out of his cot. Just ten minutes left, holding on desperately. Head tennis, challenges, one-two-three, finally a free kick to them, just outside the penalty area, on the left. Oakes pushed away all pretenders to his throne and lampooned the ball goalwards. It hit someone in the wall, deflected onto the cross bar and out for a...goal kick, as Williams ran around in circles underneath. Panic in the streets of Humberside.
A Town chance, a Town move. Pinault to Crowe, a Macca lob infield and Crowe za-zoomed into the area, nodding the ball forward. A shimmy, the defender embarrassed by his own hips, and Crowe divveled to the bye-line. He looked up, saw Parkinson hurtling to the near post and whacked a cross against Parky's knee and out for a...corner.
With a couple of minutes left Jones legged up a Countyite in about the same position that Oakes had scored from. This time Town built a wall, Williams got out his stethoscope, abacus, compass, sextant, and electric trouser press, just to be sure. OAKES took a couple of steps and...curled the ball into the top left hand corner. Yes, magnificent shot. Yes, poor goalkeeping.
At last Town woke up, pressing County and forcing a corner; Jones headed over. Forcing a free kick; Whittle headed over. Three minutes of added time, enough for Pipe to swipe well wide from the edge of the area and Stallard to glance well wide when smothered by the looming Whittle. Another game over, another game gone away.
The apteryx slain.
Where to start? Should I bother? Does it matter? Town were comfortable when County were dormant, and should have been much further in front before Williams' final cut. Two identical free kicks, two goals. Make your own mind up after replaying the video three times. Gritton looked very good, Coldicott was a defensive block, Forbes and Jones defensive rocks. The so-called wing-backs were not really troubled. Everyone else were degrees of imperfect. But Town had this in their shopping bag, they were on their way out of the car park. Why did they have to go back into the store and admit they'd been overcharged?
Well, at least we scored. That's better than usual these days.
Nicko's Man of the Match
Once again Terrell Forbes glinted in the twilight of the clods. It's embarrassing that he plays for us, he's so much better than this collective bilge of a division. Not quite Martin Peters though: Terrell was just the two seconds ahead of his time, popping up like the shopkeeper to hustle the confused customers out of the door and back on the streets. Rob Jones played well, but you don't get to be MoM simply for heading the ball a lot. Pity Gritton old-manned off so soon.
Mr Joe E Ross again. He ain't number one super guy. Mr Guess the Weight of My Shoes was as random as ever. He wasn't biased, just bad: never giving advantage, which stopped both sides in their tracks. He did us a couple of weeks ago against Rushden and was just the same today, so he gets the same score - 4.342.
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