Question of the Week
Will Paul Hurst stay at Grimsby?
20/08 Darlington Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
SENSIBLE hair and sensible passing. Football? No, go next door for that, this is post modern football. You don't need grass, you don't need a ball, just 22 men, three lime crunches and an enclosed area.
Grimsby Town 0 Darlington 1
And back down the Pontoon end again. With Town's defence retreating and Town's midfield watching, Dickman advanced down the centre. From the edge of the area he lampooned a shot to Mildenhall's right, who parried aside spectacularly. A minute after that Logan played chase the lady with McDermott, tickling the ball through Macca's legs and caressing a cross though the six yard box. Mildenhall sprung from his line, punching out towards the penalty spot. As a Darloman approached Bolland snapped his fingers, raised an eyebrow and threw back his cape, snoogling the ball away with a witty bon mot thrown in for good measure. Half an hour gone and it felt like 30 days.
The tannoy announced there would be two minutes of added time, a Pontoonite claimed we didn't want 'em. "Hang on" I hear you say, "what happened to those fifteen minutes in-between?" Have you edited out, deleted, or otherwise withheld information? If you believe that you'll also believe the Martians are here. "They're here already! They're all around you", which in a way they are if you are a Town defender. Oh, alright, the only thing that happened in those 15 missing minutes was that Crane clattered someone and didn't get booked, then he tried to scythe down Logan just outside the Town area on the right, but failed. Tony Crane was Kung Fu fighting, but he wasn't as fast as lightning. Back to the fairy story - Croft cushioned a lovely volleyed back pass to Mildenhall. Lovely in the sense of perfectly weighted for Johnson to run onto near the penalty spot. The big S and Johnson tackled each other, with the ball rolling free. Johnson got up and shot goalwards, with Mildo parrying aside. With chickens clucking, another Darlington player raced up to the loose ball on the bye line to the right of goal and carefully clipped a cross between and above the goal and his fellow Redsters. Half over, Town fans half-booed; the cold indifference of the ancient rock of the Town support was an ominous Pontoon portent.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Darlington 0
It was like the Oxford game all over again. Same players, same "tactics", same lack of interest.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Newey's just a fitter, slimmer Gallimore".
The report continues in the Second Half.
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