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|Macca: Wonder Goal|
29/08 Rushden Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
A free kick to Town, way out on the left. Whacked beyond the far post to Jones the Lump who waddled around, stretched and noodled the ball back from the bye line, it looping and drooping on to the top of the net. Not near, not interesting, not anything much. A neat summary of the first five minutes.
Grimsby Town 2 Rushden and Diamonds 0
The ball fizzled out to Macca, skipping off the turf past his boot and out of play. Sort it groundsman! Town were leading; the crowd was silent and the game dead. On the half hour Town got a corner on the left and Newey floated the ball to the far post. Jones the Stick jostled with a teenager and plonked a header into the top right hand corner. I hope you didn't leap up and squeal. No gaol, the whistle long since blown. It always was: permanently at the ref's lips; look and he shall give a free kick. Are you looking? It's a free kick to Town on the right. The ball was wellied long, deep, deep inside their area on the left and nodded across goal by Jones the Stick towards the unmarked Reddy. The long-haired lover from Graignamanagh loped around beyond the far post and, from a narrow angle, hooked the ball over Young. A defender awaited next to the post and swiped the ball off the line for a corner.
More free kicks: the game not so much stop-start as stop-stop. What's this? A free kick? Surely not. Mildenhall boomed instructions to Croft to stand still laddie. He did. The free kick came to nothing. A minute later another free kick. This time on their left. Mildenhall ordered McDermott to remain stationary. He did. The ball hit Macca and that was that. They had the ball a lot, but did nothing with it apart from weave pretty patterns in midfield. It was nice of them to eschew shooting. One more cross stitch to do and the jumper would be complete, with a nice picture of a cow on the front.
Another free kick to Town, walloped up to Jones the Stick, who pitch-forked the ball into an empty space to the left of goal. Parkinson free, bounding, the ball bouncing, steered over from about eight yards.
Half time: Grimsby Town 1 Rushden and Diamonds 0
The ref breathed, his whistle blew, the sheep were rounded up in their pen. Half time.
Another dreary afternoon drifting along, with Town out-footballed again. We're doing our best to prove Ian Atkins right: we're a set piece team. Go on - you find that bit of team work that created any kind of half chance of a thought of a shot. One or two crosses that didn't reach Town players do not a summer make. Town simply gave the ball back as soon as they got it, Mildenhall kept dropping kicking towards Reddy, who was oozed away as the ball dribbled through to their keeper. The match highlights were the midget mascot making marvellous saves from the Mighty Mariner - an exclusive DVD giveaway with Thursday's Grimsby Telegraph. I'm off to eat my sandwich.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"It was either a headless bear or a windmill."
The report continues in the Second Half.
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