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24/09 Boston Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
A free kick to Town. Hey, we're a set piece team now, let's get ready to rumble. Chipped forward by Kalala, flicked on by Jones, Gritton shimmied behind and, from the edge of the six yards box, volleyed across Abbey and into the top left hand corner.
Boston United 1 Grimsby Town 1
See, told you. Joachim suddenly spinning past Jones inside the area on the right. At a narrow angle six yards out Mildenhall ploughed up a few fields and then gathered in his harvest. Town became ragged, Boston pressed, becoming emboldened; Joachim a constant menace, causing more problems than Defoe for Whittle.
Has someone just released a video of Alan Pouton's fifty greatest step-overs? Everyone's at to these days. Noble in name, not in nature, performed the slowest ever step-over. The gears in the jalopy cranked and creaked, the levers twanged, steam puffed from his ears and a tiny whistle blew, like the one on the miniature railway down Cleethorpes sea front. Right foot up, over the ball, down again. Repeat that action.
Town occasionally passed accurately, but as the half wore on they became more showbiz, the simple clip eschewed for the scenery-chewing special guest star appearance. Cohen frequently ignored by the middle men in favour of the curly-wurly dissector for Reddy. Ah, Reddy, trying his party piece back-flick and chase, forgetting they still had defenders on the pitch. Whittle powered a header into Norfolk from a corner, Jones flicked on a free kick. Cohen, unmarked at the far post, glanced a header a foot wide from a Newey corner. Just moments of maybeness, nothing cohesive, concerted or corrosive to the Boston soul.
With a couple of minutes left Boston punted the ball downfield. Joachim ambled after Jones, who, 30 yards out, decided to caress a pass back to Mildenhall. He stumbled and hardly touched the ball, allowing Joachim to run on down the centre. Joachim approached the area, Mildanhall advanced and the little pest cut back to his right foot, just inside the area. As he shot Jones stretched and block-tackled Joachim and the ball upfield about 30 yards.
In added time Whelan became agitated, perhaps annoyed by the marvellous Mariners choir. Noel, it was only figurative, not literal, we're sure you aren't happy. The Evans songs were perhaps a little different, the Courts can decide. What did Whelan do? Firstly he pushed Whittle into the advertising boards after Big J ushered a hopeless punt out for a goal kick. Then, a few seconds later, Whelan trampled all over Whittle and kicked him up the backside as the ball fell. His attempts to laugh it off with Whittle (hey, great new TV concept for SKY one) were even less successful than his first half performance. Our ex-Hullite shrugged him aside with disdain and anger. Whelan had better watch out, he may be sleeping with the fishes if he carries on with that.
Half time: Boston United 0 Grimsby Town 1
Yes, it's over, the first half has ended. A bit of a stroll, Town seemingly in complete control: commanding and comfortable. But at the back of everyone's mind was a little lingering fear. Joachim had been a one-man band, twice almost scoring after lapses from Jones. Town were sitting back and showing off a bit too much, without really creating anything against ten men. All Town's efforts had been from, or derived from, set pieces.
But hey, it's half time, Town were leading against ten men, Newcastle at home next month and Carlisle losing, so we could be four points clear at the top by five o'clock. Whoa-oa-oa, we feel good, didn't we know that we would. So good, so good: hit that sax solo and jive at the Gliderdome.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"When do they feed the rabbits?"
The report continues in the Second Half.
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