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Terry's All Goals
By: Chris Smith
AFTER the WRC defeat to Eccleshill a few days earlier, the Vikings had only the league to focus on against a Sutton Coldfield Town side sitting fourth in the table. Having been drenched in a downpour on the way to Thorne North station, it was ironic to hear strains of "The sun aint gonna shine any more..." drifting through the PA system on a gloomy
The poor conditions looked to keep the crowd down although 133 were to assemble, about par for the course.
The earliest action was around the Sutton Coldfield area although Jevon Hodgson in the home goal had to punch clear with a few minutes gone. The real action was to come off the ball shortly after when the Sutton number four, Jon Jones, was shown a red card for scything down Glyn Cotton. Not that Jones was interested in going. Goole’s own number four Terry Barwick was also sent packing for retaliation but didn’t need dragging off the pitch in a headlock like his counterpart.
This delayed the game for five minutes during which time a few differences were settled in the tunnel before Terry took his place in the seats after the Goole stewards had intervened. I just managed to resist the temptation to move seats for a better view of the action.
This was an ideal opportunity for the Grimsby Exiles to have a chat with an ex Town player. We talked about the good times-two seconds-and the bad times (considerably longer). Terry said he didn’t have a good time at Grimsby but was in the last winning team we had in the league. Bearing that in mind, it was good of him to chat to us throughout the first half. Mind you, the fans haven’t had a good time either!
I did like it when Jones also came back to watch the match and tried to goad Terry only for him to sarcastically ask a Sutton Coldfield official whether Jones "was the local hard man". Goole’s chairman asked Terry to calm it down but I hadn’t been impressed by Jones who’d started everything off so could have what was aimed at him. I said I reckoned Jones had an inferiority complex almost certainly occasioned by having a s*** Midlands accent. It was nice to see an ex Grimsby player with plenty of passion and he certainly watched the game with plenty of animation. He’s been at Goole for a good time now and is one of their stalwarts.
With both teams down to ten men, we hoped for an open game. The free kick arising from the red cards came to nothing which was an apt description of most of the moves this afternoon. Having said that, around 18 minutes had passed when Sutton had to clear from a good chance. We had to wait another ten minutes before Sutton made a good move down the left which promised of better things until the ball was passed across the field, presumably to the Invisible Man making a guest appearance to make up the player shortfall.
As the half progressed, Arron Martin chased the ball and challenged the Sutton keeper who could only clear the ball to the nearside touchline for a throw in. Vill Powell also headed down a ball which was picked up on the Goole left as the home side tried to fashion a chance until possession was lost.
Goole shot horribly wide in another attempt and it was just as well it was offside. Gary said it brought to mind the old skit where a player screws a penalty wide and as he trudges past the manager and doesn’t hear the comments, the manager says "He missed that as well!"
Next up was the Goole goalkeeper clearing the ball going to the opposition goalkeeper who then hoofs it as far as he can (under pressure from Vill Powell) which always reminds me of the animals’ football game in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Given how old that film is, some things never change.
Again, the golden goal winning ticket had lived an inordinately long time, and apart from a very hopeful penalty appeal just before half time from a seemingly cynical Sutton Coldfield team, that was it for the first half.
Half time Goole 0 Sutton Coldfield 0
Vill Powell had a good chance, and the best of the game to date, beaten away by the Sutton keeper early in the second half. Whilst the home play seemed more purposeful, Sutton were to become more dangerous as they launched their own attacks. After one such break, a Goole player nearly sliced the ball into his own net only for the keeper to collect. Vill Powell continued to harass and harry but Simon Harrison shot horribly wide in another attack when he appeared to have plenty of time.
With about twenty minutes left, Powell put an excellent ball in from the right which agonisingly invited his team mates to connect with but the chance was lost.
The game started to turn with Sutton Coldfield now breaking well and Goole defending dangerously with Hodgson having to collect a dangerous ball. Having said that, Sutton conceded a corner under no pressure when a defender belted the ball into touch. However, the corner came to nothing.
Sutton then had a chance of their own headed off the line. Goole were then to be aggrieved when one of their players’ shirts was tugged in the Sutton penalty area though the officials seemed to be the only ones not to see this.
Sutton broke the deadlock with just two minutes remaining after a good move led to a corner. The ball was then bundled in after what looked like a keeper error but no doubt put a smile on the face on the poor soul who thought he’d been singled out for ridicule with an 88th minute golden goal ticket. Up until then, he must have felt like the bloke that goes to bed as a Barcelona fan and wakes up supporting Scunthorpe.
That wasn’t quite the end of the action with a Goole ball from the right punched out by the Sutton keeper after a scramble when it really looked as though the ball might go in. A last chance saw the Sutton keeper met one on one and the keeper getting the benefit of the doubt (unfairly) from the match official.
Full time Goole 0 Sutton Coldfield 1
A rare blank for Goole and only a draw in the last five matches. A turnaround on the pitch is required if they are to have a tilt at the play offs in what remains quite a tight division.
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