Mariners 2 Owls 1 A View From The Pontoon
Attendance: 3335 (1454 Owls)
Grimsby 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1 A view from the Pontoon.
Are we sitting comfortable me hearties, then I shall swig another tot of rum and begin ………………Ohhhhhhhhhh Connell, Connell, Connell, Connell, born is the King of the Park of Blundell.
And so it came to pass that the prancing, chancing, gambling goal machine in waiting sprang from his coiled trap against the old owl foes in a popular preseason friendly. That he would open the scoring is the stuff that dreams are made of and oh how this lad believes he is born to be the Blundell blunderbuss, in this of all seasons. And how he exploded onto the scene.
With the away end packed to the rustic rafters Wednesday fielded all but Morrison, as new signings Paul Heffernan and Jermaine Johnson started up front. Much to the delight of the vociferous visitors the owls swooped first. Heffernan beat the offside trap to fire a warning shot inches wide of our bows. Watt, not suited but well booted for the trial ahead, then rose highest of all to loop his header just wide. The 6`3" Blundell beast did the same at the next corner flicking on to Connell who could not shape for the shot.
That said the opening quarter of an hour had seen the Mariners edge the game with Leary hitting a howitzer from 20-yards that O'Donnell palmed away. Peacock as ever was up for the cause, carving out an instant understanding with Connell his partner in crime. Early days but all the same the future looks bright albeit in good old fashioned black and white. The duo combined for our first on 19 minutes as Peacock pounced, he pranced he danced and found Connell, who coolly converted with a smart drive into the bottom corner. There were scenes!!!!!!!!
The Mariners were in the groove now with the Riddler advancing down the left to cross only for Peacock to just fail to connect. On 26 Peacock saw a smart drive deflected for a corner. This again saw fear fill the Owls shorts as Watt came up to sniff the rather pungent North Sea breeze.
Wednesday were not without their own passages of play, although the Mariners back four seemed to time the challenges well and work as a rather slick unit. Bradley Wood, a revelation so far this preseason, was having a great first half against Boden, a real box of tricks by the looks of things this season for Owls` fans. A Garner slip saw the sea legs shiver as Johnson took advantage, fortunately O`Connor drove the through ball wide from 20 yards as all and sundry tried to close him down.
Peacock took no prisoners and showed no sentiment whatsoever towards his former shipmates as he clattered into Beevers. He needed some treatment; naturally Peacock received some treatment of his own from the massed blue and white ranks. That`s the spirit , hard but fair be it a kick around with the family, or the FA Trophy final eh Lee?
In added time Wednesday fashioned two chances the second of which saw the two sides go in honours even. Firstly Heffernan cut the ball back but O'Connor fired over the bar. Then a move of majesty as Sedgwick`s peach of a cross found Boden who`s header gave Arthur no real chance. The Wednesday fans were certainly showing that Friday feeling on a Saturday seaside afternoon, as the ref brought the half to a close. Alas though the Mariners had deserved the lead we would have it all to do after the break.
With no personnel changes on either side the Yorkshiremen stormed from the blocks. Heffernan should have done better heading wide from 12 yards and Johnson did all the hard work advancing into the box before blasting over the bar. Peacock was unlucky with a curler from 18 yards that on another day against an inferior defence could have seen Connell celebrating his brace. Young Dixon would replace the hero as our new striker went off to a standing ovation. Wednesday boss Irvine made a simultaneous double substitution, bringing on Mellor and Marcus Tudgay for Heffernan and Sedgwick.
Cummins then came on for his home debut Hudson in the centre of midfield, while Wednesday also made another three changes as the visitors upped the pace and moved into the ascendancy although Watt came into his own. Aerially he will have few equals if he signs. Young Tom Corner replaced Peacock with 15 minutes to go, to an ovation from both sets of supporters. Surprisingly with the Codfather attempting to blood more youngsters the ground erupted with a winner for the Mariners. The ball reached Bore who beat O`Donnell all ends up with sleight of foot as he drove a low winner into the Pontoon net,
Sod the lard we`re frying in goose fat tonight and let`s have some Caviar instead of Tartare sauce on me cod and chips.
RB-Wood, CB-Watt, CB-Garner, LB-Ridley,
RW-Bore, CM-Hudson, CM-Leary, LW-Coulson
STR-Peacock, STR Connell
Subs: Colgan, Cummins, Fuller, Hegarty, Corner, Dixon, Gray
O'Donnell, Otsemobor, Hinds, Beevers, Jones, Sedgwick, O'Connor, Miller, Boden, Johnson, Heffernan
Subs: Jameson, Buxton, Teale, Palmer, Potter, Tudgay, Mellor
Att: 3,335 (1,454 Owls)