Albion 2 Mariners 0 A view From The Pontoon
20/7/10 KO 19.45
Attendance: 297 (38 Mariners sailed)
We`ll keep this brief as it was not our finest hour against Stirling Albion with Woods making six changes to the side that did for Sheffield Wednesday. Stirling went ahead through an eighth minute penalty and concluded things in the eightieth minute with a, pardon the pun, sterling effort from the 40 Mariners who travelled. That`s commitment and passion.
Colgan started with Arthur nursing a thigh strain. Bore switched to right-back replacing Bradley Wood, Kempson and Garner started in the centre with Nick Hegarty replacing the Riddler on the other flank. Gobern made his debut on the one flank with ex Robins` triallist Hutton on the other, either side of Leary and Cummins who were supposed to boss the middle. Young Nixon and Connell started in attack.
Woods and the lads came prepared for a battle in the heather, but instead saw the claymores put aside in favour of carpet football. To his credit a slick move on eight minutes left Hegarty with little option but to trip Borris, leaving Chris Aitken to do the honours from the spot.
Gobern left the field after 26 minutes, to be replaced by Fuller suggesting his toe is still a problem. Connell had a few chances including a superb curling effort that went just over from 25 yards. Indeed we had the lion`s share of the possession during the middle third of the game without any telling passes. After a quadruple substitution more for the run out than any tactical solution (Bore came off with a hamstring issue); Nicky Clark buried one with 10 minutes to go.
Christie, Kane, Devine, McDonald, Buist, Taggart, Aitken, Gramovich, Colquohan, Mullen, Borris. Subs: Forsyth, Corrigan, Allison, Gibson, Robertson, Clark.
Goals: Aitken (pen) 8; Clark 78.
Colgan, Bore (off 80, not replaced), Hegarty, Cummins (Ridley 76), Kempson (Gray 75), Garner, Gobern (Fuller 26), Leary (Peacock 75), Dixon (Corner 36), Connell (Coulson 60), Hutton (Hudson, 75).
The Codfathers Pearls of wisdom
'We are not good enough to coast and go through the motions. No disrespect to Stirling Albion, they are part-timers and congratulations to them for the effort they put in, but you had one side that fought harder and worked harder. They could have been four of five goals up in the first 10 minutes. We were never in control and only made fleeting chances. Some of the decisions players made with the ball were flabbergasting.'