Grimsby 2 Histon 1 A View From Pontoon Pat
30 Aug 2010 KO 3 PM
Attendance: 2925 (15 visitors)
The goalkeeping issue saw Woods toss a coin as veteran keeper coach Croudson came up heads and Peet thus planted his tail on the bench. Samuels and Woods continued at full back with Kempson and Watt in the centre. Charlie got a start on the left with Gobern on the right and the increasingly one dimensional Hudson & Cummins in the middle. Connell and Peacock completed the starting 11. Despite a large squad Stockdale was given the no 39 shirt along with Peet 30 and Croudson 40.
---15 Samuels 5 Kempson 16 Watt 19 Wood---
---7 Gobern 4 Hudson 8 Cummins 17 Connell ----
------------------- 9 Ademeno 10 Peacock------------
SUBS - 40 Peet (G) 39Stockdale (D) 6 Garner (D) 29 Eagle (M) 23 Corner (F)
Livermore celebrated Histon`s first ever visit to Cleethorpes with a youthful side more at home with buckets and spades than razors. The fact that 8 players of twenty or under would run the game, showed if you are good enough you are old enough. And in our own back yard to boot.
(G) 1 Welch
(D) 4 Okay 2 Oyebanjo 6 Ilesanmi 5 Clerima
(M) 9 Murray 3 Stewart 13 McCrae 8 Wootton
(F) 12 Mills 7 Riza
To the glorious game shipmates to the glorious game………..
Histon kicked off, clearly pumped up at the thought of playing in front of seven times their normal gate. That said Cummins conjured an early one for Charlie who blasted his snapshot high and wide from a dozen yards. Gobern then shot tamely at Welch after a nice one two from Peacock and Hudson. The Mariners continued to huff and puff at the Histon house of bricks for the opening fifteen minutes with Connell firing wide from just outside the box.
The first danger from the underdogs surfaced when Kempson allowed Murray to rob him blind before centring the ball to Riza who was in turn robbed by Watt, with the timing of a Swiss clock maker. We would not be so fortunate moments later when the visitors went ahead on 22 minutes. Mills roasted Hudson on the counter before feeding wide to Murray on the overlap. His delicious diagonal dissected the town defence allowing Lee Wootton to bundle home as the spare man coming in at the far post.
With it all today the Mariners nearly conceded a second when Croudson rolled back the years to deny Riza after Stewart had split the Town defence with a peach of a through ball. A Wood thirty yarder, high and wide, apart Histon were looking the better side as the half drew on. Failure to find our men with routine passes was starting to grate on the Grimsby faithful until a get out of jail free card arrived for the Codfather.
Gobern, largely a spectator himself went down rather easily in the box, and to the delight of the increasingly restless, Mr Madley pointed to the spot. Connell doesn`t look a gift horse in the mouth and sent Welch the wrong way. With celebrations in full flow Ademeno tweaked his hamstring, with Eagle on the left.
Second half saw no further changes and the Mariners attack the home end with the Pontoon drum proudly pounding the tempo. Connell tried a trademark 25 yarder that flew a few feet over the home bar but chances were limited as Histon enjoyed the territorial advantage as the half began to drain down the visitors defensive plug hole. Croudson earned his corn to deny a crisp 20 yarder from Taaffe.
The Town rallied with Connell curling wide from the edge of the box. He also sent a floated freekick over on the hour. But the fact was the passing and movement were allowing Histon the chance to counter, and at pace; which is something we seem uncomfortable with. Mills and Oyebanjo took liberties down the flanks with Bore and Ridley clearly missed as Kempson, Watt and Histon`s lack of finesse came to our aid.
Corner came on for the disappointing Gobern - more shy boy than glide by yesterday - as Woods looked to serve up a dream desert to crown the otherwise dire fayre. In all honesty it was like plucking teeth the hard way. You know the way, fishing line a\around the tooth at one end and then the door handle at the other. Kick it shut and hey presto instant relief. Well Corner is more bull in a china shop than advanced playmaker and just what town needed.
It worked for Woods and Town after Croudson kept us in the game palming a deflection from Samuels to safety. Lady luck certainly had a black and white ribbon in her hair too as Watt and Croudson got away with a blatant back pass.
Woods rallied the troops again for a final onslaught as the game entered the early embers of the eighties. Connell, if only we would play more to this lad`s feet, shot wide from the edge of the box. Samuels finally did something proactive with a handsome long throw, although Peacock could only loop his header into the hands of Welch.
Ahoy, the halleluiah moment. Peacock cantered down the left and threw over a premiership quality cross for Connell to gloriously gobble up in one, sending a searing volley into the Pontoon net. The goal machine was up for three but fired an Eagle centre over the home bar.
Just like Hollywood it appears the Town were saving the budget until the end of the feature. Let us hope there is still a bit left this morning. For in all honesty we need a midfielder or two to complete an otherwise quite promising side.