Lambs 2 Grimsby 1 - A view From Pontoon Pat
The lamb Ground
Attendance: 1616 (500 sailed)
An unchanged side saw on lean Sheffield Wednesday keeper Richard O`Donnell strat behind Bore, Kempson, Watt and Ridley. Gobern and Wood continued on the flanks with Cummins and Hudson in the middle. Captain Peacock and Connell completed the crew.
--2 Bore 5 Kempson 16 Watt 3 Ridley--
7 Gobern 8 Cummins 4 Hudson 19 Wood
--------10 Peacock 17 Connell------------
The lambs also kept the same lineup including ex Boston winger Thomas plus Rodman on the other flank. A couple of golden oldies sat on the bench in the form of Des Lyttle and Stefan Oakes
-------------1 Atkins (G)------------
3 Marshall 2 Tait 5 Wylde 19 Barrow
11 Thomas 7 Smith 14 Sheridan 10 Rodman
---------20 Wilkinson 9 Perry ----------
But to the game shipmates to the game
Rodman was at the heart of everything early doors, his week opening effort not quite a warning across our bows as it trickled to O`Donnell. Watt did well to block another drive as he cut into the void in the middle. Scott Barrow then fired a 25 yard reound from a freekick wide as the hosts dictated a scrappy affair. It was no surprise to see an opener when Thomas crossed deep, Perry headed back across and Rodman fired low into the corner.
The Mariners failed to get a foot in during a poor opening period although the referee appeared to be giving us little against a side of six footers who were hardly shrinking violets. Kempson would be the first of four in the book, well five if you include his subsequent red. When wood was brought down by the keeper when one on one with a goal kick the outcome, the omens spoke volumes.
Just as the Mariners began to enjoy a rally, in which Gobern earned yet another booking, the Lambs made it two. Rodman was again the danger, crossing for Perry to slot home at his leisure. A Gobern 20 yarder skimmed the bar before Thomas shot straight at O`Donnell, who was well positioned in fairness. Town were then denied a second clear penalty shout when a Wood drive was blocked by a defenders arm.
No chance with this ref and after a half like that we were lucky to go in 0-2 to the bad. Woods again made no changes at half time as Grimsby came out all guns blazing with Bore and Gobern finally fashioning some football down the flank. Both had efforts claimed by Atkins before Connell arrived sending a 20 yard excoset crashing off the crossbar.
Ridley then took a poor freekick that screamed for someone like Eagle`s eye and touch. Corner and Eagle duly came on for Gobern and Wood with Town going 4-3-3 with the wind in our sails. Defender Tait did well to block a rasping half volley from Connell who was starting to shine. Moments later he scored as Hudson threaded a peach for him to run on to. Connell beat the offside trap before selling Atkins to slot home from the edge of the box.
The euphoria was short lived and the impetuous lost as Kempson fouled Perry for a deserved second yellow and an early bath. Watt then got one for dissent as the ten men continued to go for an equaliser in a now end to end affair despite Peacock being sacrificed for Garner with 10 minutes on the clock. Corner volleyed just wide and Connell strayed offside as Town continued to press for an equaliser. A rasping Cummins drive was spilled by Atkins at the death but he was able to nick it off the toe of Corner sliding in.