Altrincham 2 Grimsby 2 A View From Pontoon Pat
Attendance: 1364 (416 sailed)
Altrincham & Grimsby The teams & Schemes or should that be screams?
Woods made two changes two personnel with Hudson in for Leary in the centre of midfield and Carlton replacing flu victim Peacock deemed fit enough for the bench. Wood and Bore sapped places with the former moving to right midfield whilst the latter dropped to full back.
---2 Bore 5 Kempson 16 Watt 3 Ridley--
19 Wood 8 Cummins 4 Hudson 7 Gobern
-------18 Carlton 17 Connell-----
30 Croudson (G) 6 Scott Garner (D) 14 Michael Leary (M) 29 Robert Eagle (M)
10 Lee Peacock (F)
Altrincham named an unchanged winning side; this deemed a week too early for midfielder Matty Crowell (sub), winger Nicky Clee (groin) and striker Michael Twiss.
2 Smith 5 Williams 22 Welch 4 Joseph
15 Brown 7 Lawton 16 Danylyk 6 Densmore
---------23 McCarthy 10 Denham---------
1 Coburn (G) 18 Matt Crowell (M) 20 Hewson(M) 12 Holsgrove(M) 23 Reeves(F)
Altrincham and Grimsby shared what on the face of it was a four goal thriller although in reality this was far from what the 400 who sailed deserved and need.
Carlton brought in to add some steel to the front two, did just that jumping into keeper Coates on 28 minutes. The ball ran to Bore who hammered home much to the consternation of the congregation of the churchgoers of Altrincham, aghast at the affront of the far from Christian Mariners. One booking to sub Crowell apart, they would gamely huff and puff at us port and starboard for the rest of the half, but it would be the Mariners who went in one to the good.
Second half saw much the same although Carlton had a header brilliantly saved before the well deserved equalizer arrived. A counter from a set piece had us all at sea with Denham finishing from close range. At times our defence makes a morgue at the dead of night look proactive.
With the home side in the ascendancy and again illustrating Town`s problems are in the middle as opposed to attack; Connell caught a corker to give us an unexpected lead. The goal machine picked the ball up 25 yards out and twisted before unleashing an unstoppable curler into the net of the traveling hordes. Worth the gate money on its own and Alan`s second contender for goal of the season. Outrageous effort!
Woods then weighed in with a whistler, well saved by Coates, to break the one-way bombardment from the hosts who were clearly still on a mission for justice. It came when Densmore ghosted in to head home with the Town defence looking on.
That`s 2 points from a possible 12 in the last four games. Simply not good enough in any League - but especially with the last two points yielded against those at the bottom, who have budgets that make us blush. If the manager can`t see what needs to be done and continues to put square pegs in round holes, these are the results we can expect.
I would invest in some miracle hair grow if I were you, because we are going to get scalped every other week by the little guys with these tactics