Date: 15th August 2010 at 10:16am
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The Mariners kicked off The BSP Conference campaign in style yesterday with our first opening day win since 2006/7, when of all people Steve Evans was in the other dugout whingeing all the way, as Boston lost 3-2. He would do the same yesterday but few could hear him as 758 mariners sang shanties until the saleboats came home on an historic day.

Arthur started ‘tween the sticks with Wood at right back, Ridley left and ‘thou shalt not pass whatever you cost ‘ Kempson and Watt in the centre of the back four. Bore went to the right of midfield with Coulson on the left and Michael Leary and Mark Hudson contesting the centre of the engine room. Up from the irrepressible Captain and match winner Peacock and Connell the slick box of tricks.
————1 Arthur————–
19 Wood 5 Kempson 16 Watt 3 Ridley
2 Bore 4 Hudson 14 Leary 11 Coulson
——-10 Peacock 17 Connell——–

Crawley showed off their new signings with Kuipers in goal, ex Owl Quinn, Mills the Miller, six figure Torres from Posh, McAllister (Exeter ) and seventy grand Tubbs

——————-1 Kuipers—————
2 Rusk –5 Quinn– 6 Hall– 16 Wilson
22 Mills 11 Masterton 17 Cogan 8 Torres
———-9 Tubbs 14 McAllister———–

But to the game shipmates to the game ??????????

Crawley, big powerful and functional; came out of the Blue Square blocks with a bang as Tubbs shot wide under pressure. The hosts dominated early proceedings as Town struggled for the right to play fisheries flowing football. Tubbs again showed his quality, wriggled free, but headed a cross wide from 8 yards. Watt then slowed him down with a foul and took a yellow for the team. Rusk was also cautioned for a boneshaker on Wood as the Mariners started to get a foot in to counter Evans tactics.

It won`t be style and a smile every week, especially when some of these pitches weather, but Watt showed his worth at both ends with a header just wide for our first proper chance of the game. On 30 minutes Torres sparked and lost his marker striding triumphantly down the left into the box. With just Arthur to beat he bottled and squared to thin air rather than shoot and almost certainly bag some goal bonus loot.

It would be costly as the tide turned. Mixing it up a bit the Mariners went route one as we had done at Halifax with a huge punt from Arthur. Connell, like a coiled viper was onto it denied only by Kuipers, who all at sea was forced to handle outside his box. Referee Carl Berry squeezed red from his breast pocket and sent the flying Dutchman to the stands. Mine said Peacock, who claimed the precious and placed an 18 yard curling side-foot freekick passed sub keeper Jordan. There were scenes of jubilation on the terraces and in the stands as the Mariners went mental.

With Jordan already on for McAllister, Evans made a change to 4-3-1-1 at half time with Enver-Marum on for Cogan. The Codfather meanwhile stuck with a defence that was peeling fruit in its pocket without sharing a drop. A wise decision given Crawley appeared to play as if they were sharing Aladdin`s cave as a win bonus. Tubbs chipped what to all in West Sussex appeared a sublime equaliser, only for King Arthur to back pedal and use his fingernails to nudge it over the bar.

Watts and the awesome Kempson were imperious with Wood, Ridley plus Leary and Hudson putting in big defensive performances. The Riddler may not have the pace but he is a canny beast and more than dealt with his man. Bore too exploited the channel and did well to help shackle the menace of Torres before being dropped to fullback as young Wood was rested. The Codfather has done this before, moving Coulson to Bore`s right flank berth and then allowing his substitute Eagle to fly down the left.

Torres again roasted his way into a one on one with Arthur, this time electing to shoot. This time the BSP`s most expensive footballer fortunately he fluffed his lines hitting the side netting. Evans again reshuffled with another desperate throw of the dice. Malcolm came on for Rusk as they went 3-3-3 which very much worked to our favour. Eagle sent the ball from left to right, Coulson controlled on a sixpence and crossed for the advancing Leary just a big toe away from making it two.

It was an end to end gung ho cup tie affair now, even though Woods would have wanted us to curtail our thus far pretty dormant attacking instincts and flair, to grind out the win. Eagle, with an eye and foot blessed by the Gods, pealed a peach of a ball that Connell instantly brought under his spell. Even those who sailed went quiet for a moment, for this was flowing fisheries football at its best. Connell laid sweetly to Coulson who instinctively fired first time, but alas his effort was narrowly wide.

That last move was a taster hopefully for Tuesday, given this was a massive three points away at one of the contenders this season. Woods suggested we could battle even if he wants style and a smile to be the order of the day. He and we got that today along with a massive 3 points and psychological fillip
Connell the Blundell goal machine was then rested in favour of Dixon and the York match on Tuesday at the Bastille. Crawley peppered our box with a couple of long balls, meat and drink to Kempson and Watts on a clean sheet bonus.

Stadium: Broadfield Stadium, England
Attendance: Att 2,428 (758 Sailed)
Match Time: August 14, 2010, 15:00 BST
Official(s): C Berry (Referee)

Shots (on Goal) Crawley 14(5) Mariners 7(2)
Fouls Crawley 7 Mariners 12
Corner Kicks Crawley 4 Mariners 1
Offsides Crawley 1 Mariners 2
Time of Possession Crawley 56% Mariners 44%
Yellow Cards Crawley 2 Mariners 1
Red Cards – Crawley 1 Mariners 0
Saves – Crawley 1 Mariners 4

Crawley Town
1 Kuipers
5 Quinn 6 Hall 16 Wilson 22 Mills
2 Rusk 8 Torres 11 Masterton 17 Cogan
9 Tubbs 14 McAllister (38 Jordan)


12 Jordan 7 Smith 24 Reason 10 Marum 19 Malcolm
Red card – Kuipers 37
yellow cards – Matthew Tubbs (16) Simon Rusk (20) Masterton 47

Subs Nick Jordan for Craig McAllister (38) & 10 Marum for 17 Cogan & Michael Malcolm for Simon Rusk (80)

1 Arthur
19 Wood 5 Kempson 16 Watt 3 Ridley
2 Bore 4 Hudson 14 Leary 11 Coulson
10 Peacock 17 Connell

Scorers Lee Peacock (39)

6 Garner 15 Samuels 8 Cummins 29 Eagle 24 Dixon
Substitutions Robert Eagle for Bradley Wood (58)
Dixon on for Connell 85
yellow card – Watt

Ref: Carl Berry

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