So to the Grimsby and Fleetwood cod derby a five star fisheries affair. With cannons aplenty and bording parties at the ready let us enter the realms of a modern day naval battle faught in port beside the unforgiving North Sea. Who would see Davey Jones locker afore the clock struck five?
Woods had planned to make four changes, however accident prone Arthur injured himself in the warm up so on-loan owl O’Donnell started. Garner came in for Kempson next to watt with Bore and Ridley as the fullbacks. Coulson was preferred on the right, as was Eagle on the left, leaving Wood and Gobern bench bound. Tom Corner got his full debut up front with Connell or should that be consolation Connell – oh well only time will tell. Captain Peacock in need of a breather, he, Leary, Gobern and Wood made up the four subs with Arthur out.
—————-38 O’Donnell —————
—-2 Bore 6 Garner 16 Watt 3 Ridley—
-11 Coulson 8 Cummins 4 Hudson 29 Eagle-
———— 23 Corner 17 Connell————
1 Arthur (G) 14 Leary (M) 7 Gobern 19 Wood (M) 10 Peacock (F)
Some familiar names in the visitors` side with Paul Linwood and Lee Thorpe (bench) knowing the place quite well not to mention Alan Wright of Aston Villa fame. Brazilian striker Magno Vieira and Craney had both bagged braces in last weekends 4-1 demolition of Kettering.
2 Beeley 20 Linwood 5 McNulty 3 Wright
——8 Craney 4 Barry 6 Pond—–
—–19 Seddon 10 Vieira 25 Curtis —–
28 Dootson (G) 7 Clancy 11 Mullan 15 Thorpe 27 Beesley
But to the game shipmates to the game
The Western Cod army, Fleetwood, kicked off attacking the away end with Craney testing O`Donnell early doors with a half chance half effort. Coonell and Coulson conjured with the former curling a super shot Davies claimed before it could creep in at the bar post. Eagle then delivered two corners and had a decent drive blocked by Beeley his fullback.
The Mariners were playing some nice stuff yet despite territorial advantage the visitors looked menacing on the counter. The stats bear that out with Grimsby enjoying 60% of the play over the game with more shots (17/13) overall yet less on target (3/8). They also contrary to perception, play some decent stuff.
A succession of interchanges down the left saw Craney denied only by O`Donnell, who saved superbly as the visitors began to take control. There midfield was bossing the game with Hudson forced to give a freekick in a dangerous position. Fortunately the wall did its job, as the ball was hacked clear, but on the whole we were losing every other second ball in the middle.
Connell curled a freekick over before Viera left Garner for dead and played in his partner Curtis who surely could not miss the tap in. He could and straight at O`Donnell, with father Neptune clearly on the Mariners side in 100% pure cod derby. And it was getting fresher too, with Eagle earning the afternoons needless first yellow.
With Fleetwood continuing to boss things, bar a Corner half effort well wide; Beeley was given the freedom of Cleethorpes before at least Watt blocked his effort at the expense of a corner. At the resultant set piece Pond suggested a glimpse of things to come when he headed against the post.
The Pontoon was less than happy with many audibly frothing at the gills. On 43 minutes the tied well and truly went out on Woods beached whales. Vieira intelligently set Curtis free down the flank. His pinpoint cross saw Seddon propel himself to plant a peach of a header passed O`Donnell. Agonisingly it came off a post before pirouetted on the line before crossing it for a well deserved first.
The Mariners reacted to the halftime boos, coming out all guns blazing with Peacock and Gobern replacing Coulson and Eagle our wingless wonders. Incredibly Connell was told to sit behind Gobern and Corner up front. Given the odd formation all seemed not surprisingly flummoxed and we had them all at sea. Corner had a shot blocked, Bore blazed wide and Hudson started to show his creative side as we hit an awesome rate of knots.
Fleetwood weathered the storm and continued to look menacing on the counter with Pond, Seddon and Vieira. Pond duly doubled the advantage just before the hour. Given the freedom of the North Sea he headed a corner home to settle the cod derby, well all bar the scraps and the habitual Connell consolation. Wood went on for Corner with perhaps damage limitation in mind yet a goal of quality allowed us to harbour some hope. A flicked Peacock header duly set up Connell 18 yards out, he chipped over Davies for a divine finish that threatened a comeback.
All was forgiven as the Mariners on and off the field sounded the charge for an end to end contest thereafter. Gaps at the back saw Seddon fluff his lines as fortune appeared to favour the brave. Connell and Peacock again combined only for the linesman to stop the Captains clear strut to goal. Hudson was lucky to just get a yellow when his challenge saw Beeley hit the deck clutching his head. Their keeper joined him – Davies the timewasting cod cad.
Curtis tried that too, going to ground and flapping around like a tiddler that has slipped the net before being replaced by Lee Thorpe. The action continued unabated, end to end, a constant changing of the tide. A corner found Connell in the box but alas he could not get the shot away. Craney crashed a shot into the Pontoon, but a metre wide. In the extra six minutes Connell was a dervish, here there and everywhere to make the game all square. The angle defeated him once before a second effort went wide.
These two goal head starts won`t do, neither will underestimating the opposition. Thankfully Danny Carlton should be here Monday and Gateshead on Tuesday could well be our night. We also still need to land a midfielder but Rome was not built in a day. Woods however must be starting to think the tide is turning after the fans trekked home from the pointless Cod derby.
Grimsby Town 1 – 2 Fleetwood Town
Match Time: September 18, 2010, 15:00 BST
Referee Richard Wigglesworth
Grimsby Town Alan Connell (67)
Fleetwood Town Gareth Seddon (44) Nathan Pond (59)
Grimsby Town Fleetwood Town
Shots (on Goal) 17(3) 13(8)
Fouls 13 12
Corner Kicks 5 4
Offsides 3 2
Time of Possession 60% 40%
Yellow Cards 2 1
Red Cards 0 0
Saves 7 6
Lee Peacock for Robert Eagle (46)
Lewis Gobern for Michael Coulson (46)
Bradley Wood for Tom Corner (62)
Lee Thorpe for Wayne Curtis (79)
Sean Clancy for Alan Wright (88)
Mark Beesley for Paul Linwood (90)
Grimsby Town Yellow Cards – Eagle (23) Hudson (71)
Fleetwood Town Yellow Cards – Davies (75)