Date: 22nd August 2010 at 12:04pm
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Grimsby 1 Hayes 2

The scene was set for a David and Goliath game with more than a risk of rain on and off the parade. Tis a stormy tale this one shipmates, and in truth if we are to avoid being beached regularly, we will have to prepare better for ‘the Cup final syndrome’. As on-paper smaller clubs raise their game on a relatively big stage in their footballing careers thus far, they will want to claim our scalp. For that is what came to pass as one of football`s fading institutions came up against a side, just three years from a merger; and became a scalp, a trophy to mount on another boardroom wall. Wake up we must lest our club turn to dust.

The Cast and Crew.

The Mariners
Despite the Midweek stalemate, with Peacock ill, Woods elected to put Coulson up front next to Connell.

The Mariners went 4-4-2

1 Kenny Arthur
(D)15 Samuels 5 Kempson 16 Watt 3 Ridley
2 Bore 4 Hudson 14 Leary 29 Eagle
17 Connell 11 Coulson

Hayes schemes & dreams
Hayes meanwhile welcomed back Jamie Hand despite the whispers being that he was still suspended. His performance in the centre of midfield would merit MoM, a wonder goal and show the value of media abetted kidology in modern football.

Hayes went 4-5-1.
1 Lee Harrison
(D)2 Lewis Ferrell 11 Ahmed Deen 6 Adam Bygrave 3 Adam Green
(M) 7 James Mulley 14 Jamie Hand 8 Peter Holmes 15 Bradley Pritchard 22 Charlie Wassmer
(F) 9 Ben Wright

But to the Game Shipmates to the game???…

The Mariners kicked off towards the red seats of the away end but lost the ball as Hayes countered to earn a free kick. Despite Kempson and Ben Wright enjoying an early dance, Watt headed Holmes freekick clear. Bore then tore through the middle, laid it to Connell who fed Samuels on the overlap. The youngster flashed an angled drive goalwards that was bravely deflected for a corner.

For some obscure reason the Mariners then elected to play the long ball at every opportunity; meat and drink to Hayes who had been undone five to none on Tuesday. We were certainly fluffing our lines even though our less than stylish dominance carved out the chances. Bore latched onto one long ball to cut back for Connell to chip over. Then Arthur hoofed Connell headed and Bore drove a daisy cutter well wide from distance.

One thing is for sure Leary and Hudson not only failed to get the ball down but were losing out heavily against three in the middle with Jamie Hand the clear winner. Beauty is not a word that comes to mind with this lad but he battles and puts his heart and soul into it. He is midfield gladiator you love or loathe, a lad who struggles to pass wind yet knew his strengths and our weaknesses yesterday.

On 19 minutes Hand helped himself to some deserved luck. He anticipated the second ball for the umpteenth time took a couple of strides and then unleashed an unstoppable rising 25 yarder that pinged off the Pontoon goal`s left hand post and into the net. In an act of incredible sportsmanship The Grimsby fans applauded the effort – another of those sporting gestures you get used to at Blundell Park. Our first of the season but one worth the gate money alone and one Hand will doubtless never repeat.

The long ball style was winning few friends with Woods sharing the faithful`s frustration. One nice carpet cameo saw the left hand gang of Ridley, Eagle and Coulson conjure an exquisite exchange. Alas Coulson shot down Harrisons throat from 12 yards. Ben Wright saw a deflected drive loop dangerously over the bar as Hayes adopted a swift counter attacking edge to their game.

Eagle was at least attempting to get into the game albeit via set pieces. His freekick saw Kempson head towards the corner flag although Eagle crossed again only for a Bore header to be tipped over by the keeper. Watt was inches away with a header as Town all but trampled the foe as the half neared completion.

The visitors were determined to stay in it by hook or by crook. Deen did Leary and Wassmer effectively ended Coulson`s game in exchange for a yellows. Though Coulson struggled on for 10 minutes Charlie Ademeno was called upon to take his debut bow on 45 minutes. He got the ovation and looked lively for a minute leaving everyone to lick their lips at what might come to pass, second half with the home end in the Mariners ‘sharpshooters` sights.

Hayes almost capitalised on a rare mix up between Kempson and Watt but saw his scuffed effort deflected for a corner. Charlie Ademeno looked up for it, feeding Bore who crossed to Connell who fluffed his lines. Charlie then woke up Eagle who crossed far too close to the keeper who claimed with ease. Eagle redeemed himself with a precise freekick that looked to be an equaliser. Alas Connell`s perfect header saw a match saving palm over from Harrison.

Connell shook his head whilst the Pontoon sensed the second half suggest a point or better from some superb build up play. Surely forty-five minutes of football would yield a just reward? Deen blasted narrowly over from 20 yards on a rare sortie for the Londoners, suggesting a happy end might not quite be a foregone conclusion.

Charlie again used strength a pace to show his peers what Conference confidence can do but Eagle got his shot horribly wrong as he side footed wide with his wrong (right) foot.

On came Cummins for weary Leary as Hand one the first duel and touched to Pritchard who fired a fired a thirty-five yard warning just past our bows. The ground rose to a fan as Harrison again denied Connell palming what seemed destiny itself, over the bar. Then a downward Kempson header bounced up and onto the Pontoon bar before being cleared.

You got the sense in those two moments that it would be Hayes day. On 69 Pritchard put us in a prickly position on 69, racing onto a nice throughball from Holmes to side foot inside the post. The Spartan 27 behind the goal were in raptures – 10 more and we`d have seen a conga.

The Codfather went 3-4-3, dropping right back Samuels and adding an extra Corner, in Tom so to speak. He looked lively, tricky and tall for one still growing. Add Crouch like to that. Charlie put him though but he was denied the Spurs man`s super-sub tag by another superb stop from Harrison.

Charlie was at the centre of everything being dragged down in one instance. Eagle floated the freekick over, Watt rose to head home and the stadium went crazy, alas only to be brought down with a Blundell bump. The linesman saw offside, but then he got more wrong than banker going through a hedge fund backwards.

With dejected Town fans shaking their heads as they left the ground in disbelief Connell clawed one from nothing. Having resorted to long ball, fair enough as we were in the dieing embers; Connell volleyed a curling peach from 25 yards. Fabulous strike. Too little too late, but what a classy cameo. Cummins even then had time to head over a potential equaliser on a day that was not to be.

Connell and Charlie as a Blue Square pair against Darlington suggests we will be dangerous. Let us hope this was just a wake up call and one of those days. The centre midfield however has to improve. Leary and Hudson were mugged by Hand and Co and were not even at the races when it came to the second ball. Oh well onwards and upwards, one defeat and two goals conceded in 3 games. Add to the two goals scored and get Gobern and Charlie firing on all cylinders and who knows.

Grimsby Town 1 – 2 Hayes & Yeading

1 Kenny Arthur
15 Dwayne Samuels 5 Darren Kempson 16 Steven Watt 3 Lee Ridley
2 Peter Bore 4 Mark Hudson 14 Michael Leary 29 Robert Eagle
17 Alan Connell 11 Michael Coulson

6 Scott Garner 8 Michael Cummins 19 Bradley Wood 9 Charles Ademeno 23 Tom Corner

Scorer Alan Connell (90)

Charles Ademeno for Michael Coulson (45)
Michael Cummins for Michael Leary (58)
Tom Corner for Dwayne Samuels (72)

(G)1 Lee Harrison
(D)2 Lewis Ferrell 11 Ahmed Deen 6 Adam Bygrave 3 Adam Green
(M) 7 James Mulley 14 Jamie Hand 8 Peter Holmes 15 Bradley Pritchard 22 Charlie Wassmer
(F) 9 Ben Wright

21 Josh Lennie (G) 18 Daryl McLean (D)33 Nathan Webb (M)17 Andy Yiadom (M) 12 Elliott Buchanan (F)

Jamie Hand (19) Bradley Pritchard (69)

Yellow Cards
Ahmed Deen (40) Charlie Wassmer (42) Ben Wright (67)

Andy Yiadom for James Mulley (71)
Elliott Buchanan for Ben Wright (82)

Statistics / Town / Hayes & Yeading
Shots (on Goal) 20(6) / 7(4)
Fouls 7 / 13
Corner Kicks 7 / 6
Offsides 7 / 1
Time of Possession 55% / 45%
Yellow Cards 0 / 3
Saves 2 / 11