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Boulding doubt:

He reamins a doubt for Saturdays trip south to Bournemouth. The on form, 12 goal striker injured his hip in training and former Everton player, Phil Jevons will be standing in for the injured ex-Villa man.

"Micky has a sore area around his hip and is unable to work through it, he has not been training so remains a doubt" Groves said.

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PHIL Jevons wants to keep his place in the team after Saturday's game, but Paul Groves, although saying it gives him something to think about, looks like picking Iffy if Boulding returns.

Jevons said, "It's nice to be back and getting a goal, but it would have been better to be through to the third round. It wasn't to be."
"We've had some good chances today but it just hasn't been our day. On another day we could have won this easily by two or three goals."

"I don't want to go on about things that have happened in the past. I want to concentrate on staying in the team and at the moment I'm just subdued about going out of the Cup."

"I think me and Mick Boulding can play together. Why not? But it's up to the manager and I respect his decision."

But Groves said to the Grimsby Telegraph; "I think in terms of the chances, Jevons had one or two. He got a goal from a free-kick and we're going to have to have a look at that and maybe one or two people will be looking over their shoulders"

"But as soon as we lost the physical presence up front we lost the impetus again until Craney went up there. Then we had a bit of it again at the death."END

Billo: I am not sure what he means by physical presence if he is talking about Iffy.

Tony Butcher, in his report, said; "Iffy was more effective when he stood still". An opinion seconded by many who were there.

The Grimsby Telegraph also says; "With Mick Boulding set to return, does he sacrifice the much-needed physical presence of the otherwise disappointing Onuora, or hand the sharper and more creative Jevons the chance to partner his top scorer and risk changing the shape in the process?"

"With a cloud of under-achievement slowly settling over the club, what is there to lose?"

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Peterborough United 3 Grimsby Town 2
06 Dec 2003, FA Cup Round 2
The sturdy roof and concrete terracing provided a great echo chamber-ber-ber-er for a medley of hits from the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Us Town fans were so caught up in our own little social whirl that the Peterborough mascot was hardly noticed - a white rabbit. If you want to know how tall it was, just ask Alice.

Town lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, as shown. Everyone was not stood where you'd expect them to be, for Anderson started on the right of midfield, and Jevons was on the pitch. And both were white booted. Town warmed up with a new routine - a one touch huddle, where Hamilton kept miss-controlling; followed by alternate headers and volleys, with Hamilton again the final fumbler. And then came the shooting practice, Jevons and Anderson taking it in turns to knock shrink wrapped pies out of the hands of unwary supporters.

And today's programme faux pas was provided by that old "can't tell 'em apart" stereotype. "Iffy Onoura (pictured below)". That'll be that Derrick Hamilton bloke, who the programme claimed was "another well known face in the Town side". Shall we ponder that awhile and then pass over it?

1st half

To a raucous roar, Town kicked off towards their grand fans, delaying the welly out of play for several seconds, sneakily using Hamilton's shins to do the dirty work. The first ten minutes or so were fine, nothing scary, nothing tremendously exciting. The Poshite fans were sparsely sprinkled around the ground and, apart from a knot of a dozen or so Burberry types to our right, eerily silent.

Town had much the better of this dull start with high balls pumped up to Onuora causing as much concern in the heart of the Peterborough defence as it did in the heart of the Town supporters. Big balls? Hoofing? Never works for Town, does it. Well, it almost did this time. Barnard lumped a free kick straight down the middle up to the edge of their penalty area. Onoura rocked and rolled, the defender creaked and suddenly Iffy had chested the ball down and was free. The ball bounced, bounced again, Iffy pondered, Iffy's legs moved and a defender raced across, blocking the shot. Almost, almost.

A couple of minutes later another big welly landed on Onuora, and it wasn't a literal one chucked by the more irate Town supporters. The defence parted in awe, a chorus of angels sang. Transfixed by all this space and light Iffy bundled across the area searching for something, he knew not what. Then he found it, the safety of the known world - a defender's boot. You may well laugh, or even cry, but this was very strange - opponents fazed by beefy route one football from Town. Town had corners, Town threw in crosses, Posh under pressure, sinking slowly towards their own goal. Yes, that's what we need - an own goal. A shot! At last, after about 10 minutes and it brought a flutter to the heart of those romantic souls who pine for the fjord that is pheromone Phil. The enigmatic (© Neil Woods 1992) drifter exchanged passes with Anderson after McDermott had surged forward, ripping apart the Peterborough left. A high ball controlled on his toe, pulled down, swaying, swishing, thwacking a wobbling shot towards goal from the centre right, about 25 yards out. Tyler started to dive right, re-adjusted and grappled to his left, clutching the ball at the second go. Another minute, another Town shot. The ball was worked across the pitch and to the left. Campbell cut infield and curled a right foot shot from the edge of the penalty area towards the top left hand corner. Tyler clung to the ball as it zoomed goalwards.

The Poshies had buzzed, hinting at danger, but without any substance. Then a big block of substance came crashing down upon the Town heads. Pressure, pressure, five minutes of solid attacking from Peterborough. Crosses, flicks, tricks, constant attacks forcing Crane to head, block, hook, block, head again as the tricky little strikers started to infiltrate the spaces between full backs and centre backs. Newton crossed, the ball skimmed off a Town head and out towards Farrell, at the right corner of the penalty area. A thwacking great volley flew into Crane's body, down onto the pitch, and hooked away as all in blue claimed a penalty. How could it be a penalty? A simple grasp of geometry would tell you the ball must, could only, have come off Crane's.....ribs! There's a bit of an angle at the bottom of the ribs, isn't there and it must have come off that. It's the only explanation I can find.

The pressure ratcheted up and Town were not helped by their inability to hoof clearances very far and, especially, the referee giving a series of free kicks to Peterborough that were contentious in the extreme. And let's not forget the linesman who was an unwilling flagger. In one way this is a tribute to Fry, for his strikers have perfected the art of being offside but not "active", or at least not active until the cross comes in and, hey presto, they are unmarked, but no longer offside. And from one such occurrence Town should have conceded a goal. A coupe of attacks repulsed back to the middle, McKenzie offside inside the Town penalty area, as the ball was played out to the right wing, behind Barnard. Newton bedazzled and bewitched Be-Barnard, dinking a cross from the bye-line into the middle of the goal. McKenzie, perhaps six yards out, unmarked, the goal a-gaping, a goal awaiting, carefully placed a header against the inside of the far post. The ball spun back and Anderson spectacularly hooked the ball over the bar for a corner. The corner was rubbish, by the way, for all those wondering what happened next.

After about 22 minutes Peterborough were still having a jolly inside the Town penalty area. Was it a corner, was it a free kick, who can remember? Whatever it was it was only half cleared. An appeal for offside was ignored as the ball was headed out towards Jevons, half way inside the Town half. Arber got there first and lobbed the ball towards the penalty area with a big bloke heading it out to their right wing. The Welsh waddler wobbled over towards the ball as it was crossed into the near post. Clarke, about eight yards out with Onuora behind him, rose upon his tan boots (tan!), raising both arms towards his chin. With his back to goal, Clarke appeared to nudge the ball over his shoulder with is right arm. The Town players shouted "handball". The Town fans shouted "handball". CLARKE turned to his left and, from the edge of the 6 yards box, lifted the ball towards goal, the ball creeping under the crossbar as the offside McKenzie ran behind Davison. Is there some rule we don't know about in second division football? What is it about handball? You don't have to speculate about the Town fans' fury, as well as the players. A very soft goal, but probably an illegal one. You'll have to watch it on super-slo-mo to decide whether Clarke did handle it.

Ah, the Town response. Within a couple of minutes Town had been awarded a free kick about 25 yards out, in the centre. Was it really a free kick? Who knew with this ref? Peterborough's wall took an eternity to line up, and then we had half a minute of playground slap and tickles as Edwards stood at the end of the wall and was promptly shoved about. Who would take it? Barnard? Hamilton? Campbell? Ah-ha, I see white boots, it's Mr Jevons! A slow curler gliding towards Tyler, who shuffled left, then suddenly the custard custodian stopped at the foot of his post and twisted right, palming the ball across the line. JEVONS had scored.

The rest of the half wasn't very interesting. After about half an hour Barnard dinked a free kick from left to right, deep into the Peterborough penalty area. Edwards chested the ball down to Jevons, who controlled it, shimmied right, shammied left, drifted past one, two, then placed a shot against a third defender's shins. Town prodded the Poshites a few times, mainly down the left, with Campbell a constant menace with his purposeful, pacy probing. Crosses to the near post, crosses to the far post, all just a little too far away from a striped booty or head. Town had the ball most of the time, but Peterborough just seemed to like it that way as their rapid attackers really did glide through the Town midfield, and then defence. Did I say midfield? There seemed to be someone missing there. His name was Pouton, or was it Daws? Twice Crowe's ability to run very quickly saved Town, as did Crane's extremely long legs.

About 10 minutes before halftime Peterborough tore Town apart down the left; Barnard a distant memory, Hamilton long since curdled, Newton placed a perfect through ball for McKenzie to run onto. Hamilton, dear, dear Des, simply wound down as McKenzie ran past him, leaving a clear run on goal. Into the area, on the left, wide of goal a shot hit low across Davison and a few inches wide of the far post. Davison was forced to race out of his area and lump the ball into touch as Newton again bypassed Barnard without so much as a by-your-leave. How rude of him. Desco Hamilton, free, surging down the left, acres of space, a clear run, go, go, go, you're going to a go-go. Going into a cul-de-sac of his own making, the chance gone as Hamilton slowed down, overtaken by defenders and events, drifting aimlessly into the corner. Wasted.

That's just about it apart from a weak header from Jevons from somewhere inside the penalty area. It may have been 3 yards out, it may have been 13 yards out, it was too far away to tell. Oh and that shot by Anderson which screamed just over the bar at the back of the stand against which several Poshites were leaning. Newton and Campbell had a bit of a contretemps as Campbell eased the ball out of play. Stuff and nonsense really, though Newton was fortunate not to be booked for being stupid. Hang on a second, is that it? Is that all from the first half? Yes, you aren't that bothered about Crane getting booked are you? Or Hamilton, for an ostentatious dive by Farrell after he'd lost the ball? Frankly Town would have been better off if Hamilton had been sent off. For he and Barnard were having shockers. The rest were fine: Crowe was busy, if not particularly threatening going forward; Jevons was trying really hard, even running around and not falling over at the slightest whiff of enemy odour; Onoura had been effective when standing still. The theory of Iffy seemed to worry the Peterborough defence, if not the reality. Peterborough had had three efforts on goal and Davison didn't make any saves. And that really was it.


Half time: Peterborough United 1 Grimsby Town 1
So, nicely poised, the danger signs were there for both teams. It had a name and that name was Keith Hill.


NO changes were made by either team at half time, though Town did emerge from the dressing room a couple of moon days after Peterborough. Tricked you, there was a change, Town switched Campbell and Anderson around.


Peterborough United 3 Grimsby Town 2
06 Dec 2003, FA Cup Round 2
You'd think their mothers would notice though, they may both be Scottish but they don't look that similar.

A nice opening to the half, with Town holding the ball, passing and edging towards goal. The Town fans roared them on and the ball was worked across the pitch from left to right, with McDermott starting an overlap beyond Campbell. The ball was played up to the edge of the Peterborough penalty area and headed clear towards the centre. Hamilton went to challenge, then stepped back. The ball was lifted over him as he watched. Thomson ran on. Hamilton watched. McKenzie lifted the ball over and through the Town defence in to the space vacated by McDermott. Hamilton watched on as an interested, though unconnected, party. Thomson, in an inside left position scurried through, with McDermott bursting his little lungs to get back. At the edge of the penalty area Macca caught him up, but was bumped away by Thompson's backside. A yard of space gained, a glimpse of goal, THOMPSON smacked a low drive across Davison and into the bottom left hand corner from about 12 yards out. What an excellent finish, though they were not the words passing through the vocal chords of a thousand Grimbarians at that time. Too harsh to blame Des? Making him an innocent scapegoat? Well, as this move was happening, several fans were pointing out the lack of Desmobility, that he hadn't tackled and he hadn't followed the man he was stood next to. Des hadn't, full stop, end of story, end of the Hamilton honeymoon.

Town drove forward after this, principally down the right, with McDermott and Campbell voracious in their appetite for the ball. Campbell free, crossing to the near post, no-one there. Campbell jinking away, crossing to the far post, no-one there. Campbell chasing back, hooking clear, mugging Newton to set up Town attacks. Omnipresent, meticulous in his passing, darting, dashing, a cavalier seconded to the NAAFI. Jevons free, crossing softly to the near post as Onuora awaited from afar. Jevons free, down the middle, after an excellent Barnard flat clip. The crowd ecstatic, their hero about to score. NO! On the edge of the area, with Tyler stranded, Jevons curled the ball a foot wide of the left hand post. What a waste of a miss, as the linesman had managed to flag him offside when it appeared as though he'd come from behind a blue shirt. Or was it Onuora offside, several years ago? Campbell again free behind the defence, into the area, on the by-line. He crossed to the near post and the ball slapped off Arber's thigh and straight out to a fellow Blue Boy as Crowe lurked and Onuora lingered. Crowe surging, one, two, three defenders beaten, on the edge of the area, a fourth, but the fifth squeezed him like the last drop of toothpaste, the moment gone.

Town, all Town. Pressure, constant, constant pressure, the game played out in front of the deafening, but frustrated, Town support. Surely now? Crowe nicked the ball in midfield, played it up to Onoura in the centre and Town piled forward at speed. Jevons was released down an inside right channel and he lured a couple of defenders over to his mesmerising shoes. Into the area, he looked up and delicately caressed a cross towards Onuora, about 8 yards out in the centre. Tyler flapped as Onuora and the final defender bunched together. The ball flew out sideways back to Jevons, about 8 yards out. The goal briefly open, bodies strewn across the turf, was this Jevons' moment? He saw glory, he saw expectant, hopeful faces behind the gaol, willing him to succeed. He succeeded only in failing, shinning the ball horribly, horribly wide as he tried to volley it in from a tightish angle.

After about quarter of an hour or so Anderson was replaced by Cas, with Campbell moving back to the left. Hope springs eternal, or hope eternally springs from Cas's introduction. Just after Cas came on, Campbell pinged a brilliant crossfield pas onto his toe, he tipped it past the full back, being almost felled in the process. He stayed upright, flew into the area and looked up to see three Town players unmarked at the far post. Cas rolled the ball across, but behind Campbell, who controlled the ball, jinked about a bit and then laid the ball back to Barnard. The 15:04 from Barnsley Central rolled forward and smacked the ball way, way, way, way, way wide and over. As Barnard approached the ball the Town fans stood on the terrace mentally sat down, for disappointment had been posted well in time for Christmas.

This was all very annoying, Town losing yet dominating, creating chance after chance, with Peterborough hardly touching the ball. "You're supposed to be at home". We wished they'd remember that. With about 25 minutes left Peterborough got inside the Town half, which was lovely for their distant support. Nice of their players to visit them now and again. Nothing subtle, just a big hoofed clearance. Crane headed back, but Curtis Woodlouse nicked the ball off a non-existent Town midfielder. He ran forward a bit then played the ball sideways towards Newton, about 25 yards out on the left edge of the Town area. Danger? What danger? Crisis? What crisis? Nothing would happen here, would it? Yes, it flippin' well would. Barnard ambled over, expecting Newton to dribble, but NEWTON raced in and hit a perfect low shot that glided an inch above the ground and straight into the very right hand corner of Davison's goal. Just inside the post it was, perfect, absolutely perfect and unstoppable.

But still Town poured forward. On and on, crosses in, over, through and around. Blocks, headers, bundles, barges, everything and anything was used by the Peterborough defence to guard their little yellow flower in goal. Was that a hand as Crowe went through? Cas volleyed amazingly wide after a crossed headed clear to him on the edge of the area. Campbell stopped it going out for a throw in, but only ended up setting up a counter attack. Oh no, not another sucker punch? A deep cross from their left zoomed towards Barnard, who shrivelled as Newton ran behind him and headed back across goal. McKenzie, very close, very central, headed towards the left hand side of the goal as Davison was running across to his right. Up went an arm, over the bar went the ball. A brilliant reflex save. That's it for Peterborough, apart from a couple of breakaways when shots were blocked. No more, nothing, they were simply clamped inside their own penalty box, unable to do anything but hack, thwack and hope the ball clear.

Another Campbell masterpiece of a pass went straight to Cas who steamrollered forward down the touchline. He looked up, saw Jevons unmarked in the middle of the penalty area and chipped a dainty cross into the box. Tyler came off his line and stopped, frozen in the Jevons headlights. Jevons rose slowly, silently and glanced a looping header over Tyler and onto the roof of the net. A terrible miss. He sank to his knees praying for forgiveness. Town rolling forward, crushing these Blue Meanies underfoot, half chance after half chance, squandered by slow reactions and some excellent, if desperate defending. Onwards, ever onwards, Campbell crossing, just too high, just too far, just, just, that little word just. With about 10 minutes left Mansaram replaced Onuora. Would flash do it again? Suddenly Cas was free after a Barnard clip through the middle of the defence. On the edge of the area with just the 'keeper to beat, a goal! No, the referee had stopped play to award Town a free kick for a foul on Campbell, about 40 yards out. Yeah, advantage Town eh? The crowd apoplectic, the players in a frenzy of fury. The free kick was chipped by Hamilton to the far post towards Crane. Two Peterborough defenders collided, the ball fell behind Crane on the corner of the 6 yard box. The tower of power turned and shot first time as Tyler came off his line to block. The ball ricocheted up, with Tyler and Mansaram leaping. Flash headed backwards and the ball arced gently over Tyler, onto the face of the crossbar and down. CAS stooped and conquered, heading the ball in from about six inches out. Pandemonium at the Town end, the players wrestling each other to get the ball back to the centre circle. C'mon lads we can still do this! Would Town escape to victory?

Town piled forward still, Cas heading into the area, Jevons falling, Crowe bundling, Mansaram wriggling. Clowns to the left of them, jokers to the right, Arber stuck in the middle clearing. Jevons again slipping free down the left, crossing to the near post, Rea swiped clear. With a couple of minutes left Barnard passed inside the full back with Campbell bursting down the wing, cutting infield and back down to the bye-line. He crossed low to the near post and, here it was, salvation. Three yards out, an open goal, the ball rolling gently to him, Jevons steered a first time pass across the face of goal and a few inches wide of the far post. The party balloons finally popped at this incredible miss, it was like Rushden all over again.

The game continued as it had all the way through the second half, but with a palpable sense of foreboding as the minutes ticked away, for it was clear that Peterborough could have put on their party hats, supped some mulled wine in the supporters club and had a little post prandial snooze and Town would still have managed to avoid scoring an equaliser. There were three minutes of added time, mostly taken up with Peterborough wasting time in the corners. The very last action was a Town throw in, hurled deep into the penalty area by Cas. Crane was pushed, Crane pushed back. Referee awarded Peterborough a free kick.

And out of the cup we went. The players sank to their knees, none more so than Jevons, who looked most distraught. And so he should be. Fine though his performance had been - determined, strong, intelligent - one can't get away from the fact that he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy for missing those two sitters. Town really threw this one away, for Peterborough played on the break, which seems to be their forte. Two quite excellent goals and an extremely dubious one shouldn't have been enough to beat Town, who, in that old phrase, frittered and wasted the chances in an offhand way. Not that Town played supremely wonderful football, but the chances were created, the territorial domination was there for all to see.

It really has got to the point where they need a clip round the ear from teacher.

Nicko's Man of the Match

Two candidates. Representing the Popular Front of Grimsby we have that sturdy oak Crane, a colossus at London Road. The choice of the Grimsby Peoples Front is Stuart Campbell for an effervescent, scintillating and, above all, determined performance on both wings. Dribbling, surging, tricking, treating. He had it all, serving up chances to the profligate ponies upfront.

Markie's UnMan of the Match

For the third time this season, thus earning to right to keep the title forever, Mr Hamilton. Fast approaching Widdrington territory, the fans just groan when he gets the ball or hear his name. As a management consultant would report, he successfully initiated a ball/foot nexus in the 53rd, 77th and 78th minutes. With clarification on the word successfully required; this being he touched it and it didn't go directly to a Peterborough player. Does he think football is a giant game of tiggy where the aim is to avoid contact with any object within the field of play?

You want to know the killer fact? Someone shouted out "bring back Stacy" and nobody demurred at that suggestion. Even with half a leg, Coldicott would tackle more.

Official Warning

K Hill. What a rubbish referee. He had a bizarre interpretation of handball, where the hand of cod seemed to stretch from tip of finger up the arm and down the ribs towards the waist, but those Poshies were armless. He spent the second half awarding free kicks to Town when Crane rather obviously crumbled under the slightest touch, but that seemed the only thing he would give Town. He was determined not to let the game flow, and was a general pest, especially to Town. Anything above 2 would be taking Christmas cheer to far. 1.3402, is a mighty generous mark, but he's getting it anyway.

And don't get me started on the linesman. One flagged for everything, the other for nothing. Guess which one did the Town defence?




Peterborough United 3 Grimsby Town 2
06 Dec 2003, FA Cup Round 2
You'd think their mothers would notice though, they may both be Scottish but they don't look that similar.

A nice opening to the half, with Town holding the ball, passing and edging towards goal. The Town fans roared them on and the ball was worked across the pitch from left to right, with McDermott starting an overlap beyond Campbell. The ball was played up to the edge of the Peterborough penalty area and headed clear towards the centre. Hamilton went to challenge, then stepped back. The ball was lifted over him as he watched. Thomson ran on. Hamilton watched. McKenzie lifted the ball over and through the Town defence in to the space vacated by McDermott. Hamilton watched on as an interested, though unconnected, party. Thomson, in an inside left position scurried through, with McDermott bursting his little lungs to get back. At the edge of the penalty area Macca caught him up, but was bumped away by Thompson's backside. A yard of space gained, a glimpse of goal, THOMPSON smacked a low drive across Davison and into the bottom left hand corner from about 12 yards out. What an excellent finish, though they were not the words passing through the vocal chords of a thousand Grimbarians at that time. Too harsh to blame Des? Making him an innocent scapegoat? Well, as this move was happening, several fans were pointing out the lack of Desmobility, that he hadn't tackled and he hadn't followed the man he was stood next to. Des hadn't, full stop, end of story, end of the Hamilton honeymoon.

Town drove forward after this, principally down the right, with McDermott and Campbell voracious in their appetite for the ball. Campbell free, crossing to the near post, no-one there. Campbell jinking away, crossing to the far post, no-one there. Campbell chasing back, hooking clear, mugging Newton to set up Town attacks. Omnipresent, meticulous in his passing, darting, dashing, a cavalier seconded to the NAAFI. Jevons free, crossing softly to the near post as Onuora awaited from afar. Jevons free, down the middle, after an excellent Barnard flat clip. The crowd ecstatic, their hero about to score. NO! On the edge of the area, with Tyler stranded, Jevons curled the ball a foot wide of the left hand post. What a waste of a miss, as the linesman had managed to flag him offside when it appeared as though he'd come from behind a blue shirt. Or was it Onuora offside, several years ago? Campbell again free behind the defence, into the area, on the by-line. He crossed to the near post and the ball slapped off Arber's thigh and straight out to a fellow Blue Boy as Crowe lurked and Onuora lingered. Crowe surging, one, two, three defenders beaten, on the edge of the area, a fourth, but the fifth squeezed him like the last drop of toothpaste, the moment gone.

Town, all Town. Pressure, constant, constant pressure, the game played out in front of the deafening, but frustrated, Town support. Surely now? Crowe nicked the ball in midfield, played it up to Onoura in the centre and Town piled forward at speed. Jevons was released down an inside right channel and he lured a couple of defenders over to his mesmerising shoes. Into the area, he looked up and delicately caressed a cross towards Onuora, about 8 yards out in the centre. Tyler flapped as Onuora and the final defender bunched together. The ball flew out sideways back to Jevons, about 8 yards out. The goal briefly open, bodies strewn across the turf, was this Jevons' moment? He saw glory, he saw expectant, hopeful faces behind the gaol, willing him to succeed. He succeeded only in failing, shinning the ball horribly, horribly wide as he tried to volley it in from a tightish angle.
Grimsby
Davison
McDermott
Crane
Edwards
Barnard
Anderson
Hamilton
Crowe
Campbell
Onuora
Jevons


Subs
Young 87 mins
Cas 60 mins
Mansaram 71 mins
Groves
Hughes




Attendance
4,836


Referee
Keith Hill
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After about quarter of an hour or so Anderson was replaced by Cas, with Campbell moving back to the left. Hope springs eternal, or hope eternally springs from Cas's introduction. Just after Cas came on, Campbell pinged a brilliant crossfield pas onto his toe, he tipped it past the full back, being almost felled in the process. He stayed upright, flew into the area and looked up to see three Town players unmarked at the far post. Cas rolled the ball across, but behind Campbell, who controlled the ball, jinked about a bit and then laid the ball back to Barnard. The 15:04 from Barnsley Central rolled forward and smacked the ball way, way, way, way, way wide and over. As Barnard approached the ball the Town fans stood on the terrace mentally sat down, for disappointment had been posted well in time for Christmas.

This was all very annoying, Town losing yet dominating, creating chance after chance, with Peterborough hardly touching the ball. "You're supposed to be at home". We wished they'd remember that. With about 25 minutes left Peterborough got inside the Town half, which was lovely for their distant support. Nice of their players to visit them now and again. Nothing subtle, just a big hoofed clearance. Crane headed back, but Curtis Woodlouse nicked the ball off a non-existent Town midfielder. He ran forward a bit then played the ball sideways towards Newton, about 25 yards out on the left edge of the Town area. Danger? What danger? Crisis? What crisis? Nothing would happen here, would it? Yes, it flippin' well would. Barnard ambled over, expecting Newton to dribble, but NEWTON raced in and hit a perfect low shot that glided an inch above the ground and straight into the very right hand corner of Davison's goal. Just inside the post it was, perfect, absolutely perfect and unstoppable.

But still Town poured forward. On and on, crosses in, over, through and around. Blocks, headers, bundles, barges, everything and anything was used by the Peterborough defence to guard their little yellow flower in goal. Was that a hand as Crowe went through? Cas volleyed amazingly wide after a crossed headed clear to him on the edge of the area. Campbell stopped it going out for a throw in, but only ended up setting up a counter attack. Oh no, not another sucker punch? A deep cross from their left zoomed towards Barnard, who shrivelled as Newton ran behind him and headed back across goal. McKenzie, very close, very central, headed towards the left hand side of the goal as Davison was running across to his right. Up went an arm, over the bar went the ball. A brilliant reflex save. That's it for Peterborough, apart from a couple of breakaways when shots were blocked. No more, nothing, they were simply clamped inside their own penalty box, unable to do anything but hack, thwack and hope the ball clear.

Another Campbell masterpiece of a pass went straight to Cas who steamrollered forward down the touchline. He looked up, saw Jevons unmarked in the middle of the penalty area and chipped a dainty cross into the box. Tyler came off his line and stopped, frozen in the Jevons headlights. Jevons rose slowly, silently and glanced a looping header over Tyler and onto the roof of the net. A terrible miss. He sank to his knees praying for forgiveness. Town rolling forward, crushing these Blue Meanies underfoot, half chance after half chance, squandered by slow reactions and some excellent, if desperate defending. Onwards, ever onwards, Campbell crossing, just too high, just too far, just, just, that little word just. With about 10 minutes left Mansaram replaced Onuora. Would flash do it again? Suddenly Cas was free after a Barnard clip through the middle of the defence. On the edge of the area with just the 'keeper to beat, a goal! No, the referee had stopped play to award Town a free kick for a foul on Campbell, about 40 yards out. Yeah, advantage Town eh? The crowd apoplectic, the players in a frenzy of fury. The free kick was chipped by Hamilton to the far post towards Crane. Two Peterborough defenders collided, the ball fell behind Crane on the corner of the 6 yard box. The tower of power turned and shot first time as Tyler came off his line to block. The ball ricocheted up, with Tyler and Mansaram leaping. Flash headed backwards and the ball arced gently over Tyler, onto the face of the crossbar and down. CAS stooped and conquered, heading the ball in from about six inches out. Pandemonium at the Town end, the players wrestling each other to get the ball back to the centre circle. C'mon lads we can still do this! Would Town escape to victory?

Town piled forward still, Cas heading into the area, Jevons falling, Crowe bundling, Mansaram wriggling. Clowns to the left of them, jokers to the right, Arber stuck in the middle clearing. Jevons again slipping free down the left, crossing to the near post, Rea swiped clear. With a couple of minutes left Barnard passed inside the full back with Campbell bursting down the wing, cutting infield and back down to the bye-line. He crossed low to the near post and, here it was, salvation. Three yards out, an open goal, the ball rolling gently to him, Jevons steered a first time pass across the face of goal and a few inches wide of the far post. The party balloons finally popped at this incredible miss, it was like Rushden all over again.

The game continued as it had all the way through the second half, but with a palpable sense of foreboding as the minutes ticked away, for it was clear that Peterborough could have put on their party hats, supped some mulled wine in the supporters club and had a little post prandial snooze and Town would still have managed to avoid scoring an equaliser. There were three minutes of added time, mostly taken up with Peterborough wasting time in the corners. The very last action was a Town throw in, hurled deep into the penalty area by Cas. Crane was pushed, Crane pushed back. Referee awarded Peterborough a free kick.

And out of the cup we went. The players sank to their knees, none more so than Jevons, who looked most distraught. And so he should be. Fine though his performance had been - determined, strong, intelligent - one can't get away from the fact that he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy for missing those two sitters. Town really threw this one away, for Peterborough played on the break, which seems to be their forte. Two quite excellent goals and an extremely dubious one shouldn't have been enough to beat Town, who, in that old phrase, frittered and wasted the chances in an offhand way. Not that Town played supremely wonderful football, but the chances were created, the territorial domination was there for all to see.

It really has got to the point where they need a clip round the ear from teacher.

Nicko's Man of the Match

Two candidates. Representing the Popular Front of Grimsby we have that sturdy oak Crane, a colossus at London Road. The choice of the Grimsby Peoples Front is Stuart Campbell for an effervescent, scintillating and, above all, determined performance on both wings. Dribbling, surging, tricking, treating. He had it all, serving up chances to the profligate ponies upfront.

Markie's UnMan of the Match

For the third time this season, thus earning to right to keep the title forever, Mr Hamilton. Fast approaching Widdrington territory, the fans just groan when he gets the ball or hear his name. As a management consultant would report, he successfully initiated a ball/foot nexus in the 53rd, 77th and 78th minutes. With clarification on the word successfully required; this being he touched it and it didn't go directly to a Peterborough player. Does he think football is a giant game of tiggy where the aim is to avoid contact with any object within the field of play?

You want to know the killer fact? Someone shouted out "bring back Stacy" and nobody demurred at that suggestion. Even with half a leg, Coldicott would tackle more.

Official Warning

K Hill. What a rubbish referee. He had a bizarre interpretation of handball, where the hand of cod seemed to stretch from tip of finger up the arm and down the ribs towards the waist, but those Poshies were armless. He spent the second half awarding free kicks to Town when Crane rather obviously crumbled under the slightest touch, but that seemed the only thing he would give Town. He was determined not to let the game flow, and was a general pest, especially to Town. Anything above 2 would be taking Christmas cheer to far. 1.3402, is a mighty generous mark, but he's getting it anyway.

And don't get me started on the linesman. One flagged for everything, the other for nothing. Guess which one did the Town defence?

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Influential Grimsby Town midfielder Alan Pouton is closing in on a welcome return to first-team action.
Pouton is yet to play this season after undergoing surgery to clear up a knee problem in the summer.

The former York City player is back in training and was set to appear as a substitute in a county cup match at Lincoln City on Tuesday night.

"It's great to have him back," said Mariners boss Paul Groves.

"He's something different, an extra edge to training, and having him around has added something to the dressing room.

"If we can get him back fit it will add some great competition for places, which has got to be healthy.

"If things go well, Christmas is the target. But it only needs a setback and he might miss that.

"We don't want to rush him back but it's pleasing that he's been able to get a pre-season under his belt. We want him to come back and stay back," Groves told the Grimsby Evening Telegraph.

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Boulding doubt:

He reamins a doubt for Saturdays trip south to Bournemouth. The on form, 12 goal striker injured his hip in training and former Everton player, Phil Jevons will be standing in for the injured ex-Villa man.

"Micky has a sore area around his hip and is unable to work through it, he has not been training so remains a doubt" Groves said.
Well that would be good from my point of view

But I know Jevons is a decent player also.


Don't those 2 ever play together?
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Well that would be good from my point of view

But I know Jevons is a decent player also.


Don't those 2 ever play together?
Boulding has never been paired with Jevons, Groves seems to prefer a big man and a little man upfront. As Jevons and Boulding are relatively small they have never been paired but on saturday i can see a pairing of Iffy(big man) and Jevons as Boulding is still injured.

Grimsby have been inconsistant to say the least, they have the squad and the players to be playing for a play off place, yet they are hovering around the bottom 6. If they play to there potential i don't see Bournemouth standing much of a chance, even at home. That said, i don't think they'll play anywhere near there best and will probably be beaten. There's been alot of grumblings this season, if Groves can't turn Town's season around quickly, don't be suprised to hear he has been sacked.

Grimsby Town Fish and Chips are crap, it's very much a myth. The best Fish and Chips can be found in the small villages along the south bank of the humber. , but they are still much better than Hull and Sheffield

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It looks like Paul Groves has to make a decision tomorrow on whether to play Jevons or Iffy Onuora if Michael Boulding is declared fit to play. Report today indicate he will be back for Saturday's game if all goes well in training tomorrow.

Graham Rodger told the Grimsby Telegraph; "Because of the nature of the injury we're hoping to see him train tomorrow, be fit and be on the coach with us on Friday. That's not rubbish. That's a fact and it would be a big boost to have him back."
"He got a bang to his hip last Friday and he was struggling to move with any freedom. But he's better now and he's done very well for us this year. He's the leading scorer and we'd obviously like to have him available for selection."

Boulding's injury gave Phil Jevons his chance last week which he returned in the way of a goal and he cannot be criticised for his expectation to be in the squad in place of Iffy on Saturday.

When asked yesterday about the possibility of him partnering Boulding he said: "I think I can. Why not?"

If Groves was to make his decision based on the reaction to the fans to Jevons's return he would pick him before Iffy.

One thing is for sure, and that is that Groves has to change something. Performing like world beaters in one out of every three games then reverting to what appears to be 11 men who have met for the first time on the day, something needs to change.

It is time for Groves to start looking at all his options and Jevons is only one of them. There are serious criticisms of other players who are not performing with claims that the best options are left on the bench.

The regular squad have had plenty of time to get to know each other's game and should now be able to show some consistency but that is not happening. So now Groves must start experimenting with other players in key roles to find the best team we can muster.

Otherwise it looks like we will have to settle for mid-table mediocrity, which is what we craved for in the first division, but a disaster in the second.

There is another option, but best I not mention it today!!

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Groves Hoping To Pick The Cherries Off - Again!
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GRIMSBY Town will have to do without the service of Marcel Cas this weekend when they travel down to take on Bournemouth at Dean Court.

The last time these two sides met was on a much bigger stage, when Wayne Burnett scored the Golden Goal that won the Auto Windscreen Shield at Wembley.

But six years on sees Town play the Cherries in the league once more, and only Davison, McDermott, and Groves are the remaining Wembley heroes at the club.

Ahead of the game Groves said: "Marcel Cas is not available. He's got a sore area in and around his knee so Marcel's not fit. Apart from that, we're pretty much the same as we were before."

Quick Mick Boulding missed out on last week's 3-2 FA Cup second round defeat to Peterborough, but Groves said: "Michael's trained for the last couple of days. He's okay and he'll be available."

Of the striker selection headache facing the manager, Groves continued: "We won't be making any early decisions because that will give them (Bournemouth) a bit of an insight to what we're doing.

"You try and keep your cards close to your chest. We'll pick the side as and when we get down there."

Groves scored the only goal of the game when the sides last met at Dean
Court back in 1997, and the gaffer said: "Thanks for reminding me. It doesn't have any bearing on this next game though, and that's the most important thing."

And of Wembley he continued: "Obviously it was a great occasion. It's something that's a great memory - and it is a memory now - and we have to move on.

"We're now playing them in the league, and we'll have to go down there and try and get a result. Every game is a big game for us. It's no good looking beyond the next game."

When asked if surprised at the progress of Bournemouth in the league this season, Groves responded: "When you look at the majority of teams that have got promoted, or did well last year, they tend to have a good start to the season and keep that winning habit going.

"So far to date, Bournemouth have continued their winning habit from last year, and it has stood them in good stead."

Meanwhile John McDermott revealed on Mariners World that he is just about due a goal. Macca won the Man of the Match award in the Wembley game and has not scored for the Mariners since that very season.

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By Richard Hubbert
Date: 11/12/2003

FOLLOWING yet another disappointing result last weekend, Town fans are becoming increasingly impatient with their under-achieving side and will want a positive reaction and a decent result to last week's defeat.

Town meet Bournemouth for the first time since that unforgettable day at Wembley in April 1998. Unfortunately, the stakes are lower this time and the venue somewhat less attractive. Bournemouth have had an excellent season back in Division Two after their promotion from Division Three last season. They have one of the most highly-rated young managers in the lower leagues in the form of Sean O'Driscoll and currently in 6th place, will have realistic aspirations of yet another play-off adventure.

Sean O'Driscoll . (left) Manager since August 2000, O'Driscoll's appointment seems to have been success for the Dean Court side. He guided the Cherries to a quick return to division two last season after relegation a few seasons ago. Now he has built a side based on both youth an experience, that although may be thin, is proving critics that thought they would be at the foot of the table, wrong

One of the club's most experienced players is goalkeeper Neil Moss who is in his second spell with the club after joining them as a trainee in 1993. He rejoined the club last year after spells with Gillingham and Southampton. One of the survivors from the Wembley game in the 97/98 season is striker Steve Fletcher (left) who has been with the club since 1992. Surrounding him are the likes of Warren Feeney and Marcus Browning. Feeney is the clubs top scorer this season, whilst Browning has brought a wealth of lower league experience to the side.


Recent Form
G.T.F.C
L Peterborough (cup) (a) 2-3
L Tranmere (a) 0-1
W Brentford (a) 3-1
D Stockport (h) 1-1
W QPR (cup) (h) 1-0


Bournemouth
D Accrington (cup) (h) 1-1
W Brentford (h) 1-0
L Stockport (a) 2-3
L Peterborough (h) 1-2
W Bristol R (cup) (h) 1-0


Top Scorers

Town
Boulding 12
Anderson 4


Bournemouth
Feeney 8
S Fletcher 6


Team News


Town

Town are still sweating on the fitness of Michael Boulding for their trip to the South Coast. If he fails to recover from his hip injury, then Phil Jevons will continue up front with Iffy Onours. But if Boulding is fit, Groves will face his toughest and perhaps most crucial decision of the season - whether to drop Onoura and play Jevons.

Defender Simon Ford could be set for a place on the bench after playing 90 minutes for the reserves against Boston earlier this week. Alan Pouton though is still a few weeks away from being in the squad.


Bournemouth

Cherries' Captain Carl Fletcher (who incidentally made his debut vs Town in the 97/98 season) will miss out with a one game suspension after collecting five yellow cards this season. Jason Thomas could replace him in midfield.

Alan Connell played in a reserve game this week and could make the squad with the club so short of midfield players. Only last week, Jason Tindall learnt he needed an operation to repair torn a cartilage pad in his knee

Whilst reserve goalie Gareth Stewart was injured in that game and will miss out.


Probable Starting XI's

Town
Aidan Davison
John McDermott
Darren Barnard
Tony Crane
Mike Edwards
Stuart Campbell
Des Hamilton
Jason Crowe
Iain Anderson
Phil Jevons
Iffy Onoura


Bournemouth
Neil Moss
Karl Broadhurst
Stephen Purches
Warren Cummings
Brian Stock
Garreth O'Connor
Jason Thomas
Wade Elliott
Marcus Browning
Steve Fletcher
Warren Feeney


Last Time Out

Town last met Bournemouth at the Twin Towers of Wembley Stadium in April 1998, and need I remind you of the score? I think not...

Town Team: Davison, McDermott, Gallimore (Black), Handyside, Lever, Donovan, Burnett, Groves, Smith, Nogan (Jobling), Clare (Livingstone)
Subs: (not used) None Goals: Black (75), Burnett (112)

Bournemouth Team: Glass, Young, Vincent, Howe, Cox, Bailey, Beardsmore (O'Neil), Robinson, Stein, Steve Fletcher, Warren (Brissett)
Subs: (not used) Rolling
Goals: Bailey (31)

Attendance: 62,432

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Grimsby's Jason Crowe and Brian Stock of Bournemouth were both sent off in a bad-tempered draw at Dean Court.
Crowe's reaction to a Stock challenge on Alan Pouton sparked a first half melee and both were dismissed.

Grimsby went closest to breaking the deadlock in a drab encounter when Michael Boulding's shot was saved.

The ball fell to team-mate Phil Jevons but Karl Broadhurst diverted his shot over the bar.




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Bournemouth: Moss, Purches, Broadhurst, Maher, Cummings, Elliott, Browning, O'Connor, Stock, Feeney, Steve Fletcher.
Subs: Thomas, Connell, Buxton, Hayter, Scriven.

Grimsby: Davison, McDermott, Barnard, Crane, Edwards, Crowe, Pouton, Jevons, Campbell, Onuora, Boulding.
Subs: Anderson, Hamilton, Ford, Mansaram, Groves.

Referee: T Kettle (Maidenhead).


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Groves sacked

After the 6-0 defeat at Oldham he has been given the boot,
but apparently he will remain on the playing staff



6-0!!!!

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Never in my life have a seen such an appalling display of football on show. The defence was non-existant, the midfield were awful and the Strikers weren't much better. The match stats make for a horror story: -



Town - possession - Oldham

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I've no idea what Groves had the players doing for the 3 week break but it definately was not training. 1,500 away fans turned up to watch there team get humiliated by a team ( like so many in this division) which was not fit to clean GTFC's boots not many seasons ago. As it stands Grimsby have to be one of the worst teams in English football at this moment in time(on current form) and something needs to be done. It was defeat after defeat and the only place Grimsby were headed was Div 3 with Groves. Luckily the board finally recognised this and sacked him.

A few names have been rumoured to be interested in the Grimsby job these include :-

Paul Hart

Keith Alexander

Alan Buckley

Steve Cotterill

Nigel Clough

Ray Graydon

Lou Macari

Billy Dearden

John Barnes

Carlton Palmer

Gordon Strachan

Any of these will do (excluding Buckley - no one wants him at Blundell Park for a third time) . If the Board change the manager and get it right, i'd expect Grimsby to survive and do well next season because i still believe they have one of the better squads in this division.

Graham Rodger, Grovesys number two has been left in charge for the next few games,s o i'd expect them to lose on Saturday and Tuesday night, who knows

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That's right, he may play this Saturday - depending on his mental state of course. He's still able to put very good performances in and would be an asset to the club if he is not affected by what has happened. It's a strange state of affairs but it's been rumoured that he has asked for his playier contract to be removed.

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Well done for beating Brighton 2-1 today!


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Grimsby play Colchester at Layer on Saturday, Colchester should get back to winning ways and Wayne Andrews is back after being banned

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Grimsby came within two minutes of taking a point from Division Two's invincibles: Bristol City. They were desperately unlucky. Almost got a winner in the 80thmin which would have secured at least a point

Town are looking a hell of alot better since Groves was sacked. His number 2 has been appointed as caretaker manager until a suitable manager is found. They are playing once again and should make a better accoutn of themselves.

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If it works, he will be offered a contract no doubt. If it doesn't work, he will be on his way. Somewhat belatedly as one would have expected that he would have gone with Mr Groves, which is the usual outcome at most football clubs, but hardened Mariners supporters know that the unexpected is quite common down there at old Blundell Park.
But there it is. The board who have more than 50 applications on their desks for the managers job which they have scrutinised extremely carefully and thoroughly have come up with a master stroke and selected an inexperienced (at manager level) person to do the job that some of the best managers in the world would have difficulty with.

But let me make this quite clear! I am not complaining about Graham Rodger himself. It wouldn't matter to me if it was Mickey Mouse, and Graham Rodger could well turn out to be the answer to our problems. I do not know if that will prove to be the case but neither does anyone else, especially the board!!

But one must question the wisdom of repeating the previous mistake of taking the cheapest option and handing it over to someone lacking in experience and who was a main component of the previous failed management team.

The board have taken an enormous gamble here and we have to hope that they have made what turns out to be a very good decision.

Even if it doesn't work, we have no need to worry. The board will probably appoint Neil Woods as the manager and the tea lady as his assistant and the whole circle can continue going round and round again until we run out of options and I get the job!!

But until then, Rodger is in charge and, like Paul Groves, he is now in the hot seat and will need support, and until he demonstrates that he does not deserve that support, everyone should get behind him. He never made the appointment decision and he would have been foolish to turn it down.

So it really is in everyone's interest to get behind him and the team who have shown a great deal more spirit, if nothing else, over the last couple of games.

Rodger is the 'piggy in the middle' here and it would be very wrong for him to take the flak from those disappointed by the decision of the board.

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Former Reading legend Phil Parkinson (left), who notched up 452 appearances whilst playing for the Royals, took the over the reigns at Layer Road in February 2003 from Steve Whitton. The 36 year old led Colchester to safety last season, and this year targeted the play offs as a realistic aim for the club. Despite good form in and around Christmas, the U's have slipped away from the promotion frame in recent games and despite hovering in 16th place, are only nine points away from sixth place Wrexham



The Team
A player who immediately stands out on the U's squad list is former Chelsea and Bradford defender Andy Myers (left) who signed for the club in the summer. Myers can play either at left full back or in the centre of the defence. Former Ipswich defender Wayne Brown signed for Colchester this week on a months loan from Watford after falling out of favour at Vicaridge Road this season. The 26 year old has been drafted in to replace soon to depart defender Scott Fitzgerald. Providing the attacking prowess for Colchester is speedy former Oldham forward Wayne Andrews, on loan Portsmouth striker Rowan Vine, who scored a hat trick against Coventry in the FA Cup and ex Barnet forward Scott Mcgleish


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Town have major injury worries over key members of their squad for the game at Layer Road.

Only recently returned midfielder Stacy Coldicott looks set to miss out after playing an hour of football in the last week. Des Hamilton will replace him.

Jason Crowe limped off near the end of Tuesday's game with Britstol City with a sore hamstring. Young defenders Iain Ward and Wes Parker stand by, but Crowe will probably play.

Darren Barnard is almost certain to miss out with an ankle injury, which means that Greg Young will continue to deputise. Simon Ford has a dead leg but will recover in time to play.

Iain Anderson picked up a knock in the week from a heavy challenge, he has an eight inch stud mark down his calf which has made training difficult for the Scotsman. Phil Jevons waits in the wings if he fails to make it.

On loan striker Lee Thorpe is still out through injury, Mike Edwards starts his 3 game suspension and ex manager Paul Groves continues to be omitted.


Colchester

Town have major injury worries over key members of their squad for the game at Layer Road.

Only recently returned midfielder Stacy Coldicott looks set to miss out after playing an hour of football in the last week. Des Hamilton will replace him.

Jason Crowe limped off near the end of Tuesday's game with Britstol City with a sore hamstring. Young defenders Iain Ward and Wes Parker stand by, but Crowe will probably play.

Darren Barnard is almost certain to miss out with an ankle injury, which means that Greg Young will continue to deputise. Simon Ford has a dead leg but will recover in time to play.

Iain Anderson picked up a knock in the week from a heavy challenge, he has an eight inch stud mark down his calf which has made training difficult for the Scotsman. Phil Jevons waits in the wings if he fails to make it.

On loan striker Lee Thorpe is still out through injury, Mike Edwards starts his 3 game suspension and ex manager Paul Groves continues to be omitted.

By comparison, Colchester have few injury worries. Andy Myers is out at the moment, meaning that they have a void to fill at left back. Club Captain Karl Duguid will probably be given the nod with Joe Keith staying on the left side of midfield, and Craig Fagan on the right.

In defence we could see a start for new signing Wayne Brown in place of Liam Chilvers, who was taken off in the midweek game with Southend. With a heavy fixture list at the moment, the U's may also rest one of two other players in a bid to freshen things up.

Town
Aidan Davison
Jason Crowe
Tony Crane
Simon Ford
Greg Young
Iain Anderson
Nicky Daws
Des Hamilton
Stuart Campbell
Isiah Rankin
Darren Mansaram

Colchester
Simon Brown
Alan White
Wayne Brown
Karl Duguid
Joey Keith
Thomas Pinault
Kemal Izzett
Craig Fagan
Greg Halford
Scott McGleish
Rowan Vine




The Mariner beat Colchester 2-0 in October at Blundell Park thanks to Iffy Onoura and Michael Boulding's goals. This game, coupled with Towns success over Notts County, saw them put two wins together for the first and only time this season. Sadly for the Mariners, between then and now, there have only been three more wins for Town.

Town Team: Davison, McDermott, Crane, Edwards (Crowe, 27 (Ford, 45)), Barnard, Campbell, Daws, Hamilton, Anderson, Onuora, Boulding
Subs: (not used) Cas, Mansaram, Jevons

Goals: Onuora (41), Boulding (84)

Colchester Team: Simon Brown, Stockley (Halford, 80), Fitzgerald, Chilvers, Myers, Duguid, Izzet, Pinault, Vine, Andrews (Keith, 68), McGleish
Subs: (not used) Gerken, Bowry, Baldwin


Attendance: 5,021



i predict, 2-1 to the mariners.

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So much for your 2-1 I have seen better pub teams play football We had two headers basicly and they ended in goals, first was from Craig Fagan and the second from Kemi Izzet Our performance was poor to say the least and was nice to get a easy victory for 2004 as long last!!

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SATURDAY'S win over Barnsley was Town's biggest win this century, and the Mariners' most emphatic victory since Alan Buckley left the club.

To put that into perspective the win over Barnsley came only a matter of weeks after Town's two heaviest defeats of the last twenty years, against Hartlepool and Oldham - not to mention recent drubbings at places like Wycombe (1-4) and Port Vale (1-5).


Best Wins Since 1984 06/01/1996 Luton (H) 7-1
24/08/1999 Carlisle (H) 6-0
28/02/2004 Barnsley (H) 6-1
06/11/1984 Rotherham (H) 6-1
26/08/1997 Oldham (H) 5-0
11/02/1995 Luton (H) 5-0
22/12/1990 Bournemouth (H) 5-0
08/11/1988 Doncaster (H) 5-0


Worst Defeats Since 1984 12/09/2003 Hartlepool (A) 1-8
08/02/2004 Oldham (A) 0-6
28/01/1987 Stoke (A) 0-6
04/01/1997 Sheff Wed (A) 1-7
18/09/2001 C Palace (A) 0-5
05/03/1996 C Palace (A) 0-5
01/04/1989 Leyton Orient (A) 0-5
03/11/1987 Fulham (A) 0-5
21/03/1987 Plymouth (A) 0-5
10/09/1996 Bolton (A) 1-6


Grimsby 6 (SIX, in vidiprinter fashion) Barnsley 1

By Richard Lord
Date: 28/2/2004

The Blundell Park faithful were treat to an amazing game this afternoon at Blundell Park as they comprehensively beat play-off hopefuls Barnsley 6-1, and Phil Jevons collected a marvellous four of them.


It was a game packed with incidents and talking points, not least the return of Michael Boulding, who was roundly booed by the fans before and during the game. Quick Mick was on the bench for the Tykes.
An injury to Iain Anderson paved the way for Jevons, who took up that left midfield slot and went on to destroy the visitors. Lee Thorpe partnered Isaiah Rankin, who had clearance to play against his employers.

Andy Pettinger got off to a comfortable start, but was called upon once to save smartly at his near post from a Daniel Nardiello shot. The keeper's next involvement was to set up Thorpe. Pettinger's huge kick downfield caught out the Barnsley defence and Thorpe raced onto the clearance but was held back in the area.

The referee pointed straight to the spot and Craig Ireland was sent off after being the last man. Phil Jevons grabbed the ball but struck the keeper's right hand post with his spot kick.

The deadlock was broken eight minutes later when Jevons atoned for his earlier miss. He guided his shot carefully into the top corner to give the Mariners the lead.

Thorpe and Rankin were fighting and chasing everything down, with Stacy Coldicott and Nick Daws giving little away in the middle. Jevons was sensational and Barnsley had no answers.

Darren Barnard then produced a great delivery from a corner for Chris Armstrong, who emphatically headed home at the far post. Things got even better minutes later when Jevons grabbed his second of the match.

The Mariners made it 4-0 ten minutes later, when Rankin got the goal his hard work deserved. Coldicott's ball down the line found Rankin, who cut inside Handyside and slotted past Marlon Beresford - before briefly celebrating in front of the Barnsley fans.

Simon Ford had to leave the pitch because of injury, and was replaced by Wes Parker with minutes to go before half time.

Des Hamilton replaced Coldicott after half time, but Town were just a little slow out of the starting blocks. Nardiello found the roof of the net from close range after an initial shot was cleared off the line from Parker.

However, Rankin won a penalty on 55 minutes after he had his ankles clipped just when he was setting to shoot. Jevons was first to grab the ball although Rankin and Barnard were quick onto the scene.

Jevons hammered the ball low past Beresford to make it 5-1 and that completed an impressive hat-trick. Tony Crane was sent off two minutes later for an off-the-ball incident. Nardiello was the man who went to ground, but interestingly got booked himself after Crane was shown the red card.

There then followed a passage of play when Barnsley controlled things but couldn't find an end product. Pettinger never really had to make a save, and substitute Greg Young was solid at the back.

Rankin was sacrificed following the sending off, but it didn't stop Town piling forward. Jevons saw a far post header saved before he grabbed his fourth of the game following a great pass from Barnard.

The pass left Handyside on his backside, and still with work to do, Jevons dummied, shimmied, and then sent the keeper to ground before clipping the ball home to make the score 6-1.

It could have been seven. Parker pulled the ball back for Jevons, who needed to get the ball out of his feet. However, his shot missed the target - but he could have so easily recorded a double hat-trick.

Boulding made a substitute appearance but never got into the game. Marlon Beresford must wish he'll never have to visit Blundell Park again, having conceded six the last time he came with Burnley last season.

Jevons will grab the headlines, but every single player played their part in the result. Lee Thorpe won just about everything in the air, and proved to be useful at holding the ball up in tight situations.

Rankin gave the Barnsley defence the run-around, and deserved his goal. But Jevons had that class - four goals from midfield (that's six in two games and twelve for the season) is rather impressive.

The Mariners will be full of confidence heading into the game against Notts County this Tuesday night.

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