reflections - To play so well, and throw it all away late on
with a mad fifteen minutes, is untypical of Boston, who usually play
poorly for ninety and throw it away right from the start. Was age a
factor here? Was it tactics? Did Evans forget to shut up shop? As with
Wrexham last year, the new season begins with a defeat, and although
there were encouraging signs today of Boston's potential, really good
teams do not suffer from catastrophic collapses like this fiasco. The
focus will be on the United defence now, with the new players under
particular scrutiny. Back to the drawing board for Wednesday.
Thanks for your e-mails.
PEEP PEEP PEEEEEEP! - Final score Grimsby 3, Boston 2
That's it, it's all over. To be honest, would Boston have been
better off just losing in a dire 1-0? This is a very psychologically
damaging defeat, make no mistake, and it's absolutely critical Evans
gets the players up for Wednesday night. Gutted.
90+1 min - Rankin booked as Boston have a free kick. The Pilgrims
have just seconds to salvage this.
89 min - Some Pilgrims fans have had enough and start leaving,
probably as bewildered as everyone else as to how Boston threw this
away. Two minutes of stoppage time.
88 min - 'That's it, I am ripping up my ticket and off to MacD's
with Stevie,' says a disappointed Mr Two Bit. Grimsby are playing keep-ball,
to the cries of 'Ole!' from the home fans.
85 min - Chance! Grimsby had a great chance to finish the game,
Rankin again forces Marriott to make a decent stop. Boston survive,
80 min - Ten minutes to go and, as entertaining as this game
has been, Boston fans will be choking on their cod'n'chips. Where did
it all go wrong? Grimsby are still searching for more goals, this is
desperately disappointing stuff. But fun.
79 min - GOAL! Peter Bore scores his second, Boston have collapsed
in spectacular style! That's what you get with 900-year old players
I suspect. Can Boston REALLY come back to salvage a point? Not likely
without another urgent sub.
77 min - Boston sub, Galbraith, who's had a good game, makes
way for Farrell.
75 min - Boston are now clinging on for the draw. It's all
Grimsby now. Rankin just hit the post. This is more like the Boston
we know, doom, gloom etc etc.
71 min - GOAL! Rankin bags Grimsby's equaliser, a dreadfully
soft goal to concede. A long ball punted forward just wasn't dealt with
and Rankin, out of nowhere, brings his side back into the driving seat.
Evans is now down at the dugout!
69 min - Boston under real pressure now for the first time
in the game. A real test of the new defence now, as the Grimsby fans
start urging their lot forward.
67 min - GOAL! Peter Bore scores with his first touch after
replacing Reddy, the ball driven across the face of the goal by Rankin
and the sub was there to stab it home. Grimsby were going nowhere fast,
we have a game in prospect!
67 min - Marriott's save from Reddy was crucial. After a shaky
pre-season, have we finally found our man to replace Bastock?
Sub for Grimsby, Reddy off for Bore. Reddy isn't booed, despite
his transfer request.
64 min - 5,012 at Blundell park today, with 603 from Boston.
62 min - Grimsby now trail by two goals, Boston will need to
guard against complacency and tiredness. Especially since they're all
150 years old. Expect subs sooner rather than later.
60 min - What on earth is going on?
54 min - GOAAAL! Boston are TWO up! Great cross from Galbraith,
another killer pass from Tait, and Joachim bags his first of the season!
54 min - OOOH! Reddy makes Marriot pull off a great stop to
deny the home side an equaliser, he tips it round the post for a Grimsby
corner. But Boston break.....
54 min - Lincoln City 1 - 1 Notts County. Ian Ross levels for
51 min - Oooh! Green tries an acrobatic overhead kick, and
it ain't far wide. Where's the Grimsby fightback? They're making things
easy for Boston at the moment.
46 min - I'd expect Grimsby to come out all guns blazing and
put Boston under real pressure, but the Pilgrims have the early posession.
'This site's great,' mumbles Mr Two Bob Worthless Supporter. 'It means
i can nip in and catch the updates whilst trimming the other half's
bu-' er, ok, we've had enough of that I think. This is a family website.
Kick-off - We're underway. Dalton estimates 600-700 Boston
fans have made the trip, which is slightly disappointing.
BOO! - Boston trot out to a chorus of boos from the home-side.
The Pilgrims are wearing their Portugal strip today. Right, I'm just
sweeping away the cake crumbs. Where were we? Ah yes, the new football
season. No subs. Evans is back in the stand. Get in that dugout, that's
what the fans have paid their money to see!
Evans-watch - Disappointingly, Evans opted to sit next to Gee
in the stand rather than face the humiliation of returning to the dugout
he was turfed out of last time out. His place has been taken by a trainee
physio, a young lady who caught Michael Hortin's eye. The shame!
HALF-TIME - Grimsby 0, Boston 1 The Pilgrims lead courtesy
of Green's excellent goal on sixteen minutes. Boston could easily be
two or three goals ahead already (at the Evans exchange rate, that's
eight or nine). Grimsby will be disappointed at how shaky their defence
has been, Futcher showing just why Evans ditched him last season. Tait
has been the difference - but will he last the 90 minutes?
44 min - Rusk explains he will be back training in two to three
weeks after his knee injury. Half-time looms. Boston have been excellent
41 min - Galbraith, who looked like a spider on drugs last
year, wins Boston a free kick deep in the Grimsby half, and has looked
much fitter. Green has a shot saved by Barnes as Boston try to defend
their lead up to half-time. Darlington are also three up against Macclesfield.
Boston play both Darlo and Posh next week!
38 min - Grimsby are keeping hold of the ball well now, making
Boston chase them around in midfield, looking for that killer over-the-top
ball to the transfer-listed, but pacy, Reddy. Careful lads, have you
seen how old our boys are? Be nice. Posh have just gone three up.
33 min - Reddy bursts through, is taken out by Canoville who
is.....booked. Phew! It seemed like he might have been last man, lucky
boy. The Grimsby fans certainly think he should have been dismissed.
29 min - Greaves booked for a heavy challenge on Whittle. 'You're
a bloody animal!' one particularly loud Grimsby fan can be overheard
screaming over the airwaves.
27 min - Hortin and Rusky have spotted an elderly lady wearing
a thick wollen jumper in the hot conditions. 'I'm from Scotland so this
is like Barbados to me,' Rusk says. Not much is happening on the pitch.
25 min - Reddy appeals for a penalty after being bundled over
in the box by Tim Ryan. The Grimsby lot have finally started to make
some noise. Mr Two Bob Worthless Supporter really
IS excited: 'We're
going to win the league, we're going to win the league. Are you watching
Mr Sotnick?' he sings. Darlington are winning, mind.
21 min - An excited Mr Two Bob Worthless Supporter triumphantly
chants: 'GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL'.
18 min - Oooh! Another long ball causing all kinds of problems
for the Grimsby back line, this time Joachim just loses out the chase
to Barnes. What's going on? Boston are dominating. This isn't what we've
come to expect from away performances in the last four years. Long may
16 min - GOAL! Franny Green times his run to perfection to
collect a long ball over the top from Tait - who is man-of-the match
so far - is left one-on-one with Barnes and makes no mistake to put
the Pilgrims 1-0 up!
15 min - Things have slowed down a little, as the goals fly
in around the country. Will Boston end up regretting not taking one
of those early chances? Chester have taken the lead against Accrington.
9 min - Lincoln 1-0 Notts County.
9 min - Another close call for Boston! Greaves goes close this
time with a header. Rusky thinks it went in. Boston are really having
7 min - 'So, Boston are going to play a passing game this year,'
Dalton says to co-commentator Simon Rusk. 'Er, ahh, er, ahem...' stumbles
Rusky hesitatingly, inadvertently debunking the sexy-football myth.
5 min - Tim Ryan heads Reddy's effort from the line as Grimsby
come back at the Pilgrims. It's been a very bright opening few minutes
so far, both teams attacking with pace. There's probably been more football
played in the last five minutes than the whole of 05/06.
3 min - CHANCE! Tait, again!, sees his headed effort deflect
off the post and roll across the face of the goal! What an opening few
minutes for Boston. Let off for Grimsby.
1 min - Paul Tait has a long range effort. It doesn't trouble
Kick off! - Boston United kick off their fifth season as a
Football League club!
there was me thinking the Lighthouse Family were universally acclaimed.
'No i do not listen to that rubbish...... give me Erasure any day,'
says Mr Two Bob Worthless Supporter. Five minutes to kick-off!
Radio Ecky Thump - 'New service looks good (I've briefly diverted
away from searching for 'thongs' on You Tube),' says Ghost of Bob Cumming.
forgot to time how long it took Evans to mention the Imps. Of course,
Schoey may have made mention of the Pilgrims also, but who could really
say (thought my internet connection had briefly diverted to Radio Ecky
The teams - Grimsby:
Barnes, McDermott, Whittle, Futcher, Newey, Rankin, Harkins, Bolland,
Beagrie, Reddy, Jones
Subs: Barwick, Toner, Croft, Bore, North
Boston: Marriott, Canoville, Ellender, Albrighton,
Ryan, Green, Greaves, Clarke, Galbraith, Joachim, Tait
Talbot, Holland, Stevens, Farrell
More predictions - Dalton reveals he opened a SkyBet account
on the Sky digi-box this week, confirming impsTALK's news of his sad
decline. He plumps for a 1-1 today.
Evans again - Dalton points out where the emergency exits are,
referring to Evans' japes last time out at Grimsby, causing Evans to
repeat his McDonald's £2.99 joke.
'Sorry but we need singing and dancing cheerleaders (female would be
better), that would give us the pre-game hype', says Mr Two Bob Worthless
Supporter. Are you saying the Lighthouse Family don't do it for you
Mr Two Bob?
Heeeeeeeeere's Evans - 'I've had fifteen managers wishing me
well,' Evans daydreams pitchside with Scott Dalton, before revealing
Paul Tait will start alongside Julian Joachim up front. Franny Green
will start on the right, Galbraith on the left.
Down with the kids - BBC Radio Lincs makes a brief foray into
playing music from the last 15 years as it emerges Lincoln City's Paul
Morgan is a Kasabian fan, prompting the station to waste two minutes
by playing their latest rubbish single in its entirety. Eat your heart
out Zane Lowe.
Boring fact of the day #1: It would cost BBC Radio Humberside
£346 to provide match commentary of Grimsby's Tuesday night away
game at Wrexham, a cost they're not
willing to meet.
Gooooooaaaaal: The first goal of the new Coca-Cola League season
was struck by Leon Barnett at Luton in today's early kickoff, the drama
summed up by the BBC's text commentary: Inswinging corner from right
by-line taken left-footed by Lewis Emanuel (Luton) to centre, headed
goal by Leon Barnett (Luton) (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty
area (12 yards).Luton 1-0 Leicester. Assist (cross) by Lewis Emanuel
(Luton) from right by-line.
Painful - 'Live, local and lovin' Lincolnshire!' I
can only ever think of one valid reason to endure BBC Radio Lincolnshire
- the sport, and more specifically, the football. Silly me, I tuned
in early thinking that they might have an extended sports show to cram
in the packed season previews, but no, it's Howard Pressman, and the
Lighthouse Family, until two. He's also giving away tickets to the woeful
Tales of Robin Hood attraction in Nottingham. 'I had a really good time
when I went,' he lies.
Prediction time - Surely
Boston can't begin their season with a victory, and an AWAY victory
at that. The opening day form books give little clue as to who holds
the historical edge. Looking back at the previous four seasons in the
Football League, we've not done terribly badly. Our last opening day
win came courtesy of Lee Thompson, super-sub against Oxford.
02/03: 2-2 Bournemouth (h)
03/04: 0-0 Macclesfield (a)
04/05: 1-0 Oxford (h)
05/06: 0-2 Wrexham (a)
Grimsby have not won any of their previous four season openers, their
last victory a 1-0 triumph against Crewe in 01/02:
02/03: 0-4 Norwich (a)
03/04: 2-2 Plymouth (a)
04/05: 0-1 Darlington (a)
05/06: 1-1 Oxford (h)
Shall we call it an entertaining 2-2 draw then?
We have a team of codgers - Paul Raynor's been blathering the
usual nonsense on the official site. "It will be a difficult match,
but we won’t be frightened of facing Grimsby. We have added that
little bit of experience during the summer and we now have players onboard
who know what it feels like to be at the top end of our division,"
he witters. Experience, absolutely!
Three hours to go! - Look, I've added an exclamation mark to
fully underline just how excited we all are that the new season is within
The big news today of course is that Evans is returning the scene of
his crime several months ago. He's been laughing off his ejection from
Blundell Park, but will doubtless come in for a fair degree of good
humoured and impossibly obscene abuse from the Main Stand.
Preamble - So,
here we are. The Coca Cola League Two season starts he...zzzzzzzz. What
do you mean you're bored already? What is there not to enjoy about a
summer trip to Cleethorpes? Aside from the football, of course. Ok,
ok, so we're all a little, well, fatigued. And it may take us a few
matches to warm up. But don't pretend you're not bothered, you bloody
well ARE, and that's an order.
Ok, onto today's game, and impsTALK's experimental minute-by-minute
match report. I'm not going to pretend I'm at the game, because I'm
not. I'm sat with Radio Lincolnshire in one ear, Codhead PTV Rip-Off
World (£350.00 per second) in the other, so don't expect glorious,
literary expositions on Anthony Elding's new haircut. This is supposed
to simply add a little extra perspective to Ken's live updates to those
3 people who are bothered about this game, and live outside of the BBC's
reach. Or are at work.
Don't forget to send your e-mails to the address above. If you don't,
I'll be forced to make them up so it looks like you ARE sending some.