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December 19, 2014, 11:02pm
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A very good win against a very difficult team. The wind played a big part. Both Town goals came from excellent balls into the box-the first from Magnay (who was absolutely bloody brilliant tonight especially in the first half) the second (I think) from The Shop for Disley to finish really well.
At times we stopped playing football and tried to match their big boot.
Several Town players stopped in the lead up to their goal for an offside decision which never came.
Pearson got "sucked in" a couple of times by Parkin and we did give away too many free kicks in areas where their big strike force could do us some real damage. Broadly speaking the defence held together very well. Parslow did well.
Some sloppy passing from the midfield, with Disley the biggest culprit, kept the fans on edge. Mackreth disappointing-again.
Apart from Magnay's accidental kick in the face-from Disley(?) there was a worrying moment when JPP landed heavily on what looked like his shoulder after a heavy but fair tackle but he seemed to get over it.
All in all a good start to the Festive Period.

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Carl Magnay is rapidly becoming one of my favourite Mariners players of the last 10 years.


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December 19, 2014, 11:20pm
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Not quite just back, as I thought a beer was more important than posting!
I enjoyed the match, the shops goal looked awesome from the upper ship spotting stand!
I have no voice left from booing Hughes!
Have just seen the refs previous matches, explains some of his decisions.
It was windy, played a big part in the first half.
I thought we were good value for the win, FGR were poor though.
A good three points, no booking for Toto, which is good.
Nice solid play off place for Xmas!
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December 19, 2014, 11:24pm
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It was windy until half time and then it died right down which made it a bit easier for them than it should have been in the second half!

FGR have got a lot of pretty good players but seemed to be less than the sum of their parts. That central defender they had was massive as well!
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December 19, 2014, 11:32pm
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Thought we did okay without ever really going up the gears, think there were definitely goals to be had against their centre backs who were donkeys. If only we'd gone for it a bit more. I'm certain Parkin was well offside leading up to their goal, he was jogging back onside when he received it! But luckily we had the only proper moments of quality with two superb assists, Magnay's in particular was sublime. I thought Toto looked good tonight and Pittman and Lenny and Arnold seem to be developing a good understanding. If we got JPP firing on all cylinders I think he is our ticket out of this league, a classy player. Mackreth again disappointing. For a player who seems to rely on pace, he's very reluctant to make runs in behind the full back, he usually checks back to get it to feet but he doesn't really have the skill to beat his man from a stationary start. Magnay MOM for me, excellent performance which we've come to expect but what a signing he is. How Mills thought it would be wise to let him go is anyone's guess. Bring on Macclesfield.

Oh and I thought the ref was very poor.

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December 19, 2014, 11:50pm
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Looked a fairly straight forward home win up until half time, not impressed with FGR at all, fairly toothless and the usual danger man Norwood was well marshalled by Magnay, the tricky wind aided our channel play and i really expected us to roll them over easily.......
should have known better....second half just never got started and the usual pattern of sitting deeper and deeper for the first 15-20 mins appeared again...silly free kicks....hoof ball clearances and desperate blocks all preludes to the inevitable equaliser.....looked like we were going to chuck it away but the goal woke us up a little and astonishing tactical substitution by Hurst    made immediate impact, Clay on allowing Dizzly Rascal to push forward more and...bang 2-1.....followed by another lengthy period of sitting back, panic and non too confident defending.

Overall thought FGR where poor and one dimensional and disappointed we didnt push hard when well on top. With the scrambles in the final minutes and that one that somehow drifted through past everyone we just scraped through.

Magnay was outstanding, Disley, Toto also and LJL and the Pope linked well first half.  Brown, Arnold, Makreth didnt bring anything for my money and Parslow looked shaky.

3 more on the board.   UTM

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December 19, 2014, 11:52pm
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Quite a decent game to watch and a really good win. The ball was in play a lot more than when we play against the part-time outfits so it made for a better spectacle, especially when the referee started letting the game flow after blowing for the slightest contact in the first 20 minutes.

We scored 2 very good goals. The two assists were fantastic. Magnay played the ball in from the left with the outside of his right boot and LJL was alive to get onto it first and prod it in. For the second LJL played a great ball through and Disley got onto it to finish well after making a great, brilliantly timed run.

For FGR's goal i thought there was an offside in the build up, but we still could've dealt with it a bit better. Was disappointing to concede because we were looking the more the likely to score next with a couple of dangerous breaks.

I have to be honest and say that when I saw Clay coming on I said I would swap Disley for him. He was winning a lot in the air but Brown had linked things up well at times in the final third. Then about a minute later, Disley does what he has made his trademark - well-timed run into the box and he gets a goal.

Overall we weren't troubled too much. McKeown saved well in the 1st half when the player should've scored and there was a free kick 2nd half that tricked through everybody without a touch and just flashed past the post. Apart from that they didn't threaten our goal.

I thought the back 4 did really well. Pearson battled well with Parkin and got the better of him until he started giving away a few free kicks 2nd half. Magnay was brilliant, as Barra said especially 1st half when he seemed to be a magnet for the ball. And Nsiala, IMO had his best game for us so far - didn't put a foot wrong and dominated.

Arnold showed some clever touches and fed the front 2 well. Mackreth didn't get much change out of their leftback but worked very hard to help Parslow out.

LJL and JPP linked well and were dangerous. LJL was winning flick ons all night and Pittman was reading them and giving FGR defenders decisions to make. Pittman showed some lovely turns in the 1st half too to get away from his man. If we can keep these 2 fit and playing together we will be a threat to anyone.

Merry Christmas and UTM

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December 20, 2014, 12:00am
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close call for man of the match for me, ljl or magnay, will have another beer then decide.
job done utm

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December 20, 2014, 1:23am
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how hughes and someone else failed to put that one eludes me.  

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Thought we did pretty well tonight. The two passes for the goals were superb, but the runs were both perfect too. Disley again showing why he's undroppable, Pittman and LJL a unit and the defence spot on. Magnay is too good for this league; class!

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