Grimsby smells of fish

by on 09/08/05 at 11:53 am

The Gas open up their home campaign against The Mariners tonight eager to entertain and start the season with a victory.

Well that’s what I think anyway. Whether Ian Stonewall Atkins thinks the same is a different story. After fielding five defenders to grind out an away draw at Barnet, El Fruitcake has been making noises in the press about playing a more attacking formation at home with Ali Gibb, Ryan Williams waiting in the wings (snigger) and new signing Matt Somner standing by to destroy in midfield. John (Gladiators Ready) Anderson is probably out after having his nose twatted all over his face in the first ten minutes against Barnet. It’s a moot point and a difficult call to say whether Atkins will have enough faith in our lumpy misshapen centre backs to play 4-4-2 or pack the back three and give Ryan Williams a free role in midfield.

Ryan Williams. Despite being an Oompa Loompa and not Atkins particular cup of tea (ie: not a six foot fat bloke), creates chances whenever he comes on as proved at Barnet. The question is whether or not he can start a match and influence it in the same away as he does when he gets pushed on as a sub.

Direct from Cleethorpes, Grimsby have got a few injury problems. Blunt former Sunderland forward Michael Reddy is probably out, so expect former Tranny Striker Gary Jones to partner big blunt Martin Gritton up front. Ex-Rovers loanee and champion pie eater Ciaran Toner is also doubtful.

With Lewis Haldane being packed off to Bath City, the front two of Junior Agogo and Dicky Walker face competition from Forrester and Big Blunt Jefferson Louis. Will Haldane ever come back? Only if he scores shed loads of goals for the Romans. Otherwise he will find himself staying there forever.

Err, tonights match. Well we need to start with a win. Grimsby will be well organised and competitive, like every other side in this God awful division. Famous last words, but I think we have better strikers than them, so that should see us home above the shinning and scuffling that goes on in the middle of the pitch.

I predict a 2-0 win with two late goals after Atkins spices up his initial dissapointing selection with a couple of attacking substitutions. Followed by a rain of fish in honour of our visitors.

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