Agreed that Halifax were one of the porest sides to grace Plainmoor and possibly one of the niggliest/nasty teams to boot. Thought the ref had a poor game for both sides and waved on what looked like a stonewall Halifax penalty in the dieing minutes.
Halifax made us look average and can't see the Monkey Hangers abliging next week.
Sure I read somewhere that Dave Phillips is misunderstood and one of the good guys in all this mess, have I missed something?
Someone asked me last night "are Torquay playing Buckland next season?", not yet I thought...
"Those unmistakable vocals of that Rusholme Ruffian, Morrissey, giving rise to concerns that maybe even the half time music selecting has now fallen into the hands of the Militants !!."
"Vincent Dorrel enjoyed the quietest of afternoons, and certainly didn't have to face a barrage of incoming fire, such as his countrymen had been dishing out to some empty garden sheds in Syria just a matter of hours earlier."
I am rapidly forming the belief that the person who wrote this is in serious need of help. Does anyone know him personally? Does he come out with stuff like this in the course of normal conversation?
what a person is told is not half as important as what they think they have been told
A win for the Gulls, the importance of those three points being impossible to judge fully at the moment, but it keeps us hanging on with the slimmest of hopes. And it's pleasing to report no crowd trouble or disruption to the match. Having seen it as my duty to inform the Safety Advisory Group concerning talk of match disruption late last week, they informed me that my proposal that they deny entry to Plainmoor to anyone wearing a Smiths T shirt wasn't really feasible.
I hadn't been aware of the onerous schedule that Halifax had faced in the past week, and on reflection their lack of spark was probably accounted for by the number of games they've had squeezed into a short time. The Shaymen packed their defence but they did it quite effectively. And, as I see Gary Owers has observed, they defended deep and in considerable numbers. Our build up play was good, or at least looked good, and maybe that was due to the space afforded, but once you hit the edge of the penalty box it was mass congestion.
As others have mentioned, Young and Lemonheigh Evans both battled well against their midfield opponents, and when finding time and space used the ball well. The first time I'd seen Rhys Healey, and I think the lad is still struggling with his fitness. His inability to keep his feet again didn't win him any penalties but nor did it get him any further 'simulation' yellow cards.
A first half of good football, in a match that was allowed to flow by a sensible Referee. We'd created chances but not good enough ones to avoid the half time scoreline being Gulls 0 Shaymen 0
50/50 money was £210, claimed by holder of ticket No.13530. No takers for the Crossbar challenge, despite the holders of tickets 13836, 12760, 13852 all being given the chance to step forward. Eventually one of the Sponsors kicked the three balls goalwards to give us something to watch. But it was what we had to listen to that alarmed me. No sooner had the halftime scores been read out that 'How Soon Is Now' came blaring over the PA system; those unmistakable vocals of that Rusholme Ruffian, Morrissey, giving rise to concerns that maybe even the half time music selecting has now fallen into the hands of the Militants !!. Compound that with then having it pointed out to me that the programme listed today's Match Sponsor as Michel/Mike Thomas, and the second half couldn't start soon enough.
We again didn't panic, played neat and intelligent football, and concentrated on getting 'round the back' of the massed Halifax defensive line. The goal when it came wasn't a masterpiece, but Jamie Reid had made a good enough and powerful enough connection to get his shot over the line before a Halifax defender could clear it out of the goal.
I think we now expected an even more open game, with Halifax having to come out and try to take the game to us if they were going to salvage something and avoid heading back to Calderdale country empty handed. But for the most part they didn't...or possibly couldn't. Their seeming lack of interest in mounting an attack of their own, or at least one that involved three or four of their players needing to run all the way into our half of the pitch, stayed mostly unchanged.
A slight rally in the final minutes (they were down to 10 men by now) was about all they managed, as Vincent Dorrel enjoyed the quietest of afternoons, and certainly didn't have to face a barrage of incoming fire, such as his countrymen had been dishing out to some empty garden sheds in Syria just a matter of hours earlier.
Not many wheels left on the wagon, but it just about rolls on to Hartlepool next Saturday.
I have to concede that I snuck in with my Morrissey ‘Low In High School/Axe The Monarchy’ t-shirt. It also occurred to me whilst watching flocks of seagulls loiter undisturbed around the Halifax penalty area that perhaps that was the way to create mayhem and disruption. The Gulls themselves. In the same way Charlton fans threw plastic pigs on the pitch, all we need to do is scatter our chips and the seagulls will do the rest.
Good win today. All we can do is win. And we did. Pity Hartlepool still have all to play for next Saturday, but it is going to be against the odds if we do this, so why not have a bit more stacked against.
Agree with you totally... and if we can somehow drag this into next week then let me be the first to say i think we are more than capable of surviving.
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans makes the 'bench' in the National League team of the week-end.
And deservedly so. 'Legal High' is now showing a combative nature that is helping give better all round value to his midfield performances. In addition to his use passing, his determination to win 50/50 tussles for the ball (and I don't mean tackles) on Saturday, was a feature of his game that was impressive and probably gains him a place in the team over someone like Tommy O'Sullivan who might have an edge over him in terms of pure skill.
Last season we saw it with examples of young players such as Jordon Lee who came here on loan and initially didn't appear physically strong enough or mentally tuned in to the essentials for National League football, but after a spell out of the team watching and learning, he was fit for purpose by the time Nico reintroduced him, and by season's end was playing as well as anyone in our squad.