The battle of the fishing ports: Argyle 1 Grimsby 0; FA Cup 1st Round.
A narrow win over the men from twixt Cleethorpes and Grimsby put Argyle into the second round draw which we watched on Monday with hope but which turned out to be a bit of an extension of a Halloween nightmare; no offence to Bradford City but isn`t it the other side of the Arctic Circle? It`s a game that will be far from easy and a lucrative third round match is still a long way off!
Our performance against the Fishermens` Friends from League Two can best be described as workmanlike, with the defence looking fairly sound and the midfield stronger than of late with good flair from Carey and Grant and extra physical presence in Diagoraga. There was a superb save from Matthews as well, not that he was too busy. And Taylor-Sinclair put in a good shift as an attacking full back. Things are definitely looking better than they were before this five match unbeaten run.
Although yellow carded and now suspended for one game, Graham Carey played well and scored a peach of a goal. He beat three defenders and directed his shot to perfection; surely a candidate for goal of the season?
The Mariners put up a good fight though with Dembele looking a threat with his pace and skill but they didn`t really cause Argyle any real problems.
But where was the atmosphere? My recent visit to our local library was a noisier affair. An injection of passion wouldn`t go amiss at Home Park; maybe we need a really good song to call our own, along the lines of Liverpool, Celtic and Hibernian (have a look at the latter on You Tube), something that will get the whole crowd singing and not just a small band in the Devonport end. Many in today`s football crowds seem to be obsessed with their mobile phones and more interested in what`s going on elsewhere. Hello! It`s this world we`re living in! Please take an interest in the match you paid money to see. And please wake up, it`s not bedtime yet. Tell you what – think of your potential for some passionate involvement as an app – you`re good at using the latter so apply it to the real world.
Great to see Mike Trebilcock at half time. Sorry for the history lesson but he was a good winger (olde English word for wide player) who hailed from Gunnislake and scored 27 goals for Argyle before moving to Everton (scoring for them in the 1966 Cup Final) and then Portsmouth and Torquay. It was a shame that the Scousers called him ‘Treble Cock` but I`m sure that no offence was intended!
Well, us away fans are going to be sick of Bradford because we`re off there on Saturday for the first of two visits within a month. Actually it`s a good town not far from the Pennines with some great Victorian architecture. They once had two football league sides but Bradford PA are now in the National League North. Up the Greens!