Match stats: Harrogate Town v Grimsby

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Saturday 27 February 2021

Division 4

Harrogate Town 1 Beck (76)

Grimsby Town 0

Attendance: 0 (0 away fans)

Cod Almighty man of the match: Luke Waterfall

If we have to admire anyone's footballing fortitude it would be Waterfall's forehead and Eastwood's fingers, though not his hands. Joltin' Jake is a bit jittery when it comes to catching. Oh, let's give it to old lumpylegs: Luke Waterfall

Our gaffer says

Had we forgotten the default defence? The Kitkus man had a plan and it nearly worked by accident, if only it had.

"Often the phrase narrow margins comes into play, and I think that was it today."

Yeah, it was indeed a narrow margin between a humungous slapping and a slim defeat.

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Their gaffer says

He may be a Weaver but he ain't no spinner. No crowing, no one-eyed bemoaning, no long and winding whines, just a dry delivery of facts to your door:

"We're pleased with the three points, but you can't come away thinking 'it's all brilliant' just because we have won. There are things to improve upon"

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Ah yes, how could we not remember that we're on the KITKUS diet: keep it tight, keep us shape.

What a complete waste of time. Hurst was scared of Harrogate, and thus allowed them to play how they wanted. Town may as well have played popular Australian zither girl Shirley Abicair upfront. She's still available on a free transfer, there's still time! She has the necessary experience, for she once toured Malaysia with Frankie Howerd. If she can cope with that then a night in Barrow is a doozie.

Eastwood shot-stopping stopped their shots. Waterfall's bonce headed most things away. And the rest? Gamely waddled against superior athletes.

How are we going to get out of this? Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is.


Pleasingly they have cut out the amateur dramatics and boo-hooing.

What is left? What we saw before with knobs on for they are, if anything, even stronger now. We'd be happy if we had those players playing that way. Ask yourself one simple question, how many of our new, improved team would get in their tiny squad?


Intensity with art and craft, thoroughly admirable and deserving of much more than they got from this. Only their tininess will keep them away from the play-off fringes.

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Mr T Kettle

Knock me down with a feather for Clever Trevor was never, ever anything but sensible. Oh for the days of reprehensible reffing to fig leaf our way to the Banarama. It's not whether he gets 8.765, but when. How about now: 8.765


Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Hall, Smith, Jones (Burrell 68), McPake, Thomson, Kerry Falkingham 80), Power, Martin (Beck 68), March (Muldoon 68)

Subs not used: Minter, Francis

Town: Eastwood, Hewitt, Waterfall, Menayese, Pollock (Adams 79), Hendrie, Matete (Morais 79), Coke, El-Mizouni, Payne (John-Lewis 68), Hanson

Subs not used: McKeown, Habergham, Rose, Green

Booked: Matete