17 April 2021

Grimsby Town vs Bolton Wanderers

What a dramatic week we have had in the build up to our trip to play the Mariners in the lunchtime kick-off, brought forward in respect of Prince Philip’s funeral. Normally, we could have looked forward to some decent fish and chips in the fishing capital of England but as usual our virtual tour of League 2 continued on iFollow. It is sad that Marcus Maddison’s loan period has had to be cut short due to personal problems and we can only wish him well and hope that he gets the help he needs to sort things out. Then there was the fantastic win at Salford, when the whole team stood up and were counted, defending as a team to put us in a strong position for securing promotion. I heard of some Bolton fans who couldn’t bear to watch it as the match wore on, either pacing the room or covering their eyes in front of their screens. But we came through together and hopes were high that we could take another step forward against the bottom team, Grimsby Town.
Ian Evatt named an unchanged team and bench against a team who had been fighting amongst themselves last week. Any thoughts of an easy match disappeared inside a minute as Grimsby tore into our defence and Jay Matete put them ahead. Today they fought for each other and outfought us as too many of our players were below par. Having said that, we still had good chances to get back in this game. It is no good pointing at individuals. Our strength has been winning as a team and we lost as a team today. We have got to forget today and focus on Carlisle United on Tuesday.
We have been saying for weeks that we had so many cup ties to play and everybody knows that there will be shocks in cup ties. We are in the nervous nineties stage of the season, where all clubs and their fans will be looking at results from their rivals and who they have to play. We have four more cup ties with 360 minutes of football to determine our season. We have all got to keep together to see the Wanderers through. As Journey sang “Don’t stop believing”. We can do this and Ian Evatt and the players have got to know that we are behind them all the way.