Andrew Abbott's Blog

Monday, 19 August 2013

A different proposition.

Last season a marriage proposal at half time would have been the highlight of the game. Why do people do this? An intrepid fan emerged from the half baked half time crossbar challenge to get down on one knee in the centre circle. After the cheers and applause died down the inevitable “you don’t know what you’re doing” rang out. Well, they’ll remember that and the rest of us will long remember this game, for all the right reasons.

That’s not to say City are the finished article. Passing is disjointed, especially out of defence, shape gets lost and tackling can be decidedly iffy, especially when the game is refereed as it was at Sincil Bank on Saturday, City having in the main, to depend on the linesman to point out to the ref any wrongs done to them by Forest Green Rovers. There were some inexplicable bookings too although I felt Boyce and Gray were rightly shown yellow.

All in all though, a totally different feel to the new season , gone are the defeatist overtones although there was a throwback to last year with a comedy opening goal, not that anyone was laughing, as Nat Brown shaped to deal with a shot then decided to leave it to Farman who was totally unprepared and the ball apologetically nestled in the net.
Was it to be a repeat of last season? No it was not and the catalyst was Waide Fairhurst who battled through a crowd to put City level and later, when we had all settled for a draw against a fancied side if were being honest, lashed a torpedo into the deserted Stacey West end goal to general delirium.

Everyone, well all but a handful from Gloucestershire, went home happy and, by the way. The lady accepted the proposal. Awwwww.

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