Thwaites suffer yet more misery as 'Reality' sets in....
|Thwaites FC suffered a 2-0 defeat last night at the hands of league new boys
Reality. The brewery team are now consigned to the bottom of the league on
just one point after five games. Their season has now turned into a
relegation scrap rather than a serious championship charge.
Thwaites started brightly and had several chances to score. Simon Tipton
going closed twice from long range. Jamie Hopwood had a goal disallowed
after appearing to be in the area. With Damian Tabbinor at the heart of
defence and midfield maestro Hopwood coming out better in several strong
challenges it looked as though Thwaites were about to secure their first
three points of the new season. However, despite Thwaites dominating
proceedings the scores remained at 0-0 by the break.
Reality came out the stronger in the second half and ran Thwaites ragged at
times. They took the lead early on in the second half when Thwaites failed
to win the ball off the opposing striker. After leading the defence a merry
dance he went on to slot the ball in the corner past a helpless Slater in
goal. Thwaites had chances to get back in the game, however things only got
worse with five minutes remaining when Reality doubled their lead. Hopwood
was substituted towards the end as he looked to be struggling with a calf
strain. The introduction of manager Southworth did little to inspire
Thwaites despite Damian Tabbinor slotting a through ball to Mark Slater who
missed a golden chance when he was left one on one with the keeper.
Grimsby scout Paul Sankey was present at last nights game. It is appeared
that mariner Sankey is keeping a close eye on Jamie Hopwood and could be
lining him up as a possible replacement for Martin Pringle who broke his leg
a few weeks ago which has kept him out until the end of the season. Grimsby
definately need someone to put the ball in the back of the net as their
appalling form has continued week in week out.
P.Slater 8 - Kept his team in the game.
D.Tabbinor 9 - A sterling performance at the heart of defence
D.Hopwood 7 - Held the ball well. Could have got forward slightly more than
J.Hopwood 8 - A no-nonsense display from Hopwood. Ran his socks off. Won
several balls in the centre of midfield.
S.Tormay 7 - Slow but some strong challenges. Drifted out of position too
S.Tipton 7 - Has had better games. However was Thwaites main threat.
M.Slater 7 - Skilful - needs to tackle back more. Greedy with the ball on
D.Southworth 6 - Started well until lack of match fitness got the better of
Referee: Ibby Mulla 4 - No comment.
Meanwhile, Thwaites have confirmed that they have appointed Angela Murray as
Team Doctor. The former psychiatric nurse has taken over the reigns from
Paul McManus who was sacked earlier this week after being caught red-handed
stealing drugs from his laboratory. Murray who is currently doctor for rock
band Nickelback will begin her new job as soon as their tour of the UK comes
to an end. It is thought she will be responsible for stopping any players
going out at night on the eve of a game. She will certainly have her work
cut out as Jamie Hopwood was asked about what he was doing this weekend. He
just exclaimed, 'It is going to be a complete and utter disaster. I will
certainly be having my fair share of ale, especially on St Patrick's Day.'
(Pictured Ibby Mulla(left) with his two assistants. Mulla was again poor in Thursdays game.)