GodS­cores Hat Trick for Grimsby

GRIMSBY TOWN fans were cel­e­brat­ing a di­vine 3-2 vic­tory over Tran­mere Rovers in the Du­lux Paint Chal­lenge Cup yes­ter­day, af­ter com­ing from be­hind with God’s help.

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The Mariners were two-nil down with five min­utes to go and looked like they were head­ing out of the com­pe­ti­tion when fans lis­ten­ing to the game live on Grimsby Sound FM heard the com­men­ta­tor say that Grimsby “needed a mir­a­cle to pull this one back.” And life­long fan Her­bert Dung­ham­per took it upon him­self to take up the chal­lenge. pray

“I im­me­di­ately started to pray, ask­ing God if He could find it in His heart to let Grimsby win,” Dung­ham­per told the

Grimsby Fish­cake. “Thirty sec­onds later, young Harry Card­well heads one in from the 6 yard box. And I knew as soon as it went in the net, the ‘Big Fella’ was on our side.”

Dung­ham­per, 89, started pray­ing even harder, push­ing the palms of his hands to­gether

Fan’s prayers an­swered, but op­po­si­tion cries ‘foul!’

re­ally tight, ask­ing God for at least an equaliser and a mid­week re­play at Tran­mere.

“He was cer­tainly lis­ten­ing, be­cause in the fi­nal minute, there was a mix-up be­tween a Tran­mere de­fender and the keeper, and the ball bob­bled in,” he said. palace

Her­bert thought of leav­ing it there, but then he re­mem­bered some­thing he learnt at Sun­day School. “Ask, and thou shalt re­ceive, Je­sus or some­body said in the Bible,” he said. “So I went for it, screw­ing my eyes up re­ally tight as I prayed for a win­ner. Lo and be­hold, Jonathan Hooper rounds the keeper in the third minute of in­jury time and puts us into the next round.”

“I was over the moon. I thought that the Almighty might have more im­por­tant things to do than help a strug­gling League 2 side, but He came through for us,” he said. tips

Tran­mere Rovers filed a com­plaint with the FA over the in­ci­dent, say­ing the ref­eree should have stopped the game when he re­alised that The Lord was in­ter­fer­ing with play. But the FA ruled that Acts of God fall out­side the laws of As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball, and as such, the ref­eree acted cor­rectly in al­low­ing the game to con­tinue and the re­sult stands.

Grimsby now face a tricky 4th round draw against Portsmouth, but many Tran­mere fans were un­happy at the cir­cum­stances of their team’s exit from the cup.

“We’re a bit dis­ap­pointed, to be hon­est,” said Edna Lick­spit­tle, 63. “I’ve been a reg­u­lar church goer and Tran­mere fan all my life and I’ve prayed for Him to in­ter­cede in our games, but he never does. I’ve al­ways ac­cepted it, be­cause we don’t un­der­stand the mys­te­ri­ous­ness of His ways. So for him to turn out for Grimsby and put us out the cup was a bit of a kick in the teeth.”


And oth­ers were equally ag­grieved. “It is true that we have wit­nessed a clear demon­stra­tion of God’s great­ness. But one must ques­tion God’s pri­or­i­ties in se­lect­ing to per­form this par­tic­u­lar mir­a­cle,” noted Garst­well Pig­stock, pro­fes­sor of Di­vin­ity at St An­drews Univer­sity.

“The world is in up­heaval, and there might be other ar­eas of hu­man life more wor­thy of His Di­vine as­sis­tance. For in­stance, Le­ices­ter­shire’s crick­eters have barely won a County Cham­pi­onship match in two years, and Lon­don Ir­ish are cur­rently sit­ting at the bot­tom of the Aviva Premiership. What makes Grimsby so spe­cial?”

With the 4th round clash loom­ing, Portsmouth man­ager Kenny Jack­ett as­sured fans that he was con­fi­dent of find­ing a way to counter Grimsby’s new star player. “We’re build­ing a 60-foot stone statue of Bud­dha in the west stand at Frat­ton Park, and we’re con­fi­dent that He will be able to counter any moves God makes,” he ex­plained.

Grimsby’s Harry Card­well takes a leap of faith fol­low­ing the Almighty’s late in­ter­ces­sion. The Lord’s Player:

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