TALK OF THE TOWN
The big talking points from the 2-0 defeat against Crewe
Things could have been so different for Town had they converted just one of the chances they created at Gresty Road.
Just before the break, Wes Thomas had probably the best opportunity up until that point as he turned past Nicky Hunt before bearing down on goal, but he couldn’t beat Ben Garratt – who had a superb afternoon for Crewe.
Moments later, JJ Hooper forced another good save from the goalkeeper after good work from Embleton and Thomas, while Charles Vernam drew an even better stop out of him when the ball seemed destined for the far corner of the net.
The fact that Garratt picked up Alex’s man of the match award for his performance underlines the sort of afternoon he had – although that likely won’t soften the blow for the Mariners. Things have certainly improved over the last month – four consecutive clean sheets in the league is evidence of that. But Michael Jolley and his men will still be keen to improve on the scoring record. As Saturday showed, it can be the difference between winning and losing.
A TALE OF TWO GOALKEEPERS
Saturday’s game saw a couple of outstanding performances at either side of the pitch, with both goalkeepers excelling for their respective teams.
As has already been mentioned, Ben Garratt produced a fine display for the hosts, earning himself Alex’s man of the match award at full-time.
And James McKeown continued his own great form with some more top draw saves.
The long-serving stopper did all he could to try and earn a fifth straight clean sheet, making top drawer saves from Shaun Miller and Jordan Bowery to keep the game goalless – and even tipped a goalbound effort onto his bar late on to prevent Crewe from furthering their lead.
There can’t have been many finer exhibitions of goalkeeping around
League Two at the weekend.
One defeat in five. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
How about ten points out of a possible 15? Or four clean sheets in a row?
It’s important to keep Saturday’s defeat in perspective – yes, it was a disappointing result, especially against a side in a similar position to Town themselves.
But you can’t lose focus of the fact that the Mariners have had a very good month, and managed to turn things around after a poor run of form left a few supporters worrying. Thankfully, most fans took that viewpoint after the loss at Crewe, although they were interspersed with the odd doom and gloom angle.
But having rediscovered their winning touch, and recovered following a poor start to the season, Town’s players will hopefully be keeping a level head, and looking ahead now to Cambridge next weekend.
Left, Harry Clifton in action against Crewe and far left, Wes Thomas battles with an opponent.