Imps Fall From Grace at The Shay

Last updated : 20 January 2002 By
Where do I start? Okay, at the beginning is a good place. 86 miles, a 3-0 defeat, two cheeseburgers, an appearance in the away stand by Messrs Rob Bradley and Keith Roe, another gesture at the travelling fans by Lee Thorpe, and an empty wallet. Just the recipe needed for a good afternoon.

Diabolical, shambolic, crap, poor, disinterested, unwilling, incompetent......all suitable adjectives to describe what turned out to be an afternoon of hell for Alan Buckley as his game plan was thrown out of the window by a side which looked as though it hadn't even played together let alone spent nearly two seasons in each other's company.

The Shaymen deserved entirely the 3 points as they outfought, outran and outshot the ridiculous Imps. Two crisp goals by ex-Boston United front man Gary Jones and a classic strike by Ian Fitzpatrick secured vital survival points for Halifax. Barry Richardson acquitted himself well all through the afternoon, but rarely was he troubled by a lacklustre forward line of Battersby and Thorpe (in the first half) and Thorpe and Cameron (in the second half)

The Boo-Boys in the City crowd were once again targetting certain players...notably Battersby (who really wasn't doing anything wrong) and Adam Buckley (who was guilty of putting in several telling crosses and corners in the first half which caused the Shaymen some problems). Neither appeared after the break. I'm not sure why!!

Excuses have not been made by Alan Buckley, and the players are training this morning as Buckley tries to put right what went wrong at Halifax. City play Leyton Orient on Tuesday night at Sincil Bank, and we can only hope that they are suitably up for the challenge, as Orient sit only one place above them in the table. A win and other results going our way could see us launched to 32 points, and mid-table again. This Division is getting tight.

Lee Thorpe highlighted his complete contempt for his fans as goading from certain sections of the City travelling support led to him thinking it necessary to raise his middle finger at us, in a show of complete disregard for the effort that the fans put in travelling the length and breadth of the country. The editor is thinking of putting in an official complaint to the club and the FA over this latest indiscretion, as this isn't the first time that Thorpe has disrespected loyal fans....the man is clearly too big for his boots.

City were crap.........that's all I can say!!!