Shrimps 4-2 MK Dons

  • On March 13, 2019

Globe Arena Tuesday March 12th, 7.40pm League 2.

Halstead Mills Sutton Old Conlan Kenyon c Wildig Oates Collins Mingoia Bennett subs used Ellison for Oates 62, Fleming for Wildig 72.

Dons – Moore Lewington c Houghton Martin Brittain Gilbey McGrandles Cisse Wheeler Aneke Hesketh subs used Walker for Cisse 55, Agard for Hesketh 59, Simpson for Wheeler 67.

Attendance – 1460 with 160 from Dons.

Ref – Ross Joyce, kept the game flowing in trying conditions, thankfully only one dat challenge all night.

Weather – Atrocious Gareth gale, 55 mph winds blowing from the home end, should have been a game of two halves, luckily we  were great in both!!

What a difference a couple of wins make? Our home form has been pretty patchy at best, with performances being generally positive but chances missed and results going against us, following this and the FGR game, this can no longer be said.  With the January signings needed in nicely, that’s four wins in 6 for us now and with 41 points and 9 games left we are only 6 points off our total from last term. Add to this we have scored more goals already and things are starting to look up.

The Dons arrived on the back of five straight wins but after spanking Eco Rovers last Saturday confidence was high in the home camp. The evenings weather played its part and the end result was we played the conditions better than our visitors, hence the scoreline. Kenyon won the toss and chose to play wind assisted first half and what a good idea that was. Alex himself shot wide on 11 minutes from way out signalling our intent to use the wind to our advantage. Bennett had a shot blocked and the rebound saved by Moore on 14 as the home side pressed again. Oates continued with his positive running down the left and was giving Brittain a torrid time, he skinned him inside then out and from the byline hung up a cross that Bennett generated a powerful downward header on to open the scoring from 8 yards on 22.

Still the Shrimps blazed forward, a Kenyon header from a set piece forcing Moor to parry with Bennett just wide with his follow up. Mingoia and Mills were raiding down the right to good effect, Mingoia set up Mills to cross, but Mills dummied and came inside, his left foot cross deflecting off the head of Cisse and floating agonisingly over the head of the retreating Moore to make it 2-0 on 41.

Dons reacted and mounted their best attack of the half against the prevailing gale, releasing Hesketh in the right channel whose low effort deflected off the far post for goal kick. HT 2-0.

The second period started with the Dons building patiently, but the two banks off four in red and black held firm and barring a couple of corners there was little danger. The first real action appeared on 57, when from a simple throw, Bennett turned his man and let the ball run across him and unleashed a curling left footed missile which nestled in the net after glancing the far post for 3-0.

Tisdale in the dugout reacted by using subs, Agard cleverly deflecting a Brittain cross into the top corner to reduce the arrears. However, the Shrimps remained positive, Bennet fancied a hat trick, firstly a Mingoia cross found him volleying just over, then the up to this point quiet Collins danced his way to the byline and his cross was headed powerfully down to strike the foot of the left post and out of danger, denying the big man his match ball. In between these chances Dons pulled another goal back. Agard pouncing on a loose ball after Halstead had failed to gather a shot from distance from Aneke, the first mistake Mark has made all season.

With time ticking away and pressure mounting, both Dons full backs pushed on leaving gaps, another strike was brilliantly tipped away by Halstead on 82, Conlan completing the clearance. Ellison passes incisively to Bennett who timed his pass to Collins with perfection, he sprung the offside trap and advanced on Moore, waltzed around him and made the game safe at 4-2 on 86.

Dons had a go but our game management was excellent for change and we saw out the 5 minutes added with little trouble.

MOM was a deserving Ritchie Bennett, but every man put a shift in, Sutton and Old standing firm in the tech of the gale and winning headers and getting a foot in when needed.

So onwards to Meadow Lane and a free hit at Notts County, they need to win, we can play our game knowing we are 9 point better off, so all the pressure is on them, more of the same fluid passing and 4-4-2 please, everyone went home happy toe home game sin a row, when did that last happen?