The Saturday line-up at the 2013 Download Festival was more reminiscent of one of the classic Monsters of Rock shows of the 80s and early-90s and certainly had the potential to be one of the best days of music produced on this fair isle.
Thankfully it lived up to that billing and more with storming sets from old hands in Iron Maiden, Motörhead and UFO and the big guns of today like Alice in Chains and Queens of the Stone Age delivering in spades.
GRIMSBY TOWN 0 BRADFORD CITY 2
THERE were again encouraging signs for Grimsby Town supporters despite a 2-0 loss to Bradford City last night at Blundell Park.
The Mariners matched their League One opponents for long periods in an entertaining friendly encounter, before being undone by second-half goals from James Hanson and Mark Yeates.
WINTERTON RANGERS 0-5 GRIMSBY TOWN
A FIVE-star performance from Grimsby Town saw them sweep past Winterton Rangers in their latest pre-season friendly at a sweltering West Street.
Lenell John-Lewis’ spectacular strike kicked things off, with Liam Hearn, Dayle Southwell, Joe Colbeck and an own goal completing the rout. Although with better finishing on the evening, it was no exaggeration to say that Town could have hit 20.
The Mariners included trialist goalkeeper Jake Turner, formerly of Scunthorpe, in their ranks, as well as giving Chris Doig another run-out after he impressed against Cleethorpes Town on Tuesday night.
This is the final TNA Impact that we will see before the crew head to the UK for the Road to Lockdown tour, as the 24th January episode will not air until after the tour has ended.
Unfortunately, for those of us expecting some great in-ring action to sink our teeth into, the main focus of this show is the wedding of Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan.
Main Event has been an interesting addition to the WWE TV schedule; an old-school one hour show where they heavily promote a marquee match-up, throw in another bonus match or two and bring in a worker for a solid sitdown interview.
So far, the show has thrown up some tremendous match-ups with some of the company’s big names but they started 2013 with a risky combination that actually paid dividends in the end and did something they have failed to do in a long, long time – make the secondary titles mean something to the general public.
Last season’s League Two ended up being dominated by Paulo Di Canio’s Swindon Town with some other surprising names making up the chasing pack, whilst traditional big hitters like Bradford and Rotherham struggled to make an impact.
The transfer of Nick Powell to Manchester United and Jack Butland’s call-up for England’s Euro 2012 squad shows there is plenty of talent in the Football League’s basement division and 2012/13 is shaping up to be a very competitive season.
The team of the season is a 4-4-2 formation and again comprises just one player per club.
Grimsby Town 0 Nuneaton Town 0
Grimsby Town are still searching for their first win of the season after a lacklustre 0-0 draw with newly-promoted Nuneaton Town on a baking hot summer’s afternoon at Blundell Park.
The visitors came in to the game having shipped nine goals in their two outings so far, whilst Town had seen victories snatched away from them in the closing stages of both their previous matches. The Mariners will have seen this as a perfect opportunity to register their first maximum haul of the 2012/13 season but they rarely threatened in a match were both teams laboured thanks to the substantial heat.