It was take two for our Carabao Cup clash in Cleethorpes against Grimsby which took place on Tuesday evening.
I desperately tried not to think about what reward lay on the road in the next round if we were victorious against Grimsby, I really did. Despite this it’s not easy to forget a possibility of a tie in the capital against Chelsea, is it?
On the journey to Grimsby I really was full of nervous excited energy. Kick-off really couldn’t come quick enough for me especially after seeing the first half of the previous game which was abandoned due to the weather.
Which to be honest even the ducks wouldn’t have gone out in if they could avoid it I’m sure. It took ages for my shoes to dry out!
We entered the ground and it was so good to see familiar faces that had come to support our boys despite the 280 mile round trip on a school night!
I saw the team news as I settled in to watch the teams warm up. I was really counting the minutes down to kick-off then as I was sure it would be a exciting game.
The Silkmen got us underway and they really did start the game at a frantic pace. Macclesfield having the best of the first half. Despite this both teams had opportunities during the 1st half to score unfortunately we couldn’t capitalise on these efforts. We went in at half time 0-0.
Grimsby kicked off the second half and it really did highlight the term "game of two halves" with the home team having the majority of possession.
This nearly saw them go one up in the 51st minute and they would have if it hadn’t been for some stunning defending from captain Fiacre Kelleher on the goal line.
The game ended 0-0, which sent us in to penalties. Owen Evan’s started them off in breathtaking fashion by saving the first spot kick of the evening - despite this though, it went in to a nail biting sudden death shootout.
Grimsby continued to go first and scored, our boys last kick was devastatingly saved and sent us crashing out of the competition. It was gut wrenching to see the boys so upset and shattered after giving their all on the pitch.
So Chelsea and Stamford Bridge will have to wait. There are more important games on the way.
See you all at Swindon!