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Conference Wrap – It Rains Goals & Crowds in the People’s Premiership

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Woking FC Win   Barnet FC, Gateshead FC ,  Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers draw FC Halifax Torquay Utd & Wrexham FC lose in front of 8,163. Yes you did read that correctly just one of the top seven  won on a day when it rained goals in the Vanarama Conference Premier aka the People’s Premiership. The Mighty Imps beat AFC Telford to end the slump and thus move to within seven points of the play-offs (or 6 from relegation depending on whether your glass is half full or not.  Grab that beverage and some popcorn for some crackle, pop and snap because it is time for Neil’s big, fat Conference Premier wrap.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Barnet buzzed as Mad Dog’s men swarmed to three up thanks to  a gem of a Lopez free-kick on 32. Ditto  Cook 38′ and then the Akinde cometh on  43′ to…

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REPORT & STATS: Lincoln 2 Telford 0 – Simmo’s Six Foot Soldiers Come Good

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AFC Telford battled hard at Lincoln City, but for once lady luck and the officials smiled on Gary Simpson and the six-foot Sincil soldiers aka the Dogs of War. Simmo has delivered three of the six points The Chairman is expecting, just the win at Forest Green Rovers to go then. Depending on whether your glas is half-full or half empty, City sit seven off the play-offs and six off relegation. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves, first the teams & schemes then a blow by blow and finally more stats than one can shake an Imp or Buck at.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 0-0
Scorers  63′  Newton (pen) 76′ Tomlinson.
Attendance 2529 (2483 Imps  46 Bucks )
Ref Mr Hicks

The Teams & Schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller (Y)  25  Anderson 6 Brown 3 Newton

12 Mendy…

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Conference Wrap – It Rains Goals & Crowds in the People’s Premiership

Woking FC Win   Barnet FC, Gateshead FC ,  Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers draw FC Halifax Torquay Utd & Wrexham FC lose in front of 8,163. Yes you did read that correctly just one of the top seven  won on a day when it rained goals in the Vanarama Conference Premier aka the People’s Premiership. The Mighty Imps beat AFC Telford to end the slump and thus move to within seven points of the play-offs (or 6 from relegation depending on whether your glass is half full or not.  Grab that beverage and some popcorn for some crackle, pop and snap because it is time for Neil’s big, fat Conference Premier wrap.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Barnet buzzed as Mad Dog’s men swarmed to three up thanks to  a gem of a Lopez free-kick on 32. Ditto  Cook 38′ and then the Akinde cometh on  43′ to complete a whirlwind move.  Everyone will be after the Steve Burr recipe for half-time tea as The Harriers achieved  three second-half flyby in return.  Gash smashed on 58′ before two corners from Nicholson found the head of Blissett on 80′ and 82′.

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Woking and Eastleigh do look as if they will continue to surprise a few and perhaps even last the distance with a couple of stand-out results.  Rendell 52′Morgan 66′ and Payne 90′ did the damage for the wild Cards at Altrincham as Woking’s passing game exposed the ten- man hosts who finished with nine after an injury the Crowther.   Eastleigh stormed back to dump the Shaymen fifth.  FC Halifax went a goal up though a Boden penalty on 16′.  Then it was all rhyme as Reason 22′ Green 53′ Fleetwood 76′ and Strevens 90 sent most of the 1500 home happy.  The Spitfires are  soaring high above the clouds on and off the pitch with that new 2200 away end ready for the FA Cup and the big games ahead.

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Gateshead draw again, this time at Forest Green , with Rovers now unbeaten now in four.  Parkin finished a fine move for the hosts on 71′ before Howe got swept home an equaliser just 6 minutes later to crown his début.   Ten-man Aldershot held Bristol Rovers in a stormer of a 2-2 draw. The Shots went ahead with a Williams penalty on  16′ (pen) after Parkes tried to play second keeper. Rovers replied with Monkhouse on 42′ and then went ahead with a penalty of their own from Taylor 68′. Roberts then decided to play the ‘panto’ hero and villain hitting a whistler into the top corner on 77′ before the one owned by the referee called time on his contribution with a yellow.

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  Torquay travelled to Alfreton with the Reds all but dead and second from bottom. They are still there but after this wonderful 4-2 win the gap from salvation is just one win away.  The hosts took the lead through Hawley 18′, before Briscoe curled in a beauty on the half hour. Shaw put Alfreton 2-1 up on the  stroke of half-time  but Briscoe bagged his brace on 54′ to square matters.   Clayton made it  three-two with a chip to grace Cleethorpes on 70′ before Hawley brought the house down to celebrate his own double.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Reds will want to have an eye on Dartford rather than Southport,  gaffer Gary Brabin continues to refresh the parts other men cannot reach as two loans, George 69′ and super-sub Bakayoko 84′ secured the points with a 2-0 win at Alan Devonshire’s Braintree. Welling did themselves a favour with a 4-1 win home win over fellow strugglers Nuneaton to pull further away from the trapdoor.  As did Dover with a 2-0 win over Chester.  Dartford earned a vital point at home to high-flying Macclesfield to keep them one place above Southport now unbeaten in two. Brabin’s boys have taken four points in his first five days, to sit one place above  the drop zone.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham celebrated their 150th year in front of 8163 – well almost.  Carrington brought down Thomas to allow John-Lewis to convert from the spot on 28′ and the Dragons huffed and puffed and passed, yet could not blow the trawler onto the rocks.  During a second half reminiscent of the tempest it was poetry and passion in motion with Moult sent off for ‘fistycuffs ‘ with Disley.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales:

“To get such a fantastic gate and to play in the manner that we did for long spells of the first half was really disappointing. “We came out and gave a better account of ourselves up until the sending off in the second half. “We had Grimsby camped in and it’s important you keep 11 men on the field. “I didn’t see what the sending off was for but on my understanding it was for a stamp, if that’s the case we can’t have any complaints.”

Indeed Kevin, I too have peripheral vision issues with my right eye.

 

3466 Aldershot Town 2 2 Bristol Rovers
REPORTS B Williams 16 pen , Roberts 77, . . A Monkhouse 42 , M Taylor  68 pen
736 Alfreton Town 4 2 Torquay United
REPORTS Hawley 18 & 77 , Shaw 45 , Clayton 70 . . Briscoe 32 & 54 ,
1218 Altrincham 0 3 Woking
REPORTS . . . Rendell 52 , Morgan 66 , Payne 91
1689 Barnet 3 3 Kidderminster Harriers
REPORTS Luisma 32 , Cook 38 , Akinde 43 , . . Gash 58 , Blissett 80 , Blissett 82 ,
810 Braintree Town 0 2 Southport
REPORTS . . . George 69 , Bakayoko 84 ,
1063 Dartford 1 1 Macclesfield Town
REPORTS Hayes 85 , . . Barnes-Homer 87 ,
1009 Dover Athletic 2 0 Chester FC
REPORTS Essam 64 , OG-Heneghan 47 . . .
1498 Eastleigh 4 1 FC Halifax Town
REPORTS Reason 22 , Green 53 , Fleetwood 76 , Strevens 90 , . . D Hattersley 16 pen ,
1217 Forest Green Rovers 1 1 Gateshead FC
REPORTS J Parkin 71 , . . Howe 77
2529 Lincoln City FC 2 0 AFC Telford Utd
REPORTS Newton 63 pen , Tomlinson 76 , . . .
614 Welling United 4 1 Nuneaton Town
REPORTS Beautyman 19 & 45+1 , Marsh 72  & 74, . . Dean 23 ,
8163 Wrexham 0 1 Grimsby Town
REPORTS . . . John-Lewis 28 pen ,


The Table  
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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 16 10 3 3 36 13 +23 33
2 Woking 15 9 3 3 29 14 +15 30
3 Gateshead 16 8 6 2 28 19 +9 30
4 Bristol Rovers 16 8 5 3 20 15 +5 29
5 FC Halifax Town 16 8 4 4 28 18 +10 28
6 Torquay United 15 8 3 4 27 16 +11 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 16 7 6 3 21 15 +6 27
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16 7 5 4 22 15 +7 26
9 Wrexham 16 8 2 6 21 19 +2 26
10 Macclesfield Town 16 6 7 3 19 14 +5 25
11 Grimsby Town 16 6 6 4 26 12 +14 24
12 Eastleigh 15 6 5 4 25 21 +4 23
13 Lincoln City 16 6 3 7 25 27 -2 21
14 Braintree Town 15 6 2 7 20 17 +3 20
15 Aldershot Town 16 5 5 6 17 18 -1 20
16 Chester 16 6 2 8 16 26 -10 20
17 Welling United 16 4 6 6 22 24 -2 18
18 Dover Athletic 16 5 2 9 18 26 -8 17
19 Dartford 16 3 6 7 16 23 -7 15
20 Southport 16 4 3 9 16 28 -12 15
21 Altrincham 16 4 3 9 16 33 -17 15
22 Nuneaton Town 16 4 2 10 12 28 -16 14
23 Alfreton Town 16 4 1 11 15 34 -19 13
24 AFC Telford United 16 1 4 11 19 39 -20 7

Simmo’s Six Foot Soldiers Come Good

AFC Telford battled hard at Lincoln City, but for once lady luck and the officials smiled on Gary Simpson and the six-foot Sincil soldiers aka the Dogs of War. Simmo has delivered three of the six points The Chairman is expecting, just the win at Forest Green Rovers to go then. Depending on whether your glas is half-full or half empty, City sit seven off the play-offs and six off relegation. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves, first the teams & schemes then a blow by blow and finally more stats than one can shake an Imp or Buck at.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 0-0
Scorers  63′  Newton (pen) 76′ Tomlinson.
Attendance 2529 (2483 Imps  46 Bucks )
Ref Mr Hicks

The Teams & Schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller (Y)  25  Anderson 6 Brown 3 Newton

12 Mendy 14 Nolan

23 Sam-Yorke  10 Ledsham 11 Tomlinson (Y)

9 Burrow

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18 Smith (Y)  7 Phenix

20 Poku

 11 Clancy                21 Todd (Y)      17 Platt  (Y)    23 Higgins 

  16 MacDonald 4 Byrne   24 Parry

1 Hedge

Watson goes  3-5-2

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Subs & substitutions
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice,22 Marshall, 8 Power, 6 Diagne
Substitutions:  on for
The Bucks Bench:  25 Hall, 12 Cook e 9 Farrell 8 Barnett 6 Grogan
Substitutions:  ′69 Farrell on for Byrne 74′ Cook on for Todd.

To the game fellow football fans to the game…………

Anderson gets an early touch as Telford hit long. The ball spends a lot of time in the air suggesting the threat of rain and those poor first touches will have an influence on the game at some point.  The Imps get two long throws from Miller the second of which leads to a corner that Telford break from. Nolan puts in a timely tackle, the problem is he dwells on the ball when Sam-Yorke could have been one on one,  if only he had seen him.  Those with the radio glued to their ear would however hear Tommo plug himself. In answer to ‘who would be a manager’ he said  ‘me’.

Tomlinson beats Higgins and delivers to Sam-Yorke who goes down too easily, but,  the Imps win a corner.  Newton delivers, Anderson fires goalwards, but Byrne clears off the line.  Telford do win a free-kick, Poku takes, but Brown heads clear. Really this is a battle between too sides high on energy but very low in quality when it comes to knocking the ball to feet. Mendy sees Miller, he crosses yet

Miller is clattered by Smith – so late he should get a detention – yet it is just a yellow as both players receive attention for head injuries.  Ledsham has a chance to make things happen but his choice and distribution is shocking. You really should not be paying more than  £7 or £8 to watch him ply his trade.  That is a little harsh on the lad, the same could be said for half the players on display today. Given the  rows of  empty fading red seats it is just as well the club are kindly allowing the kids in free to introduce them to the thrills and skills football in the flesh.

The non-event continues until Nolan is pushed off the ball to allow Newton the chance to break the monotony and the deadlock.  Alas the shot is deflected for a corner but at least it has doubled the shot count.  Newton’s corner finds Anderson who forces a comfortable save from Hedges.  The move of the half sees Telford find Todd but his cross is closer to a weak shot that goes straight down Townsend’s throat. Ledsham get a result from a poor shot when the ball loops for a corner.  Todd has a dig which Townsend saves  then Newton clatters Clancy but somehow escapes a card.

The Bucks win a corner but the offside flag rules out a second after Platt’s header goes out off Miller. Nat Brown then lets fly but the shot is well wide. Poku and Todd both foul Miller with the second getting the yellow card.

Second half.

Both managers keep the faith which must say something.  Tom Miller gets a yellow for a two-footed lunge, suggesting our refereeing luck might be changing given the number of studs on show.  Smith gets hold of a 25-yarder but Townsend parries  into the path of Poku. The keeper saves again at the expense of a corner.  A superb free-kick from Platt forces another top save from Townsend.   Clancy’s corner goes straight out for a throw.  A Higgins throw is half cleared with Clancy sending a bicycle kick well over the bar.

Despite the risk of a nose bleed or altitude sickness the Imps get over the half-way line for the first time in the half. After a slow and elaborate 5 man build up Newton on the overlap thunders wide.  Newton sends a great cross over that the keeper punches for a corner under pressure from Burrow. Newtons set-piece finds the head of Burrow but Byrne blocks for another corner. This one sees Anderson hit the roof of the stand.

Mendy fouls Todd and the free-kick takes an age. Nat Brown heads clear and Phenix is crowded out after on the edge of the box.  Ledsham is fouled by Platt for a fourth yellow of the game.  Nolan ran at the defence Phenix fouls and the Imps get a much needed penalty.  Newton hammers the keeper guesses the right way but can only parry it into the roof of the net. Townsend then makes a super point blank save from Clancy to deny an equaliser.

Tomlinson gives Sam-Yorke a glorious opportunity but Hedges makes a super save for a corner.   Farrell comes on for Byrne as the Bucks go for it.  Newton fouls the lively Clancy on the edge of the box and Farrell waist s the free-kick.  Cook is brought on for Todd

Hedges does a sack the juggler and Tomlinson half volleys home to effectively win it.  Miller  sprints down the flank, exchanges with Nolan before thumping a hay-maker against the crossbar.  Newton again gets forward but Sam-yorke is penalised for hand-ball.  Tomlinson gets a yellow card for a high one on Parry. Tomlinson gets a terrific ball over to Burrow but the keepers saves again.  You have to feel for Telford, the Bucks have given everything for the cause and are clearly dead on their feet.

The Stats & League Table

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Teams & Schemes

 

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Note: shots on includes  goals plus all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed

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56 % Ball 44 %

6 Shots on 3
9 Misses 5
3 Saves 5
7 Corners 5
2 Offside 3
18 Fouls 13
2 Yellows 3
0  Reds 0

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The Table

Conference Table
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 16 10 3 3 36 13 +23 33
2 Woking 15 9 3 3 29 14 +15 30
3 Gateshead 16 8 6 2 28 19 +9 30
4 Bristol Rovers 16 8 5 3 20 15 +5 29
5 FC Halifax Town 16 8 4 4 28 18 +10 28
6 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 16 7 6 3 21 15 +6 27
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16 7 5 4 22 15 +7 26
9 Wrexham 16 8 2 6 21 19 +2 26
10 Macclesfield Town 16 6 7 3 19 14 +5 25
11 Grimsby Town 16 6 6 4 26 12 +14 24
12 Eastleigh 15 6 5 4 25 21 +4 23
13 Lincoln City 16 6 3 7 25 27 -2 21
14 Braintree Town 15 6 2 7 20 17 +3 20
15 Aldershot Town 16 5 5 6 17 18 -1 20
16 Chester 16 6 2 8 16 26 -10 20
17 Welling United 16 4 6 6 22 24 -2 18
18 Dover Athletic 16 5 2 9 18 26 -8 17
19 Dartford 16 3 6 7 16 23 -7 15
20 Southport 16 4 3 9 16 28 -12 15
21 Altrincham 16 4 3 9 16 33 -17 15
22 Nuneaton Town 16 4 2 10 12 28 -16 14
23 Alfreton Town 15 3 1 11 11 32 -21 10
24 AFC Telford United 16 1 4 11 19 39 -20 7

Preview Imps V AFC Telford: Can Imps Break The Mould?

AFC Telford and, the phrase three times a charm comes to mind for Lincoln City.  Having lost to Nuneaton and Southport, we now face Liam Watson’s bottom feeders Telford. That Lincoln sit just one point and one place above them in the current form table. Says something. We are 22nd, Telford 23rd and Southport 24th.  The fates have conspired against us, but not Watson who  left Southport to join the relegated Telford  and turn them into Conference North Champions last season.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

Watson has struggled as has Simmo. According to BBC Radio Lincolnshire last night he needs to deliver in the next two games.  Pressure then with Hamza the fourth red of the season (we had one rescinded remember) missing too today. We will leave the stats this week as they are as depressing as the current mood amongst the fantastic fans of our football club.  Well, save the table below which illustrates that a two or three goal win today would put a different completion on a run that see yet another manager failing to deliver what we feel is our birthright at this club. I am afraid that is down to a competitive budget and an ambitious board. Fear not, I wont be discussing that again as it has seen myself and three others banned indefinitely from Sincil Bank.  Sincil Silence is clearly golden.  If the club can spring back it would appear those players awaiting new deals from the summer will indeed be finally offered new ones. If not they will be sold in the winter window, doubtless fetching a pretty penny with five just months until the summer window.

 

. Team W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bristol Rovers 4 2 0 9 3 6 14
13 Macclesfield Town 2 2 2 8 7 1 8
14 Braintree Town 2 2 2 7 6 1 8
15 Dartford 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
16 Dover Athletic 2 1 3 8 8 0 7
17 Aldershot Town 2 1 3 5 8 -3 7
18 Altrincham 2 1 3 4 14 -10 7
19 Eastleigh 1 3 2 7 10 -3 6
20 Nuneaton Town 2 0 4 7 10 -3 6
21 Alfreton Town 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
22 Lincoln City 1 2 3 7 9 -2 5
23 AFC Telford Utd 1 1 4 8 15 -7 4
24 Southport 1 1 4 6 14 -8 4

 

Watson has just signed  defender Parry from Luton and Bermudan keeper Hall  – can’t wait to hear about those shorts.  Mike Grogan (leg) defender Neill Byrne (knee) and possibly Jordan Deacey (hamstring or Phenix to deputise) should all be fit to start given the kidology of the pre-match managerial pearls of wisdom. Managers and players continually mentioning our size before and during games may account for part of our card count.  We also never seem to get the rub of the green when our players are fouled (stonewall penalties for Sam-Yorke, Tomlinson and Caprice in recent weeks).

 

As Watson opened in his pre-match with the Shropshire Star:

“We have just got to go there and make sure we are up for the fight because we need to be against Lincoln.

“They are a big, dominant side. They have got a lot of proven players. I like (Lincoln manager) Gary Simpson, I think he is a nice fella and his teams are always big and strong, with six-footers everywhere.

“I thought they would have been up there towards the play-offs this season. They have got good forwards as well.

“They have got good options so I don’t know why it is not going for them at the minute. But I had someone watch them Tuesday against Southport so I have got a report.”

 

Potential Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

Potential teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller  25  Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne

12 Mendy 14 Nolan

22 Marshall  10 Ledsham 11 Tomlinson

23 Sam-Yorke

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18 Smith 10 Gray 

11 Clancy 6 Grogan 20 Poku 7 Phenix

23 Higgins 4 Byrne 16 MacDonald 24 Parry

1 Hall

Watson goes  4-4-2

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Imps V AFC Telford Can Imps Break The Mould?

AFC Telford and, the phrase three times a charm comes to mind for Lincoln City.  Having lost to Nuneaton and Southport, we now face Liam Watson’s bottom feeders Telford. That Lincoln sit just one point and one place above them in the current form table. Says something. We are 22nd, Telford 23rd and Southport 24th.  The fates have conspired against us, but not Watson who  left Southport to join the relegated Telford  and turn them into Conference North Champions last season.

 

Watson has struggled as has Simmo. According to BBC Radio Lincolnshire last night he needs to deliver in the next two games.  Pressure then with Hamza the fourth red of the season (we had one rescinded remember) missing too today. We will leave the stats this week as they are as depressing as the current mood amongst the fantastic fans of our football club.  Well, save the table below which illustrates that a two or three goal win today would put a different completion on a run that see yet another manager failing to deliver what we feel is our birthright at this club. I am afraid that is down to a competitive budget and an ambitious board. Fear not, I wont be discussing that again as it has seen myself and three others banned indefinitely from Sincil Bank.  Sincil Silence is clearly golden.  If the club can spring back it would appear those players awaiting new deals from the summer will indeed be finally offered new ones. If not they will be sold in the winter window, doubtless fetching a pretty penny with five just months until the summer window.

 

. Team W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bristol Rovers 4 2 0 9 3 6 14
13 Macclesfield Town 2 2 2 8 7 1 8
14 Braintree Town 2 2 2 7 6 1 8
15 Dartford 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
16 Dover Athletic 2 1 3 8 8 0 7
17 Aldershot Town 2 1 3 5 8 -3 7
18 Altrincham 2 1 3 4 14 -10 7
19 Eastleigh 1 3 2 7 10 -3 6
20 Nuneaton Town 2 0 4 7 10 -3 6
21 Alfreton Town 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
22 Lincoln City 1 2 3 7 9 -2 5
23 AFC Telford Utd 1 1 4 8 15 -7 4
24 Southport 1 1 4 6 14 -8 4

 

Southport 3 Imps 3 It Rains Goals as Hamza sees Red

Southport FC under  manager Gary Brabin are going to battle to the end. The Mighty Imps under Simmo will do the same.  What transpired was a fantastic game at the Merseyrail Community stadium.  For the benefit of the Sandgounders fans, first the Teams & Schemes, then the match report and finally the table and more stats than you can shake an Imp or Sandgrounder at.  No wonder Simmo was passionate at the end of it

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 2-3
Scorers  Sam-Yorke 11′ Tomlinson 17′ Joyce 33′ Brodie OG 36′ Brodie 38′ Marsden 86′
Attendance 746  (620 Boro  126 Imps )
Ref Mr Hussin

Teams & schemes

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Gary Brabin goes 5-3-2
19 Raja
15 Rutherford 23 MacDonald (Y) 6 Foster 5 Collins 3 Fitzpatrick
  14 Joyce 8 George (Y)  12 Lynch
 10 Brodie 17 Dyer
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23 Sam-Yorke
11 Tomlinson 5 Bencherif  22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 12 Mendy (R)
3 Newton  6 Diagne  5 Brown 2 Miller
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions
The Port Bench:  1 Weston, 20 Smith, 15 Connor, 2  Challoner, 18 Marsden (Y)
Substitutions: 75 Marsden  on for Dyer 83′ Connor on for Joyce 87′ Challoner on for Fitzpatrick.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice,14 Nolan, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  

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To the game fellow football fans to the game…………

A scrappy start bursting with nervous energy, understandable given the stakes, leads to a Southport corner. Its land of the giants in the box with all their big lads up, but Brown heads away.  Fitzpatrick  is looking dangerous,  feeding Collins, but, his left-foot drive goes wide. Tomlinson is battling away but he is completely out numbered and the ball from Marshall is poor.   George and Fitzpatrick conjure a great piece of football but Miller clears. A great corner from Fitzpatrick finds the head of MacDonald who cannot believe Townsend’s fantastic reaction save.

Miller on the overlap, exchanges with Marshall, then drives over a low cross for Sam-Yorke to sweetly sweep the ball home for a vital Lincoln lead. Against the run of play, perhaps, but if you have lost your last five away games on the trot any break is well overdue and deserved.  A howitzer from  Fitzpatrick  fizzes past the post.  Newton gets forward sends in a beauty but Ledsham can’t quite get his head to it, or it would have been a second.  The game is end to end with Lynch firing in a cross that Brown scrambles clear, then at the other Tomlinson beats two and fails to find Sam-Yorke, when a dig himself might have got a goal.

Brabin certainly has his team fired up, although Brodie seems slow, brooding and well off the pace.  It’s two nil as Tomlinson lets the ball bounce then hits a glorious left foot half-volley home.  Southport are eager, then again an unhappy Gary Brabin is not best pleased as Tomlinson lashes another Newton cross over the bar and out of the ground. Tomlinson is back supporting Newton. He robs Rutherford and is really showing that engine and desire tonight.  Quality player we need to get a new contract in front of our twenty goal a season hero quick.

George, Collins  Mendy and Hamza are really trying to play it about, indeed it is a good job Hamza was ruled fit. Fitzpatrick gets forward again but Miller beats Brodie to it, with the ref missing a little bit of afters between two competitive charming cherubs.  Fitzpatrick floats in a free-kick, the Imps fail to clear.  The ball drops to  Joyce who strokes goalwards and it loops into the top left for 2-1.  Almost immediately another goal as Newton fires in a low set-piece.  Miller and Brodie go for it with  the ball finishing in the back of the net. Miller claims it, it is awarded as an own goal to Brodie and you just know that is going to add spice to their growing lovers tiff.

The whirlwind affair continues. Lynch puts in a peach and Brodie heads home a towering header into the top corner for 3-2. Brodie and Miller are at it again with the ref calming things down.  Rutherford cuts in and sends a bullet against the post with Townsend clutching fresh air.  The ball eludes Townsend but fortunately Foster fires over.  Joyce goes in strong on Marshall, firm but fair, yet this time the referee decides to draw the line and brandish a card. Brilliant first half and the players do still look up for it as Sam-Yorke, MacDonald, Brodie and Miller continue the discussions as they go down the tunnel.

Second half. 

Ledsham – clearly they are pleased he is back –  takes one in the face, the ref waves play on and Marshall sends Tomlinson who hits a bullet only for Raya to make a magnificent save.  The referee gives MacDonald a card for that earlier offence. The Imps appear to have gone to 5-3-2 ‘park the bus’ with Hamza helping to deal with Brodie and thus hopefully ensuring that Miller remains on the pitch. His mate Brodie is on fire, nodding on to Dyer, then taking a return, only to be  crowded out by two of the three centre-backs.  There are some choice challenges going on with the ref all for letting the game and the blood and guts ‘gonzo’ football flow.

The pace is relentless although Southport do appear to be enjoying the lions share as the five man rear-guard phalanx take it in turns to dive in to negate any final ball.  There is almost a scrum at one point with the Imps getting a free kick. Newton delivers to the far post Tomlinson heads downwards at the far post. A corner is given which Newton delivers, the keeper misses but Collins thunders away.   Foster goes long and in two bounces it is in Townsend’s gloves. Gary Brabin is into the referee for time-wasting you just have to love the Liverpudlian lad.

Both sides appear to be going long with, what purports to be the press box,  reaching for the Ralgex spray for those stiff necks.    Fitzpatrick fires in a free-kick,  Brown heads clear and Marshall runs the ball out.  Southport get another corner but this time the ball  is cleared by Hamza who is clearly driving that parked bus.  The Imps need the points and clearly the fans have had value for money enough.  Brabin makes a substitution with Marsden on for Dyer to support the warrior Brodie.  Newton gets Tomlinson away but his shot is wide. Raya is out smartly after  Sam-Yorke just pushes the ball too far after a promising run.

Another Fitzpatrick finds the head of Brodie but thankfully Townsend denies him with a fine save.  Brodie twists, turns beats two then checks back onto his left and hits a hay-maker for the top corner. Townsend brilliantly palms the ball behind.  The corner sees pinball in the penalty box and somehow the ball is cleared off the line and over the bar from Diagne.  Joyce is replaced by Connor.  A one two between Sam-Yorke and Marshall feeds Ledsham who shoots wastefully wide. It is costly.  A ‘ worldie’ on the half-volley from Marsden – all of 30-yards – flies into the top corner for 3-3.

Brabin wants a win then as Fitzpatrick is replaced by Challoner – after a terrific game it must be said.   Five minutes go up on the board to the delight of some and the consternation of others.  The inspirational language from both benches is uplifting – I wont use the word spiritual – but it is definitely lifting the fallen.  Miller gets Tomlinson away who lets fly to ease the relentless pressure. Diagne puts in a brilliant challenge on Challoner who appears just as spritely as Fitzpatrick was. Brodie leaves two in his wake and Brown slides in perfectly to take it off his toe for a corner at the last. Then Hamza gets a red card for saying something to the referee on the whistle.

 

 

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50 % Ball 50 %

8 Shots on 8
5 Misses 6
3 Saves 5
8 Corners 5
3 Offside 3
10 Fouls 11
3 Yellows 0
0  Reds 1

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The Table

 

Conference Table
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 15 10 2 3 33 10 +23 32
2 Gateshead 15 8 5 2 27 18 +9 29
3 FC Halifax Town 15 8 4 3 27 14 +13 28
4 Bristol Rovers 15 8 4 3 18 13 +5 28
5 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
6 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 15 7 5 3 20 14 +6 26
8 Wrexham 15 8 2 5 21 18 +3 26
9 Macclesfield Town 15 6 6 3 18 13 +5 24
10 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
11 Grimsby Town 15 5 6 4 25 12 +13 21
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Chester 15 6 2 7 16 24 -8 20
15 Aldershot Town 15 5 4 6 15 16 -1 19
16 Lincoln City 15 5 3 7 23 27 -4 18
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Altrincham 15 4 3 8 16 30 -14 15
19 Dartford 15 3 5 7 15 22 -7 14
20 Dover Athletic 15 4 2 9 16 26 -10 14
21 Nuneaton Town 15 4 2 9 11 24 -13 14
22 Southport 15 3 3 9 14 28 -14 12
23 Alfreton Town 15 3 1 11 11 32 -21 10
24 AFC Telford United 15 1 4 10 19 37 -18 7

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Conference Premier The Tuesday Knee-Tremblers, Manager & Player of the Month

FC Halifax V Wrexham FC is a 6-pointer because, Torquay United,  Gateshead FC and leaders Barnet FC will all gain at the losers expense.  As for the Mighty Imps the Brabin cometh at Southport – surely they could have given Martin Foyle one more game.

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FC Halifax V Wrexham looks like the game of the night with both sides desperate to bounce back after defeats at the weekend. The Shaymen were shocked 1-3 at home against Altrincham whilst Wrexham went down 2-1 at the Gulls, now third in the table.   Barnet now five points clear will not fancy Macclesfield on a Tuesday night but their fire-power, professionalism and Mad Dog Martin Allen  will ensure no slip ups.

Gateshead have an easy one against Alfreton so none of the top three can afford a slip with poor Woking without a game in fourth just hoping for an upset or a draw.  Bristol Rovers still have a great chance to jump into the play-offs with a home win over Dartford. Mind you most were expecting that before Dover got a point on Saturday.

The Imps have a 6-pointer at Southport, with Brabin turning up just in time to put his Newtons cradle on his desk and a much prized Lincoln City scalp on his wall. Full preview HERE. We really do need a budget boost or a white knight to back the expectations of Impdom, otherwise  we are in this division for good. 

Congratulations to Bristol Rovers Darrell Clarke and Gateshead’s Danny Wright click their names for the Manager & player of the month  left peg synopsis.

The Tuesday Jousts
7.45pm AFC Telford United v Forest Green Rovers
7.45pm Bristol Rovers v Dartford
7.45pm Chester v Aldershot Town
7.45pm FC Halifax Town v Wrexham
7.45pm Gateshead v Alfreton Town
7.45pm Grimsby Town v Altrincham
7.45pm Macclesfield Town v Barnet
7.45pm Nuneaton Town v Dover Athletic
7.45pm Southport v Lincoln City
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Conference Table
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 14 10 2 2 32 8 +24 32
2 FC Halifax Town 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
3 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
4 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
5 Gateshead 14 7 5 2 25 18 +7 26
6 Bristol Rovers 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Wrexham 14 8 1 5 19 16 +3 25
8 Forest Green Rovers 14 6 5 3 19 14 +5 23
9 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
10 Macclesfield Town 14 5 6 3 16 12 +4 21
11 Grimsby Town 14 5 5 4 25 12 +13 20
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Aldershot Town 14 5 4 5 15 15 0 19
15 Lincoln City 14 5 2 7 20 24 -4 17
16 Chester 14 5 2 7 15 24 -9 17
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Dartford 14 3 5 6 15 21 -6 14
19 Dover Athletic 14 4 2 8 14 23 -9 14
20 Altrincham 14 4 2 8 16 30 -14 14
21 Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11
22 Nuneaton Town 14 3 2 9 8 22 -14 11
23 Alfreton Town 14 3 1 10 11 30 -19 10
24 AFC Telford United 14 1 4 9 19 36 -17 7

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Southport V Imps – Brabin Planning Tuesday Rumble in the 6-Pointer.

After the Nuneaton Town under Daish, Southport FC under former Luton Town & Cambridge United manager Gary Brabin is not an enticing thought on a Tuesday night.  Yes after the no show The Sandgrounders are another side who have appointed a new manager. STMI were the first to break the news last night and feared the worst – are we cursed? In truth we were also still gutted gutted that he had agreed personal terms so early in the day because Brabin can now call in favours from all his mates in the North-West (Gary’s born and bread in Liverpool so forget porridge because raw meat scouse and 4-4-2 builds football teams in these parts) and potentially have the cabs there for this afternoon.  A manager with a 49.6% win rate in the non-League has clearly been waiting for the right job since Luton discarded him in 2012. He also waited a year before returning after Cambridge – and that was for the Luton job.

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The Challenge

Bring back Martin Foyle because Gary Brabin’s side will be bang up for it. They will be wanting to prove a point to the manager and Brabin will be wanting to prove a point to a Lincoln board that  passed him by  not that long ago.  As to whether he can turn Southport who really battled back twice before going down 2-5 at home to Woking, well that is the big question.  The Imps will be missing Anderson and Hamza, while MacDonald went off injured for ‘Port at the weekend.

Brodie and Luke Foster  might also want The Imps to think they should have tried a little harder in recent years too. Challoner  and Fitzpatrick are useful yet Newton and Miller can really get to grips with that back four.  As to whether Brabin will revert to the 3-5-2 that got the smash and grab 1-0 at the Cods or go with his preferred 4-4-2 for his first game is anyone’s guess.  One thing is for sure we play a part-time side that can pay more than we can, otherwise Mr Brabin would not have put his slippers in the oven and come out on a wet and windy Tuesday night. Then again they are his local club.

Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Southport 8 April 2008 23 June 2008 7 5 0 2 71.43
Cambridge United 23 June 2008 13 July 2009 54 27 14 13 50.00
Luton Town 28 March 2011 31 March 2012 62 29 22 11 46.77
Total 123 61 36 26 49.59

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Ground guide

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Tickets

Seating: Adults £15 Concessions £11 Under 19’s £5 Terrace: Adults £13.50 Concessions £10 Under 19’s £5 Under 11’s accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Gary Brabin goes 4-4-2
19 Raja
2 Challoner 6 Foster 5 Collins 3 Fitzpatrick
12 Lynch 4 Kay 8 George 11 Brogan
 10 Brodie 17 Dyer
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23 Sam-Yorke 11 Tomlinson   22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  6 Diagne  5 Brown 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-3-3-

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 Statistical head to head

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Gary Brabin Manager Gary Simpson
4-5-1 / 4-3-3 Formation 4-2-3-1
21 Position 15
20 Points 13
11 Goals scored 20
25 Goals conceded 24
16 Yellow cards 23
1 Red Cards 3
18th Position 2013/14 14th
Bottom half Forecast To half
n/a Biggest win 2-0 v Macc
n/a Heaviest defeat 1-3 V Gulls 

Ker-ching

5,817 Total Turnstile Clicks 20,007
821 Ave Gate 2858
1202 V Bristol R Hi 5209 V Grimsby
730 v Woking Low 2231 V Braintree

Heroes & Villains

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Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results .
Brodie 2 Burrow 6 Southport 2
Connor 2 Bencherif 4 Woking 5
Foster 2 Tomlinson 4 Nuneaton 2
Hattersley 1 Newton 3 Lincoln 1
Gorman 1 Robinson 1 Grimsby 0
Fitzpatrick 1 Miller 1 Southport 1
. . Anderson 1 Lincoln 1
. . . . Gateshead 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Southport 0
Fitzpatrick 1 Newton 7 Bristol R 1
Hattersley 1 Tomlinson 5 Lincoln 2
Gorman 1 Power 1 Macclesfield 0
. . Nolan 1 Macclesfield 3
. . . . Southport 0
. . . . Aldershot 1
. . . . Lincoln 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Chester 2
George 5 Newton 5 Southport 0
Brodie 3 Mendy 3 Welling 2
kay 2 Power 3 Lincoln 0
Mitchell 1 Bencherif 3 Southport 0
McDonald 1 Tomlinson 2 Alfreton 2
Challoner 1 Diagne 2 Lincoln 2
Rutherford 1 Caprice 1 Bristol R 3
Fitzpatrick 1 Nolan 1 Southport 1
 6 others 1 Marshall 1 Kidderminster 0
. . Brown 1 Lincoln 3
. . Miller 1 Grimsby 2
Villains Reds Villains Reds Eastleigh 2
Brodie 1 Bencherif 1 Southport 1
. . Brown 1 Woking 3
. . Burrow 1 Lincoln 1

Current & Overall Form 

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Form . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Southport (H) 7 2 0 5 5 12 -7 6 21
Lincoln (A) 7 2 0 5 8 13 -3 6 15
Lincoln (H) 7 3 2 2 12 11 1 11 16
Southport (A) 7 1 2 4 6 13 -7 9 23
Last Six . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 6 1 1 4 6 9 -3 4 22
Southport 6 1 0 5 3 13 -4 4 24
Overall . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 14 5 2 7 20 24 -3 16 15
Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11 21

 Head to Head

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At Southport (33) At Lincoln City (33)
Results Total % Results Total %
Southport 16 48.48 Lincoln City 21 63.64
Lincoln City 7 21.21 Southport 5 15.15
Draws 10 30.30 Draws 7 21.21
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Southport 63 1.91 Lincoln City 81 2.45
Lincoln City 48 1.45 Southport 30 0.91
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (66 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Southport 0 0.00 Southport 21 31.82
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 28 42.42
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 17 25.76
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Southport 0 0.00 Southport 93 1.41
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 129 1.95

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Records
Highest Aggregate 8 Southport 4 – 4 Lincoln City 1964/1965
Highest Southport score: 5 Southport 5 – 1 Lincoln City 1965/1966
Highest Lincoln City score: 7 Lincoln City 7 – 0 Southport 1931/1932

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Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Sat 09 Mar Lincoln City 1 – 0 Southport (Conference) Premier
Tue 08 Jan Southport 4 – 2 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
2011/2012 Tue 24 Jan Lincoln City 2 – 0 Southport (Conference) Premier
Sat 13 Aug Southport 2 – 2 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
1975/1976 Wed 25 Feb Lincoln City 6 – 0 Southport Fourth Division
Wed 24 Sep Southport 1 – 2 Lincoln City Fourth Division
1974/1975 Mon 28 Apr Southport 3 – 2 Lincoln City Fourth Division
Wed 18 Sep Lincoln City 1 – 1 Southport Fourth Division
1972/1973 Sat 14 Apr Southport 1 – 0 Lincoln City Fourth Division
Wed 21 Mar Lincoln City 3 – 1 Southport Fourth D

 

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Foyle Out Question is Will Ex Luton Gaffer Brabin Be In For Imps 6-pointer?

Former Port Vale, York City, Wrexham FC and Hereford United manager Martin Foyle has been sacked by Southport ahead of the massive 6-pointer against the Imps on Tuesday. The question is will Luton Town cast-off Gary Brabin (massively backed compared to John Still who actually succeeded) get the job in time to have any influence as the Sandgrounders attempt to lift themselves out of the bottom four with a home win over the Imps? We have already faced new manager syndrome at Nuneaton who got everything going including two goals that would try the belief and patience of a saint.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Port Vale gave Martin Foyle his first managerial job a decade ago but despite his reputation as a coach who can work within a restricted budget he has not had a lot of luck at any of his clubs as the table below shows. He did get York City to the play-off final in 2009/10 (beaten by Oxford) as well as the FA Cup third round. The following season saw the Minstermen drop to 15th and part company with him. Northwich Victoria took a chance and he guided them to the runners up spot in the NPL before financial issues robbed him and them of promotion. The Hereford gig was just another financial train wreck although he did get them into play-off contention as well as developing Sam Clucas into a wideman goal machine who went on to fetch some decent money. Alas it was swallowed by the black hole.

Team Start End Record
G W D L Win %
Port Vale 13 February 2004 26 September 2007 184 68 34 82 36.96
Wrexham (caretaker) 27 September 2008 2 October 2008 1 0 1 0 0.00
York City 24 November 2008 24 September 2010 102 44 30 28 43.14
Northwich Victoria 27 February 2012 9 May 2012 14 8 2 4 57.14
Hereford United 30 May 2012 19 March 2014 93 33 26 34 35.48
Southport 4 May 2014 5 October 2014 14 3 2 9 21.43
Total 408 156 95 157 38.24

Really Lincoln could have done with Foyle getting another game to turn things around, but the 2-5 home defeat to Woking appeared to be the last straw.  Gary Brabin is the firm favourite having played for the club a couple of years ago. He has been linked with the managers job on the last two occasions. Has he been waiting for the right job since Luton sacked him in 2012? Brabin won 46% of his games at Luton (Games 62 W 29 D 22 L 11), although it was the skill of John Still (on a reduced budget) that finally led Luton back to the promised land.   Thing is with our luck  he will turn up get a loan in and, that last minute signing will put a cross-come-shot into the top corner. Well it happened Saturday!

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