Imps 3 Ebbsfleet 0 – A View From The Stacey West
Rejoice Impdom, for this was perhaps a turning of the tide with the visiting Fleet, vanquished despite an impressive salvo that saw Farman fling each and every cannon ball back into the calming waters of the deep blue square. His four saves, three perhaps match turners eclipsed those of Edwards, the England C keeper, himself a hero at the other end as the Imps pressed for goals glory and a place in ambitious David Holdsworth’s future plans. Glorious goals by Platt on 38, Russell 74 and a deflected freekick from the Nutter won the match but both sides got the ball down to create a great end to end advert for the Blue Square Premier.
For the benefit of our visiting readers, unfamiliar with the layout, first the teams & schemes then the match report and finally the facts and stats.
The teams & schemes
Four changes saw Gowling return to partner Hinds in the centre of defence, with Rolls Royce Russell and new signings Thompson and Sheridan make up 3 parts of a strong five man midfield with Lotus Eclat Platt and Power told to lay waste to the foe like the four horsemen of the apocalypse plus one.
13 Sinclair 5 Gowling 2 Hinds 3 Nutter
12 Platt 8 Power 36 Sheridan 34 Thompson 15 Russell
Substitutions 82 Medley on for Sheridan, 89 Laurent on for Russell
Substitutes 1 Anyon, 16 Nelson, 17 Nicolau, 11 Laurent, 32 Medley
2 Stone 6 Lorraine (Y) 22 Mambo (R) 14 Howe
7 West 8 Marwa (Y) 10 Shakes 24 Barrett
9 Willock 26 Pinney
Substitutions 61 Marum for Shakes, 62 Phipp for Barrett, 82 Simpemba for Willock
Substitutes 17 Welch, 3 Herd, 16 Simpemba, 11 Phipp, 15 Marum
To the match fellow footy fans to the match………………………………
The Imps could have been a goal to the good with seconds on the clock, as a sweeping move down the right saw the probing Sheridan feed Perry, who fired at the legs of Edwards to ‘ooohs and arghs in the Stacey West. Fantastic support again Passionistas, though sparse in numbers ye may be these days, undoubtedly you have Imp blood coursing through those veins. Gowling, fit as an Olympian crossed with a Greek God, got in a challenge at the other end that saw all in the Corporate boxes adorned in red and white, touching cloth as an end to end game looked sure to favour the attacking verve over any defensive nerve. Lorraine and Perry were trading blows like two ill equipped sparring partners, with the former showing all the tenacity and grace of a chihuahua attempting to mount a St Bernard. Long and thin may go straight in, but then again short and thick also does the trick.
Platt alas, chose to pass instead of shoot, as he and Russell swapped wings at shorter intervals than the last half hour of a Channel 4 Film; to further unsettle the visiting defence. Sheridan, cut a confident box-to-box Butcher-like (R.I.P Richard) gait and showed a touch we have long missed in the middle, firing a ferocious drive wide before fleet of foot Platt – a Lotus Eclat in motion – was but a whisker from giving us the lead. He duly did so moments later, twisting and turning, he had his initial drive charged down before curling home a twenty five yard curling humdinger in off the fist of the England C Keeper and the cross bar to boot. Cue unbridled joy on and off the pitch as the Dambusters flew whilst Platt made a beeline for the Dugout to soak up those well deserved rays and praise. Farman then saved the day with a fantastic point blank save from Pinney who had raced clear, well and truly aided and abetted by an errant linesman.
Perry was first to test the keeper with a Hot Shot Hamish style hay-maker that would warn the hands of the Ice Queen in T’ Lion T’ Witch and T’ Wardrobe. Willock went close with a drive just over the bar although by and large the formidable presence of he and Pinney, plus West and Shakes, were well handled by the Imps back four. Hinds timing is sublime, not only would be pick your pocket, but he would also get away with giving you some change. A double substitution put us under some pressure with Farman tipping over a goal-bound 25-yard rasping rising volley plus a header from Lorraine who beat everyone at a corner. Farman then palmed a certain goal onto the bar to leave substitute Marum shaking his head having been denied two goal-bound excersets in the space of two minutes.
It wasn’t all one way traffice either with the Imps starting to string some sublime football together reminiscent of the Schofield era on three or four occasions. One five man move saw Power fire a foot wide before Russell showed the class we all know he possesses. On 75 from a dinked Power set-piece Russell took a touch in a crowded box, flicked the ball over his shoulder and turned to hammer home passed a helpless Edwards. Six minutes later the pass of the game came peeled from the outside of Platt the [passing princes boot. You could see the arc from the Stacey West, as Russell ran for all of Impdom and St George. Alas the triumphant roar was cut asunder like our hero as Mambo done him on the ‘D’ . Off off off screamed Impdom and so it proved with Nutter lining up the freekick. He would ferociously despatch it via the wall high into the net. 3 goals, three points and with a decent result against York on Tuesday who knows the Bank could soon be back in the black.
Lincoln City 3–0 Ebbsfleet Utd (HT 1-0)
Scorers Imps Platt 38, Russell 74, Nutter 80
Ref: Martin Att: 2,111 ( 2020 Imps 91 visitors)
Imps 54% Ebbsfleet Utd 46%
Imps 6 Ebbsfleet 5
Imps 3 Ebbsfleet 4
Imps 4 Ebbsfleet 5
Imps 8 Ebbsfleet 7
Imps 3 Ebbsfleet 2
Lincoln City 7 Ebbsfleet 8
Imps 0 Ebbsfleet 5
Imps 0 Ebbsfleet 1
BLUE SQ PREMIER TABLE – NOVEMBER 26 2011
|12||Forest Green Rovers||21||7||9||5||32||21||11||30|
|17||AFC Telford United||21||5||7||9||22||28||-6||22|
|21||Hayes & Yeading||21||4||5||12||30||44||-14||17|
Posted on November 26, 2011, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports and tagged Blue Square Premier, Ebbsfleet United FC, Lincoln City FC, Lincoln City Football Club, The Football Conference, The Imps, York City FC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.