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How was it for you?

Andrew Abbott reflects on the Lincoln City v AFC Telford match.

 

 

Driving home on Saturday afternoon there were some very mixed messages coming out of BBC Lincolnshire’s after match coverage of Lincoln City’s game against AFC Telford including some fans who thought it was a good performance. Obviously football watching is a subjective experience, one fans good performance is another’s rubbish and a case in point would be Louis Almond who looked to this untutored eye a fair prospect, finishing apart. Others along the row thought otherwise.

 

This brings us to Mr Kyle Perry, subject to some rather unnecessary barracking from home fans; he is still our man at least for the moment. Kyle, again it’s a personal view, demonstrated why somebody thought he was worth signing in a show full of effort, industry and of course a goal as well. He did rather make the mistake of celebrating fully in front of the Stacey West regulars when perhaps one of those full of remorse, sorry but I am a striker, don’t congratulate me, I had to do it type reactions that we see from time to time might have been more appropriate. The question is why didn’t we see more of this from the striker before?

 

David Holdsworth will no doubt say that is the reason he is out on loan and there would seem to be really no way back for Perry atLincolnwhich begs the question, is it really necessary to clear out virtually all the players from the previous regime? Before you ask, yes, Gowling and Anyon are still with us although in this correspondent’s view that is not for the want of trying in Anyons case. Yet again we have a plethora of new faces to get used to. Are we better as a result of these changes? Well, City sit five points away from the drop zone and it is all starting to look a bit like last season, relative calm and a sort of a gap but this  is not going to get any wider with any more performances like the one we saw at Sincil Bank on Saturday.

 

Talking of Saturday, we had the highly unusual situation of each side having a player on loan from the other actually playing in the game. Presumably, no names no pack drill, somebody thought the likelihood of Perry putting in a decent performance and scoring a goal was negligible when balanced against the advantage of having Williams in defence. 2000 City fans no doubt feared otherwise. As it happens Williams had a mare whilst, in this writers view, Perry put in a man of the match performance. What a surprise! A player with a point to prove who is looking for a contract busts a gut (no slight intended) in front of fans who are giving him a hard time. At least some of those fans were big enough to give Perry the reception his performance deserved when he went off shortly before the end but in terms of management ofLincolnCitythings are not going to get any better whilst debacles of this type are presided over. City’s position is far from secure despite the managers assured interview persona. The way things feel at the moment it may not only be Kyle Perry who has no future at Lincoln.

 

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Are The Imps Safe or Northern Premier league Bound?

There are bound to be mixed views amongst Imps after the draw against part-time AFC Telford. This is only natural given  on-loan striker Kyle Perry came back to haunt us, plus the yield of just 1 point as opposed to the 3 on offer against one of our rivals at the wrong end of the table.

We are actually on our longest unbeaten run so far this season – three draws to be exact – but 3 points from 9 is borderline relegation form in most divisions in England’s football pyramid.

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They do say the table does not lie, particularly by this stage of the season. Our problem as ever is home form,  with the divisional rank at Sincil Bank (17th) comparable to our away escapades (18th).  Given two games to come against Hayes plus games against all our rivals we must start to take maximum points from our home games at least. One win  may only be three points on paper but nick a draw in the next one and the confidence will rise almost as fast your League position at the wrong end of the table. Stockport apart none of our biggest threats got a result on Saturday.

The Imps BSP Breakdown
Lincoln City F.C. badge.png G W D L F A GD GOAL AV(F) GOAL AV(A) PTS AVE Pts Rank
Home Record 17 5 6 6 21 21 0 1.24 1.24 1.24 21 17
Away Record 17 3 3 11 15 29 -14 0.88 1.71 0.71 12 18
Overall Record 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 1.06 1.47 0.97 33 17

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Although we are on our longest unbeaten run of the season – 3 draws – with just one defeat in 5, we also have just the one win going into the short trip to the Stags. As well as being a local derby the Holdsworth homecoming will lead to a very passionate affair with hundreds of Imps set to travel.  We then face Alfreton at home and Bath away, two must win matches.  The subsequent home game against Newport and away trip to Hayes also need to see at least 4 points because the home games against Tamworth and Cambridge will be very tough. We will then travel to the resurgent Stockport County,  play Darlo at home and Fleetwood away.  Hayes will be our last home game of the season with Ebbsfleet away very much the last throw of the dice.

Current form – Last 5′s
Lincoln City F.C. badge.png G W D L F A GD GOAL AV(F) GOAL AV(A) PTS AVE Pts Rank
Last 5 5 1 3 1 7 6 1 1.40 1.20 1.20 6 14
Last 5 Home 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 1.40 1.60 1.00 5 20
Last 5 Away 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 1.40 1.60 1.00 5 10

BSP Relegation Rumble as at 25th Feb 2012

POS TEAM P W D L F A GD PTS
15 up 7 Ebbsfleet United 34 10 10 14 52 59 -7 40
16 down 16 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33
17 down 17 Lincoln City 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 33
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 33 7 11 15 33 48 -15 32
19 down 19 Stockport County 35 6 14 15 39 57 -18 32
20 down 20 Darlington * 34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28
21 down 21 Alfreton Town 33 7 7 19 41 72 -31 28
22 down 16 Kettering Town 34 7 7 20 34 76 -42 28
23 down 6 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27
24 down 24 Bath City 34 3 9 22 31 68 -37 18

Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin

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When we look at our month-by-month form, the appointment of David Holdsworth is clearly proving to be a step in the right direction and one that statistically appears to be upward.  We are 5 points above the relegation places as the previous table shows with Bath are pretty much down. The three remaining places sees four teams separated by just a point, so it is tight and 4 points from the six against 23rd placed Hayes would do everyone a big favour. The Jim Gannon effect has also seen Stockport open up a 4 point gap on the bottom five. The Hatters are now just two places and 1 crucial point behind our good selves.

Month-By-Month 
 Lincoln City F.C. badge.png G W D L F A GD GOAL AV(F)A GOAL AV(A) PTS AVE Pts Rank
August 6 1 2 3 7 10 -3 1.17 1.67 0.83 5 17
September 6 1 1 4 2 6 -4 0.33 1.00 0.67 4 20
October 6 2 1 3 7 11 -4 1.17 1.83 1.17 7 14
November 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 1.25 1.25 1.50 6 9
December 4 1 1 2 4 4 0 1.00 1.00 1.00 4 13
January 5 1 1 3 6 9 -3 1.20 1.80 0.80 4 16
February 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 1.67 1.67 1.00 3 13

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png The Seasonal stats so far

Highs & Lows
Longest winning Run  1 Game
Worst losing streak 4 Games
Longest unbeaten run 3 Games (we are currently on it)
Longest winless streak 5 Games
Biggest Home Win 3-0 Ebbsfleet United
Biggest Away Win Alfreton Town 3-1, Forest Green Rovers 2-0
Heaviest Home Defeat 0-2 Kettering Town, 1-3 Fleetwood Town, 0-2 York City
Heaviest Away Defeat Tamworth 0-4
Highest Aggregate Score 3-3 Braintree Town & Gateshead

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PERFORMANCE
Highest Gate 5506 Grimsby Town
Lowest Gate 1587 Gateshead
Average Attendance 2396
Total Turnstile Clicks 40736

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Play Em Again For Some Mansfield Revenge Dave!

Testing times as ever at Lincoln City, ahead of the trip to Mansfield Town, for Impdon latterly has become  a place where any chance of consistency always seems to be washed away with a huge dose of prune juice.  Be brave Dave, because despite the result against AFC Telford and, irrespective of the result in this one,  manager David ‘Reg’ Holdsworth must stick with the side and formation that he put out on Saturday, at least for another game or two. If not we could well and truly follow through with the business end of the season gathering momentum.

Vic Erzantarz, keyboard warrior and Rose tinted specs fashionista, bottle of Boston  moonshine in hand reflects through a half blind haze…..

Like many Imps, your Uncle Vic is still sitting on the fence over Reg – the groove now so deep you could park a bike in it. It matches my all bought and paid for beer belly sponsored by Kyle Perry and when I bend down to pick up a sixpack  it is just the ticket to quench my never ending thirst ahead of a visit to the Stags. Remember drink responsibly because ale will never fail.  If necessity  is the mother of invention then Hops, hang overs apart, is the heavenly hatcher of hope.  Who here feels they can do anything after a few pints?

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But back to the Stags, (certainly sounds promisingly publike) who will be welcoming David Holdsworth with open arms if the unprintable comments on STMI in the past are anything to go by.  Clearly  ‘no love lost’  on a par with the Imps fans faith in our supporters Trust after its recent furtive track record.  As Bob Dylan once wrote – Clowns to the left of me jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you – whilst of course the Trust minus its treasurer and our shares, gifted by the late John Reames,  now quaff the prawns in the few lifeboats now docked at the investor friendly holding company.

Now when it comes to chopping and changing both sets of fans will agree DH is king, having bought and sold more players than the  bully behind the bikeshed in my old school playground. He did not just charge for the fags either – a light was another 5p.   How like our modern society is that then as all your bills seem to gang up at once with all the cronies in a captive market calling the tune?

Please,please, please Reg, stick with the side you put out on Saturday. Ok we only scored with the help of a bloke called OG –  he was a busy lad appearing on score sheets up and down the land again yesterday (don’t sign him or his family this week please) – but on another day we would have banged in 3 or 4.  Even if we draw or lose yet another derby this is the side that can beat Alfreton, Bath, Newport and Hayes once they get to know each others names and games.

Pacquette and Louis are family and were unlucky not to get a couple apiece. Peter Bore, with what looks like fitness issues,  will get better by the game.  If he supports Robson  and gives him the chance to get forward that’s another ace judging by Saturday.  Almond could not hit a barn door with a four by four but his quality means his impersonations of a 6 nations kicker were a one off.

The thing for me on Saturday, 2 points dropped and the mother of all hangovers apart, is that we were always up for charge and a shot. If you don’t buy the ticket you can’t strike lucky on the lottery can you?  Yes we may be a bit short on quality but at least the 2300 Imps have a reason to go back.  The side has fight, now give it the chance to build a team spirit that can compete in a League that is the pinnacle of pub football personified. Portly Kyle Perry is typical bless him of the heroes and villains at this level of football.

This season to adapt and learn, then next season to bounce back into the league. If not that Holding company might well have to rethink its raison d’etre. Because the Mighty Imps are an institution that is better than this.  The custodians of the club have let us down and no mistake – our birthright is to be back in the League and pushing on.

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AA: Imps in Saturday home game shocker.

Andrew Abbott reflects on the week in Impdom

 

The lack of Saturday home games has been explored at length in this blog previously and today Lincoln City embark upon a Saturday home league game for the first time since 7 January. There was an FA Trophy game since but the mind has a benign way of blotting out horrific memories. What with the fixture allocation and the weather you get the feeling that somebody up there doesn’t like us but of course we don’t need outside influences to bring misfortune on us, we’re quite capable of doing that for ourselves.

 

City stumble on, still smarting from that late late goal from nemesis, Steve Guinan and the loss of Conal Platt, accidentally injured in a behind close doors friendly in the week. Some friendly although no one at Sincil Bank is pointing the finger at the Doncaster Rovers player involved and the news on Platt is better than feared although a lengthy lay off will still be involved.

 

Todays game is a chance for City to put a points difference between themselves and AFC Telford, this weekend’s opponents, but not a rise up the table by much, Newport are a point ahead of the Imps but Tamworth are six points away. The snowdrops are out and the end of the season is not that far away so even more reason to try to get the home form on some sort of track. After a decent-ish sort of record previously, home form has taken a depressingly familiar look of late. Telford are iffy to say the least on the road so David Holdsworth will be looking to give us something to cheer about. The fans will certainly be looking for some of the determination of the last home game but just one point will not send the supporters home with much of a glow.

 

City and Telford each go into the game in the curious position of having one of the opposition’s players in their ranks. That each player has been allowed to play in the match ought to let those players know their likelihood of getting a new contract ie no chance at all and indeed Robbie Williams was in yesterdays online edition of the Echo saying how much he would like to sign for the Imps and if a contract was offered by the club he would certainly be likely to take that.

 

Kyle Perry is of course City’s misfit, now rejected by David Holdsworth for a second time so he really must be aware that his future lies elsewhere, maybe as a vocalist, most Imps fans will be aware that the big striker fancies his chances behind the microphone. City and their supporters will hope everyone will be singing off the same song sheet and moving up through the charts and that really is enough of the terrible musical jokes for now.

 

 

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Imps 1 AFC Telford 1 Perry Pounces to spoil the view from the Stacey West

The Imps and AFC Telford shared the spoils from a game dubbed a relegation dogfight six-pointer at Sincil Bank. Kyle Perry proved that point we half suspected with a decent strike it must be said, undone by a Blackburn own goal, but there was oh so much more in this far from poor draw that leaves both sides looking over their shoulder as we move to the business end of the season.

For the benefit of the visiting Bucks, first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you would care to shake an Imp or Buck at. 

Thanks for taking the time to read Neil Gentleman-Hobbs view from the Stacey West, the home from home  of Lincolnshire’s largest choir.

The Teams & Schemes 

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Lincoln City 4-4-2

1 Anyon 

26 Robson 4 Williams 5 Gowling 3 Nutter

31 Bore 8 Power 34 Thompson 30 Almond 

16 Pacquette 10 Louis

Substitutions 81 Taylor on for Pacquette 82 Rodney on for Almond 90 Christophe on for Bore

Substitutes 21 Draper, 17 Nicolau 27 Christophe 7 Taylor 32 Rodney

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AFC Telford 4-4-2

1 Young

23 Valentine 18 Blackburn 6 Killock 3 Newton

27 Smith 15 Rooney 29 Jones

9 Perry 22 Brown 25 Sharp

Substitutions: Brooke on for Sharp 82 Davies on for Smith 85 cain on for Perry

Substitutes 32 Robinson 16 Preston 20 Davies 28 Cain 21 Brooke

But to the game footy fans to the game………………………

With Bore, the former Grimbarian from the northernmost outreaches of the Lincolnshire empire, pushed forward to wide right and  twinkle toed tangerine Almond on the other flank,  the 4-4-2 formation looked a tasty solution with cousins Pacquette and Louis free to plunder.  Kyle Perry, the artist formerly known as our on-loan number 9, acting as the fulcrum of a 4-3-3 facing ex-friends and now perhaps forever foes, the fatty chants from ex-fans filled the air.  His first minute miss- hit  in front of the baying Stacey West amused. The chants went up an octave as  Jefferson Louis was denied at the other end by a brave block from Newton. Telford are a plucky if not aesthetic side with a ferocious Smith  drive deflected but a foot wide of the home end goal.

Power, industrious and eager to please hacked away a corner at one end before feeding Almond who was denied by a superb save from Young.  Thomson fizzed over from a good 30 yards and Pacquette unleashed the exoset only for Young to deny him a worthy opener.  Valentine roasted all and sundry delivering a peach of a cross that caused havoc, deflecting off Gowling at the far post before nestling in the safe hands of Anyon who again earned his money today.

It was end to end stuff, low on quality but plenty of exciting huff and puff. Louis fired just wide before Perry wrote the script we had all feared.  On 24 minutes Valentine again tore us to shreds down the flank, delivering deep for the unmarked on-loan portly villain to take a touch before hammering a humdinger that crashed home off the bar.  The jeers were music to Perry’s ears as he rubbed a belly that could hold the best part of a barrel full of beer just yards from the madding crowd.

The fans continued to get behind the Imps during a scrappy next eight minutes that showed we too were capable of evening the score.  Power was fouled, up stepped Nutter and Almond with the former pulling rank as captain. The 25 yard miss-hit grass cutter cannoned in off the hapless Blackburn giving the thus far impressive Young no chance. From tears and jeers to cheers for the unfairly chastised pot bellied Perry’s former peers and there was still 20 percent of the half to go.

Pacquette could not believe that Young made himself big enough to deny another goal-bound thunder bolt, likewise Almond, though he miscued into the arms of the thankful keeper.  Jefferson Louis was showing a touch that shone like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside, acting the unselfish link man for both efforts.

The second half saw the Imps attack the vociferous faithful from the off, Almond a tad adventurous with a 25 yard curler.  Robson, far better than Bore on the overlap,  sent over a peach perhaps a foot too much for both Louis and Pacquette to convert.  Almond went for glory when Louis was far better placed to give us the lead.  Power then shot wide after a fantastic forty-five yard ball from the at last roasting Robson.  Pacquette, alas his luck clearly out today, sliced wide after a goalmouth scramble that the IMPassioned home end   failed to suck home.  Oh the joys of the boys coming at us with a spring in their step.

Penalty box bouncer Brooke, last weeks hero for the Bucks in the 1-0 win over Braintree, came on for a rather blunt Sharp and turned instant villain, fowling Gowling. Perry was denied by a fabulous full length save from Anyon, clearly he had glue on his gloves.  Bore then showed a flash of what he is capable of roasting, giving and then receiving only for Young to again block when one on one, as destiny and a certain winner beckoned.

The game got physical with Smith and Thompson both terriers in the tackle for their respective sides.  Tireless Tyrone seemed alone against a three man midfield at times as Bore snored and Power pirouetted out near the Echo Stand hinterlands, allowing the plucky Bucks to buck the trend and force two corners.  Forget who ate all the pies, the discomfort in the home end was all to apparent as the discomforting bowl movements from the half time repas of many came home to roost ‘neath the Stacey West roof.  Perhaps forewarned of the perils of sitting deep Holdsworth made a double change with more forward prowess produced from the bench, Taylor replacing Pacquette and Rodney on for Almond. Telford put Davies on for Smith who had certainly earned his wedge today. Though his style was not for the feint hearted in these parts we poachers tend to admire such a pheasant plucker.

Sound the Sincil cavalry charge then. Jefferson Louis fired a ferocious piledriver a whisker wide before Robson’s long throw clearly bounced up – ball to hand perhaps – to communal screams for a penalty. Louis again glanced wide from  eight yards falling to the floor head in hands, for he knew that was a golden if not last chance at the Sincil saloon. But oh contraire,  as route one Anyon found Gowling, who flicked on to Taylor, a whirling dervish, but to ‘oohs and arghs’ his cross goal drive flew a fivers breadth wide of the face of the post. Again Jamie, a name that conjures fond memories hereabouts twisted and turned to win a corner.  All but Anyon were up as Gowling headed agonisingly wide.  Telford the part-timers had half tamed the fully pro Imps, with Perry bagging the prize before our very eyes. Fair play Kyle you clapped every stand professionally and we’ll excuse that deserved smile.

Lincoln City 1 – 1 AFC Telford (H/T 1-1)

Scorers

Imps – OG Blackburn 32

Bucks Perry 24

Ref: Scott Duncan

Attendance 2438 ( 2296 Imps 142 Bucks)

Possession

Imps 53 % Bucks 47%

Shots on target

The Imps 4 Bucks 3

Shots off target

The Imps 8 Bucks 1

Saves

The Imps 2 Bucks 3

Corners

The Imps 4 Bucks 7

Offsides

The Imps 0 Bucks 3

Fouls

The Imps 11 Bucks 6

Yellows

The Imps 0 Bucks 0

BSP Standings 25th Feb 2012

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Fleetwood Town 34 24 7 3 80 37 43 79
2 up 9 Wrexham 33 23 5 5 60 21 39 74
3 down 1 Luton Town 33 17 11 5 62 28 34 62
4 down 4 Southport 34 17 7 10 53 56 -3 58
5 No Change York City 33 15 12 6 65 36 29 57
6 up 7 Kidderminster Harriers 34 16 9 9 60 46 14 57
7 up 2 Mansfield Town 33 14 13 6 54 38 16 55
8 down 8 Grimsby Town 32 16 6 10 64 45 19 54
9 up 11 Gateshead 33 15 9 9 53 48 5 54
10 up 5 Barrow 34 15 7 12 53 48 5 52
11 up 10 Forest Green Rovers 34 12 13 9 47 33 14 49
12 down 2 Cambridge United 31 13 10 8 40 28 12 49
13 down 13 Braintree Town 34 13 7 14 56 60 -4 46
14 up 2 Tamworth 33 11 8 14 41 52 -11 41
15 up 7 Ebbsfleet United 34 10 10 14 52 59 -7 40
16 down 16 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33
17 down 17 Lincoln City 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 33
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 33 7 11 15 33 48 -15 32
19 down 19 Stockport County 35 6 14 15 39 57 -18 32
20 down 20 Darlington * 34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28
21 down 21 Alfreton Town 33 7 7 19 41 72 -31 28
22 down 16 Kettering Town 34 7 7 20 34 76 -42 28
23 down 6 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27
24 down 24 Bath City 34 3 9 22 31 68 -37 18

Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin

Vics Sincil Stats & Synopsis – Imps 1 AFC Telford 1

The Imps laboured to a 1-1 draw against part time AFC Telford at Sincil Bank  thanks largely some woeful finishing and an own goal from Blackburn that cancelled out the villainous scoring return of Kyle ‘who ate all the pies Perry.  Kyle certainly had the appetite for this one, missing two glorious chances before firing in off the underside of the bar from 10 yards on 24, right in front of the faithful, having been given the freedom of the City.  He rubbed his tummy for good measure, suggesting the feeling of animosity is mutual. The Imps equalised on 32 courtesy of a low but poorly struck Nutter free kick that took a nasty deflection off Blackburn to give keeper Young no chance.

The Teams & Schemes

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Lincoln City 4-4-2

1 Anyon

26 Robson 4 Williams 5 Gowling 3 Nutter

31 Bore 8 Power 34 Thompson 30 Almond

16 Pacquette 10 Louis

Substitutions 81 Taylor on for Pacquette 82 Rodney on for Almond 90 Christophe on for Bore

Substitutes 21 Draper, 17 Nicolau 27 Christophe 7 Taylor 32 Rodney

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AFC Telford 4-4-2

1 Young

23 Valentine 18 Blackburn 6 Killock 3 Newton

27 Smith 15 Rooney 29 Jones

9 Perry 22 Brown 25 Sharp

Substitutions: Brooke on for Sharp 82 Davies on for Smith 85 cain on for Perry

Substitutes 32 Robinson 16 Preston 20 Davies 28 Cain 21 Brooke

Lincoln City 11 AFC Telford (H/T 11)

Scorers

Imps OG Blackburn 32

Bucks Perry 24

Ref: Scott Duncan

Attendance 2438 ( 2296 Imps 142 Bucks)

Possession

Imps 53 % Bucks 47%

Shots on target

The Imps 4 Bucks 3

Shots off target

The Imps 8 Bucks 1

Saves

The Imps 2 Bucks 3

Corners

The Imps 4 Bucks 7

Offsides

The Imps 0 Bucks 3

Fouls

The Imps 11 Bucks 6

Yellows

The Imps 0 Bucks 0

70 Year Old Lincoln Fan Unable to Attend Trust AGM

The days of freethinking and alternative opinions continue to be numbered at anything but Community Club Lincoln City as the Supporters Trust again cave in to the whims of what many fear is a ‘Cabal’ – including ex Chris Travers who went public on BBC radio Lincolnshire last week.

Keith Roe, has been painted as many things, by a select few in and around LCFC, since he and Ray Trew, now lavishing his wealth at Notts County of course; attempted to steer our ever faltering club.   Belittled on message boards and denied the chance to even watch his lifelong love due to an incredulous ban from the Bank he will now be unable to attend the Lincoln City Supporters Trust in the Trust Suite.

His crime? Keith has just asked questions of those entrusted with our club, who now peer down at us from behind those ivory towered walls chez Lincoln City Holdings Limited. Guarded by legal mercenaries who cross the I’s and dot the T’s the pen is indeed now mightier than the sword.  Long gone are the days when our Supporters Trust truly stood up for those who marched to save our club.

We fans, young or old do not have a say do we? If only our elected champion and board member David Beck would help.

Who Is Former Bees, Gills & Doncaster Striker Mark McCammon

The Imps have offered a non-contract deal to a not so free agent Mark McCammon, formerly of Brentford and Gillingham, whose claims to fame appears to be being the first to score at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium, an FA Cup appearance for Millwall albeit as a sub,   plus a hat-trick for Barbados half-way through the noughties.  Like all of Reg’s preferred forwards the 33 year-old has played for a host of clubs including Cambridge , Charlton, Swindon (loan), Brentford, Millwall, Brighton, Bristol City (loan), Doncaster, Bradford (loan)

First thoughts on the new Bank Beast are that Reg is biting off more than he can chew, once we can actually sign the guy of course. Having played just 3 games for Braintree, scoring once, he had his contract cancelled and moved on – well not quite as it appears they still hold his registration.  The 14 stone 6 foot 5 inch beast of a man wins everything in the air and has been a great support striker for some lads who subsequently went on to better things. He takes no prisoners, but he is not just a thug,  as he has a good brain and a knack of forcing the issue where it counts in the box.

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He  started out at Cambridge United before joining Premier League Charlton Athletic, in March 1999. Brentford offered £100,000 in June 2000 where he rewarded them with 15 goals and almost three times as many assists in 89 appearances over three seasons.  Millwall  (2 goals in 21) then signed him near the end of the 2002/03 season where he spent an in and out year crowned with the Cup Final bow.  Mark was loaned to Brighton  (4 goals in 27) and then joined permanently before being loaned to  Bristol City  (4 goals in 11).

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The year of our Lord 2006 was a good year for the veteran as he won  his first international Cap for Barbados,  scoring a hat-trick against Anguilla, the international equivalent of a pub team,  in a 7-1 Caribbean Cup Qualifying match. He also joined Doncaster Rovers  (6 goals in 54) in time to score the first ever goal at the Keepmoat Stadium. In two seasons at Donny Mark  helped Rovers to promotion to The Championship via the play-offs before moving to Gillingham (5 goals in 52) for a season. They released him last summer when his contract expired, although he did have a goalless 4 game loan at Bradford under Jacko.

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So on the plus side we have a big strong target man who will win everything in the air,  on a try before we buy non-contract basis. So far so good, Mark seems to have bonded sufficiently with the squad during his trial, but he is certainly no slouch off the pitch either. McCammon has a penchent for openly criticising  managers, something disciplinarian and social networking nemesis David Holdsworth will not like medium to long term. Dennis Wise and Mark Stimson felt his verbal force and  he admitted to “differences” with Mark McGee. McCammon also called into a radio show after the host stated that he was not worth a place in the Brighton first eleven, telling the host, “Until you kick a ball in professional football, you can’t tell me I’m not good enough for this standard. I think what you said is very disrespectful.”

Not wishing to show any disrespect STMI would like to offer you the best Mark.

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Personal information
Full name Mark Jason McCammon
Date of birth 7 August 1978 (age 33)
Place of birth Barnet,
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 14st 3lb (90.25kg)
Position: Striker
Tenure Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Cambridge United 5 (0)
1999–2000 Charlton Athletic 5 (0)
2000 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
2000–2003 Brentford 89 (15)
2003–2005 Millwall 21 (2)
2004–2005 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 (4)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 11 (4)
2006–2008 Doncaster Rovers 54 (6)
2008–2011 Gillingham 52 (5)
2010-2011 Bradford City (loan) 4 (0)
2011- Braintree Town 3 (1)
International
2006–2008 Barbados 5 (4)

Sincil 6 pointer Sees Imps meet Perry & part-time Telford on even playing field

Two loanees will line up against their respective parent clubs tomorrow,  as The Mighty Imps take on AFC Telford in a Sincil Bank six-pointer. The two in question, Rob Williams and Kyle Perry,  also look set to eyeball each other in the Imps penalty area,  with our outcast striker wearing the Bucks number 9 shirt, determined to prove Holdsworth wrong.

So without further ado our weekly look at the form of the foe

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AFC Telford have not won away since August whilst the Imps have won just once in 10.  They beat Braintree 1-0 last weekend, a side we could only draw with in our previous home game, scoring and conceding 3 in the process.  Just two seasons ago we beat them in the cup, yet now we face an adversary just one place and one point behind us in a battle to stay out of the drop zone.  Three Bucks – keeper Ryan Young and defenders Sean Newton and Shane Killock survive from the  side we beat 3-1 in November 2009.

 

Though still part-time we could see a few travel as they are well supported  averaging  204 away with 2237 at home.  The Bucks have no suspensions or fresh injury worries Only long-term absentee Carl Rogers is missing for the trip along with full-back Will Salmon who was dropped last week

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Probable team & scheme :   4-3-3

1 Young

23 Valentine  18 Blackburn  6 Killock  3 Newton

27 Smith  15 Rooney  29 Jones

9 Perry  22 Brown  25 Sharp

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AFC Telford BSP Breakdown
G W D L F A GD GOAL AV(F) GOAL AV(A) PTS AVE Pts Rank
Home Record 16 6 4 6 15 17 -2 0.94 1.06 1.38 22 16
Away Record 16 1 6 9 17 30 -13 1.06 1.88 0.56 9 22
Overall Record 32 7 10 15 32 47 -15 1.00 1.47 0.97 31 18
Current form – Last 5′s
G W D L F A GD GOAL AV(F) GOAL AV(A) PTS AVE Pts Rank
Last 5 5 2 1 2 7 7 0 1.40 1.40 1.40 7 10
Last 5 Home 5 2 1 2 5 5 0 1.00 1.00 1.40 7 14
Last 5 Away 5 0 1 4 4 13 -9 0.80 2.60 0.20 1 20

BSP Table 22nd Feb 2012

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
16 down 16 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33
17 down 17 Lincoln City 33 8 8 17 35 49 -14 32
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 32 7 10 15 32 47 -15 31
19 down 19 Stockport County 34 5 14 15 38 57 -19 29
20 down 20 Darlington * 34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28
21 down 21 Alfreton Town 32 7 7 18 41 68 -27 28
22 down 16 Kettering Town 33 7 7 19 33 74 -41 28
23 down 6 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27
24 down 24 Bath City 33 3 9 21 30 66 -36 18

*Darlington stats include the 10 points deduction for entering administration

Telford United.png The Seasonal stats so far

Highs & Lows
Longest winning Run 1 game
Worst losing streak 4 games
Longest unbeaten run 5 games
Longest winless streak 8 games
Biggest Home Win 3-1 Kettering Town
Biggest Away Win York City 0-1
Heaviest Home Defeat 0-2 Luton Town, 0-2 Ebbsfleet United, 0-2 Wrexham
Biggest Away Defeat Wrexham 4-0
Highest Match Score Southport 3-2

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New Bucks Head
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Capacity 6,300
Seats /Terracing 2200 / 4100
Covered 4,800

Telford United.png £££……..

Ker-ching
Highest Gate 4591 Wrexham
Lowest Gate 1601 York City
Average Attendance 2237
Total Turnstile Clicks 35801

Telford United.png Heroes & Villains – Goal machines

Player Goals
Chris Sharp 7
Sean Newton 4
Steve Jones 2
Craig Farrell 2
Richard Davies 2
Andy Brown 2

Telford United.png The Creative influences

Hero Assists
Andy Brown 5
Chris Sharp 4
Sean Newton 3
Craig Farrell 2
Richard Davies 2
Greg Mills 2

Telford United.png Card Collectors – Yellows –

 Villains  Cards
Richard Davies 10
Ryan Valentine 7
Greg Mills 5
Andy Brown 3
Chris Sharp 3
Dwayne Samuels 3
Phil Trainer 3
Shane Killock 3

Telford United.png Card Collectors – Reds – 3

 Villains  Cards
Phil Trainer 2
Shane Killock 1
Keeper Corner
Sq No Name Games Sub Saves Goals let in Concedes every Clean sheets Mins on Pitch YC Assists
1 Ryan Young 32 0 157 52 55 mins 5 2880 0 0

Blackpool Loanee to see extended run at Imps as Platt breaks leg.

It looks like classy Blackpool forward Louis Almond  will get an extended run in the side, albeit on the left flank after Conal Platt broke his leg against Doncaster Rovers.

David Holdsworth had arranged a behind closed doors friendly to replace the cancelled Cambridge match in order to boost the match fitness levels of the side and increase familiarity for a relatively new team.  Conal however came off worse in a 50/50 challenge that the medics believe could be a broken tibia and fibula which will rule him out for the season. To add insult to injury Rovers second string beat us 2-0.

Although our hearts go out to Conal this could well be a blessing in disguise ahead of the AFC Telford 6 pointer as Conal’s  form has faded since he signed an 18 month deal in January. In the last two games he has been played out of position on the right and and even found himself benched in favour of Almond as the Imps went 4-3-3 against the Harriers last weekend.

Imps boss David Holdsworth said: “It is absolutely devastating for Conal who was traumatised by what happened. There was no malice in the tackle and it’s one of those things that can unfortunately happen. He’s a great lad and all of our thoughts are with him.  We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Almond meanwhile will be eager to add to his debut goal against Braintree as the Imps await the return of  outcast striker Kyle Perry, desperate to prove us wrong.  In fairness to DH Kyle has done little to do so so far, an assist on his debut against Kettering apart.  You just get the feeling however, that he may get his first goal since his return to his old club against us at the Bank this Saturday. At least we will not have to contend with 6′ 7″ Ben Futcher. The ex Imp had been on loan at The Bucks but parent club Bury have now loaned him to Macclesfield Town until the end of the season.