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
Lincoln City 4-4-2
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
AFC Telford 4-4-2
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)
Imps – OG Blackburn 32
Bucks Perry 24
Ref: Scott Duncan
Attendance 2438 ( 2296 Imps 142 Bucks)
Imps 53 % Bucks 47%
Shots on target
The Imps 4 Bucks 3
Shots off target
The Imps 8 Bucks 1
The Imps 2 Bucks 3
The Imps 4 Bucks 7
The Imps 0 Bucks 3
The Imps 11 Bucks 6
The Imps 0 Bucks 0
BSP Standings 25th Feb 2012
|11||Forest Green Rovers||34||12||13||9||47||33||14||49|
|18||AFC Telford United||33||7||11||15||33||48||-15||32|
|23||Hayes & Yeading||33||7||6||20||45||71||-26||27|
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Posted on February 25, 2012, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Statistics, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged AFC Telford United, Blue Square Premier, Lincoln City FC, The Football Conference. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.