Holdsworth’s Imps Defining Seven
Ebbsfleet United tomorrow, ushers in the September seven, with Alfreton, Hyde and Nuneaton at home plus Telford, Tamworth and Forest Green (on TV) away. A reasonable if not quite lucky seven so to speak, after an opening five games against sides that the manager and STMI would reason to be a less than favourable opening. We need 10-12 points as those five will pale in comparison to Luton (H), Mansfield (A), Wrexham (A) and Stockport (H) in October. There is also the matter of the FA Cup.
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Saturday poses an opportunity for David Holdsworth to placate his doubters. With the transfer window closing and no loan opportunities for a month, the focus will be on one game at a time, with a hopefully settled side, injuries permitting. The spirit within the camp appears high, but then the manager has deflected any criticism commendably, in what is becoming a trademark ‘water off a ducks back’ style. There are two sides to every argument, but, just as we should never look back in anger, so this next seven can and must be the watershed to our season.
|3||Forest Green Rovers||5||3||2||0||8||4||4||11|
|8||AFC Telford United||5||2||2||1||7||4||3||8|
|THE SEPTEMBER SEVEN|
|Sat 01st||Lincoln City||v||Ebbsfleet United||15:00|
|Tue 04th||Lincoln City||v||Alfreton Town||19:45|
|Sat 08th||AFC Telford||v||Lincoln City||15:00|
|Sat 15th||Lincoln City||v||Hyde||15:00|
|Sat 22nd||Tamworth||v||Lincoln City||15:00|
|Tue 25th||Lincoln City||v||Nuneaton||19:45|
|Fri 28th||Forest Green||v||Lincoln City||19:45|
Ebbsfleet come to Sincil Bank off the back of two defeats against Luton (1-3) and Hereford (2-4). They will be looking at us to break that duck. Then again our card collecting foe (9 yellows and 2 reds) are just the springboard we need with Alfreton at home on Tuesday to follow. These are the six-points we need and we have the side to do it, despite claims of injuries. Bore was on the bench last week and you feel he may start tomorrow with Smith still out.
The Imps travel to Telford, next who sit 8th after a 1-0 win at Luton and a 3-0 win against Braintree. They also drew 2-2 against Stockport on Monday and are unbeaten in their last three. We then entertain winless Hyde, who see this as a season of survival after promotion last term. Tamworth seem to be riding high in 6th, but they lost their first real test of the season at home to Wrexham on Monday. You would fancy us to beat Nuneaton just a point and two places above us in 17th. We simply must get 10-12 points from these games as the final game of September against Forest green ushers in a very tough run indeed.