Imps 1 Alfreton 2 The Dirge is Playing In The Stacey West
A high tempo game saw few chances until lady luck intervened to give the Imps a much needed boost. On 27 a floated 35-yard free-kick from Nicolau beat everyone to nestle in the bottom corner. But then she turned her back as a defensive change saw us give away a lead for the second time in three days. But this time we were slain, humbled again at the hands of part-time Alfreton. They showed a genuine love for the shirt as they rubbed our noses in the Sincil dirt. Darlo, Chester and the AFC route now looks a cert.
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Lincoln City 1 – 2 Alfreton Town (H/T 1– 0 )
Nicolau 27 Wilson 64 Kempson 80
Imps 1500 Reds 66
2 Robson 19 Hutchison 5 Boyce 3 Nutter
18 Bore 8 Power 15 Gray 16 Nicolau
10 Taylor 34 Larkin
31′ Mills for Power, 55′ Sheridan (Y-63) for Boyce 83′ Vadaine for Robson
27 Turner 4 Mills 12 Sheridan (Y-63) 14 Vadaine 39 Robinson
22 Stewart (Y-91)
2 Law 17 Streete (Y-49) 6 Kempson 3 Franklin
7 Brown 10 Bradley 12 Franks (Y-59) 14 Meadows
15 Wilson 11 Arnold
76′ Clayton for Wilson
19 Russell 4 Taylor 20 Worsfield 21 Tomlinson 9 Clayton
But to the Game footy fans to the game………
Alfreton were clearly coming for the win but despite an end to end opening the final ball was missing. Arnold looked lively and forced an early corner. Law’s set-piece was however emphatically cleared by the head of Boyce. An Arnold drive was well saved by Farman and then a Taylor snapshot forced a save from Stewart. More good work from Taylor gave Bore a chance but he got under it and the chance was lost.
A neat exchange between Bore and Larkin saw the latter appear to catch out Meadows who fouled him. Nicolau wasted the free-kick. Arnold seemed to be everywhere, forcing a foul from Robson. A high tempo game seemed to be favouring Alfreton, who were the more composed and precise with their passing. Bradley was bossing the midfield although Taylor looked dangerous. A foul on Taylor 35-yards out led to the first goal. Nicolau floated in a free-kick, Kempson and the keeper were more interested in dealing with Boyce and the ball crept into the bottom corner for a much needed 27th minute lead for the Imps. Two in two for the ex-Gooner.
In the 31st minute a solid but fair challenge on Power saw carried off to replaced by Mills. In truth his part in the game had been another non-event. Farman made a world-class save from a ferociousness drive courtesy of Arnold who was giving the Imps central two a torrid time. Farman then claimed well under pressure from Arnold who went in a little strong to concede a free-kick. Another foul from Streete did Nicolau but Mills drove the free-kick straight at the wall. In a high tempo game where space and chances were at a premium the Imps had just about earned a long overdue and fortunate break.
A confident Nicolau shot narrowly over and a lively Taylor was brought down to earth by Streete at the expense of a card. A long punt from Farman was just too long for Taylor as Stewart headed clear. A glorious drive from Meadows whistled just wide. Boyce was then injured after a brave last ditch challenge on Bradley. Sheridan came on with Gray moving back to renew a partnership, last seen at Gateshead, with Hutchison. Sheridan shot well wide and Arnold then took struck fresh air to the delight of the sparse Imps contingents. Another fantastic bit of play from Nicolau put Taylor clear but he shot wide.
Franks was then carded for a crude challenge on Sheridan. Wilson and Arnold got something for their endeavours. A long ball found Arnold who showed a great first touch that outwitted Hutchison. His header to Wilson saw him swivel and crash home from 12 yards to give the visitors a 64th minute equaliser. Meadows then shot wide with the patched up Imps defence in tatters. A free header for Arnold saw him hit the post, then react first to drive wide. Farman was incensed by his static defence, The Reds , in blue, were running the game. A powerful header from Kempson saw Farman scramble the ball wide and then save a thumping drive from Meadows as the Imps held on..
Farman then appeared to bring down Arnold but we got away with it, as did both the players as the ref decided to keep a card at bay. Taylor looked our only chance of salvation but one on one with Stewart the keeper made himself big to snuff out the chance. Big number 9 Clayton was then brought on for Wilson on 76 as Alfreton decided to really turn the screw. It did not take long. On 80 minutes, a cross from Law saw Clayton head back across goal and Kempson bravely beat the fist of Farman to the ball to head home the second. Farman then tipped a towering header from Brown over the bar.
On 83 Reg rolled the dice and brought Vadaine on for Robson. More good work from Taylor earned a corner and Nicolau’s precise delivery found Hutchison who headed wide. With 6 minutes of added time due to stoppages the Imps continued to lack a cutting edge as the visitors attempted to run down the time. Keeper Stewart was given a yellow for time-wasting and hero Farman had a header deflected from a Gray long throw that was inexplicable deemed a goal-kick.
But the part-timers came and they conquered deservedly. With the injuries now mounting the Imps are in crisis and the death by a thousand cuts is set to continue. Just 1500 Imps turned up tonight and as soon as Bob stops paying the growing weekly shortfall it will most certainly be time to turn out the light. Such a shame, but once again it is Sincil shame.
45% Ball 55%
4 Shots on 6
4 Misses 4
4 Saves 2
1 Corners 5
0 Offside 2
6 Fouls 9
1 Yellows 3
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