Let’s Build & Take 1 Game at a Time
Tamworth, Nuneaton and Forest Green Rovers are next up and will hastily put the 3-2 win over Hyde into context. The optimist in all of us hopes we have turned a corner with that win over Hyde, although the realist knows that it will take a lot more than a victory over a side 23rd in the table to restore the faith. It took two penalties and a last gasp effort from three youngsters to finally see off the Tigers. During two stomach churning spells it looked like they would go on and win it each time they had drawn level.
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A team can only defeat what is put in front of them and we need to take things one game at a time and put that October train crash in the making out of our minds. One nil wins are just as good as victories by higher margins and our only concern needs to be to squirrel away the points ahead of a harsh winter on and off the field. Naturally there is a big need for turnstile clicks, so entertainment would be nice, but in reality a decent run would suffice.
Six points from Tamworth, Nuneaton and Forest Green Rovers would see a decent crowd against Luton, with them adding a thousand to hopefully two thousand plus Imps taken in by the prospect of a big game. We need to break even in the home games against Luton and Stockport if we are to limp our way towards salvation in the form of the FA Cup. It is not a clement competition for us but we need the cash if the cash crisis is not to worsen and get us within its vicelike grip.
The Lambs fixture is normally a one sided affair with both teams running out 4-0 winners last season, as emphatic victory went with home advantage. A decent 2-0 win at Gateshead yesterday halted a run of four defeats to take them up to 11th on 13 points. They are just four points ahead of us and you feel this is winnable, if the manager avoids continuing to put the square pegs in round holes up until the last few minutes of a game.
The next home game is Nuneaton, on a Tuesday night suggesting a poor crowd. Newly promoted via the play-offs, the Boro sit 20th on 9 points like ourselves. They drew 3-3 against Macc on Saturday but were previously trounced 6-1 by Woking and, beat Telford 3-1 at home the week before.
Forest Green will be our first TV game, on Friday 28th September KO 19.45. Alfreton got a 90th minute penalty to hold them 1-1 and keep them third. Grimsby beat them 1-0 the week before but they beat Ebbsfleet 4-1 in their previous game. They have spent some money, including 4 new guns for hire in Magno Viera (Fleetwood Town), Ben Wright (Braintree Town) Phil Marsh (Stalybridge Celtic) and ex Portsmouth and Norwich City prodigy Omar Koroma.
|The Remaining 3 of Holdsworth’s defining September 7|
|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|