Imps 2 Nuneaton1 Nicolau Stalls Sincil Tears & Jeers But Not Fears

Nuneaton came and all but conquered, as Forsdick’s red plus the match-winning contribution from super-sub Nicky Nicolau saved Holdsworth and the limping Imps Lincolnshire bacon.

For the benefit of  the visiting Lambs, first the  formations, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Lamb at.Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 Lincoln City F.C. badge.png V Badge of Nuneaton Town 

Lincoln  21 Nuneaton

(H/T0 –1 )


Armson 3 Nicolau 75 Miller 83.

Att 1579 

 1486 Imps 93 Boro

The teams & Schemes

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1 Farman

15 Gray  20 Miller (Y-11) 5 Boyce (Y-66)  3 Nutter

12 Sheridan 35 Morgan 37 Fofana 7 Smith 

39 Robinson  14 Vadaine



65 Taylor for Robinson, 65 Larkin for Smith 65 Nicolau for Sheridan


27 Turner  19 Hutchison, 16 Nicolau, 10 Taylor, 34 Larkin 

Badge of Nuneaton Town 

1 Collett

15 Gordon 4 Cowen 5 Dean 14 Forsdick (R-73)

6 Walker 12 Armson 13 Sleath 16 Ford (Y-51)

7 York, 10 Brown 



75 O’Halloran for York,  86 Perry for Ford, 86 Thompson-Brown for Brown


19 McNamara,  18 James, 21 O’Halloran, 9 perry, 20 Thompson-Brown

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

The Imps kicked off towards the Stacey West and were quickly behind. A Delroy Gordon throw caught us napping, as we allowed Armson to hammer into the top right hand corner from 12 yard. An Adam Smith corner (the first of nine) was easily cleared by Forsdick. Fofana then tried his luck from distance but failed to trouble the keeper. The visitors were full of running and endeavour, forcing Miller to take a yellow for a somewhat strong and late challenge on York.

A Gray shot went straight down Collet’s throat. A powerful York drive then needed a great save from Farman. Another effort from danger man Armson went just past the left-hand post. Robinson, our one bright spark, was then brought down to earth by Dean. The youngster returned the favour moments later.  An Adam Smith header was also saved by Collett. Farman then punched clear under pressure from Brown after a poor back-header from Boyce.

A Vadaine Oliver was also claimed confidently by Collett. The youngster also shot narrowly wide moments later. York then shot wide with a tame effort before Walker hit a terrific right-footed effort just wide. A poor effort from Sleath, in acres of space on the edge of the box, ensured that the Imps went in just one goal to the bad.

Second Half

Both managers kept the faith, with the Imps finally starting to look as if they wanted something from the game. Holdsworth had apparently given the lads both barrels at half-time.  Robinson tore down the left and fed Sheridan who could not believe the save Collett pulled off to deny him.  Morgan’s corner was easily cleared. Ford then saw yellow for a poor challenge on Smith. Collett amazed again to deny a 25-yard piledriver from Morgan.

Armson then went close again, with the Imps still unable to read his runs from deep. Boyce then dominantly headed away a Walker corner, as the game went end to end. Forsdick timed a challenge well to pick Oliver’s pocket after a piquant flick from Robinson. Boyce was then booked for a timely foul on Ford.  On 65 Holdsworth made a treble substitution, with the introduction of Taylor (Robinson), Nicolau (Sheridan) and Colin Larkin (Smith).

Farman saved at the feet of Sleath to deny a killer second from the visitors. Gray then sent Sleath A over B and was lucky to escape without a card. Forsdick was not so lucky moments later when he brought down Oliver, who looked away. As the last man the ref gave him a straight red.  Captain Nutter rolled the ball to Nicolau who curled a peach from 25 yards, just inside the post. Nicky is making a habit of those at just the right time.

O’Halloran came on for York as Nuneaton looked to take a point, from a game they had looked the most likely to win. Walker however was mere centimetres from regaining the lead for the visitors. Morgan also hit a decent left-foot drive wide. A decent Morgan corner was also cleared emphatically by Cowan.   On 83, Nicolau took the next one, adding an assist to his earlier goal. A teasing in-swinger, saw Miller thump home at the far post with aplomb to send the sparse Sincil crowd mental.  Larkin was also denied by Collett who had been in fine form all evening.

Oliver should have done better with a fizzing effort, before Town sent on the cavalry with a double substitution.  Thomson-Brown came on for Brown and returning anti-hero, Kyle Perry, came on for Ford. Man of the moment, if not the match, Nicolau, was denied a speculative second from the imperious Collett, at the expense of a corner.  As this was played in, Dean impeded Taylor, with the ref pointing to the spot. Taylor sensationally crashed against the crossbar but Nuneaton cleared the decks.

The Imps had managed a second win in successive home games, rescued, in both instances, from the jaws of defeat. This probably won’t get the faithful back any time soon, but at least we are back out of the relegation spots. We need to be, ahead of a testing TV dinner date at Forest Green followed by Luton,(H), Mansfield (A), Wrexham (A) and Stockport (H). With the defining seven anything but, Lincoln’s hectic hotseat October period is rarely short of thrills or spills.

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shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed


49% Ball 51%

9 Shots on 3

3 Misses 4

2 Saves 6

9 Corners 1

1 Offside 1

6 Fouls 7

2 Yellows 1

0 Reds 1

Newport 11 8 1 2 12 25
Forest Green Rovers 11 7 3 1 10 24
Wrexham 11 6 4 1 11 22
Grimsby 11 5 5 1 11 20
Luton 11 6 2 3 3 20
Dartford 11 6 1 4 7 19
Macclesfield 10 6 1 3 4 19
Tamworth 11 5 1 5 1 16
Woking 11 5 1 5 0 16
Mansfield 10 5 1 4 -1 16
Hereford 11 5 1 5 -3 16
Gateshead 11 4 3 4 0 15
AFC Telford 11 3 5 3 2 14
Southport 11 3 4 4 -5 13
Lincoln City 11 3 3 5 -2 12
Braintree To 11 3 3 5 -4 12
Alfreton Tow 10 3 3 4 -5 12
Stockport 11 2 5 4 -2 11
Cambridge 11 2 4 5 -6 10
Nuneaton 11 2 4 5 -7 10
Barrow 11 2 4 5 -8 10
Ebbsfleet 11 2 3 6 -8 9
Kid’minster 11 1 5 5 -4 8
Hyde 10 1 3 6 -6 6

Posted on September 27, 2012, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Archive Match reports, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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