Monthly Archives: October 2012

After Stags & Dragons Can Halifax Win See Imps Play-Off Charge Then?

The Imps performances against Mansfield and Wrexham mean we go into the FC Halifax game unbeaten in two.  Will the FA Cup game see the continuation or indeed start of runs that could change our season?

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League Position

Optimistic perhaps, but the Imps are just 13 points off the final play-off position and, a further two points off second placed Wrexham, who we beat at the weekend.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1
down 1
Newport County AFC
15
10
3
2
28
14
14
33
2
up 9
Wrexham
15
8
5
2
25
14
11
29
5
up 16
Forest Green Rovers
15
8
3
4
25
15
10
27
11
down 11
Stockport County
15
5
5
5
20
19
1
20
12
up 8
Gateshead
15
4
7
4
19
19
0
19
19
down 4
Barrow
15
4
5
6
19
28
-9
17
20
down 20
Lincoln City
15
4
4
7
19
23
-4
16

The Imps Form

Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, as there is much damage to be undone, our October form sees us ranked 9th in the league and 8th over the last 5 games.  A victory over Stockport, who are 11th, could see us hit mid-table ahead of November with a degree of optimism. We host Braintree, travel to Barrow, host the Bulls (FA Cup permitting), before rounding things off with a trip to Southport.

Recent Results (last game 1st)
Results breakdown
Wrexham
2
 Season so far
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imps
4
 
G
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
Position
Imps
1
Home 
7
3
1
3
11
11
0
10
13
Luton
2
Away 
8
1
3
4
8
12
-4
6
18
FGR
3
Overall 
15
4
4
7
19
23
-4
16
20
Imps
0
The last 5’s
Imps
2
 
G
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
Position
Nuneaton
1
Overall
5
2
1
2
7
8
-1
7
8
Tamworth
1
Home 
5
2
1
2
8
8
0
7
12
Imps
0
Away
5
1
2
2
5
7
-2
5
13
Imps
3
Form By Month
Hyde
2
 
G
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
Position
Telford
1
August
5
1
1
3
6
8
-2
4
19
Imps
1
September
7
2
2
3
8
11
-3
8
12
October
 5
 4
 1
 9

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Highest Home Gate
2970
Luton
Lowest home gate
1566
Alfreton
Average Home Gate
1951
 
Total Turnstile Clicks
13,663
 

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Heroes
Goals
 
Assists
Taylor
5
Gray
3
Nicolau
4
Nicolau
3
Larkin
3
(7 lads)
1
Boyce & Oliver
2
 
Robinson 
2
 
 
Villains
Yellows
 
Reds
Boyce
3
Mills
 1
Taylor
3
 
 
Sheridan
3
 
 
Gray/Morgan
2
 
 
(6 lads)
1
 
 
19 YELLOWS
 
 REDS
 1

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Keeper corner – Paul Farman

Paul Farman has been magnificent thus far, keeping two clean sheets. His 66 saves,  have been inspirational, justifying STMI’s successful call for him to return to the England C set-up.  He is the best shot-stopper in the BSP with reactions that have seen 4 jaw-dropping double saves as well as a penalty save already this season. We can justifiably chant England’s number one as he runs out each week.

Games
Sub
Conceded
Saves
Mins Played
Clean sheets
Mins per goal
Yc’s
Rc’s
15
0
23
66
1350
2
63
1
0

Impdom Is Up For The Cup

Ok so one win against Wrexham does not mean all is right in Impdom, but, ahead of the FA Cup tie against FC Halifax, it gives massive grounds for optimism.

 

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With Halifax set to bring at least 600 this Saturday, a decent response to the Dragon’s  result should see at least 2000 Imps turn out. Add £12,500 in prize money and this could see  the first match receipts of the season to match the 3,000 break-even figure.   Even with the reduction in ticket prices, season ticket holders will have to pay to gain entry so what could really kick-start a revival in fortunes.

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Halifax wont be easy, as they have a strong side with some decent ex-League players.  They are also paying out some good money it has to be said. Reformed in 2010 they look good enough to join us in the BSP despite a 2-1 defeat, their first in seven, against Boston at the weekend. They host Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday, to leave them 5th with two games in hand over Oxford City who are a point ahead. Grant Brown is set to do some scouting, just as he did last Wednesday, when he picked apart Wrexham’s 3-2 win at Stockport.  The midfield strategy on Saturday was superb, despite Morrell’s bad day at the office quote.

£££

The FA Cup could yet boost the coffers ahead of January.  Win this and a victory in Round 1 could mean another £18,000 in prize money. The live TV games also start from Round 1. There will be 3 of them with each side getting £67,500.

Prices for the game

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Click on any of the images to enlarge to full size, away fans will be housed in the Co-Op
AREA Adult Conc. U18
Co-op Stand (Home & Away) £12 £8 £5
Echo Stand (Home) £12 £8 £5

Who’d Have Thought That?

Andrew Abbott’s post Wrexham V Lincoln City comment

 

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Wrexham 2–4 Lincoln City  

 

Last Friday I wrote of the Wrexham game : “It’s difficult to be too optimistic although stranger things have happened.” Well a very strange thing did happen, City broke their duck away in spectacular fashion, winning in Wales. Not only that but there have been one or two signs lately that the much maligned manager might be starting to turn round another disappointing season. Firstly the Luton game which really ought to have been a home win but for a most uncharacteristic error by Paul Farman and an all too familiar defensive clanger to gift Hatters a two goal advantage. The general display was good though. The manager does not need telling however, he needs to address these lapses of concentration.

 

The home reverse was followed by a good point against Mansfield, although they are having their problems at the moment. A win at home to Forest Green put the Imps effort into context though and now our heroes go to second placed Wrexham and put four goals away to burst their bubble. Two goals conceded, essentially when the game was won admittedly serves to underline the fragility that is still an unwanted part of City’s persona.

 

So October is so far not proving to be quite the mountain we all thought it may be and with Jamie Taylor hitting the net regularly and indeed goals coming from all over the place including a deserved reward for young Connor Robinson, things are certainly starting to look up.

 

Of course, Taylors goalscoring exploits are bound to have eyes turning to Sincil Bank and the problem with such a well publicised tale of financial doom and gloom coming out of the club, as used to be the case during John Reames’ tenure, is that other clubs start to get the impression that the waving of a relatively small amount of cash in City’s direction usually does the trick when it comes to the spiriting away of prized assets at knockdown prices. City really don’t help themselves sometimes.

 

However, let’s not get too critical but instead allow ourselves to enjoy this surprising development. It’s fair to say that David Holdsworth has not so far won over the fans but there can’t be any who actually want him to fail surely?

 

Next weekend a change from the league programme with the arrival of the FA Cup. Not a respite from the need for wins though as progress is vital if City’s economic hoodoo is to be overcome.

 

 

 

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Will Arsenal, Southend Or Barnet want Nicolau Back Then?

Ex- Arsenal, Southend and Barnet star Nicky Nicolau is continuing to grow after masterminding the Wrexham win in usual softly, softly  but devastatingly beautiful fashion.  The young Gun won the FA Youth Cup in 2001 and was given a 3 year deal at the Gunners but failed to make the grade. Southend pounced but the Championship/ L1 also seemed a step too far.   Barnet however gave him a run in the side where he appeared 95 times in league & Cup before dropping into non-league with Woking (in BSP next season). STMI have continued to purr over his technique in a League where it is hard to shine and earn the right to play quality football.

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Even after that curling thirty-five yarder against Grimsby in the Lincs Cup, he had to bide his time with bit-part sub performances averaging under 10 minutes in our opening 4 games.  His first goal against Ebbsfleet was followed by another against Alfreton in the following game.  Next up Telford, saw an assist. He bettered that two games later with both an assist and a goal against Nuneaton.  Now central to our free-kicks and corners his long range passing and shooting seem to be growing in confidence. No wonder, from 12 shots he has scored 4, with another 5 on target.

Nicky set up Both Taylor and Larkin’s goals yesterday as well as pouncing to crisply net the opener. His 35 yard cross-field pass to Larkin was certainly one for the purists, but the vision to his threaded ball for Taylor was just as productive, if not eye catching. The curler that crashed against the woodwork would just have doubled the icing on the cake as our emerging star continues to let his technique do the talking.

Nicky was brought in predominantly as back-up in a defensive role. He can play either as a full-back or as a wide midfielder. In a three, backed up by a defensive midfielder like Gray, he can get even better you feel. His set-piece delivery is more than adequate at this level.  It was interesting to note that Gray’s lack of true pace was not exposed once yesterday, with Bore finally played in his natural position. Bore has the pace and the ability and causes much more offensive havoc on the overlap.  Nicky has grown as the season has unfolded as the stats below will back-up.

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Player Ratings


Nicky’s last 7

 
 
Tot
Ave
Hyde
Tam
Nun
FGR
Lut
Mans
Wrex
16
Nicky Nicolau
93
6.64
7
7
6
7
7
9

Nicky’s previous 8

 
 
Tot
Kid
Cam
Newp
Macc
Gate
Ebbs
Alf
Tel
16
Nicky Nicolau
93
6
6
5
6
6
6
8
7

2012/13 Stats

Sq no
Player
Starts
sub
Mins
Goals
Shots
Sh/on
Assists
YC
RC
16
Nicky Nicolau
10
5
790
4
12
9
3
0
0

That nine of out of ten, has been coming for a while. That it comes thanks to a formation change and, against the second placed sides, suggest the 3-man managerial team are doing their homework. Grant Brown was at Stockport on Wednesday preparing for a game two weeks hence.  The change to 4-2-3-1 to combat an expected 4-2-1-2-1, showed we did not need height to humble the Dragons and comprehensively at that.

Perhaps it is not only  Nicky that needs to take a bow after this one?

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STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Nicky George Nicolau
DATE OF BIRTH 12 October 1983 (age 28)
PLACE OF BIRTH Camden Town, London
HEIGHT 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
WEIGHT 10st 8lbs (67.19kg)
POSITION: LEFT BACK / LEFT MIDFIELD
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 17
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Arsenal 0 (0)
2004 Southend United (loan) 9 (0)
2004–2005 Southend United 25 (1)
2005–2006 Swindon Town 6 (0)
2006 Hereford United (loan) 10 (1)
2006–2009 Barnet 95 (4)
2009–2010 Woking 21 (1)
2010 Dover Athletic 11 (1)
2010–2011 Boreham Wood 15 (3)
2011– Lincoln City 25 (4)

Imps Squad – Sincil Stats On Sunday

The Arsenal technique, not to mention Chris Moyses and Grant Brown influence, continues to shine through, as Nicky Nicolau continues to come of age. A goal and two assists, ensured beauty tamed the beast in rather tempestuous game at Wrexham. Nicky rated a 9 yesterday, let us hope there is further improvement from a guy that could explain what Jacko meant by peeling a carrot with his left foot. Morgan is back at Forest and DH’s former physio has left. It would appear Grant Brown and Chris Moyses are now very much part of the first team furniture.

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Save the Mighty Imps has a dedicated  player stats section called Imps Squad 2012/13. It is devoted to those that wear the red and white stripes. Bookmark / add to favourites  CLICK HERE as this is the unofficial LCFC squad home page and your one click destination for  Imps player pen pics and player ratings and stats, as the season unfolds.

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Just click on a  name for the players pen pic & stats.  Below the table you will find 2 more, first the match data and then the players game by game ratings. Below that the squad in their natural positions. As the season unfolds you will be able to click in this section for the players latest stats. Data updated by Sunday and Wednesday.

1 Paul Farman 17 Bradley Baraclough ++
2 Paul Robson 18 Peter Bore
3 John Nutter 19 Graham Hutchison
4 Gary Mills 20 Tom Miller
5 Andy Boyce 21 Nick Draper *
6   22 Frazer Cobb
7 Adam Smith 23 Elliot Green+++
8 Alan Power 24 Karl Cunningham +
9 Rob Duffey 25 Dan Coupland +
10 Jamie Taylor 26 Geoffrey Gouveia
11 Conal Platt 27 Jake Turner
12 Jake Sheridan 30 Peter Gilbert
14 Vadaine Oliver 31 David Morgan
15 Dan Gray 34 Colin Larkin
16 Nicky Nicolau 37 Mamadou Fofana
    39  Connor Robinson


Morgan has now returned to Forest. Smith to Cambridge (undisclosed) McCammon & Dayley released. 
Gowling paid up (Kidderminster)*Nick Draper to Sheffield on season long loan +Karl Cunningham loaned  to Goole until 2/1/13 +Dan Coupland loaned  to Goole until 2/1/13 ++ Bradley Barraclough to Gainsborough 2/1/13 +++ Elliott Green to Eastwood 2/1/13

Sq no NAME Starts sub Mins Saves Let in Clean sheets YC RC Mins per goal
1 Paul Farman 15 0 1350 58 22 2 1 0 61
27 Jake Turner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sq no Player Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
2 Paul Robson 3 1 291 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 John Nutter 11 0 990 0 2 1 0 0 0
4 Gary Mills 10 1 895 0 4 2 0 1 1
5 Andy Boyce 14 0 1225 2 14 6 0 3 0
7 Adam Smith 8 0 582 0 11 5 1 1 0
8 Alan Power 7 1 575 0 7 4 0 0 0
9 Rob Duffy 3 0 223 0 3 1 0 0 0
10 Jamie Taylor 11 3 1038 5 32 18 1 3 0
11 Conal Platt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Jake Sheridan 7 8 689 0 9 3 1 3 0
14 Vadaine Oliver 5 6 533 2 17 6 1 1 0
15 Dan Gray 15 0 1350 0 5 1 2 2 0
16 Nicky Nicolau 10 5 790 4 12 9 3 0 0
17 Bradley Baraclough 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Peter Bore 5 2 424 0 3 3 1 0 0
19 Graham Hutchison 7 0 518 0 1 0 0 0 0
20 Tom Miller 8 0 720 1 2 1 1 1 0
22 Frazer Cobb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Elliot Green 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Geoffrey Gouveia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29  Connor Robinson 2 7 252 2 4 3 1 0 0
31 David Morgan 4 1 365 0 5 1 0 2 0
34 Colin Larkin 6 5 557 3 16 9 1 0 0
37 Mamadou Fofana 7 0 600 0 3 0 0 1 0
 30 Peter Gilbert 3  0 270 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ex Imps
Sq no Player name Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
6 Joshua Gowling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 Luke Daley 4 0 315 0 1 0 1 0 0
37 Mark McCammon 1 1 115 0 0 0 0 0 0

 Updated 07 Oct 11.00

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 Player Ratings

Tot Ave H Ta Nu FG LT MT W
1 Paul Farman 116 7.73 7 7 7 10 7 9 7
27 Jake Turner 0                
    0                
2 Paul Robson 24 6       6      
3 John Nutter 66 6 7 6 6        
4 Gary Mills 71 6.45 8 4         7
5 Andy Boyce 104 7.42 7 7 7 9 8 8 8
6   0                
7 Adam Smith 53 6.62     6 6 7 7 7
8 Alan Power 43 5.37             6
9 Rob Duffey 18 6              
10 Jamie Taylor 99 7.07   6 6 6 8 7 8
11 Conal Platt 0                
12  Jake Sheridan 92 6.13 7 6 6 6 6 6 7
14 Vadaine Oliver 68 6.18 8 6 6 6      
15 Dan Gray 102 6.8 7 6 7 6 7 7 8
16 Nicky Nicolau 93 6.64 7   7 6 7 7 9
17 Bradley Baraclough 0                
18 Peter Bore 43 6.14 6 6     6 5 8
19 Graham Hutchison 46 6.57 7 6          
20 Tom Miller 60 7.5     7 8 8 8 8
22 Frazer Cobb 0                
23 Elliot Green 0                
26 Geoffrey Gouveia 0                
29 Connor Robinson  59 6.55 7 6 6 6 6 6 8
30 Peter Gilbert 22 7.33         7 7 8
31 David Morgan 32 6.4 7 6 6 6 7    
34 Colin Larkin 69 6.27 7   6 6 6 6 7
37 Mamadou Fofana 45 6.42 7 7 6 6 7 6  
EX IMPS  Tot Ave  KH  C  MC MT  G
35 Luke Dayley 33 6.6 7 7 7 6 6
37 Mark McCammon 6 6 .   6    

nb The above shows the full cumulative total, seasonal average and last 7 games in detail.  The full stats can be obtained upon request by leaving a comment below.Last update 10  Oct 2012 @ 11.00 a.m.

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Squad 2012/13

Goalkeepers

Paul Farman, Jake Turner,

Nick Draper (on loan Sheffield FC)

Defenders

Peter Gilbert Dan Gray,  Paul Robson, Graham Hutchison, Tom Miller, Andy Boyce, Josh Gowling, John Nutter, Elliot Green & Dan Coupland

Midfielders

Mo Fofana Adam Smith, Gary Mills, Peter Bore, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan, Nicky Nicolau, Conal Platt, Geoffrey Gouveia, Frazer Cobb, Karl Cunningham

Strikers

Colin Larkin, Rob Duffy, Jamie Taylor, Vadaine Oliver, Bradley Baraclough,  Connor Robinson.

Wrexham 2 Lincoln 4 Heroic Imps Slay Dragons – St Nicolau Take A Bow

Holdsworth’s 4-2-3-1 put the Dragons to the sword. Wrexham boss Morrell,  compensated for two suspensions, to over-tinker with both formation and personnel, to the extent that his side looked like strangers. The Imps were bright and inventive, taking the game by the scruff of the neck, to lead, live dangerously and then kill the foe off second half.  But let us not get too ahead of ourselves, for at last there is a match report, nay a performance,  for us to shine our horns, pump out our chests and crow of the feats of those in red and white (well blue) that champion the pride of Impdom. The red cross of St George, the standard of our city, did go to Wales and slay 11 dragons this day. Hip hip hooray!

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

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Wrexham 24 Lincoln City  

(H/T 01)

Scorers

Nicolau 20 Taylor 56 Robinson 69 Colbeck 79 Larkin 88 Clarke 90

Att  3809

Dragons 3648  Imps 161 

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The teams & Schemes

 

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4-3-3 

***

13 Coughlin

   2 Wright (Y-37)  23 Westwood  6 Riley  16 Hunt

7 Cieslewicz 12 Keates 14 Clarke

10 Ormerod  9 Wright 11 Morrell 

*****

Substitutions

5 Walker (Y-33for Riley 73 Colbeck for Morrell  74 Rushton for Walker

***

Subs 

18 Walker, 19 Rushton, 21 Colbeck,  24 Devine, 26 Morton.

 

 

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4-2-3-1

1 Farman

 18 Bore 20 Miller 5 Boyce 30 Gilbert  

      4 Mills  15 Gray (Y-45+2)

7 Smith (Y-45+3) 39 Robinson 16 Nicolau  

10 Taylor  (Y-33)

***

Substitutions

64 Sheridan for Smith, 75 Larkin for Taylor, 86 Power for Robinson

***

Subs 

27 Turner,  8 Power,  37 Fofana  , 12 Sheridan 34 Larkin

 

But to the game fellow fans, to the game.

Wrexham kicked off and duly lost possession to Bore, for once in his natural possession of right back, ditto Gray in defensive midfield centre with Mills.  Bore chipped forward, Taylor scampered, but alas, one on one, shot wide centimetres wide. Bore tore down the flank and centred,  but Taylor again missed the target, diverting just over the bar. Robinson, the young prodigal son in the centre of the advanced midfield trio fired a fizzing low 25-yard dam buster bouncing bomb, straight down ex-cod Coughlin’s throat.

There was further woe in the Wrexham back four, as Riley limped off for Walker.  A quick throw from Bore saw Taylor pulled back for off-side.  Not the best ref Huxtable, he would book five first half in a game of just two dozen fouls all told. Ormerod hit a decent drive wide before Gray also shot wide at the other end. Hunt has a great long delivery and found Wright who twisted, but again failed to test Farman, all but capped at England C.  Would the Imps pay for our early misses, one thought as the Dragons found their rhythm and fire.  Keates corner was cleared well by Bore, no longer an ex-fish out of water and reborn it would seem at right back.  Gray  stopped Clarke in his tracks, the look of innocence incarnate, got him off the hook along with Keates free-kick , that hardly served poetic justice.

Youth proof Robinson won possession and the hunger and desire in his eyes, saw him carve the left-flank  wide open. The cross confused the new centre-half pairing who could only half clear to the marauding Gray, ever revelling in his new-found midfield pastures. His drive found Nicolau, who killed it dead before despatching a left-footer to meet its maker.  One- nil Imps with twenty on the clock.  Sit on it we did not as the red waves were countered, allowing Taylor another opportunity that Coughlin saved and claimed.  Farman naturally did his bit holding a left foot drive from Morrell, as the lively end to end contest continued.

Robinson romped and won a corner then Gilbert was elbowed on the blind side of a ref that could hear, smell or see no evil it appeared.  The lino did, but a word was enough it seemed.  Reg was Wrexham red with anger and remonstrated from the dugout. Miller went down too, before Imp personified Taylor bless him, slid/did Walker who got up and promptly pushed him to the ground.  The handbags were raised and whilst  Miller received the magic sponge Jamie Taylor was booked for the challenge and Walker got the same for the retaliation.

Wright was next in the book, for a choice old-skool late challenge on Gilbert before Wrexham won two corners that Miller and Boyce repelled in England my England style.  The cross border skirmishes continued with  Mills and Clarke going head to head for the ball, with the captain seeing stars for a while.  Gray was then booked for delaying his throw before getting another unseen nudge in the back at the corner.  There was still time enough in injury time for Smith to be booked for taking his time at a corner.

Second half

Both managers kept the faith with Wrexham enjoying the early possession and getting three free-kicks and a corner.  Robinson bucked the trend, turned on a sixpence, beat his man, but blasted well wide. Taylor the beauty, then did it again.  Mills played to Nicolau who threaded to Taylor. The diminutive dead-shot, beat his man with one touch then curled a 25-yard peach that left Coughlin mesmerized.  The 161 of Impdom were dancing all day at the dragon’s den then.  A Walker throw found Clarke but his drive was wide of the right-hand post.

Robinson was then denied a stone-wall penalty shout, from a ref that gave us nought, with Nicolau’s drive denied by Coughlin’s dive.  He then saved a goal-bound Smith drive who was then replaced by Sheridan.  Robinson was not to be denied his goal however and it was a beauty.  Miller ran from deep and clipped in a sweet centre that Connor cut just inside the post.  Morrell decided on a double substitution to see if they could salvage anything from three down. Colbeck replaced the manager and Rushden came on for Walker. Larkin then came on for Taylor.

Wrexham began to pressure the Imps. Wright headed just over and Farman saved well from a Keates set-piece.  A glorious long ball from Wright found Colbeck who volleyed an 18 yard rocket into the top right-hand corner for 3-1.  Omerod shot on the turn but Miller’s block was judged ball to hand as the penalty appeals were waved away. Power then replaced Robinson with 4 minutes on the clock.  Two minutes later Larkin read Nicolau’s cute cross-field thirty-yard peel, to turn inside and clip past Coughlin. Four-one and an away-day indeed.  Nicolau – perhaps yet a pretender to the long absent play-maker throne – peeled another of those fabled Jacko carrots, to curl a beauty against the post.  The Dragons still had one more consolation in them. A superb ball from Wright found Clarke who gave Farman no chance with a left-footed 12- yarder,  just inside the post.

So 4-2, the Imps are up to 20th, has the phoenix risen from the ashes, fanned by the Dragon’s breath?  One thing is for sure, we will be up for the cup, against reincarnated Halifax at the bank. Will it be Sincil swank? Oh for a ticket for that one as Sincil surely salivates. 

 

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Wrexham – Lincoln City

(H/T 01)

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

*****

52% Ball 48%

6 Shots on 11

3 Misses 5

3 Saves 2

11 Corners 6

0 Offside 4

9 Fouls 15

2 Yellows 3

BSP Table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Newport County AFC 15 10 3 2 28 14 14 33
2 up 9 Wrexham 15 8 5 2 25 14 11 29
3 down 1 Luton Town 15 9 2 4 28 21 7 29
4 down 4 Grimsby Town 15 7 6 2 22 10 12 27
5 up 16 Forest Green Rovers 15 8 3 4 25 15 10 27
6 down 6 Dartford 15 8 2 5 25 18 7 26
7 up 9 Tamworth 14 7 1 6 21 19 2 22
8 down 8 AFC Telford United 15 5 6 4 26 21 5 21
9 down 9 Macclesfield Town 14 6 3 5 25 25 0 21
10 down 1 Mansfield Town 14 6 3 5 22 25 -3 21
11 down 11 Woking 15 6 1 8 27 29 -2 19
12 down 12 Hereford United 15 5 4 6 22 26 -4 19
13 down 13 Southport 15 5 4 6 22 27 -5 19
14 up 6 Gateshead 14 4 6 4 19 19 0 18
15 down 15 Stockport County 14 4 5 5 19 19 0 17
16 down 16 Braintree Town 15 4 5 6 18 22 -4 17
17 down 17 Alfreton Town 14 4 5 5 17 23 -6 17
18 down 3 Barrow 15 4 5 6 19 28 -9 17
19 down 9 Cambridge United 14 4 4 6 27 28 -1 16
20 down 20 Lincoln City 15 4 4 7 19 23 -4 16
21 down 8 Kidderminster Harriers 14 3 6 5 17 15 2 15
22 down 22 Nuneaton 15 2 6 7 20 31 -11 12
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 15 2 5 8 20 31 -11 11
24 down 24 Hyde FC 13 1 4 8 15 25 -10 7

STMI Stats Wrexham 2 Imps 4 Facts & Stats That Appeased Impdom This Week

The 4-2 win at Wrexham sees the Imps move above the creak of the trapdoor.  After two Taylor misses, Nicolau pounced on a blocked Gray shot to hit a trademark opener on 20 minutes.  Jamie Taylor then curled home a 25-yard peach on 56. Young Robinson was denied a penalty but exacted revenge to put us in the perfect position, on 69, when he fired home Millers cross from close range. On 79 Colbeck hit a stunning volley to finish off a route one move with style. Sub Larkin latched onto Nicolau’s 30-yard cross-field caress to make it 4-1 on 88. On 90, Clarke then converted another fine long ball from Wright with a crisp drive from a dozen yards.

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Wrexham 2–4 Lincoln City  

(H/T 0 –1)

Scorers

Nicolau 20 Taylor 56 Robinson 69 Colbeck 79 Larkin 88 Clarke 90

Att  3809

Dragons 3648  Imps 161 

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The teams & Schemes

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4-3-3 

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13 Coughlin

   2 Wright (Y-37)  23 Westwood  6 Riley  16 Hunt

7 Cieslewicz 12 Keates 14 Clarke

10 Ormerod  9 Wright 11 Morrell 

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Substitutions

5 Walker (Y-33for Riley 73 Colbeck for Morrell  74 Rushton for Walker

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Subs 

18 Walker, 19 Rushton, 21 Colbeck,  24 Devine, 26 Morton.

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4-2-3-1

1 Farman

 18 Bore 20 Miller 5 Boyce 30 Gilbert  

      4 Mills  15 Gray (Y-45+2)

7 Smith (Y-45+3) 39 Robinson 16 Nicolau  

10 Taylor  (Y-33)

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Substitutions

64 Sheridan for Smith, 75 Larkin for Taylor, 86 Power for Robinson

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Subs 

27 Turner,  8 Power,  37 Fofana  , 12 Sheridan 34 Larkin

 

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Wrexham 24 Lincoln City

(H/T 01)

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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52% Ball 48%

6 Shots on 11

3 Misses 5

3 Saves 2

11 Corners 6

0 Offside 4

9 Fouls 15

2 Yellows 3

BSP Table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Newport County AFC 15 10 3 2 28 14 14 33
2 up 9 Wrexham 15 8 5 2 25 14 11 29
3 down 1 Luton Town 15 9 2 4 28 21 7 29
4 down 4 Grimsby Town 15 7 6 2 22 10 12 27
5 up 16 Forest Green Rovers 15 8 3 4 25 15 10 27
6 down 6 Dartford 15 8 2 5 25 18 7 26
7 up 9 Tamworth 14 7 1 6 21 19 2 22
8 down 8 AFC Telford United 15 5 6 4 26 21 5 21
9 down 9 Macclesfield Town 14 6 3 5 25 25 0 21
10 down 1 Mansfield Town 14 6 3 5 22 25 -3 21
11 down 11 Woking 15 6 1 8 27 29 -2 19
12 down 12 Hereford United 15 5 4 6 22 26 -4 19
13 down 13 Southport 15 5 4 6 22 27 -5 19
14 up 6 Gateshead 14 4 6 4 19 19 0 18
15 down 15 Stockport County 14 4 5 5 19 19 0 17
16 down 16 Braintree Town 15 4 5 6 18 22 -4 17
17 down 17 Alfreton Town 14 4 5 5 17 23 -6 17
18 down 3 Barrow 15 4 5 6 19 28 -9 17
19 down 9 Cambridge United 14 4 4 6 27 28 -1 16
20 down 20 Lincoln City 15 4 4 7 19 23 -4 16
21 down 8 Kidderminster Harriers 14 3 6 5 17 15 2 15
22 down 22 Nuneaton 15 2 6 7 20 31 -11 12
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 15 2 5 8 20 31 -11 11
24 down 24 Hyde FC 13 1 4 8 15 25 -10 7

 

International Duty

Andrew Abbott looks at a trip to Wrexham and the principality of Wales

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That’s right, City are in Wales this weekend to face the daunting prospect of trying to extract something from their trip to the principality with a visit to Wrexham. The Imps will be buoyed by the point gained at MansfieldTown. Every little helps but it’s worth pointing out that all is not that well at Mansfield these days and Wrexham will present a considerably tougher prospect. Talking to not exactly a Stags fan but certainly a football follower, Forest fan actually, with his ear to the tracks in Notts it’s hard to fathom who is the least popular with his fans, David Holdsworth or Mansfield’s Paul Cox at the moment.

 

Not to get too bogged down with football politics it’s been another strange old week in Impdom with the team, for my money, playing Luton off the park, at least for spells only to get struck down by that all too familiar current problem or problems rather; inability to score and individual mistakes. Both traits are acknowledged by the manager but the fans are looking to the gaffer to put these things right. So far he has not displayed an ability to do so but we live in hope.

 

There are some bright points starting with keeper Paul Farman which may seem a bit strange in the week when said keeper got Luton off to a flyer palming the ball in the net but such indiscretions are very few and far between with Farman and he more than redeemed himself with his display at Mansfield. It’s worth remembering that the much vaunted Rob Burch had a red face on more than one occasion and the sainted Alan Marriott was not invulnerable. He wouldn’t be playing at the level he is if that were the case.

 

Other plus points, for me, are Andrew Boyce, again maybe not his most sparkling performance against the Hatters but I really like watching this player, and Tom Miller. We’ve also got Peter Gilbert for a few games and I like the cut of his jib too. All defenders you’ll note, we’re having to wait to make any judgements on the strike force but it would be remiss not to mention Jamie Taylor, a player who quite literally gets us out of our seats.

 

Right, that’s cheered ourselves up, back to earth with a bump as we consider the prospects for points to lift us out of the bottom four and it’s difficult to be too optimistic although stranger things have happened. A look at the league table tells us everything we need to know. Wrexham second, City fourth from the wrong end. Now if that isn’t tempting providence I don’t know what is.

 

 

 

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The BSP Relegation Rumble

The Imps, Ebbsfleet, Nuneaton and Hyde find themselves a couple of points adrift of in-form Kidderminster going into this one. Barrow too are climbing after a thrilling 3-2 win against Southport. STMI looks at the runners and riders in the BSP basement battle and asks can the Imps climb from the abyss or will we slide further down the pyramid?

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The Imps travel to Wrexham with David Holdsworth’s comments suggesting a repeat of last season’s 2-0 defeat. Though realistic, it is hardly IMPspiring for the faithful, or indeed the continuation of his tenure.  After a 0-0 against Mansfield, perhaps a more positive rhetoric such as ‘ the lads are focused, we will give it our best shot and hope for a repeat of the draw we got at the big-spending Stags. Who knows we may sneak it one-nil with the defensive spine and Jamie Taylor always giving us a shout.’ Clearly our failure to take points in a clement September, will make things hard in an October from the bowels of Hades. FC Halifax, though tricky, will give the Imps a cup day that should get the crowds in, but failure will surely spell the end?

Kidderminster are the side on the rise. They have already cut the Imps two points adrift along with the other three basement boys. Ex-Imp Gowling, typically,  has been the defensive rock upon which they have won three of their last four, enjoying a run of nine unbeaten games.  The injury sustained against Hyde is not as bad as feared, but the Lambs do face  tricky games against Stockport and Gateshead. They may block an impressive rise from bottom to 20th in the table. The Imps play Stockport at home after the cup sabbatical on 20th October, in a game we must win. A new management team, plus a decent away following would burst through the break-even gate figure.

Barrow entertain fourth placed Dartford suggesting they will not increase the three point gap on us, even if David Holdsworth’s prophesy does come true on the morrow. They then travel to Nuneaton and Stockport before hosting the Imps. Three six-pointers indeed, but successive 3-2 wins over Southport and Braintree certainly stand them in good stead for the battles ahead.

Nuneaton followed up a 3-1 defeat at Stockport with a 0-0 at home to Hereford. They will probably not fancy the trip to Luton, minus red card Fleetwood, although those are the kind of big days the BSP are all about for the smaller teams, sunning themselves after promotion.  The home game against Barrow will be the meat and drink matters they must have the stomach for, if they are to sustain their Premiership existence. Mansfield at home will be an interesting ask, perhaps even a defining moment for Cox, if he is still about.

Ebbsfleet drew with in-form Kidderminster before losing 1-0 to League Leaders Newport.  The home game against faltering Alfreton should yield a win, with the returning Carew a massive bonus.  They then travel to Tamworth and Telford,  two tricky duels.

Hyde are struggling after a 1-1 draw with Gateshead was followed by that psychologically humiliating 3-0 loss at the Lambs.  The tigers host Tamworth, then travel to Cambridge, before a vital home game with Alfreton. Another side pleased to just be here, November looks a very arduous month.

Saturday’s Games
Macclesfield
v
Newport County
12:30
AFC Telford
v
Grimsby
15:00
Barrow
v
Dartford
15:00
Ebbsfleet United
v
Alfreton Town
15:00
Hereford
v
Braintree Town
15:00
Luton
v
Nuneaton
15:00
Mansfield
v
Forest Green
15:00
Woking
v
Southport
15:00
Wrexham
v
Lincoln City
15:00
Stockport County
v
Kidderminster
15:30
Gateshead
v
Cambridge Utd
17:15
Hyde
v
Tamworth
18:30

The table 

Pos   Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1
down 1
Newport County AFC
14
10
2
2
27
13
14
32
2
up 9
Wrexham
14
8
5
1
23
10
13
29
3
up 18
Forest Green Rovers
14
8
3
3
25
14
11
27
4
down 2
Luton Town
14
8
2
4
26
21
5
26
5
down 5
Dartford
14
8
1
5
25
18
7
25
6
down 6
Grimsby Town
14
6
6
2
20
9
11
24
7
up 9
Tamworth
14
7
1
6
21
19
2
22
8
down 8
AFC Telford United
14
5
6
3
25
19
6
21
9
down 9
Macclesfield Town
13
6
2
5
24
24
0
20
10
down 10
Woking
14
6
1
7
25
26
-1
19
11
up 9
Gateshead
14
4
6
4
19
19
0
18
12
down 12
Hereford United
14
5
3
6
22
26
-4
18
13
down 4
Mansfield Town
13
5
3
5
21
25
-4
18
14
down 14
Stockport County
14
4
5
5
19
19
0
17
15
down 5
Cambridge United
14
4
4
6
27
28
-1
16
16
down 16
Braintree Town
14
4
4
6
18
22
-4
16
17
down 17
Southport
14
4
4
6
19
25
-6
16
18
down 18
Alfreton Town
13
4
4
5
17
23
-6
16
19
down 4
Barrow
14
4
4
6
19
28
-9
16
20
down 7
Kidderminster Harriers
14
3
6
5
17
15
2
15
21
down 21
Lincoln City
14
3
4
7
15
21
-6
13
22
down 22
Nuneaton
14
2
6
6
20
29
-9
12
23
down 1
Ebbsfleet United
14
2
4
8
20
31
-11
10
24
down 24
Hyde FC
13
1
4
8
15
25
-10
7

Is Simmo Sincil Bound

Keith Alexander, the Great KA, will always have a place in the Imps, Macclesfield fans and Gary Simpson’s heart.  But having buried both Keith and Richard Butcher with dignity, Gary climbed from the sorrow and the shadows at Macclesfield. He built a side from nothing, saw it sold from under him but generated an unheard of profit at a club that cashed in too early, then sacked him too early and paid the ultimate price by going down.

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Speculation is growing after his reported appearance in Tuesday’s Mansfield V Lincoln match , revealed in the report, where the Imps came out with a hard earned point. He has not however been approached by Bob Dorrian, not yet anyway. Although the club could do with someone who can sew a silk purse from a sow’s ear, given the finances, you have to feel Grant Brown Mr Moyses will be given a chance to work with David Holdsworth for a while at least.

Then again people have remarked that the body language between the three has not been that great, in the dugout, over the last two games. Initial friction and bedding in perhaps? Wrexham  is a tough ask. They are habitual over-spenders  have a budget more than double ours and lay second. However the game against FC Halifax will be make or break you feel.

Gary, if asked, would certainly get the crowds back. He still has an eye for talent that has seen both Peterborough and Macclesfield reap 7 figure rewards. He is also not used to having too much spare cash and has a wealth of respect and contacts at the non-league level, That is where Keith found him. Poetic justice, perhaps that he will return to Sincil Bank to finish the mission Keith came so close to fulfilling before the gardening leave incident, that has seen an Imps free-fall ever since.

Such a shame, we really do have a wonderful club , with fantastic support and potential. But to restore the belief and get the fans back we need a Murphy and someone to put football first and foremost. STMI suggest Simmo certainly looks to be a good all-round candidate for the job of Sincil Saviour.