Lincoln 1 Luton 2 Reg On The Edge Is The View From The Stacey West
Luton certainly filled the emptying Bank coffers yesterday and were just about worth the three points despite a spirited display by Holdsworth’s, Moyses’ or should that be Brown’s Imps? But more of that later, for the tale of why Luton sit fourth and the Imps 21st – in the bottom 4 – must be told.
For the benefit of Luton Town 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 Hatter at. Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Lincoln City FC 1–2 Luton Town
(H/T 0–1 )
Farman OG 28, Shaw 48, Taylor 58
2106 Imps Hatters 864
(looked like far more visitors – would have to say 1100-1200)
15 D Gray 20 Miller 5 Boyce 30 Gilbert
18 Bore 16 Nicolau 37 Fofana 7 Smith
60 Larkin for Fofana 79 Robinson for Bore, 91 Sheridan for Miller
27 Turner, 19 Hutchison 12 Sheridan 12 Sheridan, 39 Robinson
25 Henry (C) 12 Ainge 24 Essam 11 Howells
7 Lawless (Y-44) 17 O’Donnell
13 Fleetwood 22 Robinson 27 A Gray (Y-36)
46 Rowe -Turner for Robinson 46 Shaw for Rendell 76 Kasim (Y-90) for A Gray
33 Brill 2 Rowe-Turner 18 Kasim 9 Shaw 29 Walker
But to the Game fellow fans, to the game………….
With the Imps attacking the Stacey West, the Luton opening salvo had many of us fearing the worst. This, despite Morgan sitting deep in front of the back 4 as 4-1-4-1 attempted to disturb the rhythm of the 4-2-3-1 lone gun drum. An 11 pass opening move went down the right, across the middle, then probed the left, before Lawless fired over the bar. Our first kick saw a poor clearance from Farman find Fleetwood of all people. Clever feet saw him skip Boyce, but his fizzing full blooded 30 yarder, flew 3 foot wide of the right-hand upright. There were ‘oohs and ahs’ from the huge Luton contingent that seemed to fill most of the two banks, each of 800 seats, in the away section for the day (864 surprisingly given).
The 10 marauding midfield matadors would keep things tight, with opportunities at a premium. Morgan 25 yards out dragged the Imps first sight of daylight well wide right. Taylor up front and all alone between the twin town oaks reasoned he would need to come from deep. He twisted and turned, but was forced wide and got a corner. Nicolau’s sweet left foot found Boyce. Who powered a header wide. Smith twisted and turned sending over a cross come shot that forced Tyler to tip over. Perhaps the shortest between the sticks in the BSP, he can jump like a kangaroo that chap.
The Hatters were shading the possession and the chances although, Ainge and Lawless spurned the two free-kicks as the Imps continued to frustrate by hook or crook. Lawless sent forth a sublime cross-field thirty-five yard pass, but lack of control illustrates the frustrations of the BSP. Taylor took a snapshot that was deflected for a corner. A neat Nicolau out-swinger found Smith, his miscue was punched by Taylor and Nicolau’s follow-up clipped a Hatter’s heel for another corner. Boyce rose well but was ruled to have won the duel unfairly. Smith showed the winger he can be, twisting passed three, to come in side and fire high over the home bar. And then we were undone.
Gray beat three down the right but Gilbert appeared to have shadowed him wide enough. With great feet Gun-slinger Gray twisted inside and hammered one near post. Alas trusty new England C Keeper Farman fumbled the fearsome exoset into the wrong side of the side netting. That such an effort was deemed an OG seems harsh on both players but the visitors were ahead and that was all that matters to the dancing hordes. Gray again outpaced Gilbert who redeemed himself at the expense of a corner. Howells delivery saw Farman punch well under pressure.
Fleetwood then sent a glorious through ball to Gray, who was in on goal. He then bounced off Farman, somewhat theatrically earning a yellow for his trouble when an attempt to stay on his feet could have yielded the killer second or perhaps even a penalty. Wee Jamie Taylor came from deep and hit a glorious dipping drive from distance that Tyler palmed over. Miller ghosted in at the corner but put his effort wide.
Holdsworth kept the faith, whilst Buckle swapped Shaw for Rendell and Rowe-Turner for Robinson. A foul on O’Donnell led to a 48th minute free-kick for the Hatters. Fleetwood picked out Shaw, who merely had to nod home from the corner of the 6-yard box. Inexcusably he had been forgotten and pretty much given the freedom of the City. Many Imps feared a rout as Fleetwood curled a 25-yard peach a yard or so wide. Fleetwood was then denied magnificently by Farman in a heroic inspirational, one on one that would change the flow of the game. From the clearance Taylor gathered in the centre-circle, turned and skipped a challenge or so before unloading a 30 yard pile-driver that whistled just under the bar. Worth the gate money on its own, the Dam Busters flew in the Stacey West.
Larkin came on for Fofana as the Imps went 4-4-2. Andre Gray exploited the space but O’Donnell shot well wide. The Imps however continued to grow into the game to edge the possession forcing first choice play-maker Kasim from the bench to replace Gray. Essam sliced onto the roof of his own net. Boyce headed the corner wide. Morgan also troubled just the ball-boys with another shot from distance. Robinson came on for Bore as the Imps went 4-3-3. This left the midfield and counter opportunities very open for both sides. Luton were more for running down the clock which earned Kasim a caution. Robinson was then felled in his prime earning Ainge just a talking too. In a last ditch attempt to pull something back the Imps went 3-4-3 with Sheridan on for Miller. Shaw then looked to have put things beyond doubt but Bank Beast Boyce once again put body and soul on the line at the Bank to deflect his effort wide.
The Fat Lady is clearing her throat then…….
With Mansfield, Wrexham and Stockport next up, time and the fates seem to be conspiring against Holdsworth. Mr Moyses and Grant Brown, doing the warm up and sharing the bench duties will hardly have the inexperienced manager sleeping easy either. Gilbert, by his own admission another big mate, is Holdsworth’s 104th signing in 35 months. Could he be his last at Lincoln? The Holdsworth out shouts and the two lads who tried to get to the dug out certainly seem to think so.
Lincoln City FC 1–2 Luton Town
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
51% Ball 49%
3 Shots on 3
6 Misses 3
1 Saves 2
9 Corners 2
4 Offside 4
9 Fouls 11
0 Yellows 3
BSP Table 6/10/12
|1||Newport County AFC||13||9||2||2||26||13||13||29|
|2||Forest Green Rovers||13||8||3||2||24||12||12||27|
|9||AFC Telford United||13||4||6||3||21||18||3||18|
Posted on October 7, 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 Lincoln 1 Luton 2 V view from the Stacey West. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.