Imps 1 Southport 0 – Just the 8 Points Required Then!
Saviour Simmo shuffled the pack to conjure a brave but vital smash and grab against Southport FC. The Imps absorbed an onslaught but gave no quarter as Oliver and Byrne both saw red for violent conduct near the end. But let us not get ahead of ourselves for deeds were done this day. Such a shame that so few were there to see the triumphant return of our managerial hero and the debut of what looks to be the latest of his gems, MoM Todd Jordan. Under 1500 Imps saw this one (remember we too are still banned from our sacred church), but Simmo’s Imps are already a third of the way to that 12 point target. With 10 games to go and 8 points needed to survive, we had the added bonus of those around us taking a point or less yesterday.
For the benefit of Southport fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Sandgrounder at. Thanks for reading a view from behind the Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Lincoln 1–0 Southport
Power (pen 14)
1484 Imps Sandgrounders 108
20 Miller (Y-32) 6 Gardner 5 Boyce 3 Diagne
37 Fofana 4 Jordan
10 Taylor 8 Power 18 Jones (Y-63)
14 Oliver (R-81)
65 Sheridan on for Taylor, 74 Smith on for Jones, 84 Hobson on for Power
David Preece, Adam Smith, Jake Sheridan, Craig Hobson, Paul Turnbull.
15 Chalmers 2 Smith 14 Byrne (R-82) 5 Parry 10 Clancy
8 Ledsham 7 Whalley
22 Poku (Y-45+2)
21 Kay 9 Owens
65 Almond on for Kay, 70 Willis (Y-94) on for Chalmers, 76 Tames on for Clancy
Chris Almond (for Kay 65), Russell Benjamin, Steven Tames (for Clancy 76), Liam Willis (for Chalmers 70), Zac Hibbert.
We would thank the BBC Lincs commentary team and those at the game for their help, but clearly this was one we had to cover whatever the obstacles we have faced since October and the sad banning of the Sincil 4.
But to the Game fellow fans, to the game………….
With Brown failing a pre-match fitness test, Diagne and Jordan took their Sincil bows along with yellow socked Simmo, back and charged to save the Bank from BSN oblivion. The Imps were bright with Jones and Taylor in a three behind Oliver, having early efforts blocked by the grinding machine that is Southport. Diagne blocked Whalley’s effort at the expense of a corner. Leadsham took it, Boyce headed clear for a second corner where Farman claimed but Owens fouled Boyce for a free-kick and an easing of the pressure.
Fofana and Jordan were getting to grips and the latter found Jones who was ruled offside. Ditto moments later, but Poku needed foul play to halt him in his tracks almost at the flag. Power’s free-kick was palmed behind for a corner, but his in-swinger was wasted, going straight out, althoughTaylor fouled McMillan. With the Imps in the ascendancy and going long, Miller found Vadaine won another corner, this time Owens headed clear. Farman also sent one long but Power failed to get it under control thanks to the wet conditions. But no matter as the next attack led to a deserved lead. A nice interchange between Jones and Power freed Taylor who made for goal. Three defenders tried to stop him at the same time, although Chalmers got the touch that sent him tumbling. Referee Johnson had no doubt and cool as a cucumber; Power sent McMillan the wrong way.
Southport, who went down against Cambridge in midweek before storming back, responded strongly. Jones unfairly stopped Whalley in his tracks but the Imps were quick to regain possession and win a corner. Boyce got his head to it but Byrne cleared off the line and Southport were in our within the blink of an eye. Whalley was away from Jordan only to be stopped in his tracks by the outstretched leg of Farman. Referee Johnson pointed to the spot for the second time in 6 minutes. The tension and deadly silence were broken as Farman brilliantly saved top-scorer Whalley’s low penalty to his right.
Poku, well shackled by Jordan and Fofana, got free but his long-range effort was well wide. Whalley was a menace but Oliver was back to head away the resulting corner. Vadaine was also fouled by Byrne up the other but Diagne’s free-kick was cleared. The Imps then defended two in-swinging Ledsham corners thanks to Boyce and Farman.
Miller took one for the team, sliding in on Clancy but Ledsham is deemed offside from the restart. Taylor fires over from just outside the box. Whalley also send a 20 yarder wide. Byrne then heads wide and Farman denies Clancy with a reaction save. A rather frustrated Poku gets a yellow for a poorly timed challenge on Jones.
Both managers kept the faith with the Mighty Imps attacking the Stacey West. Southport were big , strong and determined. Jordan blocked Owens efford and Farman punched clear Whalley’s corner. Miller put life and limb on the line to snuffle a Clancy drive. Jones takes one for the team to stop Chalmers. Sheridan comes on for Taylor in a bid to stifle the Southport onslaught and the Sandgrounders bring on Almond for Kay. Boyce heads Smith’s cross off the nose of Owens and the in-swinger gratefully goes into the side netting. Willis replaces Chalmers as the visitors continue to try to breakdown a stubborn home resistance.
Simmo brings on Smith for Jones, part in a bid to kill the game , but also mindful of the fact that Jones is on a yellow and has just done Poku again. Vadaine has also been giving as good as he gets and is adjudged to have fouled Smith. Moments later with the game in its final 9 minutes, Byrne pushes Vadaine Oliver into the advertising boards. With the two eyeballing each and toe to toe the referee gives both a red. With 10 apiece Tames replaces Clancy for the visitors and Simmo reacts by taking off Power for Hobson. Boyce fouls Owens and Whalley’s fizzing free-kick comes back off the post, hits Farman on the back before going harmlessly out for a corner. Farman then saves Owens effort easily.
Its backs to the wall stuff now as Sheridan does Whalley but Boyce heads his free-kick out. The Imps almost exploit the gung-ho approach but Hobson is denied by McMillan who gets away lightly after leaving him requiring treatment. He recovers and is denied again by a shirt-pull from Liam Willis who is booked for his trouble. Diagne has a pop but hits a haymaker wide. Southport manage two more efforts, but Farman easily claims Owens drive and Ledshams header to bring the game to a close.
The Fat Lady is clearing her throat then…….
A hard fought well won game. This side has fight and spirit now. With 8 points needed from 10 games it does not look as if Saviour Simmo’s Imps are going down this year. But with under 1500 home fans and deep divisions between the board and supporters groups, things must be done. There was over £4,500 pledged by Rob Bradley and other donations for the cause prior to the game, but in reality that is small fry and will do little more than paper over the cracks. For the Mighty Imps and a favoured son to be able realise our fantastic potential, you feel there is plenty more to go in our can’t do without but agonising soap opera.
Lincoln 1–0 Southport
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
47% Ball 53%
3 Shots on 5
3 Misses 4
6 Saves 2
4 Corners 12
2 Offside 1
14 Fouls 9
2 Yellows 2
1 Reds 1
BSP Table 9/3/13
|4||Newport County AFC||34||20||6||8||71||50||21||66|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||37||16||10||11||54||37||17||58|
|24||AFC Telford United||37||5||15||17||44||59||-15||30|
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