Ow-l! We Feel Your 3 Game Pain Vadaine
The Ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker that the Imps have taken to their hearts, Vadaine Oliver, has received a three match ban for violent conduct, following an 81st minute ‘nose to nose’ confrontation with Southport centre-half Neill Byrne. As the red was for violent conduct, he will miss Wrexham, Nuneaton and Telford. The young hot-shot reacted after being clattered into the advertising hoardings during Saturday’s game and will therefore miss three games, the norm for a red card of this kind. It is a shame as the 21 year old has led the line superbly, given such a big responsibility on such young shoulders.
A graduate of the Wednesday youth system, Vadaine was released last summer along with keepers Sean Cuff and Richard O’Donnell, defender Jon Otsemebor, midfielder Chris Sedgwick and striker Clinton Morrison, after failing to step up from the reserves. He was a regular scorer in the youth side and given a first year pro-deal at 19. A long-term injury denied him any progress but the management team still gave him a years extension. Alas he failed to make the breakthrough, despite turning out regularly for the reserves.
The Owls’ loss was our gain, giving us the lead on his first full start away at Telford. The, what was to become a trademark, header looked to have given us 3 valuable points until Trainer equalised on 87. Vadaine then got us out of jail with a thunderous last gasp strike, following Morgan’s ball from the right, in a 3-2 thriller at the Bank against Hyde in the following game. Young Oliver then had to be content to be a substitute would would stake his claim from the bench in emphatic style. Coming on against Barrow on 62 he scored the winner with almost his first touch, converting Power’s corner with a 12 yard blunderbuss straight down the middle.
The icing on the cake of his and our season, the FA Cup run, saw him bag a decisive brace as the Imp hordes saw a famous 2-1 win at Walsall. Again coming from the bench on 79 minutes, Vadaine scored twice in extra time, to see us through 3-2. On 102 minutes another trademark header from a Power corner, gave us the lead. Then on 118 he put us 3-1 up after intercepting Chambers back pass, to calmly beat the keeper one on one. Vadaine then had to be patient before scoring in his first two successive starts since September. We lost 2-4 against Newport and Southport. Another header gave us a 6th minute lead against Dartford, with Larkin bagging the points with a penalty for 2-1 at the death. His headed equaliser against Woking last week secured a valuable point in Simmo’s first game.
Vadaine has pace, power and great technique even if he does look one-footed (right). He certainly seems to have the hunger, physical presence and aggression we need. At 6′ 2″ he is also a handful in the air as his headed goals show. You could see it the day he came on for Barraclough against Grimsby in the Lincs cup in the 64th minute and was quickly into the action. He powerfully robbed Disley and came away from the ball after another full-on challenge from Hatton. That was enough to earn him a mysterious appearance in the squad photo that gave a clue to the fact that he was to get a one-year deal. A contender for young player of the year, he will be missed. See you soon Vadaine, stay fit, your part in our resurgence is far from finished you feel.
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|FULL NAME||Vadaine Oliver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||21 October 1991 (age 21)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sheffield|
|HEIGHT||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|WEIGHT||12 st 4 lb (78 KG)|
|Playing Position||Centre forward|
|CURRENT CLUB||Lincoln City|
|2010-2012||Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps|
|2013-date||Lincoln City 35 Apps 9 goals|