Imps 1 Wrexham 2 And Just 1266 Imps saw It!
Wrexham came out on top but in reality the Imps beat themselves. This would have been a bonus win as we took on the top side, but how tough is the job if we are down to just 1300 home fans being interested enough to turn up. gary and the lads can take credit from this one, but we Imps need to get out in force on Saturday to show get us a valuable three points certainly, but also to show that the club still has a heart and soul, beyond what the propaganda machine of the club skeeps churning out.
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Lincoln 2–1 Wrexham
Westwood OG 33 Ormerod 61 Adebola 65
Imps 1266 , Dragons 113
The teams & Schemes
20 Miller 6 Gardner 5 Boyce 3 Diagne (Y-45)
10 Taylor 37 Fofana 4 Jordan 18 Jones
8 Power (Y-36)
57 Smith on for Jones, 64 Dali on for Hobson, 72 Gray on for Garner
David Preece, Adam Smith, Jake Sheridan, Dan Gray, Gomez Dali.
23 Westwood 32 Artell 3 Ashton
29 Thornton (Y-35) 16 Hunt, 14 Clarke
9 Wright 31 Adebola 31 Ormerod (Y-85)
H/T Little (Y-56) on for Ashton & Walker on for Artell
Adrian Cieslewicz, Andy Morrell, Rob Ogleby, Declan Walker, Glen Little, Ormerod.
But to the game fellow football fans, to the game.
A relatively quiet opening saw Ormerod wriggle free and shoot well wide before Taylor brought the game to life. Playing wide right he cuts inside to rattle the inside of the post. The ball bounces back to Taylor who crosses to Hobson, but the replacement for the suspended Oliver drives wide. This settled the Imps who began to play with more composure against the league leaders clearly struggling to adopt their natural game. Some quality and invention as Ashton plays in Wright who dances his way through, but Farman forces him wide and narrows the angle to save at the expense of a corner. The lively, cunning, Taylor beats two, squares inside, Jordan controls and plays to Diagne, who in turn crosses into the side netting.
A ballooned slice from Taylor sees Wright drive in a goal-bound curler but Boyce heads away neath the top corner. Despite the lack of pace, a surprising prevalence with the Dragons, Danny Wright’s touch and movement down the channel is good but he is well marshalled by Diagne. A neat exchange between Jordan and Diagne sees Hobson caught offside. A lovely threaded ball from Taylor frees Power but his smart drive is saved by Maxwell. The ref, poor for both sides, somehow gives a goal-kick.
Boyce is certainly having the better of Adebola, very much beast not beauty this evening. Danny Wright, meanwhile, is getting the freedom of Sincil Bank, with Miller doing well to charge his effort down. Ormerod is also failing to back up some classy approach work with his usual deadly ability to finish the job. For the Imps, wideboys Jones and Taylor are stretching their full-backs, suggesting this one could go either way. Ashton has to receive lengthy treatment before leaving the field for further work. The Imps struggle to clear a corner with Thornton, by far the fist-half star, sending forth a searing 20 yard drive that is deflected wide. Maxwell, somewhat diminutive for a keeper is not having the most composed of games, misskicks leading to a corner for the Imps. it would be the deserved, if somewhat fortunate, breakthrough. On 33 minutes, Power’s corner finds the head of Diagne and Westwood inadvertantly slices into his own net to give the Imps the lead.
Jones is pushed over the advertising hoardings by Thornton in a carbon copy of Saturday. Thornton gets a yellow. Moments later Power sees yellow for unsporting behaviour, in reality not getting back 10 yards when Thornton drives a quick free kick at him. D Wright and Abebla combine well but the Imps stand firm and get it away with it as Adebola chooses to go wide and into a dead end. Adebola gets a head to D Wright’s cross and Garner slices agonisinglyover his own bar. Thankfully no OG next to his name this week. Hobson, leading the line well, chests down skillfully, feeds Jones, the wide man beats two, before going down too easily to earn a free-kick. Ormerod is sent free by smooth as chocolate Thornton, but again shoots well wide. Power concedes a silly late free and is fortunate to escape a second yellow, not to mention an opportunity for an equaliser. Thornton’s 20 yard curler consummately comes round the wall, Farman sees it late but saves superbly.
Morrell has the Wrexham side out doing a full warm up, to the amusement of the sparse crowd. He makes a double substitution with Little on for Ashton & Walker on for Artell. Hobson is brought crashing down giving the Imps an early free-kick. Powers set-piece comes back to him but he dinks it straight to keeper Maxwell. Wrexham, for all their new found urgency, do not look solid at the back, lethargic to say the least, with the Imps strangling them in midfield. But a trademark City switch off sees Ormerod again fire over the bar.
D Wright twists and turns but his inviting cross goes harmlessly wide of the far post. A great ball from Power sees Jones fire wide at the other end. Thornton gets a yellow for doing Taylor after he has nutmegged him. A limping Jones is replaced by Smith. Two-left-feet Adebola is truly having a shocker with the Dragons lack of pace playing right into the hands of the Imps midfield mangler. Power frees Taylor who delivers, but Westwood chests back to his keeper with all at Sincil Bank screaming handball.
With the Imps looking to bring new signing Dali for Hobson to attempt to kill the game, disaster strikes. Diagne is caught out and cometh the hour cometh the man (61 mins), Ormerod drives home into the bottom right corner after a threaded ball from Clarke. With big man Dali on Smith crosses straight to Maxwell who hits long. Farman chases from goal, miss-kicks the bobbling ball straight to Adebola who places a long-range left-footed trickling effort that Farman is agonisingly unable to chase back and keep it out. Two in five minutes have changed the game. Gray replaces Garner to allow Miller to move next to Boyce.
Little then beats Diagne, he turns inside and curls a beauty just passed the far post. Farman then saves well from Little as the ball cannons onto the underside of the bar. Taylor twists and turns but his cross eludes Dali and finds its way into the arms of Maxwell. The Imps get a late corner. Power takes, but the ball sails harmlessly wide, just begging for a header to put it away. A brilliant run from Smith sees him centre well, but Taylor heads over the bar.
With 4 minutes added Diagne fires just wide of Maxwell’s post as the Imps go for broke. Smith plays to Boyce, he touches to Gray who centres, but again it eludes every head and goes wide of the far post with Maxwell all at sea again. Such a shame, after dominating the first half we threw the game away.
The Imps deserved more out of this even if it took an own goal as Wrexham scored all three. Farman turned from hero to villain, but our survival does not depend on this one, even if we are just 3 points from the drop zone. No, even if we do get enough to stay up – and we should – the biggest problem is trying to re-engage the people of Lincoln with its football club. Just 1379 people turned up for this one. Take off the 113 visitors and that makes just 1266 Imps. Let us hope it is just a cold Tuesday in February that is putting them off. In Gary we Trust but he is going to need help on and off the pitch to turn our club’s fortunes.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
50% Ball 50%
2 Shots on 5
9 Misses 10
3 Saves 2
3 Corners 7
3 Offside 2
11 Fouls 9
2 Yellows 4
0 Reds 0
BSP Table 12/3/13
|4||Newport County AFC||34||20||6||8||71||50||21||66|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||38||17||10||11||56||38||18||61|
|24||AFC Telford United||37||5||15||17||44||59||-15||30|
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