Nuneaton 1 Imps 0 Aggro, Angst & The Fat Lady Is Clearing Her Throat
A 93rd minute Wesley York howitzer from 25-yards into the top corner fittingly settled this basement battle. The Imps stay out of the bottom four by virtue of a point, but Nuneaton, now a point behind, have two games in hand. Barrow, just three points behind us, also have a game in hand. Both of Nuneaton’s games come next week (Grimsby at home on Tues and a trip to Braintree on Thurs). Then Saturday sees us entertain bottom club Telford in another 6 pointer we surely have to win? They say ‘it aint over until the fat lady sings’. Well she is certainly clearing her throat at the very least, perhaps helped by ex-Imp captain Mills, back for rehab and sure to have helped with half the homework at least.
For the benefit of Boro fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Boro fan at
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Saturday 15th March KO 3PM
Boro 798 Imps 324,
The teams & Schemes
3 Phillips 5 Dean 4 Cowan 21 O’Halloran
7 York 14 Forsdick (Y-22) 12 Armson 13 Sleath
27 Moult 10 Brown
73 Dance on for Forsdick, 87 Cartwright on for Moult
Cartwright, Gordon, McNamee, Adams, Dance
20 Miller (Y-53) 25 Brown 5 Boyce 3 Diagne
37 Fofana 4 Jordan
10 Taylor 8 Power 7 Smith
14 Hobson (Y-45)
75 Sheridan on for Taylor 76 Jones on for Smith
Preece, Sheridan, Gray, Jones, Dali.
But to the game fellow football fans, to the game.
The Imps are first out of the traps as Hobson finds Taylor, but Burge claims his cross confidently. Nuneaton attack but Brown denies Sleath at the expense of a corner. Armson delivers, Dean shoots but Brown is there again to deflect for a second corner. The Imps clear as far as Philips who dinks a cross onto the roof of the net. A 25-yard goal-bound screamer from Todd Jordan is bravely blocked by Phillips. Power has a dig from the outside of the box, but his shot is just wide.
The dangerous Sleath sends a long-range effort just wide. Boyce heads Phillips cross away for a corner. Armson sends in another, Dean shoots, but Power clears off the line. York heads another Phillips cross wide. Armson thankfully fires a free-kick, conceded by Power in a dangerous position, well over. Smith gets into the game but his second attempt at a cross finds the keeper. Hobson, with little service, is leading the line well and gets done from behind by Forsick who gets a card for his antics. Power sends in the free-kick forcing Cowans to head behind for the corner. Power centres, Dean clears, Power sends it back in but Burge claims under pressure from Hobson.
Boyce then gets a block to a fierce 20-yard York effort. He has some shot on him this lad. Another wayward Power corner sees Diagne, outside the box. head agonisingly over as the Imps continue to show we too fancy something from this vital six-pointer. It was scrappy stuff centred in the middle although Forsdick outwitted Boyce, but Sleath thankfully and awfully miscues. Boro force another corner. Armson plays the outswinger and Cowans rises supremely to head but a foot wide, Hobson receives a booking for dissent, a combination of a reaction to being caught offside and his umpteenth foul on Dean.
Both managers kept the faith with the Imps eager to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Diagne overlaps and is away but his cross lands on the roof of the net. Cowans centres up the other end but Boyce is alert to it and heads away the danger. Miller then heads a Power free-kick just wide. Smith is caught offside to end another promising counter by the Imps. The rain is coming down in buckets now, suggesting any slip could change the destiny of the points. Miller is carded for a foul on Moult, although the conditions play a big part. A great ball from Jordan sees Taylors effort come back of Burge’s legs. Taylor has come to life, his delivery forcing Dean to clear with Smith hitting a glorious 25-yard rising drive just over.
Miller on the overlap sees his cross claimed by Burge. You had to fancy the Imps during this purple patch. O’Halloran relieves the pressure but Armson fires Millers clearance wide. York has another cross come shot that goes harmlessly wide. With the game entering the last 15 minutes, Dance is brought on for Forsdick, with Simmo bringing on Sheridan for Taylor and Jones for Smith to force a decider. Both wide men are quickly into the game. Sheridan’s half cleared cross falls to Power but O’Halloran blocks the danger for a corner, that Brown heads wide. Jones then skins his man but Dean heads clear. Dance, dances but Miller clears for a corner. Brown heads Armson’s corner out for another, this time Cowans shot is blocked by Jordan.
Cartwright is brought on for Moult with just 3 minutes plus added time on the clock. A Millers corner is blocked by O’Halloran and Power’s subsequent out swinging corner is hoofed clear by O’Halloran to Sleath. Fortunately Todd Jordan is back to stop the counter. With half of the 3 minutes added time played York gets free but his cross comes to nothing, With 30 seconds on the clock the game would be sealed amidst triumphant cheers and heartbreaking tears. O’Halloran throws, Boyce heads, but only to York. He controls then slams an unstoppable 25 yard piledriver into the top left-hand corner to give Farman no chance. Tragedy, incredibly given the pressure, Farman had not had not made a save.
This will be small cheer for the 324 who travelled, although it looked closer to 400 plus. It might have been more as there were 87 fans detained by police (63 Nuneaton & 24 Lincoln) prior to the game. All have been bailed, with most of the action centring around the Granby pub at 3.20, although reports suggested disturbances in several pubs during the course of the morning, with the British transport police and the riot squads from three neighbouring constabularies involved.
Chief Inspector Adrian Knight, in charge of the policing operation, added: “Police officers responded to reports of disorder at a number of public houses in the town and were deployed in full protective equipment for their own safety,” he said. “It was important to take a positive approach from the start of the operation and, as a result of that, a significant number of people have been arrested for serious offences and will now be processed.”
With even those who had stifled fan debate for years, now suggesting the phoenix club scenario, we have to unite and get a grip. What goes on behind the scenes is enough for the playing side to contend with, without we fans trying to second guess. It will do the team no good at a vital stage and just get you banned in the process, just as STMI have been. That is what happened to the Sincil 4 and will happen whether you speak the truth or not. Our supporters Trust sold us down the river when our club and ground were gifted for a fraction of their worth – are they even adhering to Supporters Direct any more?
So Telford at home has to be a win on Saturday, its SIMPLES. By then Nuneaton may have gone above us unless Grimsby (Tues) do us a favour and Braintree (Thurs), but we need 8 points from 8 games all the same. Be strong, keep the faith, the breaks will come. Simmo has installed fight and that will even the odds. Football can be a cruel game but it evens itself out in the end. Then at the end of the season get 5 fans onto the Trust board if you dare. Because that is the opportunity for a changing of the guard. That is the time when one who has long been at the centre of things, allowing the great share give-away not to mention paralysing any pro-active fan action; should finally bow to the 12 year rule.
Saturday 15th March KO 3PM
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
59% Ball 41%
6 Shots on 4
4 Misses 2
6 Saves 0
7 Corners 4
2 Offside 4
11 Fouls 7
1 Yellows 2
0 Reds 0
BSP Table 17/3/13
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