Braintree 0 Imps 3 – 10 Imps Triumph As Tony Tango’s Town Twice.
A brilliant 3-0 win at Braintree with 10 men for 86 minutes of the match sees the Imps up to 17th. With the Imps looking for 4 points from last night and the Alfreton game, this was a fantastic result against resilient opponents. Barrow will try to play their postponed game against Macclesfield tonight but Nuneaton’s 1-0 defeat at the Stags sees both our rivals three points behind us now. There is still plenty to do but we have the points in the bag and the momentum going into Saturday. Alfreton also play Braintree on Thursday so will have only 38 hours recovery time. Nuneaton also play Woking on Thursday.
For the benefit of Iron 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 Iron at Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Braintree 0–3 Lincoln
Diagne 26 & 74 Boyce 79
Iron 391 , Imps 56
The teams & Schemes
5 Paine 19 Wells 15 Massey 3 Habergham
12 Dayley 8 Davis 7 Symons 11 Sparkes
14 Sheppard 9 Marks
68 Woodyard on for Sheppard, 82 Watts on for Habergham, 84 Wickham on for Symans
22 Naisbitt (GK), 28 Watts (D) , 32 Smith (D), 31 Wickham (MF), 33 Woodyard (MF)
(4-3-2 after 5 mins)
25 Brown 5 Boyce
20 Miller 4 Jordan 3 Diagne
37 Fofana (Y-62) 35 Turnbull 12 Sheridan
10 Taylor (Y-65) 36 Dali
77 Power on for Turnbull, 81 Gray on for Diagne 90 Smith on for Sheridan
31 David Preece (GK), 15 Dan Gray (DF), 18 Jake Jones (MF), 8 Alan Power (MF), 7 Adam Smith (MF)
But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….
This was a battle of attrition that saw the Imps refuse to lay down and die after an early red was shown to Dali, adjudged to have stamped on Wells. This forced a change to 4-3-2 as the resurgent Imps dug deep and came out fighting. McDonald was forced to tip over a speculative Sheridan effort. It was scrappy stuff as The Iron failed to make their numerical advantage tell, with Diagne and Miller eager to counter. A Davis effort startled the stars rather than the statisticians.
A long Miller throw found Sheridan who held his head as Massey cleared his snap-shot off the line. Then on 26 minutes a neat one-two between Turnbull and Sheridan found Diagne, who on the overlap, smashed a sweet full volley that arrowed into the top left from all of 30 yards. The Imps were putting distance between the faithfull and the relegation trapdoor with style and a smile.
It was dogged stuff at times as the Imps closed out the Iron’s response, with every man playing as if their lives depended on it. Few real chances saw a Turnbull corner claimed by McDonald and Imp reject Dayley cross into Farman’s gloves. Sack the juggler keeper McDonald spilled a Turnbull free-kick that was hacked clear and Marks hit high and wide after Braintree had finally navigated the swamp and the 7 man Imps defence.
Both managers kept the faith, with Braintree the first to press. A Sparkes free-kick was brilliantly saved by Farman. Miller thumped the corner clear. Nervy stuff, but it was one for all and all for one from Simmo’s Sincil soldiers of fortune. Fofana took one for the team and Jordan, smiled politely to get away with one after a timely trip.
But the Imps were earning the right to play with Taylor latching onto a Farman punt, only to get nothing even though he was fouled. On 65 he was incredibly booked by the referee who in all honesty was poor for both sides. A super exchange between Jordan and Sheridan saw the mercurial Taylor chip just wide, Jake and young Jordan showed great technique throughout given the cowpaddle of a pitch – it had been sanded but the even the sahara dessert would not have made a difference.
Fofana needed treatment after an elbow, but the would have missed a screaming queen wearing pink Ray-Bans. Referee. If either manager gave him a three out of ten they should ask for change. On 74 Taylor was fouled again, this time just outside the D, with Diagne exacting some poetic justice. His fireball of a free-kick saw a motionless McDonald look on in awe. Mmmm a brace with grace as Impdom sounded the charge.
Massey hooked a Sheridan cross just wide of his own post. Power hit the corner high and into the danger area, Boyce rose supreme to crash a towering header into the roof of the net. Alas Diagne picked up an injury, as did Sheridan, but in truth the Imps had beaten Braintree in their own back yard at their own game. Passion, spirit and the lions share of the possession to boot.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
43% Ball 57%
6 Shots on 9
5 Misses 3
3 Saves 6
4 Corners 4
0 Offside 3
12 Fouls 16
0 Yellows 2
0 Reds 1
BSP Table 27/3/13
|4||Newport County AFC||37||21||6||10||74||53||21||69|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||39||17||10||12||57||40||17||61|
|24||AFC Telford United||41||5||16||20||49||69||-20||31|
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