Back Simmo: For Impdom, Pride in the Stripes & St George – Sincil Bank Salivates!

Fortunately the manager of the month award looks to be going to Cox of Mansfield Town (who will hope Burr at Kidderminster Harriers gets it)  as Simpson’s Sincil Soldiers aim to add the Cambridge scalp to a haul of 13 points from his first 8 games at the helm. The 4 wins in the last half dozen, where the Imps were also the better side against Wrexham and Macclesfield, have seen our club move from certain to go down, to in with more than a fighting chance of staying up.  And these Imps certainly have fight and a desire to bring the fans flocking back to Sincil Bank in their thousands.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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Although the Imps sit 15th, the spectre of relegation has not yet been banished from the Bank. Just 3 points separate us from fourth from bottom Stockport and 5 from battling Barrow, yet the Imps have 9 points from the last three games, with destiny well and truly back in our own hands.

No one knows the potential of this football club and its true meaning to the Imps faithful more than Gary, spurred on by the memory of late mates Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher. But the gaffer will be quick to credit the players, something so central to the make up of a man with mud in his studs and a working class ethos with a capital ‘W’.  His job is to mould more than scold, to cajole and install a culture that makes his soldiers want to give 100% for the shirt, the club and those that make the turnstiles click. For the fans are the lifeblood of Lincoln City and every football club, but hereabouts putting in a shift is recognised and respected.

But credit where credit is due. Gary has reversed the slide, restored the pride and invited the fans back for the ride.  The camaraderie, all-for one ethos and pride for the stripes has breathed fresh life into a club and a City that deserves better.  The green shoots of an Imp spring is starting to wake a club that has slumbered for far too many a decade. The loyalist fans in football are begining to respond. Over 400 witnessed defeat at Nuneaton,  but 456  (at least) kept the faith to reap the rewards of the battle of the aptly named Impact Arena at Alfreton. In Simmo it appears we trust,  although he and we know the battle is far from over. STMI urge to Imps to flock to the cause on Monday to make survival almost certain.

Sat 30 Mar
Alfreton Town 0 2 Lincoln City
sent off Franklin (7) Hobson (41)
Oliver (81)
1,189
Tues 26 Mar
Braintree Town 0 3 Lincoln City
Diagne (26 & 74)
sent off Dali (04)
Boyce (79) 
447
Sat 23 Mar
Lincoln City 3 2 AFC Telford
Jordan (12)
Taylor (77 & 88)
Jones (39)
Leslie (53)
1,724
Sat 16 Mar
Nuneaton 1 0 Lincoln City
York (90+3) 1,122
Tues 12 Mar
Lincoln City 1 2 Wrexham
Westwood (34 og) Ormerod (61)
Adebola (66)
1,379
Sat 9 Mar
Lincoln City 1 0 Southport
Power (Pen 14)
sent off Oliver (81)
sent off Byrne (82) 1,827
Wed 6 Mar
Macclesfield 2 1 Lincoln City
Garner (47 og)
Barnes-Homer (55)
Power (Pen 23) 1,557
Sat 2 Mar
Woking 1 1 Lincoln City
Johnson (2) Oliver (25) 1,766

  The Road Ahead

April
Mon 01st Lincoln City v Cambridge Utd 15:00
Sat 06th Kidderminster v Lincoln City 15:00
Tue 09th Luton v Lincoln City 19:45
Sat 13th Lincoln City v Tamworth 15:00
Sat 20th Hyde v Lincoln City 17:15

BSP Standings 31/3/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 12 Kidderminster Harriers 42 24 9 9 71 38 33 81
2 up 7 Mansfield Town 39 25 5 9 76 46 30 80
3 up 8 Wrexham 39 20 12 7 69 38 31 72
4 down 4 Newport County AFC 39 21 8 10 74 53 21 71
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 39 18 12 9 56 32 24 66
6 up 15 Forest Green Rovers 40 18 10 12 59 40 19 64
7 down 7 Macclesfield Town 39 16 11 12 56 53 3 59
8 down 8 Hereford United 40 15 12 13 60 58 2 57
9 down 7 Luton Town 39 15 11 13 57 51 6 56
10 down 10 Woking 41 16 8 17 64 70 -6 56
11 down 1 Cambridge United 41 14 12 15 65 65 0 54
12 down 12 Dartford 39 15 8 16 56 57 -1 53
13 down 13 Braintree Town 38 15 7 16 53 64 -11 52
14 down 14 Hyde FC 41 15 6 20 58 64 -6 51
15 down 15 Lincoln City 41 13 10 18 59 65 -6 49
16 No Change Tamworth 40 13 9 18 47 56 -9 48
17 down 17 Alfreton Town 40 12 12 16 56 68 -12 48
18 up 2 Gateshead 40 11 14 15 49 52 -3 47
19 down 19 Nuneaton 41 11 14 16 47 59 -12 47
20 down 20 Southport 41 12 11 18 65 78 -13 47
21 down 21 Stockport County 41 12 10 19 52 66 -14 46
22 down 7 Barrow 40 11 11 18 42 70 -28 44
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 38 8 12 18 50 75 -25 36
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 42 5 16 21 49 72 -23 31

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Posted on March 31, 2013, in Manager's pearls of wisdom, Relegation Reprieve 2012/13, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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