Imps 0 Cambridge 0 Strong Point Made – A View From Behind The Stacey West
A well earned point against big-spending Cambridge United, should see many of an encouraging crowd return you feel. 2418 Imps (700 up on the last home gate) saw the Imps hold and on balance deserve at the very least a share of the points.
For the benefit of United 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 Black & Amber fan at Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs who was as ever, as part of the Sincil four, unable to attend the game due to the club board ban on free speech – we will also be unable to attend the Supporters Trust AGM – this a Trust that refuses to answer our questions themselves.
Ref: Peter Banks
Imps 2418 Black & Ambers 303
The teams & Schemes
20 Miller 25 Brown 5 Boyce (Y-70) 3 Diagne
8 Power 35 Turnbull 4 Jordan
10 Taylor 14 Vadaine 12 Sheridan
76 D/S Hobson on for Turnbull & Fofana (Y-76) on for Power,
31 David Preece (GK), 37 Mo Fofana (MF), 18 Jake Jones (MF), 7 Adam Smith (MF), 23 Craig Hobson (STR)
22 Wassmer 12 McAuley (Y-92) 2 Roberts 6 Shaw
18 Blissett 16 Jarvis 11 Dunk
28 Smith Hughes Elliott
24 Craig Ross (GK), 3 Anderson (D) ,18 Luke Berry (D), 23 Johnny Gorman (STR), 15 Andy Pugh (STR)
But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….
The Imps were first to press with an Oliver forcing a desperate McAuley to slice into the grateful gloves of Pope. Elliott set the tone for the contest, although god clearly pays debts, with the striker coming off worst after colliding with Farman. A Dunk in-swinger sees Wassmer head just over. The Imps are quick and aggressively into challenges with Power and Jordan conceding free-kicks that come to nothing. Taylor looks away back is flagged off-side. Shaw sends a vicious drive just wide of the right-hand upright.
A decent move down the right sees Dunk find McAuley, he wriggles free inside the box but shoots wide. Vadaine is getting nothing from the referee and is adjudged to have fouled Wassmer not long after Pope got the benefit of a 50/50 decision. Miller brilliantly clears another smart in-swinging corner. A Shaw corner is also cleared by Oliver as Cambridge continue to press.
The Imps have held out well in the face of the visitors superiority, although in truth we have had the only shot on target in the first half . Taylor and Oliver have looked lively and had shots charged down. A half that has seen two sides largely cancel each other out thanks to some stubborn defensive work and a battle of attrition in the middle.
Both managers kept the faith. Millers slows Dunk down a bit and is lucky not to get a caution. A decent exchange with Power sees Todd Jordan send a decent curling effort a yard wide. Elliott then fouls Miller, who was half expecting some retribution after his challenge on Dunk. The Imps are beginning to match the Cambridge flow. A great Power corner forces Pope to punch clear under pressure from every big body we could muster in the box. Oliver peels a piquant peach but a fivers breadth over the bar. Diagne hauls down Elliott but the wall does the job to block a Hughes fireball of a free-kick.
Miller is certainly getting the tough love treatment with Jarvis following through. Oliver and Wassmer are continuing hostilities too, the ref again giving the decision against the ebullient youngster. Boyce puts in a very strong challenge on Blissett and gets the first card of the afternoon. Liam Hughes free-kick goes high and wide. Blissett gets his own back on Boyce but the ref gives little more than a free-kick.
A clever ball releases Taylor but the Cambridge off-side trap catches him out again. On 76 Simmo makes a double substitution with Hobson on for Power and Mo Fofana on for Power. Mighty Mo is almost immediately booked for unsporting behaviour, a choice challenge on Elliott , aka one for the team as KA would once have said. Cambridge win a corner which Shaw takes but we clear our lines again.
The visitors are pressing, forcing Jordan to take another for the team, a foul on ex-Imp sell-out Smith, much to the joy of a very healthy and vociferous crowd indeed. But the Imps are menacing on the counter with both Smith and moments later McAuley (brother of the great one) bringing Taylor down in his prime. Both were given a yellow within a couple of minutes, the referee finally booking an angelic amber one. The word Hallelujah seems apt. The second is within range for Diagne, his two bullets at Braintree very much etched in the Imp psyche. He sizes, he strides, he strikes, but alas, his curling effort is just the wrong side of the bar.
A decent point this given the opposition and results around us. Kidderminster will be a tough proposition but the Imps restricted the visitors two just 3 clear shots, all off target. Results elsewhere bode well and suggest safety is all but assured. The Imps slip a place to 16th after Alfreton went to and beat sinking Southport (20th & 3 behind on 47 points) 2-0. Barrow, still 22nd and 5 points behind us, could only draw 1-1, in front of the frustrated faithful, although that is not too shabby against form club Hyde. Stockport, in 23rd and now 4 points behind, are still in big trouble. Nearly 4,000 turned up to see them lose 1-2 at home against the Mariners. The thankful Fishy folk needed that to boost the flagging play-off dreams. Nuneaton sit 19th and 3 points behind after losing 1-2 at home to Newport. Now level on ganes with the Imps have they run out of steam? The Stags did us a favour by hammering Gateshead who are 18th and 3 behind. Tamworth, hammered 5-2 by Hereford, are our last opponents at home. They now sit two points adrift of us, one place below us, with a game in hand. Could their striker, one Kyle Perry yet come back to haunt us?
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
50% Ball 50%
1 Shots on 0
3 Misses 4
0 Saves 1
3 Corners 7
4 Offside 5
10 Fouls 7
2 Yellows 2
0 Reds 0
BSP Table 1/4/13
|3||Newport County AFC||40||22||8||10||76||54||22||74|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||41||18||11||12||59||40||19||65|
|24||AFC Telford United||43||5||17||21||49||72||-23||32|
Posted on April 1, 2013, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Relegation Reprieve 2012/13, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.