Luton 3 Imps 0 Stills Double 6 Clicks As Trapdoor Creaks For Imps
Luton responded well and showed a long overdue quality, that could yet save their players skins. Ditto The Imps and Barrow, for our sins, after Nuneaton and Alfreton wins. Mmmmm the sun is out, draw up a chair readers, Stockport Hatters included, time to reach for a bucket of Pims with extra extra Gin.
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For the benefit of the Hatters, some 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 Hatter at Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Luton Town – Lincoln City
Martin 41 & 72 Gray 43
Hatters 5,220 Imps 173
The teams & Schemes
John Still favours 4-4-2
(aka the double 6)
25 Henry 12 Ainge 5 McNulty 37 Griffiths
7 Lawless (Y-66) 23 Robinson
18 Martin 24 Smith
27 Gray 9 Shaw
38 McFarlan2-Barnes (GK), 2 Rowe-Turner (DF) , 10 Rendell (STR), 26 Wall (STR), 29 Walker (STR)
15 Gray 25 Brown 5 Boyce (Y-66) 20 Miller
37 Fofana 4 Jordan 35 Turnbull
10 Taylor 23 Hobson 12 Sheridan
56 Power on for Jordan 67 Vadaine on for Hobson 76 Dali on for Taylor
31 David Preece (GK), 6 Garner (DF), 8 Power (MF), 14 Oliver (STR) 36 Dali
But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….
In the face of a budget 5 times our own the Imps sought a scalp or two from the off. Fofana tests Brill, who spills, but gathers at the second attempt. Andre Gray gets the better of two but Dan Gray clears his centre. A delicious drive from Taylor forces Brill to palm over the bar. Robinson clears Turnbull’s corner and the Hatters counter with a slick 4 man move, that sees Brown clear Robinson’s effort from the left channel. Lawless and Robinson are dictating the middle with the latter getting through to drill just wide. Martin is also starting to get into things and sends a twenty yarder just over.
Farman is forced to punch a Lawless free-kick for a corner but Robinson fires the set-piece wide. The Hatters pressure is relentless. Farman saves a free-kick from martin and A Gray roasts Miller to cross for Robinson who shoots wide. A smooth move from Lawless who also centres, sees the off-side flag saves us as an effort from Martin is thankfully ruled out. The Imps get a second wind as a battle attrition in the middle stems the one-way flow. A D Gray long throw finds Turnbull but his half-chance cannons off a fellow Imp for a goal-kick.
Lawless sends a scintillating drive just wide. It is end to end now with Griffiths blocking a Turnbull effort at one end before sending a long-range effort wide at the other. Nat Brown then makes a magnificent last-ditch challenge to pick A Gray’s pocket just as he is about to pull the trigger, with Jordan heading the lose ball for a corner. Lawless 42nd minute corner causes confusion allowing Martin, hovering just inside the area, to blast an unstoppable rising drive into the top left-hand corner. Just two minutes later the Hatters deservedly double their advantage. Smith beats his man and threads a perfectly timed and judged through ball to Gray who pounces, rounding Farman to slots home from 15 yards. The game had turned 3 minutes before the interval, to give Simmo an interesting half-time team talk.
The Imps go for it and are unlucky not to get a penalty, presumably deemed ball to hand, but then you don’t expect to get those away. The Hatters counter, but Shaw’s, optimistic, long-range effort is not that far wide. A Gray is caught off-side as the Imps leave gaps in order to salvage something. A glorious Sheridan effort is parried by Brill who pounces to end the danger. On 56 Jordan is replaced by Power, thanks to an injury sustained after Robinson left his foot in. A Miller long throw is punched behind by Brill, in fine form this evening. A rather useful Turnbull corner is cleared by Smith, alert to the presence of the six foot soldiers.
On 66 the Luton ask and Tamworth task got an awful lot harder, from a defensive point of view. Lawless, who had slid in on Farman a moment or so before, clashed with Boyce in an off the ball altercation, that saw yellow for both men. Boyce’s tenth caution of the season will see him sit out the Tamworth and Hyde games, with a two game ban. Oliver is brought on for Hobson in a last throw of the dice. Two terrific corners from Lawless force a clearance by Fofana and a confident claim by Farman. Good work by Sheridan sees the Imps win a corner as Griffiths deflects behind. Power takes, Boyce rises, but the slim Imps chance has gone as the towering effort goes wide.
Sods law – a rule of the turf – Luton immediately shut the door on any remote hopes of a way back in. On 73 a quick free-kick sees McNulty find Gray, his inch perfect pass into Martin’s path allows him to complete his brace, side-footing home from 6-yards, From the centre Sheridan has a 35-yard lucky dip that clears the bar. With Saturday in mind Simmo takes Taylor off, with Dali getting a chance to stretch his legs. A Nat Brown shot is saved by Brill for another City corner. Boyce heads Powers delivery over. Luton also appears to take their foot off the gas, sacrificing Shaw and Lawless for Wall and Rendell respectively. That said Rendell is denied by Boyce at the expense of a corner and Ainge heads just wide. A decent Wall effort is saved by Farman before a Robinson effort goes wide to bring down the curtain on a very entertaining game. One that sees a much needed positive reaction for the Hatters and a vital pause for thought for the Imps.
The Imps find ourselves just one point from the drop zone after Nuneaton won 2-0 at Gateshead to rediscover their form. It could have been worse, Barrow lost 4-0 at Alfreton. That leaves then 4 points behind us with just 2 games to play and 6 points on offer. Stockport, who are now just the one point behind us with a game in hand, did not play, they get their Tuesday get out of jail opportunity next week against Gateshead. In our hearts, the April roadmap was always going to bring it down to the last two games. Tamworth at home on Saturday is just as vital as Aldershot was, because Hyde will be no mugs. They ground out a 1-0 win against a desperate Ebbsfleet last night to all but Sink the Fleet.
Luton Town – Lincoln City
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
50% Ball 50%
10 Shots on 4
10 Misses 5
4 Saves 4
9 Corners 6
5 Offside 2
10 Fouls 6
1 Yellows 1
0 Reds 0
BSP Table 10/4/13
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Posted on April 10, 2013, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, Relegation Reprieve 2012/13, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Alfreton Town FC, Barrow FC, Luton Town 3 Lincoln City 0, Nuneaton Town FC, Stockport County FC. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.