Imps 2 Lambs 1 Sincil Salvation Sees Power Surge
A massive 2-1 win for the Imps over Tamworth as Stockport lose at home to Dartford. But let us not get ahead of ourselves Imps, crack open the good stuff and let’s savour a proud day for Impdom.
For the benefit of Lambs 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 Lamb 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 – a Trust that refuses to answer our questions.
OG Gray 7 Taylor 67 Power (Pen) 83
Imps 2965 Lambs 142
The teams & Schemes
15 Gray 20 Miller 25 Brown Nicolau
35 Turnbull 4 Jordan
12 Sheridan (Y-69) 10 Taylor 14 Vadaine
66 Jones on for Jordan, 81 Hobson on for Nicolau, 90 Fofana on for Taylor
31 David Preece (GK), 6 Garner (DF) 37 Fofana (MF), 18 Jake Jones (MF), 23 Craig Hobson (STR)
Dale Belford 4-3-3
17 Gudger 4 Wylde 30 Oji (Y-83) 2 Tate
26 Harrop (Y-18) 8 L Hendrie 3 Kelly
7 Cunnington (Y-43) 10 Byfield 18 Till
75 Kerry on for Harrop 77 Wright on for Byfield, 80 Danny Lloyd on for Till.
37 Mitchell (GK), 11 Kerry (MF), 25 Lloyd (MF) 33 Perry (STR) 9 Wright (STR)
But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….
The Lambs kick off towards the Stacey West with a long punt going straight out. The Imps are lively, backed by a large and vociferous crowd but Till’s cross is the first probing ball to test either keeper. Taylor is put through by Gray, he and Breedon tangle, but to the dismay of the Imps no foul is given. Disaster strikes. A Lambs break down the left sees a hopeful centre by Till. Gray agonisingly heads a looping headed own goal over Farman.
The Imps respond with some decent football, but the final ball is rushed, perhaps desperate. A great move see’s Power over hit a cross but Nicolau’s quality sees a decent centre that is just about cleared by the Lambs. The Lambs are menacing on the counter, playing long and early, but Brown and Miller are straining every sinew for the cause. Farman comes and clears row Z off the toe of the on-rushing Cunnington.
A decent Power / Turnbull exchange free’s Power but the ref blows to book Harrop for a foul on Turnbull. A fabulous ball from Hendrie nearly puts in Byfield but he fails to connect. The Imps are gamely going forward but the Lambs are winning the individual battles everywhere except in our defensive third. A Power free-kick sees Tamworth scramble the ball away with Farman saving a snap-shot from Byfield at the other end. A long-ball from Nicolau sees Oliver away but Breedon challenges, clears and rolls around as if he has been shot.
Breedon then punches poorly but Turnbull is unable to capitalise. The ball is straight up the other end but Byfield, thankfully, fluffs his lines. A long Gray throw sees Breedon come and miss but Nat Brown’s overhead kick is well off target. A Power (at the centre of everything) delivery is won by Oliver but he can do little but direct his header wide. The game is end to end as Taylor just fails to get Oliver in then a hoisted clearance sees a Till cross just elude the heads of Cunnington and Byfield. A great ball from Gray sees Oliver head agonisingly wide.
Cunnington is away but shoots wide suggesting the Lambs fancy the next goal will decide things. Cunnington is booked for time wasting, in truth the Lambs have taken an age over every set-piece. The beat of the drum is incessant as the Imps, enjoying 60% of the possesion, continue to force an equaliser, leaving ourselves open to the counter. A massive saving challenge from Miller on Cunnington effectively keeps us in the BSP…. for now.
Both managers keep the faith. The Imps have an urgency, a 20-yard Power drive fizzes wide. A decent effort from Oliver is well saved by Breedon. The Imps are going long to match The Lambs it seems. Byfield is through but goes down too easily with the referee waving away the penalty appeals. Farman sets Taylor free, he passes inside, but Power fires over. Every Imp is up for a long-throw that forces a corner that leads to anther corner. The ball lands at Taylor’s feet, but his drive is deflected for a third corner. Wrongly, Power chooses short when Brown was home alone at the far post.
Tamworth counter again and Miller makes another massive challenge on Byfield. On 66 Jordan is withdrawn for Jones . The Imps are continuing to press, a speculative Taylor overhead is brilliantly saved by Breedon and an Oliver effort is also well saved by the keeper. Redemption as a great delivery from Gray finds Taylor and his header fires the Imps back to life. Cunnington, on a yellow, then handles but the referee refuses a second yellow that would have meant red.
Jones roasts the Lambs flank, he feeds Taylor who shoots wide. The Imps are roaring on all cylinders now, with the ground on its feet. Gray on the overlap just over-hits a cross. The Keeper then elects to change his boots, showing that gamesmanship is alive and well, even, down in the BSP. Kerry is brought on for Harrop. Wright is then brought on for Byfield and is denied by another brilliant saving challenge from Miller. Simmo gambles on Tamworth tiring from Thursday, bringing on Hobson for Nicolau and going 3-4-3.
Salvation as the pressure pays off on 83 as Jones nips in front of Oji and is brought down for a lifesaving penalty. Power, given the player of the season award before the game, earns it by slamming home for a 2-1 lead. Resting him has ensured he is able to play a true captains game – Simmo’s little ace. A saving header from Oliver shows just how vital this game is to the Mighty Imps. Oliver twists and turns but is denied. The ref blows and the fans invade the pitch they will dance all day at the House of Imp. A Monster win and Stockport got beat 0-1 at home by Dartford to stretch the gap to 4 points.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
68% Ball 32%
6 Shots on 3
6 Misses 1
1 Saves 3
8 Corners 2
2 Offside 6
6 Fouls 7
1 Yellows 3
0 Reds 0
BSP Table 13/4/13
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