Sweeping Leaves In The Wind?

So it comes down to this – the Tamworth test of our desire to stay alive. The Imps shorn of two big boys and nursing injuries to a small squad, against Tamworth, without inspirational captain Duane Courtney. He like Boyce has reached 10 yellows for the season. He will be back for the trip to Ebbsfleet, suggesting three points today is vital.  It is a game we will win, we have to, but it will take true Brit Grit, because we have little else.

Thank you for keeping the faith & reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Saturday  13th April K.O 3 pm

Away Fans Prices Adults £18 Cons £11 U18 £7 Lincolnshire Co Op (Cap 1800)

Home Fans pricing Here



The big central concern, hard as it may seem in so many ways, is how to deal with colossus Cunnington, who has banged in 20 BSP goals this season. The Lambs are a massive side with two centre backs and three big lads up front. The game plan is a direct and simple one, to force set-pieces and let height and physical presence do the rest. FGR’s play-off plans went up in smoke with a 1-2 reverse thanks to a Cunnington brace.

To counter the opposition is one thing, to adapt one’s formation to completely negate the opposition’s threat is another at this level. A Premier League, Championship, League 1 or lower level money club can do this, because they have the talent and ability in depth.  The Imps do not. The Lincoln City budget does not allow for such luxury, indeed, there is little room for manoeuvre at all.  Where Grimsby have always spent the money on good strikers we have not. We had two in Forester and Stallard and look how excited we were, but the investment was not continued and crowds continued to wane.

Whilst Grimsby now enjoy typical crowds of twice our own, we defend the need to charge £18 without being seen to invest in the playing budget. Directors, Bob apart, have only plugged the gaps. It hardly inspires this ‘invest once enjoy the prawns forever’ methodology , does it?  Yet the Trust and long-serving supporter director (his 12 years will hopefully end this summer if the maximum tenure rules are adhered to) never challenge this in their critical friend role. Since the Great Share Give-away the the emperors new clothes routine has grown so thin it cannot continue to wash surely? But now is not the time for this – the focus must be in backing the players for ninety-odd minutes today.

Remember the 11-14 who will represent us today want to give a new Imps dawn a chance.  This fallacy – the cry of ‘we seem tactically outwitted’ is not really the case at all, well on the pitch anyway.  Jacko, Sutton, Tilson, Holdsworth and now Simmo,  have all done their coaching and, for that matter, LMA (League managers Association) courses. But the fact is experience and knowing what to do in the blink of an eye, is the responsibility of the players.  It comes down to quality, ability and having leaders out there that can take the game by the scruff of the neck so that it is played our way. That is why  we were unable to compete against Kidderminster and Luton.

Tamworth are fortunately a side that our players can compete with on a talent level.  This one can go either way, due to the injuries and a suspension that, tragic as it is, rob us. at the time of greatest need. If Diagne and Boyce were playing we would see the form of March return. Cunnington and co would not have been able to beat those two plus Nat Brown.  But the belief and support of the fans – the lifeblood of this club – can still help Simmo’s soldiers carry the day. Alfreton did it, they got a break, albeit a 20th minute penalty, but kicked on to win 3-0.  A 1-0 win would do us today and pave the way for the changes we and the Chairman will need if we are to finally reverse our slide next season.

The fans certainly have a right to start questioning, for this refreshing freedom of speech is long overdue and, lord knows how many of us have fallen by the way side.  Character assassination,  legal threats and vested interests normally derail EGM motions and those who dare to question, leaving them ridiculed  Don’t expect any help from the local media either and, as for those thinking of a phoenix club, or new ownership, you can forget it. Our ground is far too valuable for that. In reality the time has passed and although most welcome, any fans activity is as proactive as standing brush in hand by the Sincil Drain, magnificent Cathedral in full view, then attempting to sweep up leaves in the wind. Mind you there are plenty willing to do that in these parts on minimum wage to boot.

Come on lads win it for Impdom!

Posted on April 13, 2013, in Relegation Reprieve 2012/13, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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