The Imps Are Shaping Up Well Considering….

The Imps  have now beaten Middlesbrough FC  and Scunthorpe United in consecutive games, scoring two goals in each.  Certainly the opposition were playing far from first teamers but  Lincoln continue to confound the critics, those concerned over the case for the defence, the bottom third £400,000 budget afforded to the manager and a pre-season pricing policy that has seen many unable to taste the cream.  Its all positive on the pitch however. Another of the new signings is now getting amongst the goals, with Fairhurst notching a beautiful brace, showing finishing that would grace any stage.  The passing has taken fans and foe by surprise given the reputation and size of the aptly nicknamed Six-foot soldiers. Hoof!!!!

For those Imps back from their holidays, a recap of an optimistic and intriguing pre-season that is showing an awful lot of promise.  STMI take a look at the ins and outs of 2013/14  plus the results complete with hot-links to match reports.

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The Comings and Goings

Lincoln have nine signed so far, although one of those is a temporary deal for Foster who will sign his full agreed one year contract as soon as the one remaining member of the admin staff returns from holiday.  Imps need not worry but clearly the loss of the CEO has left things a little stretched – perhaps it would be nice to bring back Fran Martin aka Mrs Lincoln City. The manager released 7 players with Oliver moving to Crewe for what could be worth £45k if he plays enough games and triggers enough add-ons.  Alfreton split the difference on the initial bid made in the summer according to sources in Derbyshire. In hindsight, a wonderful thing in any walk of life,  if Town had let him go at the start of the summer they would have actually been better off as they have had to pay his wages due to the player’s contract being a full-time one as opposed to a 44 week affair.  But that’s football for you.

IN Player From Pos Fee
24th July Luke Foster Preston Def Free
23rd July Ben Thomlinson Alfreton For < £7000
1st July Nick Wright Mansfield For Free
3rd June Nat Brown Macclesfield Def Free
23rd May Adi  Yussuf Burton For Free
23rd May Jon Nolan Stockport Mid Free
17th May Wade Fairhurst Macclesfield For Free
14th May Danny Rowe Stockport Mid/For Free
14th May Sean Newton Stockport Def Free
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st July Vadaine Oliver Crewe For £25k(+ Ad)
Released Nick Draper No Club Keeper
Released Peter Gilbert No club Def
Released Frazer Cobb Free Def
Released Nicky Nicolau Chelmsford C Mid
Released Adam Smith FC Halifax Winger
Released Jamie Taylor Sutton For
Released Gomez Dali No club For

The squad The side does have a decent balance to it despite the compact size with Jordan, Sheridan and Fofana all able to fill in should six defenders be insufficient.  The manager also has a loan budget with Boro and The Black Cats apparently impressed with the style and philosophy of the football.  As we pointed out in May Jamie Clapham, an Imp born and Bred is the chief development coach at Boro.

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1  Paul Farman    13 David Preece


Tom Miller   3   Sean Newton  5  Andrew Boyce  15  Dan Gray,  23 Nat Brown    Luke Foster


Todd Jordan  6 Mamadou Fofana  7  Wade Fairhurst  8 Alan Power    Danny Rowe  12 Jake Sheridan  19 Jon Nolan  24 Karl Cunningham 


10 Nick Wright 11 Ben Tomlinson 14  Adi Yussuf  16 Conner Robinson 20 Bohan Dixon 29 Jordan Thomas

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Thus far Lincoln have won four and lost three,  with no draws from our seven friendlies. Rowe, Wright and young Yussuf have three goals, whilst Power, Fairhurst and Dixon have two. Click on REPORT below the date for the match report teams, schemes & stats

Tue 9/7 Chesterfield  3-1 Lincoln City Att N/A
 REPORT Yussuf
Sat 13/7 Lincoln United 1-7 Lincoln City Att 721
 REPORT 3-Rowe,2-Dixon, Yussuf, Power 600 Imps
Tue 16/7 Harrogate Town  2-3 Lincoln City Att 256
 REPORT Hall, Woods Wright (1,5,38) 130 Imps
Sat 20/7 Grantham Town  2-1 Lincoln City  Att 236
 REPORT Meikle, McDonald Power (Pen 85) 120 Imps
Wed 24/7  Lincoln City  0-2 Sunderland U21  Att 474
 REPORT  Harrison, Agnew  463 Imps
Sat 27/7 Lincoln City  2-1 Middlesbrough U21  Att 493
 REPORT Yussuf (38) Tomlinson (pen 89)  Sirrell (60)  479 Imps
Tue 30/7 Lincoln City  2-0 Scunthorpe  ATT 918
REPORT Fairhurst 27 & 67  742 Imps
Sat 3/8 Lincoln City   Boston United
TBA Lincoln City   Boston/Gainsboro

Posted on July 31, 2013, in Preseason friendly's, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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