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Dartford 1 Lincoln 2 Imps Go Marching On! On! On!

The Imps win at  Dartford sees us stay a point behind Cambridge United, Barnet and Nuneaton who beat Grimsby Town 2-1 at Blundell Park.  It was another great team performance against a strong fightback from a valiant Dartford side, but let us not get too ahead of ourselves.

For the benefit of visiting Darts, first the Teams & schemes then a blow by blow followed by more stats than you can shake an Imp or Dart at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

 

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H/T 0-2

 scorers Thomlinson 21, Boyce 33, Bradbrook 59

Attendance 1386   (1121 Darts 265 Imps )

Ref Mr Swabey

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The  teams & Schemes

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T Burman 4-4-2

1 Julian

20 Burns 5 Clark 4 Sterling 19 Fry (Y-44)

8 Noble 10 Bradbrook (C)  (Y-92) 30 Woodyard 13 Rogers 

11 Harris 16 Birchall

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substitutions

52 Hayes on for Rogers, 72 Cornhill on for Noble, 78 Prior on for Woodyard.

The Bench 

24 Wellham, 6 Cornhill, 15 Collier, 7 Hays, 9 Prior

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

1 Farman

2 Miller    23 Brown (C)    5 Boyce    3 Newton

 6 Fofana      19 Nolan 

27 Foster   

               7 Rowe                 9 Fairhurst        

11 Thomlinson

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substitutions

 64 Sheridan on for Fairhurst

The Bench 

31 Preece, 12 Sheridan 14 Yussuf  15 Gray 17 Dixon,

To the game fellow football fans to the game……………

The Imps look a big side compared to the hosts and get into the challenges early. Dartford are looking to try to boss it but Fofana is a man possessed. A smart counter sees Rowe stab down the keepers throat. A Fairhurst side-foot to Rowe sees keeper Julian palm for a corner.  The Imps force two successive corners but Sterling deals with the first and Clark the heads the second clear.  Right-back Burns roasts Rowe  and crosses but Bradbrook’s drive is wide.  Bradbury finds Harris but Brown gets to him and clears for a corner. Noble’s corner is half cleared by Boyce and Woodyard fires over.

The Darts have weathered the Imps early storm and are now very much a part of an exciting end to end game.  Rowe and Nolan exchange neatly but Fofana miss-controls and allows Bradbury to get the ball to Woodyard who feeds Burns.  The full-back overlaps but Brown heads his decent cross clear.  Burns gets beyond Newton again but Boyce is there to head clear again. Harris has a crack but Farman saves well and Newton takes the spills off the foot of Birchall who was coming in for the kill.

Newton gets forward and crosses to Rowe who forces a save from Julian. Newton’s corner finds Foster on the edge of the 18-yard box. Foster shoots, Julian parries onto the post but Thomlinson feeds on the scraps to stab home a trademark poacher finish – his third in two games.  Dartford start hitting long which is meat and drink to Boyce who heads a Julian punt away.

A superb peel from Boyce finds Newton who roasts the Darts right but Bradbrook beats Thomlinson to it and clears. Fry flies down the left and delivers a glorious cross but Boyce is there again to clear.   Woodyard also sends in a  great ball but Farman claims well. A wonderful cameo sees Fairhurst beat two and win a corner.  Rowe delivers Boyce heads goalwards,  Julian saves, but Boyce lashes home with a vengeance.

The Imps height and physical presence at set-pieces looks too much for the Darts and our mangle is strangling their ability to play their natural game.  Fry plays a decent through ball but Miller cleverly handles and escapes a card.  Sterling’s free kick fails to find a head and goes through for a goal-kick. Another Dartford set-piece sees Noble’s free-kick find Sterling but his header flashes wide.  Noble brilliantly blocks a Rowe drive then Fry earns a card for a foul on Fofana, its frustration for our colossus has been all over the place and quick into the challenge again today.  It gets better the Cods are two down at home to Nuneaton.

Second half

Both sides keep the faith with the Imps weathering a succession of Dartford forays,  Fairhurst gets in behind the defence but the ball does not quite run for him and Clark clears.  A neat move from the Imps, Fofana robs Bradbrook, he plays to Rowe, who passes to Nolan but Thomlinson .  Rowe gets a yellow for dissent after a decent challenge is ruled foul. Another great run from Newton sees Burns block yet a goal-kick is given. Newton is having another fabulous game for the Imps.

Fairhurst gets beyond the defence but Julian is out well to end any danger. Hayes replaces Rogers as Burman looks to ring the changes. The Darts are having a purple patch, Harris shoots but Farman saves and holds.  The game is scrappy and one has to feel the next goal could be very key. A superb run from Burns finds Hayes the sub, who sends an inviting ball into the box. Tireless captain Bradbrook heads home a towering header to bring Dartford well and truly back into the game.

Dartford are dominant with the Imps holding on. Sheridan comes on for Fairhurst and the Imps change to 4-1-3-2 to attempt to get a third. A great ball from Miller sees Thomlinson appear to be undone by as pass back, although it is deemed to be off Clarke’s thigh. Sheridan  chases a lost cause, beats his man, squares to Fofana, but Mo fluffs his lines and shoots wide.

Farman saves magnificently from  after another Dart appeared to handle. Sheridan wins a free-kick he has certainly made his presence felt since coming on. Miller delivers, Julian has a sack the juggler moment but Clark puts his laces through it to end the threat.  Nolan, a true play-maker role today, plays to Thomlinson who plays in Rowe but Dartford clear.  Hayes corner sees Sterling rise highest but heads off the line. Thomlinson then heads over at the other end.

Cornhill comes on for Noble and striker Prior comes on for midfielder Woodyard as Burman goes for broke. Nolan plays a glorious ball to Thomlinson but Julian dives bravely at his feet. Brown denies Prior and Boyce, aerially supreme, is also having a terrific tussle with Harris.  Another terrific delivery from Hayes finds the head of Birchall but Farman fists his effort clear.  Fry finds Bradbrook but Brown clears for a corner.  Hayes corner finds Cornhill who fires against the post.

Sheridan takes the ball wide and buys some time down by the corner to win a throw. Three minutes of stoppage time is signalled as the Darts win a corner. Foster heads clear, Hayes centres Cornhill shoots, Brown appears to handle but it is clearly our day. Its handbags time but the ref keeps a lid on it and then books Bradbrook for a foul on Foster.  Boyce then blocks a Birchall effort to ensure that another great team effort carries the day.  It is tough on Dartford but brilliant stuff, as The Imps move fourth ahead of a home game against Salisbury that could see us go top if Cambridge, Barnet or Nuneaton slip up.

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Stats

Note:

shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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(thanks WIKI)

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45% Ball 55%

5 Shots on 8

5 Misses 2

4 Saves 4

4 Corners 6

2 Offside 2

9 Fouls 11

2 Yellows 0

0 Reds 0

 

 The Table 31/8/13

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Cambridge United 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
2 Barnet 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 14
3 Nuneaton Town 6 4 2 0 10 5 +5 14
4 Lincoln City 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
5 Southport 6 4 0 2 7 6 +1 12
6 Forest Green Rovers 6 3 2 1 15 5 +10 11
7 Hereford United 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
8 Grimsby Town 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
9 Braintree Town 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
10 FC Halifax Town 6 3 1 2 10 12 -2 10
11 Luton Town 6 2 3 1 5 2 +3 9
12 Kidderminster Harriers 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9
13 Alfreton Town 6 3 0 3 10 11 -1 9
14 Welling United 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8
15 Salisbury City 6 2 1 3 6 7 -1 7
16 Dartford 6 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
17 Wrexham 6 1 2 3 8 12 -4 5
18 Tamworth 6 1 2 3 3 8 -5 5
19 Gateshead 6 1 1 4 8 12 -4 4
20 Woking 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 4
21 Macclesfield Town 6 0 3 3 5 8 -3 3
22 Chester 6 1 0 5 4 12 -8 3
23 Hyde 6 0 2 4 7 18 -11 2
24 Aldershot Town (-10) 6 2 1 3 6 5 +1 -3
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STATS: Darts 1 Imps 2 Boyce & Thommo Put Imps Above Grimsby Town

The Imps win at  Dartford sees us stay a point behind Cambridge United, Barnet and Nuneaton who beat Grimsby Town 2-1 at Blundell Park.  It was another great team performance against a strong fightback from a valiant Dartford side.  Tomlinson got a third poacher strike in two games and Boyce got up well at a corner to finish from the rebound. The Imps leapfrog our rivals into fourth.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

 

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H/T 0-2

 scorers Thomlinson 21, Boyce 33, Bradbrook 59

Attendance 1386   (1121 Darts 265 Imps )

Ref Mr Swabey

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The  teams & Schemes

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T Burman 4-4-2

1 Julian

20 Burns 5 Clark 4 Sterling 19 Fry (Y-44)

8 Noble 10 Bradbrook (C)  (Y-92) 30 Woodyard 13 Rogers 

11 Harris 16 Birchall

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substitutions

52 Hayes on for Rogers, 72 Cornhill on for Noble, 78 Prior on for Woodyard.

The Bench 

24 Wellham, 6 Cornhill, 15 Collier, 7 Hays, 9 Prior

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

1 Farman

2 Miller    23 Brown (C)    5 Boyce    3 Newton

 6 Fofana      19 Nolan 

27 Foster   

               7 Rowe                 9 Fairhurst        

11 Thomlinson

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substitutions

 64 Sheridan on for Fairhurst

The Bench 

31 Preece, 12 Sheridan 14 Yussuf  15 Gray 17 Dixon,

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Stats

Note:

shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed

*****

(thanks WIKI)

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45% Ball 55%

5 Shots on 8

5 Misses 2

4 Saves 4

4 Corners 6

2 Offside 2

9 Fouls 11

2 Yellows 0

0 Reds 0

 

 The Table 31/8/13

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Cambridge United 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
2 Barnet 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 14
3 Nuneaton Town 6 4 2 0 10 5 +5 14
4 Lincoln City 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
5 Southport 6 4 0 2 7 6 +1 12
6 Forest Green Rovers 6 3 2 1 15 5 +10 11
7 Hereford United 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
8 Grimsby Town 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
9 Braintree Town 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
10 FC Halifax Town 6 3 1 2 10 12 -2 10
11 Luton Town 6 2 3 1 5 2 +3 9
12 Kidderminster Harriers 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9
13 Alfreton Town 6 3 0 3 10 11 -1 9
14 Welling United 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8
15 Salisbury City 6 2 1 3 6 7 -1 7
16 Dartford 6 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
17 Wrexham 6 1 2 3 8 12 -4 5
18 Tamworth 6 1 2 3 3 8 -5 5
19 Gateshead 6 1 1 4 8 12 -4 4
20 Woking 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 4
21 Macclesfield Town 6 0 3 3 5 8 -3 3
22 Chester 6 1 0 5 4 12 -8 3
23 Hyde 6 0 2 4 7 18 -11 2
24 Aldershot Town (-10) 6 2 1 3 6 5 +1 -3

Dartford V Lincoln Teams & Schemes

Dartford FC Manager Tony Burman has suggested that this is a stiff test for his lads and that he will not be changing his team. Why should he it is a winning one after defeating Tamworth FC 2-0. He is a 4-4-2 traditionalist, that’s for sure, be he is also a great talent spotter with a sense of cunning that achieved 8th for the Darts last term.  Although 4th plays eighth in reality just 4 points separate the two sides and with Dartford on two wins and three defeats this could tip the scales of justice for their season ahead.

Thank-you for reading by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Saturday  31st August K.O 15:00 pm

Away Fans Pricing Adults £15  Cons £8
U12 £3 Car Park End terrace 700
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The Schemes... those best laid plans.

Simmo and the Imps will not be rolling up for this one expecting the points, indeed let us hope there is sufficient money in his meagre budget for a stop-over at a B & B to get some life back into those limbs after a 5 hour drive.  Yussuf is responding well to his injections and could even play some part today, Fairhurst is fit and Miller and Gray will vie for the right-back and javelin throw event.  Rowe, Thomlinson and the effervescent Newton are particularly looking forward to this one. But then so is every member of Team Lincoln at a Club reborn with the City as a whole beginning to back Simmo’s Six foot Sincil Soldiers crusade for a place in the Football League.  Already record holders this would be the 7th time Lincoln would have achieved such a feat, a Rise of the Imps indeed.

The big question is will Tony Burman tinker with a winning side that ended a three match run of defeats with an impressive win at the Lambs who are throwing the green stuff (not mint sauce I hasten to add) around this season. Harris, who normally plays on the left wing,  replaced no 9 Prior up top and scored along with no nonsense defender Clark, to end a depressing sequence where the Darts had failed to score in their previous three outings.  Birchall, back on loan this season, is also off the mark and needs to be watched. It could well be the Burman decides to fight fire with fire by putting all three up front with a changed trio in midfield, perhaps Cornhill may get the nod with Noble or Rogers and Bradbrook? Cornhill was a cracking midfield player at Chelmsford before his move and Rogers may not pull up any tress but he can be a chainsaw in the trunk of The Imps six-foot oaks.

Clever Burman started the mind games early by blowing smoke up the Imps bottoms, but, he knows this will be a tough ask if 4-4-2 faces 4-2-3-1 with the midfield pulled in more directions than a fat kid in a sweet factory.  Captain Bradbrook and Woodyard are a creative, courageous and combative unit in the middle but Nolan and Fofana are a duo they will find it hard against, especially as the probing runs of our advanced trio of midfielders will also require their attention – or they risk the triplets and Thommo four on four.  Well five, the capture of keeper Julian from Newport looks to be a good one.

The Darts defence is pretty solid bar the odd lapse, not dissimilar to Brown and Boyce our own central defensive heroes. Clarke has, as expected, adjusted to the step up from Chelmsford and is beginning to form a good understanding with Mitchel-King. Full-back Fry, who arrived from Concorde Rangers in the summer, also looked solid on the left in the last game, replacing Sterling with style. Burns is a good solid right back, but, you  would have to fancy Dixon against him if he plays and of course Newton and his neutron bombs. If Yussuf is back for tomorrow he and Fry will have a time too, with Miller or Gray also keen to overlap. This suggests Dixon will start on the bench as Fairhurst (fit as a fiddle) Rowe and Sheridan will be vying for a place in a starting line up that may be allowed to roam freer than last week.

Sterling from Cray Wanderers and Noble, the two wide boys will cause us problems down the flanks with Birchall – a proper centre-forward – from Gillingham. Simmo may therefore opt for the pace of Miller at right-back. Burman also brought in Prior from Wimbledon who was dropped last week, so let us hope he does not return and finally find his form against us. The thing with Burman is his eye for talent, matched by the ability to motivate his players to fulfil their abilities. He and Simmo are very similar in that respect, thus we should not rule out a real ding dong affair down at Princes Park.  If we get the first goal we will go on and win it but if the Darts do they will be flying and some big budget teams found out just how hard they are to contain last season. Eighth in the Conference is no mean feat.

The potential teams

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T Burman 4-4-2 (poss 4-3-3)

1 Julian

20 Burns 5 Clark 14 Mitchel-King 19 Fry

8 Noble 10 Bradbrook (C) 30 Woodyard 4 Sterling

11 Harris 16 Birchall

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

Farman

Miller  Brown  Boyce Newton

Fofana Nolan     

Rowe Fairhurst Dixon       

Thomlinson

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The heroes, Villains & Results

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results  
Birchall 1 Fairhurst 2 Tamworth 0
Clark 1 Thomlinson 2 Dartford 2
Harris 1 Rowe 1 Lincoln 2
        Wrexham 0
Dartford 0
Braintree 2
Cambridge 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Imps 0
Harris 1 Newton 2 FC Halifax 2
Boyce 1 Dartford 0
Brown 1 Imps 2
        FGR 1
Aldershot 3
Dartford 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Imps 1
Bradbrook 2 Rowe 2 Macc 0
Rogers 2 Foster 1 Dartford 1
Clark 1 Gray 1 Alfreton 0
Mitch-King 1 Boyce 1 Woking 0
Noble 1 Power 1 Imps 0
Birchall 1 Thomlinson 1    
Miller 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds
Power 1

 The Table 30/8/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 5 3 2 0 9 2 +7 11
2 Cambridge United 5 3 2 0 9 3 +6 11
3 Nuneaton Town 5 3 2 0 8 4 +4 11
4 Lincoln City 5 3 1 1 5 2 +3 10
5 FC Halifax Town 5 3 1 1 9 9 0 10
6 Kidderminster Harriers 5 3 0 2 9 7 +2 9
7 Alfreton 5 3 0 2 9 8 +1 9
15 Dartford 5 2 0 3 3 7 -4 6

 

Newtons Neutron Bombs Primed

New Imps hero and former Stockport County, Chester City, Barrow FC  and AFC Telford left-back Sean Newton has stormed into enemy territory down the left flank so far this season including a match winning display against Forest Green Rovers. Our flying full-back also delivers payloads every bit as devastating as The Lancasters of bomber county did more than half a century ago. 

Thank-you for reading by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Sean supplied the assists for both of Waide Fairhurst’s goal in the 2-1 win over Rovers but he has been a massive part of the team in every game this season. Newton bombs up and down the line throughout a game but  it is the accuracy of his nukes that ensure he bags half a dozen goals each season with almost treble that in assists. He even asked for an assist bonus when he negotiated his deal.

Another perhaps even more devastating Newton nuke is his hay-maker free-kicks. We saw it in action in the final minute against Boston when his 25 yarder settled the game with aplomb.  Hopefully he will get one within range today. His two assists so far this season are a just reward for his forward flair,but, it is his desire not to get beat that also inspires his team-mates. Newts looks beaten only to come back at his man and nick it at the expense of a throw, a corner, or even a canter down the flank to start a counter.

Newton epitomises the all-for-one and one-for-all spirit of  Team Lincoln with our flying fire-starter certainly stoking up the boiler as the Lincoln Loco toots its way into another station on the way to a play-off challenge.

Well played Sean I’d give you  9 out of 10 every game and you have certainly been close to adding to that Forest Green man-of-the-match award.

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Newton 5 0 450 0 3 4 2 5 1 0 0

Average Ratings

Name Tot Ave
Newton 7 7 9 8 8       39 7.8
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Sean Michael Newton
DATE OF BIRTH 23 September 1988 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Liverpool,
HEIGHT 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
WEIGHT 87Kg (13 st 6 lb)
POSITION: LEFT BACK
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 3
YOUTH CAREER
2005–2007 Chester City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Chester City 2 (0)
2007 Southport (loan) 13 (1)
2008 Droylsden (loan) 15 (1)
2008–2009 Droylsden 35 (5)
2009 Barrow 4 (0)
2009–2012 AFC Telford United 109 (12)
2012 Stockport County (loan) 7 (1)
2012–13 Stockport County 43 (6)
NATIONAL TEAM
2009– England C 2 (1)

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STMI Preview: Can Imps Blunt Darts To Go Top Of The Premier?

Early days indeed but a first away win of the season at Dartford FC, who finished eighth last term, could see the Imps leapfrog Cambridge United and Barnet FC to top the Premier League. Excuse the omission of Skrill, who kept the 20 grand a club share-out safe, but that has a ring to it and we Imps have to enjoy the good times while we can.  But let us not get too ahead of ourselves, hope you did not have too hard a week, time to kick back crack open a beer and look twowards the weekends contest between the Darts and the Imps with a head to head and form of the foe.

Thank-you for reading by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Saturday  31st August K.O 15:00 pm

Away Fans Pricing Adults £15  Cons £8
U12 £3 Car Park End terrace 700
Concessions apply to Over 65′s & U18′s
Manager Tony Burman
Formation 4-4-2 traditional
Position 2012/13 8th in BSP
STMI Forecast Pushing For Play-offs
Ave Gate 1447
Away following 151

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The big question is will Tony Burman tinker with a winning side that ended a three match run of defeats with an impressive win at the Lambs who are throwing the green stuff (not mint sauce I hasten to add) around this season. Harris, who normally plays on the left wing,  replaced no 9 Prior up top and scored along with no nonsense defender Clark, to end a depressing sequence where the Darts had failed to score in their previous three outings.  Birchall, back on loan this season, is also off the mark and needs to be watched. It could well be the Burman decides to fight fire with fire by putting all three up front with a changed trio in midfield, perhaps Cornhill may get an overdue nod with Noble and Bradbrook? Cornhill was a good player at Chelmsford before his move.

Clever Burman is blowing smoke up the Imps bottoms but he knows this will be a tough ask if 4-4-2 faces 4-2-3-1 with the midfield pulled in more directions than a kleptomaniac in the Royal Mint.  Captain Bradbrook and Woodyard are a creative, courageous and combative unit in the middle but Nolan and Fofana are a duo they will find it hard against, especially as the probing runs of our advanced trio of midfielders will also require their attention – or they risk the triplets and Thommo four on four.  Well five, the capture of keeper Julian from Newport looks to be a good one.

The defence is a good one too. Clarke has adjusted to the step up from Chelmsford and is beginning to form a good understanding with Mitchel-King. Fry, who arrived from Concorde Rangers also looked solid at left back in the last game, after replacing Sterling. Burns is a good solid right back but you  would have to fancy Dixon against him if he plays and of course Newton and his neutron bombs. If Yussuf is back for tomorrow he and Fry will have a time too. This suggests Dixon will start on the bench as Fairhurst (fit as a fiddle) Rowe and Sheridan will be vying for a place in a starting line up that may be allowed to roam freer than last week.

Sterling from Cray Wanderers and Noble, the two wideboys will cause us problems down the flanks with Birchall a proper centre-forward from Gillingham. Burman also brought in Prior from Wimbledon who was dropped last week, so let us hope he does not return and finally find his form against us. The thing with Burman is his eye for talent, matched by the ability to motivate his players to fulfil their abilities. He and Simmo are very similar in that respect, thus we should not rule out a real ding dong affair down at Princes Park.  If we get the first goal we will go on and win it but if the Darts do they will be flying and some big budget teams found out just how hard they are to contain last season. Eighth in the Conference is no mean feat.

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Likely Team & Scheme

1 Julian

20 Burns 5 Clark 14 Mitchel-King 19 Fry

8 Noble 10 Bradbrook (C) 30 Woodyard 4 Sterling

11 Harris 16 Birchall

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Birchall 1 Fairhurst 2 Tamworth 0
Clark 1 Thomlinson 2 Dartford 2
Harris 1 Rowe 1 Lincoln 2
Wrexham 0
Dartford 0
Braintree 2
Cambridge 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Imps 0
Harris 1 Newton 2 FC Halifax 2
Boyce 1 Dartford 0
Brown 1 Imps 2
FGR 1
Aldershot 3
Dartford 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Imps 1
Bradbrook 2 Rowe 2 Macc 0
Rogers 2 Foster 1 Dartford 1
Clark 1 Gray 1 Alfreton 0
Mitch-King 1 Boyce 1 Woking 0
Noble 1 Power 1 Imps 0
Birchall 1 Thomlinson 1
Miller 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds
Power 1

 The Table 30/8/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 5 3 2 0 9 2 +7 11
2 Cambridge United 5 3 2 0 9 3 +6 11
3 Nuneaton Town 5 3 2 0 8 4 +4 11
4 Lincoln City 5 3 1 1 5 2 +3 10
5 FC Halifax Town 5 3 1 1 9 9 0 10
6 Kidderminster Harriers 5 3 0 2 9 7 +2 9
7 Alfreton 5 3 0 2 9 8 +1 9
15 Dartford 5 2 0 3 3 7 -4 6

The Summer Plans

Tony Burman conjured 8th in the Darts first season in the former BSP, but it was no fluke, for he is one of the shrewdest coaches in the Skrill Premier.  He has a great eye for talent, some good contacts in the right places and, is most certainly the man for the job at a club on the rise. The facilities would not be out of place in the Football League and nor would the manager, if the Darts can just get out of the hardest Divisions to be promoted from in world football.  Eighth last year could well turn into a play-off tilt if the inspirational manager can just get his newish side to click, having hired in better on paper than those heroes who have left.  Toms, Bonner and Champion, have defected to Cambridge with Mark Arber also released.

Old mate Martin Allen at Gillingham has finally agreed to send Adam Birchall back, this time until January that is. If he can put two years of injury behind him he will plunder beside Prior who comes in from Wimbledon.  One of Burman’s diamonds in the rough could have been Lewis Smith from Hornchurch who scored 12 in a poor and relegated side.  However having agreed to sign he then opted to emigrate for his banking career but could well be back a month or so before Christmas. Keeper Alan Julian, a capture from Newport, is the big name in the defensive changes, but Clark, Sterling and Fry all looked too good at their previous non-league roles. Clark and Cornhill were key men at local rivals Chelmsford and are certainly good enough for our level and beyond.

IN Player From Pos Fee
20th May Kenny Clark Chelmsford Def Free
20th May Max Cornhill Chelmsford Mid Free
21st May Alan Julian Newport Keeper Free
7th June Tyrone Sterling Cray Wand Def Free
18th June Matt Fry Concord R Def Free
24th June Lewis Smith Hornchurch For Free
15th July Jason Prior Wimbledon For Free
Loans IN Player From Pos Fee
January Adam Birchall Gillingham For Wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
8th July Lewis Smith emigrated For Free
Released Tom Champion Cambridge Utd Mid Free
Released Tom Bonner Cambridge Utd Def Free
Released Mark Arber No club Def Free

 

2013/14 Squad

LogoKeepers – 1 Alan Julian, 23 Deren Ibrahim, 24 Stevie Sutton, Defenders – 20 Lee Burns,25 Jay Porter, Zach Eisa, Kenny Clark, Tyrone Sterling, Matt Fry, Midfield – 7 Ryan Hayes, 10 Elliot Bradbrook (Captain), 13 James Rogers, 14 Lee Noble, 15 Nathan Collier, 26 George Monger, Max Cornhill, Forwards – 9 Adam Birchall 11 Danny Harris, Jason Pryor,

Imps Great Aston Villa Find Joins Bulls

John Deehan raided Aston Villa for Paul Green and he vever let us down before moving on to  Tamworth, Forest Green and now Hereford, initially on a months loan.    Paul can play at left back, right back, centre-back and on the left or right of midfield. Greeny, still only 26, was brave as well as versatile in an Imps shirt and went on to captain Tamworth following our relegation in 2011.

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John Deehan signed Green for the Imps from Aston Villa in 2006. Greeny had progressed through the Youth ranks to the first team squad having been  given a pro deal but could not force his way into the first team despite his undoubted ability and versatility. The raw youngster was employed as a left back in his first season, despite being right-footed, naturally struggled initially, but, became the player of the year in 2007/8 in his more favoured right-back position.  

He then recovered from a career threatening injury and never let us down in a right-back and finally heroic centre-half birth despite his  5. 9 stature. Like Paul Morgan, he is a cultured centre-back using awareness and timing in the tackle as his key tools. Not blessed with natural pace his steady passing would make him the perfect central defensive midfielder. After being released following our relegation, Oxford United had been touted as his new employer but Tamworth stepped in and he captained the side making 43 appearances in 2011/12. The Lambs were sad to see Paul leave prior to his holiday in the United States last year and brought back defender and ex-captain Tom Marshall along with keeper Tony Breedon and young midfielder Jamie Smith, in a triple unveiling.

Following his July transfer to Forest Green Rovers he made 22 appearances (2 Assists 3 Yellows) for them during a season where injury returned to blight his contribution. Paul can certainly do a job at this level suggesting Foyle has bagged a shrewd capture in terms of cost, quality, versatility and experience.

Paul Green
Green, Paul.jpg Paul in his Lincoln days (thanks wiki)
STMI Biopic
Full name Paul Michael Green
Date of birth 15 April 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Birmingham,
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position Defender / Midfielder
Current gig-in-the-game
Current club Hereford United (on loan from FGR
Number 22
Youth career
2003–2007 Aston Villa
Senior career stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2007–2011 Lincoln City 127 (4)
2011–2012 Tamworth 40 (0)
2012– Forest Green Rovers 22 (0)
2013- Hereford United (loan) 0 (0)

Farman Ready and Waiting

Paul Farman, normally the difference between a point or a hiding for the Imps, has almost been able to take his pipe and slippers onto the stage at the Theatre of the absurd.  But he and Preece have not been getting complacent putting the hours in on the training pitch to ensure the heroic keeper is not found wanting when the need arises.

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Paul is of course from Newcastle whilst Preece and Brown are from Sunderland, but the accent is close enough. The  North-East duo are probably the only two that can fully oondahstaaand Grant Brown, although an interpreter may soon be required given the abundance of Yorkshire accents at the training ground.  That said some of the ‘French’ is also beyond the vocabulary of Mo Fofana – a Frenchman by birth.

Farman has only had to make ten saves so far this season and four of those are crosses.  But when he has been called into action Farman has not let the side down as usual.  After being overlooked for England C inclusion you get the feeling his return to the limelight is not that far away.

 STMI Average ratings.

Name Tot Ave
Farman 7 6 6 7 8 34 6.8

Pauls Impstatz

Sq No Starts Sub Mins Saves Let In C/S YC
1 Paul Farman  5  0  450  14  2  3  0

Lincoln City Stats 2012/13

Sq No   Starts Sub Mins Saves Let Ins Shut outs Yellows
1 Paul Farman 44 1 3970 152 36 8 2

Lincoln City Stats 2011/12

GAMES SAVES SHUT OUTS
8 29 2

Gateshead 2011/12

GAMES SAVES SHUT OUTS
14 75 8

STMI Biopic

Paul Farman          
Born Newcastle        
DoB 02/11/89 (age 23)      
Height 6′ 2″        
Weight 12st 6lb        
Youth Career Newcastle        
Senior Stats   From TO FEE  LGE APS FAC APS
Lincoln 04/11/11 22/01/12 Loan 48 (1) 4 (0)
Gateshead 01/07/09 01/05/12 Free 63 (1) 2 (0)
Blyth Sptns 01/08/08 01/07/09 Free 16(1) 0 (0)

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Simmo’s Sexy 6 – Hatters Bees & Bulls Included

Trips to Luton Town, Barnet FC & Hereford plus a home game against Southport FC follow the Dartford FC and Salisbury City games, suggesting the next five matches will define Lincoln City’s season. Can the sexy football continue into the winter or will  we face a hat-trick, get stung and end up with a horn in our side?

Thanks for Reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The sides signings facts & stats are here

Sat 31/8/13 Dartford Lincoln City
Sat 7/9/13 Lincoln City Salisbury
Sat 14/9/13 Barnet Lincoln City
Tue 17/9/13 Lincoln City Southport
Sat 21/9/13 Luton Town Lincoln City
Tue 24/9/13 Hereford Lincoln City

Dartford will be pivotal and it is not going to be easy, they beat big spending Tamworth last time out and the Imps have yet to win away. Dartford have so far won two and lost 3 so whatever Burman says publicly about the Imps being a big test, privately at least, this will be a challenge to his own side to tip the scales and emulate last seasons top 8 finish.  If we prevail then the home game against Salisbury could see the Imps consolidate our position at the right end of the table, perhaps even top-dogs in front of the faithful.

Salisbury’s only win has come against Aldershot (1-0) and then a draw against Welling last week (0-0) losing losing the opening three to Tamworth, Luton & Alfreton. Mikey Harris, at 28 the youngest manager in the game, has inspired two promotions in three years even if Darrell Clarke has joined ex-Imp goal machine Wardy at Bristol Rovers. Edgar Davids’ Barnet will be a very tough ask indeed. Top on goal difference, the Bees are unbeaten after wins against Chester (3-0) Braintree (3-0) and big spending Gateshead (2-1). They don’t concede many either with a 0-0 against Tamworth and a 1-1 against surprises early birds Nuneaton (3rd).

Southport, now managed by Villa legend Alan Wright sit 8th with three wins and two defeats. Port beat Luton (1-0), Gateshead (2-1) and Hyde (2-1) but came unstuck against Nuneaton (1-2) and Gateshead (1-2). They are our tips to finish in the top 8 and will pose a stern test. A win is vital going into the next two games against two of the best managers in the Division. Luton’s boo boys are getting at manager John Still’s big hitters, sitting 14th after 5 games. Having lost just once on opening day at Southport (0-1) the Hatters beat Salisbury (2-0) before enduring 3 draws against Macclesfield (1-1), Forest Green and Cambridge Utd. So no one wants to right them off just yet even if the boo-boys are already getting into him.

Martin Foyle’s 11th placed Bulls have also lost just the once, last weekend at Alfreton (1-2). Decent wins away at Chester (2-0) and at home to Tamworth (1-0) , have been undone by draws against Hyde (2-2) and Braintree (1-1) on the opening day. Of course many would argue he has done well to get a side out at all and they will be tough on a Tuesday after a trip to Luton on the Saturday. Ex Imp Sam Smith is leading scorer with two so far, could he yet come back to haunt us? Or will a wet Tuesday in the West Country see East Midlands sexy football make way for the Imps winter war machine?

Imps Results Recap

Sat 10/8/13 Woking  0-0 Lincoln City
Tue 13/10/13 Lincoln City  1-0 Macclesfield T
Sat 17/8/13 Lincoln City  2-1 Forest Green R
Sat 24/7/13 Cambridge United  1-0 Lincoln City
Mon 26/8/13 Lincoln City  2-0 Wrexham

 

 The Table 30/8/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 5 3 2 0 9 2 +7 11
2 Cambridge United 5 3 2 0 9 3 +6 11
3 Nuneaton Town 5 3 2 0 8 4 +4 11
4 Lincoln City 5 3 1 1 5 2 +3 10
5 FC Halifax Town 5 3 1 1 9 9 0 10
6 Kidderminster Harriers 5 3 0 2 9 7 +2 9
7 Alfreton Town 5 3 0 2 9 8 +1 9
8 Southport 5 3 0 2 6 6 0 9
9 Forest Green Rovers 5 2 2 1 12 4 +8 8
10 Welling United 5 2 2 1 8 6 +2 8
11 Hereford United 5 2 2 1 7 5 +2 8
12 Grimsby Town 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7
13 Braintree Town 5 2 1 2 5 5 0 7
14 Luton Town 5 1 3 1 3 2 +1 6
15 Dartford 5 2 0 3 3 7 -4 6
16 Wrexham 5 1 2 2 8 10 -2 5
17 Tamworth 5 1 2 2 3 5 -2 5
18 Woking 5 1 1 3 5 8 -3 4
19 Salisbury City 5 1 1 3 3 6 -3 4

Simmo Wants Win – Can Imps Go Top?

Gary Simpson has assembled a team to be proud of and one that could go top if they beat Dartford FC on Saturday.  Its time to sharpen your horns and polish your hooves Imps because these Imps can stand on the shoulders of football men.  In a rousing pre-match battle cry to raise the heckles the manager describes the side as ‘Winners’ who “want to wear the shirt’ and are ‘ working their absolute stones off’. Quality! STMI have been telling you for some time that this will be our year, but the optimism of the the manager is just what this City needed to hear.

Thanks for Reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Simmo has assembled a team of winners  – nothing short of a miracle given the £400,000 budget afforded him – but it is the desire in the dressing room and a tightness in a squad that is the real edge. Every player knows when they come in on a Monday that they have a chance of playing a part in the RISE of THE IMPS, perhaps that is why Simmo has never had a bad dressing room.  They can rely on him and therefore Simmo can rely on them.

Its Simples as Simmo says.

“I learned a while ago that the more you fill your dressing room with winners, the better chance you have of winning. These lads are working so hard for each other and they are getting their just rewards.”

There are no cliques in the Team Lincoln dressing room and it shows with Lincoln enjoying their best start for 6 years.  The Imps have yet to win away having drawn with Woking and lost 0-1 to highly fancied Cambridge, but Dartfort could be the start of something big.  For too long our wonderful football club has underachieved.  Now is the time to start believing that we can make a record 7th return to the Football League.

 

 The Table 29/8/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 5 3 2 0 9 2 +7 11
2 Cambridge United 5 3 2 0 9 3 +6 11
3 Nuneaton Town 5 3 2 0 8 4 +4 11
4 Lincoln City 5 3 1 1 5 2 +3 10
5 FC Halifax Town 5 3 1 1 9 9 0 10
6 Kidderminster Harriers 5 3 0 2 9 7 +2 9
7 Alfreton Town 5 3 0 2 9 8 +1 9
8 Southport 5 3 0 2 6 6 0 9
9 Forest Green Rovers 5 2 2 1 12 4 +8 8
10 Welling United 5 2 2 1 8 6 +2 8
11 Hereford United 5 2 2 1 7 5 +2 8
12 Grimsby Town 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7
13 Braintree Town 5 2 1 2 5 5 0 7
14 Luton Town 5 1 3 1 3 2 +1 6
15 Dartford 5 2 0 3 3 7 -4 6
16 Wrexham 5 1 2 2 8 10 -2 5
17 Tamworth 5 1 2 2 3 5 -2 5
18 Woking 5 1 1 3 5 8 -3 4
19 Salisbury City 5 1 1 3 3 6 -3 4
20 Macclesfield Town 5 0 3 2 5 7 -2 3
21 Hyde 4 0 2 2 5 14 -9 2
22 Gateshead 5 0 1 4 6 11 -5 1
23 Chester 5 0 0 5 2 12 -10 0
24 Aldershot Town (-10) 5 2 1 2 6 4 +2 -3

Who’s Darting To Dartford? It’s Winco’s Recce

With the Dartford dawn raid almost upon us STMI has sneaked into the mess to ask the Wing Commander at Imp Bomber command for a detailed plan of action with chocks away again this Saturday. For those in a hurry the ground guide and ticket prices come after our raconteur Wingco’s take on things (we have also put a key at the bottom for those not well up on our county heritage) but he is well worth listening to and very much part of the Lincolnshire furniture.

Wair-hair- lair & thanks awfully for reading Winco’s Recce………………….

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Hello chaps & chapesses, with Bogey’s at 3 o’clock again on Saturday, it looks like another dangerous daylight mission ‘deep dine sithe’ with chocks away for some of you from 07:00 this Saturday. As the breadbasket of Britain makes for the garden of England stores basher advises all ranks to avoid the Oast houses – anything in there is strictly off limits, even to the Brass hats. The beers not ready in there (arf! arf!) and it will only get your tummy rumbling. Anyone caught doing so will be on Bull Night for the foreseeable.

The Groupie gave the area a quick ‘buzz’ to ensure everyone arrives safely and knows the gen even if he did have to bang out himself on the way home. Pleased to say he left his  Fairies (minus parachutes) in the drink when he ditched.  The dress code will as ever be smart casual for officers with best blues / greens / football shirts and banners apparently a must for the ranks.  Navy-blue winter-weights for the ladies please, we want the chaps on the field to put on a show and not the WAAF Imps.

Good show and all the best to the 11 chaps who will as ever do their bit for Impdom and St George!  Our hopes as ever are for the safe return of one and all be you in the 617 squadron or not. Can’t join you this weekend as I am piled high with bumph… and like the Trust it is on a strictly need to know basis.  My apologies to younger Imps and others in Civvy street who do not understand the Queens RAF English, therefore below the following more pertinent and concise information is a code breaker.

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Saturday  31st August K.O 15:00 pm

 

Away Fans Pricing Adults £15  Cons £8
U12 £3 Car Park End terrace 700

Concessions apply to Over 65′s & U18’s

The full GROUND GUIDE, including stand views, map,  pubs & grub is HERE   

Thanks as ever to Duncan Adams, who is a jolly good egg.  Fly/Drive safely, have a good time and don’t forget to bring at least a point back with you.

SATNAV: Grassbanks, Darenth Rd, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1RT

Wincos Code Breaker…………………

Bang Out – the action taken by a jockey when he has to eject Lancaster  or jet.

Best blues – No 1 uniform

Bogey’s – enemy

Brass hats –  officers

bumph – useless paperwork

drink – an ocean, sea, river or lake

Fairies – Personnel in Signals & Intelligence e.g Wireless Operators (Also Electricians and Instrument Techs etc) as opposed to Heavies – Engines and Airframe trades.

The Groupie  – Group Captain.

Navy-blue winter-weights – knickers worn by the WAAF also Black-outs.