Bullish Turnbull Comes Back To Bank With Macc
The Tuesday visit of Macclesfield Town will be a real home-from-home for ex- Port Vale and Imp loanee Paul Turnbull (now Captain at Macc) plus Scunthorpe Utd’s Connor Jennings. The same can be said of Gary Simpson, Waide Fairhurst, Ben Thomlinson and Nat Brown, who have traded blue for Red. The fixture will, as always, be steeped in the memory of Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher, but it is one where both sides desperately need to put sentimentality, respectfully, to one side in order to kick-start their respective seasons.
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Tues 13th August, ko 7.45 pm
Waide Fairhurst scored in the corresponding fixture last season, a 3-2 Silkmen success (they did the double over us), along with Matt Barnes-Homer and Chris Holroyd. As to whether there is room for him, Rowe and Ade Yussuf to return is anyone’s guess? Adi had failed a fitness test on Saturday, so he could well return tomorrow along with Tom Miller, who will always be missed. Rowe had been sacrificed it would appear to allow Foster to hoover up everything Woking through at the Imps on Saturday. Otherwise the Imps have no fresh injuries to contend with.
Captain Paul Turnbull looks set to make his debut for his new club, against a side he made 15 appearances for last term, after recovering from the thigh strain that kept him on Saturday. Efe Sodje will miss out with a broken hand and Carl Martin is out, although Mel Pejic could make a surprise appearance. Turnbull and Pejic will add to a determination to bounce back from a disappointing 0-1 defeat at home to Nuneaton, so Lincoln have to be careful.
Macc’s summer of discontent?
John Askey has a tough ask at Macc this season, made harder by assistant Efe Sodje breaking his hand and last weeks exit of Barnes-Homer to Forest Green Rovers along with fellow forward Fairhurst’s departure to Lincoln….. plus the other 8 exits . It is a shame because the club had survived a financial melt-down and had made some clever signings in what has to be seen as a period of consolidation following survival. Defender Andrew was a useful player at Cheltenham before injury and Williams from Bradford will strengthen too.
Defender/midfielder Joe Connor is also a great capture from Stockport and Paul Turnbull joins from Northampton too. The ex-Imp is a competitive battler and played an unselfish role in the Imps survival but has his limitations. Taylor, from Preston, is a great keeper and fellow White Chris Holroyd and on-loan Scunthorpe striker Connor Jennings looks a promising forward line.
Macc could surprise a few this season and the newbie manager is no mug with some decent contacts. John’s youth career at Port Vale might help (he was young player of the year but never got a first team start), as might his contacts at Preston and Scunthorpe when it comes to loans. As an Imp one always has to have a soft spot for Macc (Keith & Butch RIP), so we hope that a season of consolidation succeeds and perhaps exceeds a reborn club and its fans expectations.
|31st July||Danny Andrew||Gloucester||Def||Free|
|31st July||Steve Williams||Bradford C||Def||Free|
|31st July||Paul Turnbull||Northampton||Mid||Free|
|28th June||Rhys Taylor||Preston||Keeper||Free|
|26th June||Joe Connor||Stockport||Def/Mid||Free|
|19th June||Chris Holroyd||Preston||For||Free|
|18th July||Carl Tremarco||Inverness||Def|
|24th June||Thierry Audel||Crewe||Def||Undis|
|17th May||Wade Fairhurst||Lincoln City||For||Free|
|Released||Nat Brown||Lincoln City|
|Released||Lance Cronin||No club|
|Released||Enes Fermino||No club|
|Released||Guy Madjo||No club|
|Released||A Morgan-Smith||No club|
Macc Squad 2013/14
1 Rhys Taylor, 13 Andrew Mills
2 Joe Connor, 3 Danny Andrew, 4 Carl Martin, 5 James Bolton
12 Steve Williams, 16 Efetobore Sodje,
6 Paul Turnbull, 7 Jack Mackreth, 10 John Paul Kissock, 15 Paul Lewis,
17 Josh Green,
8 Connor Jennings, 9 Chris Holroyd, 11 Peter Winn, 14 Arthur Gnahoua,
18 Jay Burgess, 19 Scott Boden,