Teams, Schemes, Dreams & Screams
The visit of Forest Green Rovers begins a tough run with Cambridge Utd, Wrexham and Dartford FC close behind, before the Imps engage Salisbury City. Nuneaton United, drew with Rovers and beat Macclesfield Town 1-0 (like ourselves) play table topping Southport FC today. STMI warned of manager Alan Wright’s potential (HERE) and he is certainly showing it, but both The IMPs & FGR could also go top if results elsewhere go our way. Both are unbeaten and thus as yet unbowed, yet Hockaday is a man in a hurry for he must surely deliver this year given the money the chairman has lavished upon his best laid plans of love and war. His 4-3-3 in full flow shows a genuine love of the game, yet Rovers do so throw caution to the wind. Simmo sleeps better me thinks.
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Sat 17th August, ko 3.00 pm
Let’s start with the schemes……………………….
Rovers, a quality side, have a budget almost two and a half times that of the Imps, so this is a scalp the lads will prize, a giant killing, as it were, in our own back yard. The Citizens will be boosted by a big crowd cup final crowd and, despite the atmosphere now being contained to the upper corner of the Coop, the return of Miller and Yussuf will raise the heckles. Simmo will have to change at least one member of an unbeaten side, fleet of foot Wright, is, alas, out with a hamstring injury. He has the impressive youthful enigma Dixon – no grace, but such pace, strength, fire and desire – as well as fabulous Fairhurst who can also come in.
Rovers, will score, as Tilson would put it ‘that’s for sure’. They play a free-flowing 4-3-3 and have an attacking quintet that would not be out of place at the Bolshoi, though they could equally hold their own in a talent show down at a spit and sawdust pub of old. The triplets can hurt teams with Taylor on the left, Norwood on the right and centre forward Wright making up an advanced trio as ‘blinged’ out, but lethal, as Poseidon’s Trident. Gray and Newton will need to be vigilant as Taylor and Norwood have three goals between them this season and former Dragon Danny Wright will be a handful for Brown and Boyce as he creates space as he moves for the channels. Foster and Nolan will be busy and will also need to watch out for the runs from deep of Barry and Kelly who got a hat-trick opening day.
The full-backs also have some pace and will certainly threaten, suggesting a few 2 on 1’s for Newton and Gray, given Taylor, Norwood and Wright all exploit the channels. Right-back Hodkiss scored to earn a 1-1 draw at Nuneaton on Tuesday. Both Foster and Nolan will be key again, because if they can shield us and play to feet the Imps awesome foursome can do some real damage today. Nuneaton won the individual battles and more than deserved their point. A Brown header gave Boro the lead and ran Rovers ragged first half. The Imps can do this too as we can rattle them at set-pieces and have the footballers to create chances from open play. Holding midfielder Banguru cannot be everywhere at once and Rowe will have a yard or two before the two come face to face.
This will certainly be a beautiful game of football and one played very much on the floor. The Imps attacking quartet will need to be at their best with Dixon or Yussuf needing to deliver in the absence of Wright. Thomlinson worked hard for little luck on Tuesday and will put in another in your face performance on the centre-backs, hopefully Power, Dixon and Rowe can feed off him and get a goal for us to hold onto.
Barnes-Homer could also get the nod if Hockaday goes for his plan B 4-4-2, although that is unlikely as the Imps will then have the midfield due to several being missing from a squad that boasts an embarrassment of riches. It should for the money in truth. Eddie Oshodi is still suspended, Jamie Turley still has an ankle problem and Reece Styche, Aarran Racine, Andy Mangan and Ashley Brown are all out. Stephen Brogan and ex-Imp Paul Green may play. The chances are Rovers will name an unchanged side for the third game in succession and go for it as they always do both home and away.
Too close to call this one, a 3-2 thriller that could go either way.
Now the potential teams
Gray Brown Boyce Newton
Power Rowe (Y-71) Dixon
Dave Hockaday 4-3-3 (Off)
2 Hodgkiss 27 Pilkington 6 Bennett 3 Stokes
24 Kelly 23 Barry
7 Norwood 14 Taylor
Keepers – 1 Sam Russell, 13 Matt Bulman Defenders 2 Jared Hodkiss, 3 Chris Stokes, 5 Jamie Turley, 6 Dale Bennett, 12 Ed Asafu-Adjaye, 15 Eddie Oshodi, 16 Aaaron Racine, 22 Paul Green Midfield 4 Alhassan Bangura, 8 Yan Klukowsk, 11 Kieron Forbes, 17 Stephen Brogan, 23 Anthony Barry, 24 Marcus Kelly, 26 Ashley Brown Forwards – 7 James Norwood, 9 Danny Wright, 10 Magno Vieira, 14 Matt Taylor, 19 Reece Styche, 20 Omar Koroma, 25 Saul Williams, 30 Andrew Mangan
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