Imps V Wrexham – Teams, Schemes & Dreams
If you have ever wondered whether it is worth paying £18 to see football at this level, this is the game to tempt you. The Standard of St George in the one corner, 11 dragons in the other, a contest between Lincoln and Wrexham, two teams committed to playing passing football. Alas 4 fans, myself included, cannot be there due to a political ban…but onwards and upwards to the teams and schemes that will shape this mouthwatering clash.
Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
First the schemes………
With both captains missing thanks to suspension on the part of Power and the healing process for a broken toe on Keates part, both sides might appear rudderless. Oh contraire, despite Morrell also missing Harris, who saw red against Hyde. Evans comes in for Harris whilst Clarke and Thornton will be a test for Nolan and Foster or Fofana.
It is still a few days too early for Ade Yussuff to replace Power, who also saw red on Saturday, but then Fairhurst and Rowe look fit enough to both start. suggesting Sheridan could also miss out. Right-back Wright is back from suspension after seeing red on opening day with in-form Newton sure to test his disciplinary record further. Left-back Hunt very much a life and soul of the Dragons side, could be a busy lad too, as could Miller or Gray as he charges towards them.
N’Tame and Clowes are a decent centre back pairing but they do concede goals with Thomlinson’s pace (if fit) and the runs of Rowe and Fairhurst a problem. Ciezlewics and Ormerod are tricky when they go down the flanks or cut inside and Bishop has been scoring at a higher level with style guile and a smile for years. The Imps back four will need to be on their guard against the free flowing forward trio. It is another big test for Brown and Boyce with Newton certainly having his hands full with Ciezlewics. But then the youngster has been outstanding so far this season showing why he is a crowd pleaser at every club he has been at in his so far short but assist and goal laden career.
Miller may keep his spot, if there has been no reaction, but Gray has been superb this season as ever. We must remember he does not really have the pace that Miller does, indeed his natural position would be one of those two defensive midfield slots that are so central to the spine of an Imps side that has done well against the quality sides with budgets that dwarf ours. Wrexham’s is over three times greater than the one Simmo has thrived on.
We do not want to read too much into the unlucky 13th and 90th minute penalties that earned Hyde a surprise 2-2 draw. The Dragons got two in three minutes thanks to a Thornton drive on 24 and N’Tame’s cool strike on 27 then controlled the game until Harris lashed out , to see red, five minutes before the interval. Sack the juggler N’Tame was adjudged to have handled to allow Spencer to add to Collins earlier penalty. The Dragons will roar and score, but if Fairhurst, Thomlinson and Rowe are fit we could edge a five goal thriller today.
The Likely Teams
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Rowe Fairhurst Dixon
Morrell likes a swashbuckling 4-3-3
2 Wright 26 N’Tame 17 Clowes 16 Hunt
6 Clarke 21 Evans
7 Ciezlewics 10 Ormerod
Heroes & Villains, Results & table
The Table 24/8/13
|11||FC Halifax Town||4||2||1||1||8||9||-1||7|
|13||Forest Green Rovers||4||1||2||1||10||3||+7||5|
|24||Aldershot Town (-10 pts)||4||1||1||2||4||3||+1||-6|