Lincoln 2 Wrexham 0 : Thommo Double Fires Imps 4th
The Imps contained Wrexham and our goal machine cracked a crisp brace to show the Legend of the Lincolnshire poacher lives on.
For the benefit of those Dragons visiting the site for the first time, first the score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Dragon at thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
H/T – 1-0
Thomlinson 37 & 82
Attendance 2610 ( 2385 Imps 225 Dragons)
Ref Mr Wigglesworth
The Teams & Schemes
Gray Brown Boyce Newton
Rowe Fairhurst Sheridan
D/S 73 Foster on for Fairhurst & Dixon on for Rowe, 85 Miller on for Sheridan.
31 Preece, 2 Miller, 4 Jordan, 17 Dixon, 27 Foster,
Morrell likes a swashbuckling 4-3-3
14 Tomassen (Y-65) 2 Wright 26 N’Tame 3 Ashton
6 Clarke 21 Evans
22 Reid 10 Ormerod
36 Clowes on for Wright. 62 D/S Anyinsah on for Reid & Hunt on for Thornton
13 Coughlin 17 Clowes 16 Hunt 15 Ogleby 26 Anyinsah
To the game fellow football fans to the game……………
The Imps kick off with Gray working the ball to Nolan but after a decent passage of keep-ball Nat Brown lashes the ball down-field for a goal-kick. A route one from Sheridan bounces over the crossbar, illustrating the liveliness of the pitch. A decent threaded pass from Nolan just eludes Rowe for a throw. A great ball from Newton finds the head of Brown but Mayebi collects comfortably.
Wrexham look nervous at the back, struggling to get into any kind of stride in the face of the Imps now familiar pressing game born of the two line midfield of a duo and a trio. Clarke’s control and pass to Ormerod is sublime but Boyce clears his cross for a throw. A great exchange between Rowe, Thomlinson and Fairhurst sees the striker flash wide. Mayebi’s goal-kick bounces out for another at the other end before Farman does the same. The pitch is harder than the custard at the Viagra factory. A cute Tomassen pass also sees Bishop beaten by the pace and bounce of the Sincil billiard table.
A neat Fairhurst flick over the shoulder gets Newton away but Tomassen is wise to that one and intervenes in timely fashion. The Wrexham midfield, particularly Thornton, is beginning to get time on the ball and knocking it around nicely but the hard and watered pitch, is making it hard to judge the pace of that all important killer pass. Fofana, a roving colossus, is everywhere and gets forward in confident fashion, but his one footed nature sees him play the ball back to Brown to kill the momentum.
Newton breaks up an attack, with that winkle picker tackle, then beats Tomassen but Wright comes across to deny him the chance to cross. A terrific cross from Wright is headed clear by beacon Boyce. Fairhurst clears to Tomlinson who beats one but cannot beat the second. Tomlinson touches back to Fairhurst who peels to Rowe but he is crowded out by the Dragon’s defence, with Wright and N’Tame all over him like a cheap suit, but he earns a corner. The Newton set-piece finds Boyce, rising like a phoenix, but his firm towering header is well saved by Mayebi.
A long throw from Gray sees N’Tame and Boyce challenge, it falls to the feet of Rowe but Wrexham clear. The slick four man move finds Bishop who drives goal-wards but the brave block from Brown concedes a corner. Boyce clears Clarke’s delivery and Tomlinson is off, racing forward, with Newton haring up with him. Alas it comes to nothing as the Dragons regroup and Sheridan wins a corner, Newton delivers, Rowe heads back across but Mayebi double fists, Rowe again heads back in and Mayebi gets a glove to it before N’Tame reigns supreme to head clear.
The passing from both sides is certainly easier on the eye now they have the measure of the Leagues new ‘Freddy floater. Sheridan stretches but is forced to hit a pass too early for anyone in a red and white stripe to get anywhere near it. Wright who has been struggling for some time has to leave the field, replaced by Clowes. The breakthrough, as Gray’s long free-kick finds Boyce, he heads down to Tomlinson and the poacher slams home to give the Imps the lead.
Thomlinson then plays to Newton who finds Fairhurst but Mayebi saves his thunderbolt strike brilliantly. A lovely move sees a neat back-heel from Fairhurst but Newton is fouled by N’Tame. Rowe’s free kick is cleared but Gray drives the ball back into the keeper’s gloves. Another neat exchange gives Sheridan the chance of a snapshot but he fires wide.
Brown’s once a match mad moment ball puts Farman under pressure but his long punt avoids any further embarrassment. Bishop shows some great skill to elude Brown and Boyce but Farman reads the run and gathers the ball comfortably. The Imps have dominated the chances so far, the Dragon’s the possession, but it is the art of poor defending that is the difference between the two sides at the interval. The pace of Boyce and the nous of Brown have also dealt well with the Dragons threat, It has been another fantastic team performance limiting the visitors to just one shot off target.
Both sides keep the faith although the Dragons have clearly had a rocket up the backside and come out the livelier. That said the Imps have the first chance, but, with the Dragons defence at 6’s & 7’s at a Gray throw N’Tame uses his strength to just about out-muscle Thomlinson. Fofana puts in a couple of magnificent challenges to deny two promising encounters orchestrated by Thornton. Boyce rises to clear a Thornton corner.
The keeper attempts to control the ball, slips, then showing a curious form of martial art Mayebi puts the ball out for a corner. The set-piece comes to nothing and Wrexham go and win one at the other end in the blink of an eye. Fofana, for it is he, finds Fairhurst, takes a return, then plays him in but his shot is blocked and, Thomlinson is denied a second goal by N’Tame’s block. Nolan’s dink over the top finds Fairhurst but again Wrexham clear and counter at pace only to be denied by a great challenge from Brown.
A Rowe corner is scrambled behind, Newton delivers Mayebi fists to Brown but he can only direct the ball for a goal-kick. A great ball from Newton finds Thomlinson who cuts the ball back but Rowe is crowded out. Wrexham’s defence may not look solid but it is still dealing with the Imps intricate play so far. Fofana wins the ball again and plays wide but Tomassen gets a toe on it to stop neutron bomb Newton’s tick tick ticking at the expense of a corner.
Cometh the hour cometh the men as Morrell rings two changes, Thornton comes off for Hunt and Anyinsah replaces Reid. The Dragons are different beasts with Evans firing a decent effort wide only just the chalk dust wide. A great flowing move from Wrexham sees Fofana appear from nowhere to block a drive from Ormerod. Tomassen picks up a yellow for dissent following a foul on Fofana as gung-ho Mo clears the danger again. A brilliant saving block tackle from Brown on Anyinsah denies Wrexham an equaliser. All at the Bank can feel the fire in the Dragons’ breath now, although it could be the half-time pie.
The game is end to end now with Nolan denied by a sensational save from Mayebi. A terrific curling effort from Clarke goes just over the angle. On seventy Simmo makes a double substitution, incredibly to make the six-foot soldiers taller still, as Foster comes on for Fairhurst and Dixon replaces Rowe. A great chest down by Thomlinson finds Rowe but his threaded ball eludes Dixon. Captain Brown, in scarlet, heads clear three deliveries in quick succession, as Wrexham continue to dominate and threaten.
Fofana – hope he avoids a urine test bless him for he is in inspired form today – breaks down another move and finds Thomlinson who wins a corner. A tremendous run and delivery from Newton forces Mayebi to punch clear under pressure from Dison and Boyce who almost tower to the sky. The Imps are back in the groove now and settle the game. A long throw from Stretch Armstrong Gray is flicked on by Dixon and Thomlinson stabs home at the far post to complete his brace in typical Lincolnshire poacher style. He has been tireless again today but this time his effort has been rewarded by the goals his blood sweat toil and endeavour has oh so deserved thus far this season.
The Dragons are not yet dead and done as Rob Evans gets clear but fires wide, then another great ball in from Tomassen sees Brown clear again. Hawk-eye Hunt dinks it back in and Ormerod almost breaks the bar. The Dragons have looked useful coming forward throughout but Fofana, Boyce and Brown have been immense. Mo should get the man of the match award but he must share it with Thomlinson. Our new Lincolnshire poacher has fired us fourth, fighting the pain barrier to cover every blade of grass despite an on-going groin issue.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
56% Ball 44%
7 Shots on 1
3 Misses 3
2 Saves 11
9 Corners 4
5 Offside 3
6 Fouls 6
0 Yellows 0
0 Reds 0
The Table 26/8/13
|5||FC Halifax Town||5||3||1||1||9||9||0||10|
|9||Forest Green Rovers||5||2||2||1||12||4||+8||8|
|24||Aldershot Town (-10)||5||2||1||2||6||4||+2||-3|
Posted on August 26, 2013, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.