Monthly Archives: September 2013

Neil’s Stats On Sunday

Although Bohan Dixon finally got the brace his impact appearances have been threatening against Hyde FC, Nat Brown put in another unsung hero performance to earn this weeks STMI man of the match award.

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To follow a combined stats on Sunday, as ever lets get straight in ‘Boycie style’,  starting with the match stats & table plus the normal player ratings, minutes, fouls cards and of course concise heroes & villains (goal machines, creators & card collectors count). The full blow by blow a view from the Stacey West Match report is available here 

 

Match stats

Sq No Starts Sub Mins Saves Let In C/S YC
1 Paul Farman  12  0  1080  42  9  4  0
31 David Preece  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Outfield Heroes

(nb: St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards) 
No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Miller 8 0 720 1 2 1 2 7 9 2 0
3 Newton 12 0 1062 0 5 4 5 10 3 2 0
4 Jordan 5 0 393 0 0 1 0 6 3 1 0
5 Boyce 12 0 1080 1 4 4 1 15 7 1 0
6 Fofana 10 1 896 0 3 2 0 6 7 0  0
7 Fairhurst 4 0 330 2 3 6 0 2 1 0  0
8 Power 9 0 810 1 4 6 2 9 4 1 1
9 Rowe 6 2 492 1 6 7 0 6 6 2 0
10 Wright 3 3 262 0 2 2 0 3 3 0 0
11 Tomlinson 11 0 1038 5 18 8 0 27 11 3 0
12 Sheridan 5 3 465 0 0 3 0 2 2 0 0
14 Yussuf 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
15 Gray 4 0 360 0 0 1 0 4 1 1 0
16 Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Nolan 12 0 1080 1 9 8 0 11 11 1 0
20 Dixon 0 7 169 2 5 5 0 3 2 0 0
23 Brown 12 0 1080 0 1 1 0 7 6 0 0
24 KK 0 0 0 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Foster 6 4 524 0 1 3 0 10 7 1 0
29 Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards. 

Heroes & Villains

Goal Machines   Card Collectors  
  Goals Yellows  
Tomlinson 5 Newton 3
Fairhurst 2 Tomlinson 3
Dixon 2 Rowe 2
Rowe 1 Miller 2
Boyce 1 Gray 1
Nolan 1 Foster 1
Miller 1 Power 1
Power 1 Boyce 1
Assists   Yussuf 1
Newton 5 Jordan 1
Miller 2 Nolan 1
Power 2 Sheridan 1
Boyce 1    
Brown 1 Reds  
Tomlinson 1 Power 1

STMI Man of match awards 2013/14

MOMS                      
  Foster 1                    
  Brown 1 1                  
  Newton 1 1 1 1              
  Boyce 1                    
  Fofana 1                    
  Tomlinson 1                    
  Miller 1 1                  

STMI Average ratings.

As the season progresses STMI will detail up to the the last 15 appearances along with the Cumulative average and total.

Name                           Tot Ave
Farman 7 6 6 7 8 8 7 7 9 7 7 8   87 7.2
Miller       8 7 8 7 8 9 9 9 8   73 8
Newton 7 7 9 8 8 9 7 9 10 9 8 8   99 8.3
Jordan       7       8 8 7 8 8   46 7.6
Boyce 8 7 8 9 9 9 7 8 8 9 8 8   98 8.2
Fofana 7 6 8   10 8 7 8 8 8 8 7   85 7.8
Fairhurst     9   7 8 7       7     38 7.6
Power 6 7 7 7       9 8 8 8 8   68 7.5
Rowe   7 7 8 7 8 7 7   7       58 7.3
Wright 6 7           7 7 7 7 8   49 7
Tomlinson 6 7 8 8 9 9 8 8 8 9 8 8   96 8
Sheridan       7 7 7 7 8 8   7 7   58 7.3
Yussuf             7                
Gray 7 7 7   8                 29 7.3
Robinson                              
Nolan 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 9 8 9 8 8   92 7.7
Dixon 7 7   7 7   8 7 7   7 8   65 7.2
Brown 8 9 8 8 9 8 7 8 7 6 8 9   95 7.8
KK                              
Foster 9 8 7 8 7 9 8   7 8   7   86 7.9
Thomas

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The Mighty Imps 2013/14 Squad

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Goalkeepers

1  Paul Farman   31 David Preece 

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Defenders

Tom Miller     3   Sean Newton  5  Andrew Boyce   15  Dan Gray,    23 Nat Brown     27 Luke Foster  

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Midfielders

Todd Jordan 6 Mamadou Fofana  7  Wade Fairhurst   Alan Power  Danny Rowe  12 Jake Sheridan  19 Jon Nolan   24 Karl Cunningham 

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Strikers

10 Nick Wright  11 Ben Tomlinson   14  Adi Yussuf   16 Conner Robinson    20 Bohan Dixon   29 Jordan Thomas 

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Fall From Grace For Walsall Winger Who Snubbed Imps

Walsall loaned Jake Jones to Lincoln but he snubbed us for Tamworth FC and now finds himself farmed out on loan to Kings Lynn. However the ambitious club back from the dead, faced disappointment yesterday in the lucrative FA Cup when they lost 3-2 against Marine with ex-Imps cast-offs Mills, Duffy and Mulready in the side.  Will the Linnets be in a position to fund his loan for the month let alone extend it and help him stat in the game?

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Jones, a left-winger, came through the Saddlers’ youth system and was given a one year pro-deal before earning a six-month extension. He played just three times for Walsall going on loan to local side Redditch United and then the those 13 appearances at the Imps. After a successful spell he verbally agreed to become Gary Simpson’s first signing, describing the move as ‘a no brainer’ but then joined The Lambs to the delight of manager Belford who said at the time:

“Jake is an exciting young talent and I am delighted he has agreed to join us. Lincoln thought he was going to sign for them and jumped the gun a bit. We had spoken to Jake and I was always keen to get him on board. He represents a real coup for this club. He’s a local lad who has been in and around the Walsall first team squad for couple of years now. He has featured for the first team several times so he has good experience for a young player. I think he’s someone our fans will enjoy watching. I think he will excite the fans. He is very quick and lively, left footed and likes to get forward as much as possible. I think, having been released by Walsall, he feels he has a point to prove next season. He wants to be playing regular football and wants a full season to show what he can do. I think it’s going to be a big year for him and I can’t wait to work with Jake.”

But after just three appearances for Tamworth, including a goal against Wrexham he is way down the pecking order behind Mark Wright and on-loan Port Vale attacker Ryan Lloyd.  Jake, for all his promise, is now down to proving himself on-loan at Kings Lynn in the Northern Premier League, two further levels down the pyramid and desperate for a break. After Wright’s first start on his return from injury it is unlikely that Simmo will throw a lifeline to one who snubbed him after he had been prepared to give him a second chance? He did seem to get the best out of a lad who has undeniable ability, yet does not seem to be able to fit in for some reason or other.

Hobbs Forest Winner Helps Pulis & McLaren Derby Cause

Nottingham Forest beat Derby County thanks to a bullet header from Ex-Imp Jack Hobbs, on-loan from Hull City, with ex-Stoke City manager Tony Pulis sitting in the stands.  Steve McLaren, currently at QPR and linked with the Sunderland job is also said to be in the mix. To pile on the irony Nigel Clough was sacked yesterday against his dad’s old club.

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Pulis would be the perfect fit for Derby who, like Stoke, will not be awash with money, should he, as expected step through the doors in the next few days.   Fluent Forest, under canny Billy Davies, currently look set to eclipse their fierce local rivals having moved 5th, just two wins from top, compared to The Rams 14th after Clough had spent 5 years at the helm.

Tony Pulis remember, father of Anthony who spent 7 games at Lincoln and is now plying his trade in the States for Orlando,  was disgracefully relieved of his position at Stoke for style and tactical reasons this summer. Incredibly this was for the second time – he had saved them from relegation after taking over from Steve Cotterill in 2002/3 before falling out with the previous owners. Mr Pulis returned in 2006/7 when Mr Coates took over the club and fashioned an honest, workmanlike but exciting and attacking side. Tony almost took them to play-off glory in 2006/7, but never-say-die Stoke went up second the following season where they would finish 12th in their debut season. He kept them up and around mid-table every year,  finishing 13th last term, in something of a purple patch for the Potters, including Europa League qualification and two FA Cup runs (quarter and semi-finals).

Sentimentality is rare in football, but, after letting his son come to us on loan, perhaps Pulis might think highly enough of another Imps’  work to give us a few loans if he gets the job.  Simmo’s Imps are just up the road and we play a style of football that could well help Pullis who likes cultured but strong and hard-working players. Whether that fits with Derby fans, who deserve success and some Pride back at their magnificent arena, could be decided within the next 24-48 hours.

Lincoln 3 Hyde 0 Dixon Does Hand Of God

Hyde have now gone  56 games without a clean sheet and despite some decent spells of pressure they would be undone by the Imps in a game of two halves. But let us not get too ahead of our selves………………………

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

 

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H/T 0-0

scorers  48 ′ Tomlinson, 79 & 89 Dixon

Attendance  2300   (2263 Imps 37 Tigers)

Ref Mr  Barratt

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The potential teams & schemes

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce Newton 

Nolan  Fofana

               Tomlinson  Power  Jordan    

  Wright     

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Substitutions

74 Dixon on for  Jordan, 76 Foster on for Fofana 85 Sheridan on for Wright, 

On the bench

27 Foster, 17 Dixon, 15 Gray, 12 Sheridan (Y-95) , 7 Fairhurst

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Scott McNiven 4-4-2 or 4-3-3

24 Liversedge

2 Brizell  4 Haining 5 Ashworth  3 Griffin

25 Devaney  6 Tomsett (Y-95) 8 Brown  21 Blakeman

10 Collins 9 Spencer

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Substitutions

56 Deseruvwe on for Blakeman,  64 Almond on for Collins, 85 Poole on for Devaney

On the bench

7 Poole, 11 Hughes, 16 Mainwaring, 18 Almond, 20 Deseruvwe

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

Hyde kick off and are the first to press but Nolan is quickly into the challenge. Brizell is fouled but gain no advantage and Farman gathers. A great exchange between Jordan and Tomlinson finds Miller but the delivery is cleared by Haining.  Wright beats one but Brizell slides in to end the danger. Hyde are knocking the ball around nicely but give Blakeman too much to do down the channel.

A great run from Newton finds Wright who beats his man, checks back to Newton, but his ball is beyond Tomlinson and Power, coming in at the far post. Liversedge punches a Miller cross clear as the Imps continue to press.  Jordan plays to Tomlinson who hooks a snap-shot wide. Nat Brown clears Devaney’s cross after a decent one-two with Tomsett. Power robs Griffin, gets clear and bombs down the channel, but his cross cannot beat first man Ashworth who clears with Wright and Tomlinson lurking.

Hyde’s Brown gets stuck in and fouls Tomlinson and the tallest referee in Christendom tells him the next one will see him booked after his earlier challenge on Nolan.  Ashworth’s header confuses Liversedge but they get away with a corner. Brizell gets forward, turns inside Jordan but his shot is straight down Farman’s throat.  Tomlinson roasts Griffin but his ball to the near post is cleared for a throw by Haining.  Miller’s throw causes panic but Boyce cannot direct his header to force a save.  The two centre-backs aside the Imps certainly have a height advantage but Hyde are the ones enjoying the possession without really hurting the Imps as Farman easily deals with a shot from Collins.

Wright shows his pace twice, first Liversedge is out to gather and then his cross is just beyond Tomlinson who is also showing a turn of pace that is worrying the Tigers back four.   Boyce loops a header that the keeper manages to get a fingertip to for another corner. Power’s ball finds Jordan who is inches from making the contact that would surely have given Lincoln the lead.  Newton on the overlap gets a great cross in to the feet of Tomlinson but Wright nudges Ashworth and the whistle goes. Boyce brilliantly robs Spencer who is about to pull the trigger.

Fofana has a dig of sorts and Liversedge saves easily before a glorious twenty-five yard drive from Devaney beats Farman and the right-hand post. A great 5 man Lincoln move down the right finds Power but Ashworth gets ahead of Wright for a corner.  Powers corner falls to Newton who hits one but Haining clears off the line and the keeper gathers in.  A great flick from Jordan finds Newton, who advances and fizzes across low but with Tomlinson and Wright sliding in,  both agonisingly just fail to get a touch.  Collins direct free-kick forces a save from a Farman to end a positive half for the visitors.

Second half

Both sides keep the faith as the Imps kick off towards the empty Stacey West. The urgency is evident and although Ashworth handles under pressure from Tomlinson the Imps win a corner. Newton delivers a beauty, Tomlinson challenges the keeper and, between his header and the keeper’s punch, the ball flies into the net.  Tomlinson rightly claims and gets it and the Imps clearly now have the scent and are passing the ball confidently. The goal is clearly what the largely inert first half badly needed. A brilliant ball from Newton finds Wright and he is away delivering a super cross that is just too high for Tomlinson, but the sprightly Newton even gets forward to put the ball out for a goal-kick.

Brown releases Wright who is away again, he checks and plays to Jordan, who feeds Nolan and the Imps win another corner.  A terrific delivery from Newton finds Boyce who heads just over the bar.  Nolan takes too many touches allowing. A great ball from Jordan falls to Wright who again beats his man but just cannot get a cross in.  On 56 Dieseruwve comes on for Blakeman as Hyde attempt to get something from the game.  A brilliant bit of control from Boyce sees him feed Nolan but he cannot get the shot away under pressure from Haining.

Fofana gets disposed and a shot from Devaney is deflected for a corner by Brown.  The corner finds Haining who hammers one toward the top left but Farman palms away for another corner.  Hyde have the bit between their teeth and have the Imps on the rack  as Collins fires an 18 yard drive against the post. Nolan  takes too many touches on the edge of the box allowing Collins to get a shot in but Farman is again easily equal to it.  Wright gets behind Brizell but Haining denies his cross at the expense of a corner before Dixon comes on for Jordan and two minutes later Foster comes on for Fofana.

Some great football from Jordan, Nolan and Power finds Tomlinson, but he takes a touch too many and Ashworth clears the danger.  Almond comes on for Collins as McNiven goes for pace.  Brown makes two great clearances under pressure as the Imps continue to weather the gamely Hyde passing game that is leaving the visitors susceptible to the counter. One such break sees Tomlinson run forty yards before Haining gets a superb saving tackle in.   Hyde win a corner but again the ball is cleared giving Tomlinson a chance to chase but this time earn a corner. Power’s corner is deep and true allowing Dixon to rise supremely to head in at the far post.

Brizell has an optimistic effort that goes straight into Farman’s gloves before a double save from Farman denies two Dieseruwve efforts.  With 5 minutes to go Sheridan comes on for Wright as Simmo looks to see the game out with a clean sheet and Poole comes on for Devaney.  The tireless Newton however, still has the energy to get up to force a corner that will lead to some late controversy. Power sends over an inviting one, all the big lads challenge and Dixon touches home the third.  Sheridan and Tomsett then got a yellow apiece for a tussle in the 95th minute to end the game. However if the Tiger’s reactions are anything to go by he handled it into the net. It is tough on a side who have given it their all but do not look as if they can buy a goal anywhere at the moment.

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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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53% Ball 47%

9 Shots on 4

3 Misses 4

5 Saves 7

6 Corners 3

5 Offside 3

7 Fouls 5

1 Yellows 1

0 Reds 0

 

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Cambridge United 12 8 4 0 21 6 +15 28
2 Nuneaton Town 12 7 2 3 17 14 +3 23
3 Kidderminster Harriers 12 7 1 4 18 14 +4 22
4 Grimsby Town 12 6 3 3 17 13 +4 21
5 Braintree Town 12 6 3 3 15 11 +4 21
6 Luton Town 12 5 5 2 15 6 +9 20
7 Lincoln City 12 6 2 4 14 9 +5 20
8 Salisbury City 12 6 2 4 16 13 +3 20
9 FC Halifax Town 12 6 2 4 20 19 +1 20
10 Barnet 12 5 4 3 22 16 +6 19
11 Alfreton Town 12 6 1 5 20 19 +1 19
12 Forest Green Rovers 12 5 3 4 23 16 +7 18
13 Welling United 12 5 3 4 20 16 +4 18
14 Hereford United 12 4 4 4 13 13 0 16
15 Southport 12 5 1 6 12 16 -4 16
16 Gateshead 12 4 1 7 14 20 -6 13
17 Dartford 12 4 1 7 11 19 -8 13
18 Macclesfield Town 12 3 3 6 13 16 -3 12
19 Wrexham 12 3 3 6 16 20 -4 12
20 Tamworth 12 3 3 6 12 19 -7 12
21 Woking 12 3 2 7 15 22 -7 11
22 Aldershot Town (-10) 12 5 3 4 14 9 +5 8
23 Chester 12 2 2 8 10 21 -11 8
24 Hyde 12 0 2 10 8 29 -21 2

 

STATS: Imps 3 Hyde 0 Bohan Puts Imps 7th

Three set pieces and three headers saw Lincoln defeat Hyde 3-0 thanks to a brace from super-sub Bohan Dixon and poacher supreme Ben Tomlinson.

FULL REPORT HERE

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H/T 0-0

scorers  48 ′ Tomlinson, 79 & 89 Dixon

Attendance  2300   (2263 Imps 37 Tigers)

Ref Mr  Barratt

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The potential teams & schemes

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce Newton 

Nolan  Fofana

Tomlinson  Power  Jordan    

  Wright     

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Substitutions

74 Dixon on for  Jordan, 76 Foster on for Fofana 85 Sheridan on for Wright, 

On the bench

27 Foster, 17 Dixon, 15 Gray, 12 Sheridan (Y-95) , 7 Fairhurst

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Scott McNiven 4-4-2 or 4-3-3

24 Liversedge

2 Brizell  4 Haining 5 Ashworth  3 Griffin

25 Devaney  6 Tomsett (Y-95) 8 Brown  21 Blakeman

10 Collins 9 Spencer

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Substitutions

56 Deseruvwe on for Blakeman,  64 Almond on for Collins, 85 Poole on for Devaney 

On the bench

7 Poole, 11 Hughes, 16 Mainwaring, 18 Almond, 20 Deseruvwe

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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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53% Ball 47%

9 Shots on 4

3 Misses 4

5 Saves 7

6 Corners 3

5 Offside 3

7 Fouls 5

1 Yellows 1

0 Reds 0

 

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Cambridge United 12 8 4 0 21 6 +15 28
2 Nuneaton Town 12 7 2 3 17 14 +3 23
3 Kidderminster Harriers 12 7 1 4 18 14 +4 22
4 Grimsby Town 12 6 3 3 17 13 +4 21
5 Braintree Town 12 6 3 3 15 11 +4 21
6 Luton Town 12 5 5 2 15 6 +9 20
7 Lincoln City 12 6 2 4 14 9 +5 20
8 Salisbury City 12 6 2 4 16 13 +3 20
9 FC Halifax Town 12 6 2 4 20 19 +1 20
10 Barnet 12 5 4 3 22 16 +6 19
11 Alfreton Town 12 6 1 5 20 19 +1 19
12 Forest Green Rovers 12 5 3 4 23 16 +7 18
13 Welling United 12 5 3 4 20 16 +4 18
14 Hereford United 12 4 4 4 13 13 0 16
15 Southport 12 5 1 6 12 16 -4 16
16 Gateshead 12 4 1 7 14 20 -6 13
17 Dartford 12 4 1 7 11 19 -8 13
18 Macclesfield Town 12 3 3 6 13 16 -3 12
19 Wrexham 12 3 3 6 16 20 -4 12
20 Tamworth 12 3 3 6 12 19 -7 12
21 Woking 12 3 2 7 15 22 -7 11
22 Aldershot Town (-10) 12 5 3 4 14 9 +5 8
23 Chester 12 2 2 8 10 21 -11 8
24 Hyde 12 0 2 10 8 29 -21 2

Imps V Hyde – The Teams & Schemes

Boosted by Tranmere Rovers, Morecambe FC and Blackpool FC stars, Hyde FC come to an ex-league ground with nothing to lose, every reason to prove and eager for their first scalp of the season. Lincoln are on a hiding to nothing it seems, because a thrashing will be expected, with anything less bound to play into the hands of the Simmo-sceptics.  This will be a cup-final with Hyde eager to kick-start their season on an inspiring stage.

Welcome Tigers, first the schemes, then the potential teams and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Tiger at, Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

Blackpool FC midfield play-maker Tomsett and Tranmere’s Devaney could see a return to 4-3-3 for McNiven’s men, with Morecambe centre-half Will Haining and Captain Ashworth looking assured in the last three games that saw luck elude the Tigers. Ex-Imp Almond might also get a recall, although Mainwaring would be favourite to move into the forward three.  Simmo, bereft of pace may see Wright as fit enough to start as Dixon looks more and more an impact player who goes for broke and is blowing out of is backside after half an hour.  With Sheridan injured Fairhurst will also hopefully have the legs after the virus appears to have put lead in his legs too.  If so Jordan’s height and shooting ability could see Mo, who looks tired, rested as Miller and Newton look to supply the bullets.

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Saturday 27th Sept KO 3 PM

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The potential teams & schemes

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce Newton 

Nolan  Jordan  

Wright Power Fairhurst

Tomlinson 

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Scott McNiven 4-4-2 or 4-3-3

24 Liversedge

2 Brizell  4 Haining 5 Ashworth  3 Griffin

22 Devaney  6 Tomsett 8 Brown  16 Mainwaring

20 Dieseruvwe 9 Spencer

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Centre backs Luke Ashworth (captain) and Will Haining (in from Morecambe) are a solid pair and despite the 8-0 drubbing on opening day the side are now conceding well under two per game. Even so Tomlinson will fancy his chances on Saturday as this will be a passing game. Miller and Newton could have a field day as full-backs Brizell and Griffin are vulnerable suggesting Tomlinson and Wright could use their pace and trickery to good effect. If Wright starts with or ahead of Fairhurst STMI fancy him to get amongst the goals.  As long as the Imps can find their shooting boots we should be able to punish the tigers at set-pieces too with Boyce, Jordan and Brown  all able to mix it up in both boxes from long throws or corners.

Experienced former Tranmere midfielder cum winger, Martin Devaney, has signed this week posing a problem for Newton, he has over 400 league games and even at 33 he could be the match-winner. Man of the moment Miller will also have to watch Mainwaring, who has thus far this season been the life and soul down their left.  Nolan and Fofana or Jordan will have to be on their game against Tomsett and Brown who have dominated the centre of midfield in the Tigers last four games.

The Tigers are a passing side who are not getting the rub of the green, losing by the odd or late goal or two after enjoying much of the possession.  They do tend to shoot themselves in the foot, so if we can keep on loan Blackpool play-maker Tomsett quiet as well as the front two of Spencer and Dieseruvwe, then Lincoln will get back to winning ways. Concede and it could be just the springboard the Tigers have been looking for.

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For those who missed the managerial comparisons and stats fill your boots……………..

Gary Simpson Manager Scott McNiven
4-2-3-1 /various Formation 4-3-3 or 4-4-2
10 Position 24
17 Points 2
11 Goals scored 8
9 Goals conceded 26
17 Yellow cards 19
1 Red Cards 2
16th Position 2012/13 18th 
Play-offs Forecast Survival Battle
2-0 V Wrexham (H) Biggest win Not applicable
2-3 Luton (A) Heaviest defeat 0-8 V Forest Green (A)

Ker-ching

11,811 Total Turnstile Clicks 3644
2362 Ave Gate 607
2646 v Salisbury Hi 786 V Grimsby
1879 V Southport Low 387 V Woking

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Collins 4 Tomlinson 4 Salisbury 2
Tomsett 3 Fairhurst 2 Hyde 0
Spencer 1 Rowe 1 Hereford 1
Boyce 1 Lincoln 0
Nolan 1 Hyde 0
Miller 1 Welling 1
Power 1 Luton 3
Lincoln 2
Hyde 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Woking 2
Brown 3 Newton 4 Lincoln 1
Carlton 1 Miller 2 Southport 0
Almond 1 Boyce 1 Kidderminster 2
Brown 1 Hyde 1
Tomlinson 1 Barnet 1
Lincoln 1
Hyde 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Cambridge 1
Haining 3 Newton 3 Lincoln 0
Griffin 3 Tomlinson 3 Salisbury 1
Tomsett 3 Rowe 2 Barnet 3
Brown 3 Miller 2 Hyde 2
Ashworth 1 Gray 1 Dartford 1
Blakeman 1 Foster 1 Lincoln 2
Hughes 1 Power 1 Hyde 0
Dieseruvwe 1 Boyce 1 Grimsby 1
Spencer 1 Yussuf 1 Lincoln 2
Carlton 1 Jordan 1 Wrexham 0
Almond 1 Nolan 1 Wrexham 2
Villains Reds Villains Reds Hyde 2
Brizell 1 Power 1 Cambridge 1
Tomsett 1 Imps 0

Current & Overall Form

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 5 4 0 1 6 2 4 12 8
Hyde (A) 5 0 1 4 5 17 -12 1 23
Lincoln (A) 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 13
Hyde (H) 6 0 1 5 3 9 -6 1 24
Last 5
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 7 11
Hyde 5 0 0 5 1 8 -7 0 24
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 11 5 2 4 11 9 3 17 10
Hyde 11 0 2 9 8 26 -16 2 24

Historic Tale of the Tape

AT HYDE (1) AT LINCOLN CITY (1)
Results Total % Results Total %
Hyde 0 0 Lincoln City 1 100
Lincoln City 1 100 Hyde 0 0
Draws 0 0 Draws 0 0
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Hyde 1 1 Lincoln City 3 3
Lincoln City 5 5 Hyde 2 2
NEUTRAL GROUND (0) TOTALS (2 MATCHES)
Results Total % Results Total %
Hyde 0 0 Hyde 0 0
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 2 100
Draws 0 0 Draws 0 0
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Hyde 0 0 Hyde 3 1.5
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 8 4
HIGH SCORES
Highest Aggregate 6 Hyde 1 – 5 Lincoln City 2012/2013
Highest Hyde score: 2 Lincoln City 3 – 2 Hyde 2012/2013
Highest Lincoln City score: 5 Hyde 1 – 5 Lincoln City 2012/2013

The Two Previous Meetings

SEASON DATE HOME SCORE AWAY COMPETITION
2012/2013 Sat 20 Apr Hyde 1 – 5 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
Sat 15 Sep Lincoln City 3 – 2 Hyde (Conference) Premier

Vic’s Rant: It’s About Sticking Together

After Luton Town and Hereford United, two long and tough trips the doom and gloom hereabouts has done little to help the team or the moral of the supporters. Both the Hatters and the Bulls – fresh from the financial precipice – have much bigger budgets than the Imps, had home advantage, yet only edged the Imps by the odd goal. We outplayed the Hatters and should have been two-up against the Bulls by half-time.

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Aside from the fact that I feel the Bulls did a number on us as well as the ref as they kicked their way  (14 fouls to our 15) to a one nil win at a cost of one yellow to our five, we totally shot ourselves in the foot at Luton.  But doom and gloom, lets have a good old moan – bully Imps, negative Imps, then get the word crisis into a title along with injury speculation. Yes, that will sell the papers and the pop up adds and voice-overs on web pages you have to click 2-3 times to get off of.  I should know with  the name, Vic Erzantarz,  that scandal, sensationalising and of course good old Vicars and tarts stories get people reading.

But the reality is far from it and maybe on quiet news days where there are no stories (and a link to multiple fans views and opinion – although important and the lifeblood of the club – does not constitute journalism either) people should get on with their lives away from football and let the players and management get on with their jobs too. The Injury list is not as bad as it seems either when you peer below the headlines and look at the facts.  Jake Sheridan (calf) and Danny Rowe (ligaments) can be added to the virus that has claimed most of the management team and weakened the squad over the last few weeks, but Wright and Fairhurst are now chomping at the bit. Job done there then!  We do have the usual long-term sick-note of course but it has hardly threatened the start to the season has is? So why any talk of crisis, other than to sell the weekly papers ahead of  a game against the bottom club?

The Imps will beat Hyde, although both sides are due some luck, but the fact is Lincoln are a side that fight and punch above their weight, even if the manager is shouldering the burden to protect his players who have battled for our club in every game this season.  It is not rocket science is it? Lincoln have a tiny budget, so we have to be tight defensively first and then look to build slowly both from an attacking perspective and an ambition one. Therefore the true acid test of a good manager comes in to play – that of man-management skills.  Given a bottom third budget, if the club is to have any chance of exceeding the realistic expectations of the 50 point survival target,  Gary Simpson must show the side that helped to forge the dressing room spirit at Lincoln, Peterborough and Macclesfield Town.

A great talent spotter he may be, but if you haven’t got the cash you have to be able to manage. That does not mean we should expect him to plait fog or polish turds – although the Mrs has a fossil that suggests there could be money in that – but he has to have the time to develop a T-E-A-M. It has hit the ground running but you cannot expect Rolls Royce performance for the price of a Rolls Cannardly (scrap dealers get £350 for them they Roll down hill but can hardly get up them). That means backing the players, motivating them and getting the best out of blokes before they spread their wings and fly away for a fee. It’s tough at times when the approach play fails due to a poor final ball or shot, but that is where Lincoln finds itself. So before all the toys get thrown out of the pram again at 5 PM why don’t the fans give the team the benefit of the doubt for a while?

That is because this side –  cobbled together on lower weekly wages than more than half of us are fortunate enough to get out of bed for, gives a hoot about Lincoln City and fight every game for its honour and name. This  – after years of relegation battles – is the best and perhaps only opportunity this club has for getting out of this glorified pub League at £18 a game.  Some backing for the team please because this negativity and sub 2,000 gates will mean an even smaller tin box stadium behind Morrison’s.

Connor Robinson Can Be Better Than Watmore

Connor Robinson, on loan at Gainsborough Trinity, has all the attributes to match Duncan Watmore, who  signed for Sunderland this summer. However he and Jordan Thomas must take the opportunity to survive and thrive in the Conference North. If they do, in reality they are just one step away from The Skrill Premier and could be playing for the first team by Christmas.

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The Lincoln Centre of excellence, has had some successes over the years, but with funding gaps to meet, it is perhaps understandable that it is unable to produce players ready to make their way in the fifth tier of English football.  For the second year on the trot, none of those promoted to the first team have been able to make a regular contribution to the first team.

That is not meant as a criticism of the work done by the coaches at the C of E, but more the fact that The Conference is a tough League to play in and therefore a big physical step to take. It is also not down to the first team style under Gary Simpson because David Holdsworth, knew it too. For all his faults Holdsworth is a keen student of the lower Leagues and soon to be back in management if the rumours are to be believed. That therefore begs the question: Why not develop big strong lads capable of slotting straight in?

Not realistic sadly under the current funding set-up. Such a narrow focus would mean missing out on the lads who get the fees to keep it running and able to stand on its own two feet. In reality the biggest problem is the fact that the Imps do not have the luxury of a development or U21’s set-up like the big teams and therefore, come 18 years of age  players, not only move jobs and companies (The Youth side is now a separately run and legal entity to the club) but are under pressure to deliver or be shipped out pretty quickly.  It seems a cruel and wasteful world and it is,  even Richard Butcher was shipped out from Northampton after his two-year YTS funded stint at Northampton along with 8 others, 5 of which went on to have full-time careers in the game.

Connor Robinson is missing just one thing to fill City’s needs which is why he has be loaned to Gainsborough Trinity. We need pace and the ability to go past people and shoot accurately, he has it in spades, however the physical size and rough and tumble at this level is for fighters first and lovers second, making it an hard for players and managers who have the heart and desire but not the fight. Connor has the ability to play at Championship level, any scout or coach can see that, he also has the work ethic and drive.  However to make it you must prove yourself in competitive games, where people are going to muscle you off the ball,

Both Connor and Jordan have the undoubted ability, but the Imps need them to be physically strong enough to survive at the level we find ourselves at.  That way they can rise above it and go on to star for the Imps before being sold on to bigger clubs. That has to be the future for Lincoln but 6 months to a year of watching Connor fulfilling his potential is worth the gate money on its own.

Preview: Imps Looking To Tan Hyde

Hyde FC are not the soft touch many think but then nor are the Imps determined to get back to winning ways after two long and tough away trips that have cost the team their play-off places and potentially their bonuses unless they can get back into the top 8 and beyond.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

 

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Saturday 27th Sept KO 3 PM

Manager Scott McNiven
Formation 4-4-2 or 4-3-3
Position 2012/13 18th in BSP
STMI Forecast Survival Battle
Ave Gate 607
Away following 57

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Centre backs Luke Ashworth (captain) and Will Haining (in from Morecambe) are a solid pair and despite the 8-0 drubbing on opening day the side are now conceding well under two per game, so Tomlinson will fancy his chances on Saturday. Full-backs Brizell and Griffin are vulnerable however suggesting Miller and Newton could have a field day tomorrow.  Wright  also has the pace if he starts ahead of Fairhurst to really get amongst the goals.  As long as the Imps can find their shooting boots we should be able to punish the tigers at set-pieces too. 

Experienced former Tranmere and Kidderminster midfielder cum winger, Martin Devaney, has signed this week posing a problem for Newton. Man of the moment Miller will also have to watch Mainwaring, who really is the life and soul down their left. The Tigers are a passing side who are not getting the rub of the green, losing by the odd or late goal or two after enjoying much of the possession.  They do tend to shoot themselves in the foot, so if we can keep on loan Blackpool play-maker Tomsett quiet as well as the front two of Spencer and Dieseruvwe, then Lincoln will get back to winning ways. Concede and it could be just the springboard the Tigers have been looking for. 

The potential Tigers team 

Scott McNiven 4-4-2

24 Liversedge

2 Brizell  4 Haining 5 Ashworth  3 Griffin

22 Devaney  6 Tomsett 8 Brown  16 Mainwaring

20 Dieseruvwe 9 Spencer

The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Collins 4 Brown 3
Tomsett 3 Carlton 1
Spencer 1 Almond 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Haining 3 Brizell 1
Griffin 3 Tomsett 1
Tomsett 3    
Brown 3    
Ashworth 1    
Blakeman 1    
Hughes 1    
Dieseruvwe 1    
Spencer 1    
Carlton 1    
Almond 1    

Form Comparison

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 5 4 0 1 6 2 4 12 8
Hyde (A) 5 0 1 4 5 17 -12 1 23
Lincoln (A) 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 13
Hyde (H) 6 0 1 5 3 9 -6 1 24
Last 5
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 7 11
Hyde 5 0 0 5 1 8 -7 0 24
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 11 5 2 4 11 9 3 17 10
Hyde 11 0 2 9 8 26 -16 2 24


The Summer Plans

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Scott McNiven did a fantastic job last year with the consolation mission accomplished way before the 1-5 defeat at home to the Imps on the last day.  In truth they travelled well putting up a spirited display in the face of overwhelming odds. Hyde and Nuneaton have the lowest budgets in the division yet admirably every fan hopes they continue to punch above their weight, unless of course it is at the expense of our own clubs survival.

Scott has used his resources, boosted by a decent fee for striker Scott Hogan (there are lucrative add-ons too should Dales Hill sell him – Birmingham are still monitoring his progress), very wisely again this season promoting ex youth captain Fitzgerald from within.  The defence is also strengthened by the addition of young Preston full-back Adam Thurston and the rather more experienced Will Haining from Morecambe.  He has brought in three midfielders that do come as some surprise however give their clubs.  Matt Mainwaring comes in from relegated Stockport, Connor Hughes from Oldham and the reassuring season long loan of Liam Tomsett from Blackpool. Striker Tom Collins is another great catch from Stockport.

IN Player From Pos Fee
31st May Connor Hughes Oldham Mid Free
3rd July Tom Collins Stockport For Free
16th July Adam Thurston Preston Def Free
5th Aug Matt Mainwaring Stockport Mid Free
5th Aug Will Haining Morecambe Def Free
Loans IN
Season Liam Tomsett Blackpool Mid wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
10th May Scott Hogan Rochdale For Undis

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Hyde Squad 2013/14

Keepers
Dave Carnel, Ashley Frith Defenders Josh Brizell, Luke Ashworth, Adam Griffin, Will Haining, Adam Thurston, Andrew Fitzgerald Midfield Alex Brown, David Poole, Connor Hughes, Tom Collins, Liam Tomsett, Matt Mainwaring Forwards  Scott Spencer, Tom Collins

Could Sunderland Youth Be Back On Imps Radar?

Sunderland AFC pipped Gary Simpson to any chance of a bid for Duncan Watmore at the end of last season (our article HERE back in May) as manager Paulo Di Canio made the 19-year-old hot-shot his first signing offering him a 2 year deal as well as agreeing to part with an undisclosed fee for Altrincham.  The striker is currently playing for the Sunderland development squad  overseen by Ged McNamee who seemed quite impressed with the Imps style of play in the 2-0 friendly win earlier in the summer.

 

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Watmore played for an hour in the Sunderland U21’s 2-0 win over the Imps in pre-season and scored 14 goals in 29 outings during his debut season for Altrincham as a supporting strike partner to Damian Reeves. The son of former FA CEO Ian, Duncan has phenomenal pace, a great touch and can dribble, suggesting he can adapt to the variety of formations Simmo likes to play.

Watmore played as a winger in this weeks 3-2 win over Middlesbrough laying on an assist and was inches away from making it four for the Black Cats in the last minute.  Liam Agnew, who scored against the Imps,  got two beauties against Boro suggesting he too would be a terrific addition if Simmo can twist Ged McNamee’s arm for a freebie for a cash strapped club who try to play football.

Simmo has been piling on the miles in his search for undiscovered gems but alas even those in the Blue Square North now appear out of his reach. The Imps may be full-time on paper but in reality the money the Imps are offering is unlikely to entice someone earning £20,000 in a full-time job who may then only get £100-£150 appearance fee for a part-time club.  It is sad but true and therefore favours are the best the club can expect.