Imps V Salisbury The Teams & Schemes
Salisbury City will be ‘bang up for it’ suggesting the beast may have to tame beauty in a battle at Sincil Bank. Many feel it will be a tight one settled by a set-piece, but with the expected poor weather absent we could see anything from a five goal thriller to the rout the Imps have been intimating for weeks. Welcome to The Whites fans making the long trip, first the schemes, then the teams, then the head-to-head and finally Mikey Harris’ best laid summer plans to complete the big fat STMI preview. As ever may football be the winner and a safe journey two and fro for Salisbury fans.
Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Saturday 6th September K.O 15:00 pm
|Away Fans Pricing||Adults £18||Cons £13
||U18 £7||Small stand left of Echo Stand|
|Position 2012/13||BSS (playoffs)|
|Ave Gate 2013/14||984|
FANS Forum – what are they saying?
The schemes & best laid plans………..
Matty Harris may welcome back skipper Brian Dutton, Stuart Sinclair and Jamie White and revert to 4-4-2 but why mend what ain’t broke? The Whites, with their tails up, are unbeaten in 3, the Imps meanwhile, have a 100% home record, but, the momentum has swung in the visitors favour. Some will say 9 man FC Halifax imploded last week, but the Imps have nursed the squad this week with many at 80-90% fitness. Pace, power and physical presence will confront the Imps, for once the Goliaths, in a must win match for both sides.
Oldham Athletic utility man Glenn Belezika will be a threat down their right for Newton, who will face his toughest adversary to date, along with fast and furious Fitchett. That said, our Neutron Bomb, along with Rowe or Fairhurst, is a phenomena the two have never faced. They conceded easily against 9 men last week and look susceptible to the counter and set-pieces. A long throw, corner or free-kick could settle this one, felt to be tight by the coaching staff in the media, although get one early and it could set the tone. The Imps shooting accuracy has deserved far better than a win by the odd goal in the last three games.
Fitchett does look a handful, both young and fearless. Ben Wright came on for him as a scoring sub on Saturday with Sinclair and, potential match-winner, Freer part of a very big and mobile trio. Boyce, who will play a part at both ends as ever, Brown and Miller will have to be very alert indeed. Gray may come in for Miller, but pace makes the latter our first choice right-back and we are facing that down both flanks this week. Newton is not blessed in that respect either but the back four plus Fofana or Foster and Nolan do back each other up in inspirational fashion.
The normal four man Wiltshire Whites midfield has changed to a trio turning 3 defeats into an unbeaten run of a draw and then two wins. The last two games saw a 1-0 win over Aldershot, eating into the 10 point deduction with venom and velocity, plus the 3-1 win over Aspins Halifax 9.Highly rated Theo Lewis has also seen red to go with the yellow he and 6 others have been awarded. This one is going to be a battle one feels, a case of who dares wins. The three midfielders, 6” 4″ Ricky Wellard (Wimbledon), McPhee and Kamdjo, look formidable, suggesting a battle of attrition early doors, given Foster, Nolan and Fofana certainly take no prisoners. Wellard is a terrific footballer and laid on the first for Frear before FC Halifax had two sent off last week in a bad tempered and ill-disciplined game.
If Fairhurst and Rowe (both groin) are fit we will stretch them, although Wright and Dixon are both straining at the leash. The latter two will both get game time one feels. Thomlinson will hope to continue to battle through his own barrier, with 3 in 3 he has the scent now, with trademark poacher strikers that go down well in Lincolnshire. Move over hit-man Hearn the county has a new crack-shot. Salisbury do look suspect at the back, although the size of both sides suggests a set-piece could be the thin dividing line between the two sides.
Looks like a nervy and tight one again, although with top spot, the fortress factor and pride in every pass, tackle and stride TEAM LINCOLN, are rightly the favourites. Then again the Sincil Bank stage and the aura of ex-League club Lincoln will be seen as a scalp and a big motivating factor for part-timers Salisbury. This cup-final mentality makes getting out of the the two up Skrill Premier even harder than it looks on paper. The key is to be able to adapt, raise your game and make quality count, if Goliath is to put David to the sword.
The Likely teams & formations
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Rowe Fairhurst Dixon
22 Belezika 6 Wilson 5 Clarke 2 Ruddick
12 Kamdjo 8 Wellard 7 McPhee
13 Sinclair 20 Fitchett 11 Frear
The tale of the tape……….
|Gary Simpson||Manager||Mikey Harris|
|4-2-3-1 /various||Formation||4-3-3 or 4-4-2|
|16||Position 2012/13||BSS Play-off Winners|
|2-0 V Wrexham (H)||Biggest win||3-1 V FC Halifax (H)|
|0-1 V Cambridge (A)||Heaviest defeat||0-2 Luton (A)|
|7286||Total Turnstile Clicks||2953|
|2610 v Wrexham||Hi||1175 V Aldershot|
|2290 V Forest Green||Low||725 V Halifax|
Heroes & Villains
Early Form Comparisons
|Home / Away|
The Table 31/8/13
|6||Forest Green Rovers||6||3||2||1||15||5||+10||11|
|10||FC Halifax Town||6||3||1||2||10||12||-2||10|
|24||Aldershot Town (-10)||6||2||1||3||6||5||+1||-3|
The Summer plans
With Darrell Clarke joining ex-Imp goal machine John Ward at Bristol Rovers as assistant manager in the summer after two promotions in 3 years, former playing/ assistant Mikey Harris was promoted to make him the youngest manager in football at 28. The comparatively small budget and his tender years will not faze the midfielder however with consolidation a realistic aim given Rovers are just down the road with the 5 year managerial partnership forming a strong bond. There is also a big Plymouth connection at the club.
Mikey’s move to bring in striker Warren Feeney in a playing assistant role is an astute one and he has avoided the exodus many feared. Thus he knows the players, the strengths and weaknesses, has added wisely and the Whites will hit the ground running. A further example of his ambitious and persuasive way has to be the capture of Ben Wright who is a massive signing from Forest Green Rovers. Young forward Dan Fitchett has returned from Southend after spending the pre-season on trial and Glenn Wilson (centre & full-back) has re-signed.
Hugely experienced striker Warren Feeney has arrived from Plymouth as player assistant to help steady a young but exciting squads nerves. Ex-Wimbledon midfielder Ricky Wellard signed initially on loan from Cambridge last season before joining in January and was inspirational in the play-off winning side. His huge 6’4″ midfield presence will be vital again this term. Monty George, a talented 16 year old keeper, has come in and Clovis Kamdjo has great technique. He can play in defence or midfield, although influential defender Chris Giles did retire in the summer, suggesting the former.
It will be tough this season but as other promoted sides have proved playing on the bigger stages inspires some great away performances that get the points that make a difference. STMI wish Salisbury good luck (except against the Mighty Imps of course) and hope their fans enjoy the experience.
|20th July||Warren Feeney||Plymouth||For||Free|
|23rd July||Ben Wright||FGR||For||Free|
|6th Aug||Clovis Kamdjo||Barnet||Def/Mid||Free|
|6th Aug||Monte George||trialist||GK||Free|
The Whites 2013/14 Squad