Lincoln 0 Salisbury 1 Feisty Whites Frustrate 4th Placed Imps
Salisbury City got the scalp they craved at The Bank to end our 100% record on a frustrating day for those in red. The manager deduced it would be a tight one, settled by a set-piece and so it proved. But if the Imps want proof that inspiration and perspiration can more than counter bigger reputations and budgets, here it is. The Whites never raised the flag even though they looked shattered at the end. No doubt they’ll be stopping at an ‘offie’ to celebrate a not quite so long drive home.
For the benefit of the visiting Salisbury fans, first the Teams & schemes then a blow by blow followed by more stats than you can shake an Imp or White at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Saturday 6th September K.O 15:00 pm
scorers 40′ McPhee
Attendance 2646 (2614 Imps 32 Whites )
Ref Mr Coy
The teams & Schemes
Miller Brown Boyce Newton (Y-73)
Fofana Foster Nolan
Fairhurst Tomlinson (Y-32)
52 Sheridan on for Foster, 76 Dixon on for Rowe, 84 Yussuf (Y-95) for Fairhurst
31 Preece, 12 Sheridan 14 Yussuf 15 Gray 17 Dixon,
Mikey Harris 4-3-3
2 Ruddick 6 Wilson 5 Clarke 3 Hart
8 Wellard 7 McPhee
13 Sinclair (Y-34)
20 Fitchett 11 Frear
32′ B Wright on for Wellard, 65 Brett for Hart, 75 White for Fitchett.
21 J Thompson, 4 Brett 9 White, 15 Wright, 16 Dutton
To the game fellow football fans to the game……………
The visitors kick off with Foster heading clear. A swift advance sees Newton feed Thomlinson, he nutmegs Ruddock but Puddy is quick to gather. Fitchett is fouled by Brown but Kamdjo wastes the free-kick. Sinclair makes a superb challenge to stop Newton in his tracks. Denied space, due to a congested midfield, the Imps elect to go long but Clarke looks supreme in the air with Kamdjo absolutely everywhere.
The Whites win a corner, Frear takes, the ball is half cleared and a ferocious drive from spare man McPhee goes high and wide. A decent exchange between Nolan, Fairhurst and Fofana comes back to Foster who hammers a 25-yarder wide. A great ball by Hart feeds the mobile Kamdjo, but, he cannot beat Farman to the ball. Keeper Puddy does not look the tallest but the Imps first corner is well cleared by centre-back Clarke. Right-back Ruddick overlaps well but his whipped centre beats everyone.
A foul by Ruddick gives the Imps a free-kick opportunity from just outside the area. The Rowe set-piece is well saved by Puddy who read the flight perfectly. A great exchange between Tomlinson and Fairhurst earns a corner that just eludes the head of Boyce. Salisbury’s passing and movement is letting them down at vital times, although the Imps are not exactly giving the Whites time on the ball. A decent probing ball from Foster just eludes Tomlinson, who is chasing everything as usual. Rowe beats his man cuts in and rifles a thirty-yard drive that whistles wide.
A great challenge from Newton picks Fitchett’s pocket after Wellard’s clever ball eludes Boyce and Brown. Puddy is again smartly out to deny Fairhurst. Boyce plays to Miller on the overlap, his ball is flicked on by Rowe but Fairhurst is robbed in the nick of time by Wilson. Nolan comes to life and begins to orchestrate things as the Imps try to break down the resilient visitors. The pace and width is missing from both sides, but at least the Imps do have Wright, Dixon and Yussuff on the bench for later. Right-back Ruddick does stretch his legs however, gets down the flank and delivers another payload, but Boyce heads clear.
Thomlinson handles accidentally and gets a yellow and Ben Wright replaces Wellard for the Whites. Newton feeds Nolan who skips his man but he is fouled by Sinclair who gets a yellow for his sins. Rowe’s free-kick looks set for the top corner but Puddy claims and holds well despite clattering the post.
Salisbury counter and Ben Wright’s shot comes off Brown for a corner. Ben Wright takes but Boyce half clears. Miller is skinned by Hart but Boyce does enough at the expense of another corner. Ben Wright takes, finds McPhee, free at the back post, who heads home to give the Whites the lead. Salisbury now clear and counter Rowe’s corner and are two on two with Fitchett looking dangerous, before Foster hammers into row Z. Newton does some great work down the left, wins it back, crosses, but Tomlinson’s drive is saved by Puddy.
The unchanged Imps kick-off, motivated by a half-time heart to heart from the manager. An early ball finds Thomlinson who plays to Fairhurst but the lively keeper is alert to the danger again. Miller charges down Fitchett’s cross for a corner. Ben Wright delivers, finding Kamdjo, in space, who strikes the post with Farman diving on the ball to deny the follow up. The Imps liven up, Newton gets over a decent cross but the centre-backs deal with the matter consummately again. Another interception denies Tomlinson before Rowe hits a rising drive just over. Salisbury are continuing to take time over their throws to kill the tempo with the ref gesturing as such and that he will add the time.
Simmo brings on Sheridan for Foster seven minutes in and Rowe moves forward as the Imps go to a more conventional 4-3-3. Another great run from Ruddick sees his cross half cleared before Newton lashes the ball down-field. The Imps are being frustrated further by the fact that they are confronted and confounded by a side playing them at their own counter-defensive game. Fairhurst lets fly from distance but shoots wide. A great run from Fitchett sees him fizz goalwards but Farman magnificently palms over the bar. Another Wright corner sees Brown clash heads with Boyce as Frear’s effort- a lad free at the back post again – is deflected for a corner. Brown is prone as the club doctor comes on to tend to him before he recovers and disappears down the tunnel for some super-glue.
A great ball from Sheridan finds Fairhurst but his effort goes wide of the right-hand post. Salisbury bring on Brett, a giant of a man, for Hart and, Brown returns to the fray. The Imps first corner is cleared by Ben Wright for another and, this time, Tomlinson’s header is headed over by Sinclair. Salisbury clear the third set-piece but are starting to look tired driven on by manager Harris, who senses the scalp. Newton fizzes a drive just over. Sheridan is at the heart of everything now, adding energy and strength of conviction to Lincoln limbs. Newton is booked for a foul on Ruddick, the two have followed each other back and forth in a most entertaining dual and joust, before Ben Wright shoots wide. Fresh legs for the Whites as Danny White replaces Fitchett who has chased the channels all day.
Simmo senses the tiring limbs and injects some urgency, bringing maverick Dixon on for Rowe. He immediately escapes a booking for kneeing White in the back, but the desire and energy is clearly their from a lad who would seize the day during a midnight power cut. The lively Dixon plays to Sheridan, he in turn finds Nolan. but alas, his drive is deflected for a corner. Newton gets his own corner back from brick wall Wilson and finds Fairhurst, but he slices his drive for a goal-kick. Another Lincoln move finds Dixon but his goal-bound headed effort is wide. Fleet of foot Yussuf comes on for Fairhurst, with six minutes of normal time to go.
Keeper Puddy is booked for persistent time-wasting, though in truth he like many before him will happily take that one for the team. Salisbury counter to ease the pressure and earn a corner, just as 7 minutes of added time goes up on the board. Nolan clears and a decent move finds Dixon but he miss-controls to end the danger. Miller obstructs the keeper allowing Sheridan to pull it back but Dixon’s header is saved by Puddy. The sponsors give Boyce the man-of the-match award for his only poor game of the season, just moments before he is penalised for an aerial challenge on Puddy. That you felt summed up the day and was perhaps our chance at the Fortress Sincil Bank saloon.
Yussuf looks away but is pulled back for offside, before not quite dead on his feet Frear latches onto the long free-kick to shoot wide. Yussuf is now booked for a foul on Wilson to end the frustrating day for the Imps. As expected (see the STMI teams & schemes preview) a set-piece settled it. The Whites came with a plan, shut down the space – akin to the Imps in recent weeks to boot – and then held out for the ex-league scalp they craved. They sit 13th, on 10 and look good for mid-table consolidation on this form. The Imps sit 4th on 13 points and will go to Barnet a place and a point above them with much the same mantra for next week me thinks.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
54% Ball 46%
6 Shots on 3
5 Misses 4
2 Saves 4
6 Corners 7
5 Offside 3
11 Fouls 4
3 Yellows 2
0 Reds 0
The Table 7/9/13
|5||FC Halifax Town||7||4||1||2||12||13||-1||13|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||7||3||3||1||16||6||+10||12|
|24||Aldershot Town (-10)||7||3||1||3||7||5||+2||0|
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