Lincoln 1 Southport 0 It’s Miller Time For 4th Placed Imps!
The Imps go to Luton Town in great form after a 1-0 win over Southport sees us catapulted back to fourth. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves.
For the benefit of Southport 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 Sandgrounder at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Tuesday 17th September KO 19.45
scorers 26′ Miller
Attendance 1879 (1848 Imps 31 Sandgrounders)
Ref Mr Kavanagh
The teams & Schemes
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Power Nolan Sheridan
71 Wright on for Tomlinson 80 Dixon on for Sheridan 90 Foster on for Power.
15 Gray, 27 Foster, 17 Dixon, 9 Rowe, 10 Wright
Wright goes 5-3-2
4 Akrigg 2 Smith 18 George
12 Challoner 20 Fitzpatrick
10 Ledsham (Y-14) 6 Brown
15 Hattersley 9 Tames
D/S 66 Almond on for Akrigg & Osawe for Hattersley 73 Milligan on for Irie-Bi.
7 Chalmers, 8 Milligan, 11 Almond 19 Stevenson, 21 Osawe
To the game fellow football fans to the game……………
A lively game sees some good possession football from both sides but no end product until the Imps who win a corner. Newton delivers but Hurst punches clear. The game is littered with fouls from both sides in a congested middle with little space. Southport win a corner but Brown’s delivery is headed clear by Boyce. Ledsham fouls Nolan and gets a yellow for his trouble.
A venomous drive from Akrigg is brilliantly saved by Farman as the visitors begin to get the upper hand. Another slick move finds Irie-Bi who unloads a great drive but Farman saves again. Boyce again clears Brown’s corner under pressure from Hattersley. Incredibly 22 minutes in, despite the possession, Lincoln have yet to have a shot.
Twenty-five minutes in the visitors shoot themselves in the foot. A poor back pass sees Hurst only half clear and fall at the feet of Newton. His peach of a ball finds Miller who heads home with aplomb. Brown puts in a very hefty challenge on Power as the Imps begin to stroke the ball about with style. Farman clears long and Power’s drive with the outside of the foot is saved by Hurst for a corner.
Tomlinson is almost put clear by a decent Nolan ball before the off-side flag puts paid to another passing move. The goal has rattled Southport, a young and emerging side seem to have gone into their shells since the goal. The Sandgrounders rally, first Ledsham fires wide and then Irie-Bi fizzes another effort off target. The Sandgrounders are finishing the half the far brighter and win a corner. Irie-Bi’s set-piece is cleared by the Imps Brown to his Southport counterpart. His 25-yard swerving dipping drive from is tipped over the bar by Farman.
Both sides keep the faith. Miller is having a stormer, exchanges with Fofana who delivers a great ball but Power just cannot get to it. Nolan shows some great skill but drags his effort just the wrong side of the right-hand post. Irie-Bi goes it alone but miscues to end another opportunity. Newton goes racing down the flank cuts in and hammers a fabulous drive just over.
A glorious chest down and cushion ball from Power feeds Sheridan but he cannot get beyond Challoner. Challoner sends a terrific driven ball into the box and first Boyce denies Hattersley before Miller clears a second effort from Brown off the line. Fofana gets forward well again and earns a corner. Alas Newton’s delivery goes straight into Hurst’s gloves. Tomlinson chases down the defender for the umpteenth time, wins it and fizzes a drive just wide.
Miller gets forward again and finds Power who lofts a decent ball in to Jordan who wins the header and earns a corner. Southport look far from out of it with some decent passing football at times that has stretched the Imps but the finishing has been woeful. On 66 Alan Wright rolls the dice with a double substitution, reasoning its now or never, as Osawe replaces Hattersley and Almond replaces Akrigg with a switch to 4-3-3 for the visitors.
Tomlinson out-muscles his man again but this time his drive is just to the left of the net. Nick Wright comes on for Tomlinson, shattered after another battling shift. A Newton corner is headed away by Brown and then a Power corner is cleared off the line by James Smith. Another corner from Newton misses the head of Boyce by inches at one end and then Ledsham miscues at the other as a lively end to end game continues. Sheridan then limps off making way for Dixon after a hefty challenge from Challoner. A Ledsham drive also fails to trouble Farman and you begin to feel this is our night. A great ball from Fitzpatrick screams across the box eluding Osawe and Farman to the relief of the home crowd.
Sub Wright shows great pace, rounds Smith with ease, leaving the defender no choice but to foul him for a penalty. Wright takes it instead of Power, shoots down the middle but Hurst saves well with his legs. A great ball from Nolan sees Wright move a tad too early for an easy offside decision. With five minutes to go Foster replaces Power and sits between the back four and the two defensive midfielders to ensure the three points are ours. Another superb corner from Newton is headed wide by Foster.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
51% Ball 49%
4 Shots on 3
4 Misses 6
3 Saves 5
10 Corners 5
5 Offside 3
5 Fouls 4
0 Yellows 1
0 Reds 0
The Table 17/9/13
|6||FC Halifax Town||9||5||1||3||17||15||+2||16|
|8||Forest Green Rovers||9||4||3||2||20||12||+8||15|
|22||Aldershot Town (-10)||9||4||2||3||12||8||+4||4|
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