Luton V Lincoln – The Teams & Schemes
IF Gary Simpson’s side can beat Luton today then get 3 points from Hereford United in two tough away games, against two shrewd managers, the next fixture at Sincil Bank could see us fighting for the Skrill Premier summit. But so would four points and a more realistic point at Luton, with the chance to nick it on the break. Now that would have to be any sane manager’s game plan. It is easier said than done when confronted by the non-League’s top budget, for the Hatters are the Manchester United of non-league football with a fan-base and backing second to none. With just two up and two down it is hard but in John Still they have the best manager to do it. Six promotions so far for John, but this would be seventh heaven. Then again Lincoln have Gary Simpson, a talent spotter and man-manager that is making a mockery of the shameful £400k budget he has been afforded at such a great club.
A big welcome to Luton fans, let us take a look at the teams & schemes plus more stats than one can shake a Hatters fan or Imp at. May football as ever be the winner.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Saturday 21st Sept KO 3PM
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|
The potential teams
25 Henry 5 McNulty 14 Parry 12 Griffiths
21 Guttridge 4 Smith
7 Lawless 28 Stevenson 11 Howells
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Fairhurst Power Jordan
Luton, adaptable but surprisingly 11th, boast an embarrassment of riches all over the park. But the Hatters are on the march at last after more draws than a gun-slinger, of whom they have equally many. Thus with Still changing from his trusted 4-4-2 double 6 to 4-2-3-1 in such explosive fashion in the 3-0 demolition of Dartford, it is no wonder his media murmurings suggest no change. Wall is missing anyway, serving the second of a 3 match suspension after a stamping incident in the 0-2 defeat at the Dragons last week. Andre Gray and Taiwo were on the bench Benson did the job up front aided and abetted by Guttridge and Lawless in that 3-0 win. Even Andre Gray and Taiwo have been on the bench for the last couple of games.
Imps will have to go man for man in a congested ten man middle, making less for open passing football and more for a battle of attrition, with the vision and ability of Nolan, Power, Howells and Lawless needing to find a key. Stevenson another Still find from the lower reaches (Histon) had a terrific game in mid-week and with Howells and Lawless either side of him in the advanced trio Guttridge can also bomb through and get one. The Hatters have, pace, cunning and quality, as do the Imps, with Wright, Rowe and Fairhurst vying for a start.
Jordan, Fofana, Nolan and Sheridan have been playing and would be the cautious starting choice against our hosts with their tails up. They bolster the best back four in The Skrill Premier at present suggesting the Hatters could find it tough. Left-back Griffiths will need to be watched, his runs are devastating, while the clever Henry, at right back is more a passing thinker in the supportive role. Miller and Newton will get opportunities against the two Hatters full-backs, but it will be a tough one for Tomlinson again, against McNulty and Parry. Let’s hope something drops for the Lincolnshire poacher, because he will ram it home with gusto.
Benson is a tricky customer, but Boyce and Brown should cope if the runs of Lawless, Howells and Guttridge in particular can be negated by Fofana and Nolan who sit in front of the back two. Simmo is making a big thing of the fact that his rotation policy will come into play today, good news then for Rowe and Fairhurst. But in reality a set-piece would do and Miller and Newton’s deliveries best spread panic when Goliaths Jordan and Boyce are in the box allowing Tommo to feed.
For those who have missed the stats fill your boots……
|Gary Simpson||Manager||John Still|
|4-2-3-1 /various||Formation||4-4-2- The Double 6 /4-2-3-1|
|2-0 V Wrexham (H)||Biggest win||3-0 V Dartford (H)|
|0-1 V Cambridge (A) & Salisbury (H)||Heaviest defeat||0-2 V Wrexham (A)|
|11,811||Total Turnstile Clicks||31,817|
|2642 v Salisbury||Hi||7517 V Cambridge|
|1879 V Southport||Low||5433 V Dartford|
Heroes & Villains
* McNulty’s red card was rescinded – thanks for the spot from Hatter Terry!
Current & Overall Form
Historic Tale of the Tape
|AT LUTON TOWN (17)||AT LINCOLN CITY (17)|
|Results||Total||Success %||Results||Total||Success %|
|Luton Town||12||70.6||Lincoln City||4||23.5|
|Lincoln City||2||11.7||Luton Town||6||35.3|
|Goals||Total||Ave per game||Goals||Total||Ave per game|
|Luton Town||43||2.53||Lincoln City||32||1.88|
|Lincoln City||15||0.88||Luton Town||25||1.47|
|ON NEUTRAL GROUND (0)||OVERALL (34 MATCHES)|
|Luton Town||0||0.00||Luton Town||18||52.9|
|Lincoln City||0||0.00||Lincoln City||6||17.7|
|Goals||Total||Ave per game||Goals||Total||Ave per game|
|Luton Town||0||0.00||Luton Town||68||2.00|
|Lincoln City||0||0.00||Lincoln City||47||1.38|
|Highest score||12||Luton Town||9 – 3||Lincoln City||1897/1898|
|Highest Luton Town score:||9||Luton Town||9 – 3||Lincoln City||1897/1898|
|Highest Lincoln City score:||8||Lincoln City||8 – 1||Luton Town||1966/1967|
Last ten games
|2012/2013||Tue 09 Apr||Luton Town||3 – 0||Lincoln City||Blue Sq Premier|
|Sat 06 Oct||Lincoln City||1 – 2||Luton Town||Blue Sq Premier|
|2011/2012||Tue 06 Dec||Lincoln City||1 – 1||Luton Town||Blue Sq Premier|
|Sat 17 Sep||Luton Town||1 – 0||Lincoln City||Blue Sq Premier|
|2008/2009||Sat 11 Apr||Lincoln City||0 – 0||Luton Town||League Two|
|Sun 28 Dec||Luton Town||3 – 2||Lincoln City||League Two|
|2001/2002||Tue 26 Feb||Lincoln City||0 – 1||Luton Town||League Division Three|
|Tue 18 Sep||Luton Town||1 – 1||Lincoln City||League Division Three|
|1999/2000||Tue 30 Nov||Lincoln City||0 – 1||Luton Town||F.A. Cup|
|Fri 19 Nov||Luton Town||2 – 2||Lincoln City||F.A. Cup|