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

 

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Saturday 21st Sept KO 3PM

 The Table 17/9/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Nuneaton Town 9 7 2 0 16 7 +9 23
2 Cambridge United 9 6 3 0 15 4 +11 21
3 Kidderminster Harriers 9 6 0 3 16 11 +5 18
4 Lincoln City 9 5 2 2 9 5 +4 17
5 Barnet 9 4 4 1 17 10 +7 16
6 FC Halifax Town 9 5 1 3 17 15 +2 16
7 Alfreton Town 9 5 1 3 15 13 +2 16
8 Forest Green Rovers 9 4 3 2 20 12 +8 15
9 Salisbury City 9 4 2 3 11 9 +2 14
10 Grimsby Town 9 4 2 3 9 10 -1 14
11 Luton Town 9 3 4 2 8 4 +4 13

The potential teams

Luton Town F.C. badge

1 Tyler

25 Henry 5 McNulty 14 Parry 12 Griffiths

21 Guttridge 4 Smith

7 Lawless 28 Stevenson 11 Howells

26 Benson

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

Farman

Miller  Brown  Boyce Newton 

Fofana  Nolan     

Fairhurst Power Jordan

Tomlinson 

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The schemes

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……

Ground Guide     Away ticket prices FANS Forum

Gary Simpson Manager John Still
4-2-3-1 /various Formation 4-4-2- The Double 6 /4-2-3-1
4 Position 11
17 Points 13
9 Goals scored 8
5 Goals conceded 4
12 Yellow cards 13
1 Red Cards 2
16th Position 2012/13 7th 
Play-offs Forecast Title contenders
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)

Ker-ching

11,811 Total Turnstile Clicks 31,817
2362 Ave Gate 6363
2642 v Salisbury Hi 7517 V Cambridge
1879 V Southport Low 5433 V Dartford

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Guttridge 3 Tomlinson 3 Luton 3
Howells 2 Fairhurst 2 Dartford 0
Lawless 1 Rowe 1 Lincoln 1
Taiwo 1 Boyce 1 Southport 0
Benson 1 Nolan 1 Wrexham 2
Miller 1 Luton 0
Barnet 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Lincoln 1
Gray 2 Newton 4 Luton 0
Howells 1 Boyce 1 Grimsby 0
Lawless 1 Brown 1 Lincoln 0
Smith 1 Salisbury 1
Martin 1 Kidderminster 0
Benson 1 Luton 2
Shaw 1 Dartford 1
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Lincoln 2
Guttridge 2 Rowe 2 Luton 0
McNulty 2 Tomlinson 2 Cambridge 0
Taiwo 2 Foster 2 Lincoln 2
Smith 2 Boyce 1 Wrexham 0
Parry 1 Power 1 Southport 0
Griffiths 1 Gray 1 Luton 0
Henry 1 Miller 1 Cambridge 1
Shaw 1 Newton 1 Imps 0
Benson 1 Yussuf 1 Luton 1
Macclesfield 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds Imps 2
McNulty * 1 Power 1 FGR 1
Wall 1

* McNulty’s red card was rescinded – thanks for the spot from Hatter Terry!

Current & Overall Form

Home/Away G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Luton (H) 5 2 3 0 6 1 5 9 10
Lincoln (A) 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 5 8
Luton (A) 4 1 1 2 2 3 -1 4 10
Lincoln (H) 5 4 0 1 6 2 4 12 4
Last 5
Luton 5 2 2 1 5 2 3 8 10
Lincoln 5 3 1 1 6 3 3 10 4
Overall                  
  G W D L F A GD Pts
Luton 9 3 4 2 8 4 4 13 11
Lincoln 9 5 2 2 9 5 4 17 4

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
Draws 3 17.7 Draws 7 41.2
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)
Results Total % Results Total %
Luton Town 0 0.00 Luton Town 18 52.9
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 6 17.7
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 10 29.4
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
HIGH SCORES
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

SEASON DATE HOME SCORE AWAY COMPETITION
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
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