Preview: Imps Looking To Starve Nuneaton Town

A win could see the Imps leapfrog Nuneaton into 2nd but Luton Town, Braintree Town,  Grimsby Town and Kidderminster Harriers would all have to drop points.  But it could kick-start a tough month for the Imps with expectations reaching fever pitch. So a 1-0 to the Mighty Imps will do then!

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P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Cambridge United 12 8 4 0 21 6 +15 28
2 Nuneaton Town 12 7 2 3 17 14 +3 23
3 Kidderminster Harriers 12 7 1 4 18 14 +4 22
4 Grimsby Town 12 6 3 3 17 13 +4 21
5 Braintree Town 12 6 3 3 15 11 +4 21
6 Luton Town 12 5 5 2 15 6 +9 20
7 Lincoln City 12 6 2 4 14 9 +5 20
8 Salisbury City 12 6 2 4 16 13 +3 20
9 FC Halifax Town 12 6 2 4 20 19 +1 20
10 Barnet 12 5 4 3 22 16 +6 19

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Saturday 5th Oct KO 3 PM

 

Manager Kevin Wilson
Formation 3-5-2 or 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 15th in BSP
STMI Forecast Top 8
Ave Gate 1234
Away following 207

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The Imps face very similar opposition to our good selves with a five man midfield that will make opportunities scarce.  The three central defenders have height and the wing-backs have pace and energy to get up and down the flanks.  Yorke and Newton are the finest two full/wing backs in the Skrill Prwemier and will come face to face tomorrow down their right and our left. Streete has a long throw to match that of Miller or Gray and with the two remaining centre-backs moving up to support strikers Moult and Brown . The set-pieces will be interesting in either box tomorrow to say the least.

The three defeats on the spin have been harsh on Nuneaton who have dominated every game.  They are not second for nothing and the 3-0 defeat at Cambridge could have been very different if luck had gone their way. During the opening 15 minutes of the second half the United keeper made three great saves with the front two also missing a golden opportunity each. Moult the division’s leading sorer, with 9, rarely lets teams off lightly.

The midfield trio are useful having delivered 11 assists already this season suggesting Foster may start as Simmo tinkers with the two in the 4-2-3-1.  Armson (5 assists) Walker (3) and Sleath (3) have terific understanding and swarm to cut down the space with Bell and York quick to support them. Belshaw the England’s University keeper is also keeping out a Nottingham Forest loan keeper. a great shot-stopper he will be hard to beat

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The potential Boro team 

Kevin Wilkin  3-5-2

19 Belshaw

11 Streete 5 Dean 4 Cowan

16 York  13 Sleath 6 Walker 7 Armson 3 Bell

10 Brown 9 Moult

The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Moult 9 Armson 5
Brown 4 Walker 3
Cowan 1 Sleath 3
Armson 1 Brown 1
York 1 Streete 1
Walker 1 Moult 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Streete 3    
Walker 2    
Armson 2    
Sleath 2    
Cowan 1    
Dean 1    
Moult 1    
Brown 1    
Pearson 1  

Form Comparison 

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (A) 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 13
Nuneaton (H) 6 4 1 1 11 6 5 13 5
Lincoln (H) 6 5 0 1 9 2 7 15 4
Nuneaton (A) 6 3 1 2 6 8 -2 10 2
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 7 5 2 7 10
Nuneaton 5 2 0 3 5 9 -4 6 15
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 12 6 2 4 14 9 5 20 7
Nuneaton 12 7 2 3 17 14 3 23 2

With influential Forsdick out for some time versatile Theo Streete may have to come into his own in a defensive rather than midfield role. That would be a shame as the utility man was a massive part of the Alfreton side who more than punched above their weight last term. Phil Trainer was also big cheese at Telford and they fought hard to keep a warhorse who can do a job anywhere in the midfield.  He knows Gavin Cowan from their Telford days too so this side could gel just right.

Greg Pearson got 37 goals in 128 games for Burton with 20 in their promotion season to the Football League. He then slipped down the pecking order after promotion and was shipped out for loan after loan. Still only 28 and at his peak the six-footer will get regular goals at this level if Streete, Trainer and successful trialist and tricky winger Bell can supply the bullets.

James Belshaw the British University keeper who has just finished his degree will have to dislodge loan keeper Dimitri Evtimov who is impressing plenty at home club Forest who have shipped him out for games until October.  Defender Amari Bell has also been borrowed from Birmingham until January at least.

Manager Kevin Wilkin has yet to call in favours from Northampton, but the Birmingham and Forest links look useful.  No team should be classed as relegation candidates at the start of a new season  and Nuneaton certainly deserve all the luck they can get. So does the man who masterminded three promotions to bring the reformed club back from oblivion, kept them up, so who would bet against him doing it again this year.  The Boro, well Town now on paper, may have a bottom three budget but every side Wilkin puts out will be sure to punch well above its weight.

IN Player From Pos Fee
10th June Theo Streete Alfreton Def/Mid Free
1st July Greg Pearson Burton For Free
16th July Phil Trainer AFC Telford Mid Free
30th July Mark Bell trialist Wing Free
31st July James Belshaw from University GK Free
Loans Player From  Pos  Fee 
Oct 16th Dimitar Evtimov Nottm Forest GK Wages
January Amari I Bell Birmingham C Def
Out Player
Released Neil Collett      
Released Steven O’Halloran      
Released R Thompson-Brown    
Released Ben Ford      
Released Tom James      
Released Ben McNamara      
Released Kyle Perry      
Released Kyle Patterson

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Boro Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Dimitar Evtimov, 19 James Belshaw

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Defence
3 Amarii Bell,4 Gavin Cowan, 5 Gareth Dean, 12 David McNamee, 14 Simon Forsdick, 15 Delroy Gordon

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Midfield
6 Adam Walker, 7 James Armson, 8 Jon Adams, 11 Theo Streete, 13 Danny Sleath, 20 Phil Trainer, 21 Mark Bell

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Forwards
9 Louis Moult, 10 Andy Brown, 16 Wesley York (Transfer list), 17 Connor Taylor, 18 Greg Pearson,

 

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