Preview: Lincoln V Tamworth – Sincil Bank Battle Looms
The Lambs raided Nottingham Forest, Oxford Utd, Gillingham FC, Fulham FC, Crawley Town, Birmingham City, Bury, Barrow, AFC Telford and Accrington Stanley over the summer in an ambitious ploy this term. The huge Peniket (released by Fulham) and Lateef Alliyu from Crawley Town will be a handful up front armed by a very quick and capable midfield quartet but the six-foot soldiers will win this you feel with Wright, Tomlinson and Fairhurst all with points to prove.
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For a side with what has traditionally been regarded as a bottom third budget, manager Dave Belford and his chairman have certainly pushed the boat out and will surprise a few this season, not unlike Simmo’s Imps. Peniket and centre-midfielder Baker have hit the ground running with three goals apiece, but the side has understandably taken time to gel. The 1-0 defeat of Macc who had gone 3 without defeat suggests they are beginning to click with lightning rod Alliyu getting the winner as well as a booking.
The defence has enjoyed a complete rebuild, but in truth a tough spine runs down this team with 23 bookings and two reds on the board already. This one will be an incident filled battle with a few goals one feels, with the Imps and the Lambs far from shrinking violets. Peniket is huge and skilful, he will provide a very tough test for Boyce and Brown will be at full stretch to contain Alliyu. Miller and Newton (on 4 yellows now) will also have to deal with Wright and Todd, with Evans on the overlap too. The central midfield partnership has yielded 3 goals from Baker and a couple of assist from Kerry
|Position 2012/13||19th in BSP|
|STMI Forecast||Play-off fringes|
|Average Gate||968 (2012/13–993)|
|Away following||61 (2012/13–88)|
The potential Lambs team
Dale Belford 4-4-2
2 Evans 6 Richards-Everton 15 Courtney 19 Capaldi
27 Wright 8 Baker 7 Kerry 20 Todd
17 Peniket 26 Alliyu
The Heroes & Villains
The Summer Plans
Despite losing top scorer Cunnington, as well as Tate, to Cambridge and Marcus Kelly going to Forest Green the side is so much stronger this year. He brings his goalkeeping son in from Bury as a playing assistant and has assembled an admirable back four on paper. In comes Jack Evans from Gillingham, Matt Regan from Forest, imperious Jordan Rose from Telford and Tom Eckerslie from Accrington.
Richie Baker, from Barrow, is the only addition in midfield although the trio in his preferred 4-3-3, the loss of Kelly apart, were none too shabby anyway. Up front the improvement will take some stopping. Peniket from Fulham will plunder this division, Justin Richards certainly still has it in him and Ebanks from Birmingham is top draw. Let us not forget existing hit-man Darren Byfield who most Conference clubs would love to have in their team.
Belford finished 19th last season, after replacing Marcus Law who was relieved of his duties in January. The mission was accomplished last season to halt that alarming slide, but one gets the feeling the Lambs will be well into the top half and perhaps even pushing for the play-offs this time round.
|18th July||Richard Peniket||Fulham||For||Free|
|1st July||Jack Evans||Gillingham||Def||Free|
|25th June||Cameron Belford||Bury||Keeper||Free|
|24th June||Jordan Rose||AFC Telford||Def||Free|
|21st June||Tom Eckerslie||Accrington||Def||Free|
|20th June||Justin Richards||Oxford Utd||For||Free|
|24th May||Richie Baker||Barrow||Mid||Free|
|23rd May||Matt Regan||Nottm Forest||Def||Free|
|17th May||Deqwon Ebanks||Birmingham C||For||Free|
|9th May||Adam Cunnington||Cambridge Utd||For||undis|
|9th May||Richard Tate||Cambridge Utd||Def||undis|
|14th June||Michael Wylde||Alfreton||Mid||Free|
|17th July||Marcus Kelly||Forest Green||Mid||Free|
The Lambs Squad 2013/14
1 Cameron Belford, 23 James Wren, 31 Dale Belford,
2 Jack Evans, 3 Connor Gudger, 4 Tom Eckersley, 5 Jordan Rose, 6 Ben Richards-Everton, 14 Matty Regan, 15 Duane Courtney,
7 Lloyd Kerry, 8 Richie Baker, 11 Jake Jones, 18 Kaiyne Woolery, 24 Scott James, 30 Scott Lindsey,
9 Justin Richards, 10 Darren Byfield, 16 Stuart Hendrie, 17 Peniket, 22 Deqwon Ebanks, 26 Alliyu
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