Lincoln 0 Tamworth 0 – Stalemate Against Steadfast Lambs

A 2603 crowd boosted by the free student ticket offer saw a drab first half followed by a not to clever second as Lincoln and Tamworth failed to get the better of each other with the Lambs gaining their first ever point at Sincil Bank. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves……….

For the benefit of Tamworth 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 Lamb at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.


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H/T 00


Attendance  2603   (2587 Imps 16 Lambs)

Ref Mr  Bankes


The teams & schemes

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

1 Farman

2 Miller (Y-89) 23 Brown  5 Boyce 3 Newton

19 Nolan  27 Foster

11 Tomlinson (Y-66)  8 Power  4 Jordan (Y-26)

 10 Wright



59′ Fairhurst on for Wright, 83′ Dixon on for Jordan.

On the bench

 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst 12 Sheridan, 15 Gray, 17 Dixon, 


Dale Belford 4-4-2

1 Belford

2 Evans 6 Richards-Everton 15 Courtney 19 Capaldi

27 Wright 8 Baker 7 Kerry (Y-37) 20 Todd

17 Peniket (Y-94) 26 Alliyu



70′ Harris on for Kerry, 81 Woolery on for Alliyu

On the bench

23 Wren, 14 Woolery (Y-92), 12 Harris, 10 Byfield, 3 Gudger


To the game fellow football fans to the game……………

Both sides are cancelling each other out with brawn beating brains hands down in the opening exchanges. A long throw from Capaldi finds Baker  who unloads from 20 yards but Nolan is on hand to charge it down. Kerry and Jordan tangle with the foul going Lincoln’s way.  The subsequent Newton free-kick sees Boyce get up well against the huge Everton but the ball is gathered by Belford who gets the counter going early only for Nolan to track back well and rob the foraging Baker.

Both sides appear to be going long which is meat and drink to Boyce and Everton who are ruling either box. Tamworth win the first corner of the night, which Capaldi delivers but Brown heads back to him with the second ball gathered by Farman.  A Lincoln counter sees a great nod on by Wright but Everton thumps clear before Tomlinson can get it in his stride. The game is opening up  as both sides decide to engage passing ploys and, a fierce 20-yard drive from unmarked Todd fortunately goes down Farman’s throat – a yard either way could have been touch and go.

Thomlinson wins a corner off Evans which Newton takes, its cleared but Power gathers, chips to Jordan, he heads to Tomlinson who lashes just wide.  Miller on the overlap hammers in a low drive that Belford parries superbly. Newton is caught in possession by Baker who has two efforts charged down. Tamworth attack again and Kerry works to Alliyu who appears to go down with the visiting bench screaming for a penalty.  The Lambs are certainly dictating the pace and shape of the game with the Imps closing down the space and getting the challenges in early.

Newton gets forward and beyond Evans, then sees Belford off his line and elects to shoot but the chipped effort is high and wide. A terrific Jordan ball just goes beyond Tomlinson and Wright  both in the hunt but a yard too slow to reach the probing pass.  Jordan then slides in crudely on Kerry and gets a yellow card.  The Lambs are breaking at pace and getting the ball wide early but the Imps, despite struggling at times, have the imperious back-four standing firm like their Tamworth counterparts.  A terrible grass-cutter corner from Capaldi wastes an opportunity for the Lambs given all the big lads are up.

Evans gets clear and plays in Alliyu who hammers goalwards but Brown bravely gets in a valuable block to end the threat.  There are some tough challenges going in from both sides as Kerry gets a booking for a foul on Foster – those two have certainly had a decent joust during the course of the first half.  It has to be said The Imps have struggled to get their passing game going against the hard-working Lambs, who are  playing the pressing game to perfection so far. The first period has been shot shy, with just 3 efforts apiece and the Lambs winning the corner count 4 to 1.

Second Half. 

Tamworth go 4-3-3 to combat Miller and Newton on the overlap as The Imps start with more adventure and win an early corner. Alas Tomlinson fouls Everton during the scrummage that follows Newton’s delivery. but. some good work from Miller feeds Power who shoots wide. A great one-two between Kerry and Alliyu sees the latter unload a 20-yarder that whistles wide of the right-hand post. A cute corner finds Everton but his header is brilliantly palmed over by Farman.

The offside flag and a point-blank Farman stop from Alliyu saves the Imps again, but Lincoln win a free-kick as Fairhurst replaces Wright.  Newton chips onto Jordan but his header just eludes Fairhurst as he shapes to strike.  A Baker free-kick gets over the wall but goes straight into the gloves of Farman.  A Power free-kick finds Foster who side-foots goalwards but Everton hacks off the line under pressure from Fairhurst.  Tomlinson gets his fourth yellow of the season for a late tackle.

Kelly is replaced Harris as The Imps pressure rouses the crowd. Fairhurst nutmegs his man and plays to Newton, but Miller is the closest runner to his inviting but wasted cross.  A Power corner appears to be missed by the keeper but Brown is pulled for a foul. A great Power and Fairhurst exchange feeds Jordan but Evans challenge is good despite the fans shouts for a penalty.  Another decent ball from Jordan goes straight to the keeper who launches one but Farman is  quickly and decisively out with the Lambs and Imps two on two.

Nolan robs Baker and chips forward to Tomlinson but a foul is awarded against the tenacious forward already on a card.  Lincoln have been more dominant this half but it has been a scrappy one littered with fouls. A shattered Alliyu goes off for Woolery and Bohan Dixon comes on for Jordan.  Will the Bohan cameo work for or against this time?  Dixon turns his man and is fouled.  Foster lifts the ball over the wall but Belford just about does enough to end any danger. From the corner the keeper makes a mess of it but a collision between  Miller and Woolery leaves him winded with Miller unfairly getting a card.

Farman is then caught late by Woolery who  gets a card for his trouble, as does Peniket two minutes later.  Not a classic by any means at Sincil Bank with The Lambs coming and getting a point that they were well worth in the end.



shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed


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50% Ball 50%

1 Shots on 3

2 Misses 2

2 Saves 4

5 Corners 7

2 Offside 2

11 Fouls 9

3 Yellows 3

0 Reds 0

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Cambridge United 14 10 4 0 23 6 +17 34
2 Kidderminster Harriers 14 8 2 4 22 15 +7 26
3 Nuneaton Town 14 7 4 3 21 18 +3 25
4 Luton Town 14 6 6 2 22 12 +10 24
5 Braintree Town 14 7 3 4 20 14 +6 24
6 Grimsby Town 14 7 3 4 20 14 +6 24
7 Salisbury City 14 7 3 4 19 15 +4 24
8 Welling United 14 6 4 4 24 19 +5 22
9 Lincoln City 14 6 4 4 16 11 +5 22
10 Alfreton Town 14 7 1 6 23 22 +1 22
11 Barnet 14 5 6 3 23 17 +6 21
12 FC Halifax Town 14 6 3 5 25 25 0 21
13 Gateshead 14 6 1 7 18 20 -2 19
14 Forest Green Rovers 14 5 3 6 26 23 +3 18
15 Southport 14 5 2 7 13 18 -5 17
16 Hereford United 14 4 4 6 13 15 -2 16
17 Tamworth 14 4 4 6 13 19 -6 16
18 Macclesfield Town 14 4 3 7 14 17 -3 15
19 Wrexham 14 4 3 7 18 22 -4 15
20 Dartford 14 4 2 8 12 22 -10 14
21 Woking 14 3 4 7 16 23 -7 13
22 Chester 14 3 3 8 11 21 -10 12
23 Aldershot Town (-10) 14 5 4 5 17 15 +2 9
24 Hyde 14 0 2 12 8 34 -26 2

Posted on October 8, 2013, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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