Imps V Shots Teams, Schemes,Dreams Or Screams?

The last time Aldershot Town came to Sincil Bank grown Imps shed tears as screams replaced the tattered dreams that had dared to hope for a Football League reprieve.  Safe to say the Shots outclassed Lincoln that day and, on paper threaten to do so this, but oh contraire for Simmo’s six foot soldiers are a new inspiring breed of Imp who refuse to admit they are beat.

Big welcome to Shots fans and our regulars who keep the faith,Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

 Lincoln City F.C. badge.png V  Aldershot Crest.png

Add back those ten points and the Shots would be just three points and four places below us.  On the optimistic side of the coin, Impdom, eager for the win, desperately need to return to the top eight for the bonus and the pride. If the sun and lady lucky shines on us, he said seeing unrepentant rain along the flat and tell-tale road to the horizon, the Imps could peak at third although fourth to seventh must lose as they have already opened a two point gap.

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
23 Aldershot Town (-10) 14 5 4 5 17 15 +2 9
24 Hyde 14 0 2 12 8 34 -26 2

 

The potential teams

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Simmo 4-2-3-1 

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce Newton

Nolan  Foster

Power Fairhurst  Sheridan

 Wright

****

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The potential Shots team 

Andy Scott 4-4-1-1

25 Pope

12 Oleyeke 5 Goodman 2 Oastler 15 Barker

19 Molesley 4 Stanley (C)  8 Rowlands 24 Young

 9 Williams 10 Paterson

*****

The Schemes

Play-maker Rowlands (ex-QPR) has returned from compassionate leave and will join captain Stanley and live-wire Molesley in a thirty-something midfield along with Young. Rowlands will contest a key battle with Foster as will Stanley with Nolan. The Shots have pace and trickery down the flanks with Oleyeke filling in at right-back but then he is a winger in his own right.  The return to full fitness of Paterson should herald the return to 4-4-2 (4-4-1-1 really) a formation that saw the shots chew into a 10 point pre-season deduction with Gentleman’s relish judging by the card-count.

In truth we face a side with an embarrassment of riches – for this division – all over the park, even if the manager had to sign them all either on loan or just in time for the bus to pick them up for the first game and point of the season at grumbling, grinding Grimsby our fishy foe. On-loan Charlton Athletic  keeper Nick Pope, Brentford full Back Emmanuel, Oleyeke, Millwall defender Jake Goodman and Oastler in for Portsmouth centre-half (away with England U19) Webster, plus Webster confront the Imps attacking aspirations.   Power can deliver more than an assist today one suspects, with Fairhurst so up for it that if someone dropped a watermelon at Morrisons he would bury it in the fish counter full on the volley.

Tomlinson, I fear ’tis true, is out with a one match ban, but Wright has been the sole front-man in the last two and is learning the hard and fast way. Fairhurst, Power, Sheridan and Jordan are competing for the front three attacking midfield slots unless Rowe is gambled. Then again full-backs Barker and Oleyeke will not have come across the quality of Miller and Newton overlapping so successfully from deep this season, which could expose Goodman and Oastler in the absence of Webster. The concern, as ever, is the Imps lack of pace and cutting edge in the final third, but Miller and Newton can supply the bullets for dead-shot Fairhurst and Wright just needs the one goal to blossom into the player and pacey goal machine that he is.

The Shots will hurt the Imps and undoubtedly score at least once. Playmaker Rowlands is a quality player along with central midfield partner and captain Stanley and both would get in any team in this division.  They are a passing side full of pace and endeavour with Molesley (Exeter) and Young eager to get up and down the flank, indeed, the latter cut in and blasted a brilliant goal in the 3-3 draw against Luton in midweek. Brett Williams, signed from Reading FC, played a lone role in that one, but, with Paterson now fit the duo will be a handful with the service they can expect from the flanks.  Oleyeke has also got a decent strike in him as has Goodman who will also pose an aerial threat at set-pieces along with Williams who seems to make every cross his own. His will be a key battle with Boyce.

The Imps do have the mangler that strangles free-flowing teams, whereby Boyce and Brown are well protected by Nolan and the classy Foster or Fofana, with Newton and Miller the best two full-backs in the division also putting life and limb on the line.  It is still a tough ask for the Imps, but we continue to punch above our financial weight against the bigger sides and the bigger reputations simply by winning the one on ones, backing each other up and contesting every second ball as if it is their last.

*****

For those who missed the managerial comparisons and stats fill your boots……………..

Gary Simpson Manager Andy Scott
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-3-3 or 4-4-2
9 Position 23
22 Points (10 pts deduction)
16 Goals scored 17
11 Goals conceded 15
22 Yellow cards 15
1 Red Cards 0
16th Position 2012/13 Relegated
Play-offs Forecast Play-off fringes
3-0 V Hyde (H) Biggest win 3-0 V Dartford (H)
2-3 Luton (A) Heaviest defeat 0-3 V Grimsby (H)

Ker-ching

16,725 Total Turnstile Clicks 17,516
2389 Ave Gate 2189
2646 v Salisbury Hi 3138 V Woking
1879 V Southport Low 1740 V Barnet

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Williams 6 Tomlinson 5 Aldershot 3
Molesley 3 Fairhurst 2 Luton 3
Roberts 2 Dixon 2 Lincoln 0
Oleyeke 2 Nolan 2 Tamworth 0
Goodman 1 Miller 2 Aldershot 0
Oastler 1 Rowe 1 Grimsby 3
Wickham 1 Boyce 1 Nuneaton 2
Paterson 1 Power 1 Lincoln 2
Kidderminster 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Aldershot 0
Stanley 2 Newton 5 Lincoln 3
Molesley 2 Power 3 Hyde 0
Roberts 1 Miller 2 Welling 1
Oleyeke 1 Boyce 1 Aldershot 0
Williams 1 Brown 1 Hereford 1
Paterson 1 Tomlinson 1 Lincoln 0
Nolan 1 Aldershot 2
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Wrexham 0
Oleyeke 3 Tomlinson 5 Luton 3
Oastler 2 Newton 4 Lincoln 2
Williams 2 Miller 3 Aldershot 3
Molesley 2 Rowe 2 Barnet 3
Webster 1 Jordan 2 Lincoln 1
Barker 1 Foster 1 Southport 0
Roberts 1 Power 1 Hereford 0
Stanley 1 Boyce 1 Aldershot 2
Rowlands 1 Yussuf 1 Barnet 1
Young 1 Gray 1 Lincoln 1
Nolan 1 Aldershot 1
Sheridan 1 Macclesfield 0
Villains Reds Villains Reds Lincoln 0
Power 1 Salisbury 1

Current & Overall Form

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 7 5 1 1 9 2 7 16 4
Aldershot (A) 6 1 2 3 3 4 -1 5 15
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 13
Aldershot (H) 8 4 2 2 14 11 3 14 8
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 8 6 2 7 10
Aldershot 5 1 2 2 5 7 -2 5 13
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 14 6 4 4 16 11 5 22 9
Aldershot* 14 5 4 5 17 15 2 9 23
*10 points deduction

Historic Tale of the Tape

AT SINCIL BANK (19) AT THE REC  (19)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 4 21 Aldershot Tn. 9 47.3
Aldershot Tn. 8 42.1 Lincoln City 5 26.3
Draws 7 36.8 Draws 5 26.3
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 24 1.26 Aldershot Tn. 26 1.37
Aldershot Tn. 36 1.89 Lincoln City 17 0.89
ON NEUTRAL GROUND (0) OVERALL (38 MATCHES)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 9 23.7
Aldershot Tn. 0 0 Aldershot Tn. 17 44.7
Draws 0 0 Draws 12 31.6
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 41 1.1
Aldershot Tn. 0 0 Aldershot Tn. 62 1.6
HIGH SCORING HIGHLIGHTS
Highest Aggregate 8 Lincoln City 4 – 4 Aldershot 1970/1971
Highest score @ Imps 4 Lincoln City 4 – 4 Aldershot 1970/1971
Highest score @ Shots 4 Aldershot 4 – 0 Lincoln City 1986/1987

The last 10 meetings

SEASON DATE HOME SCORE AWAY COMPETITION
2010/2011 Sat 07 May Lincoln 0 – 3 Aldershot League Two
Tue 15 Feb Aldershot 2 – 2 Lincoln League Two
2009/2010 Sat 01 May Aldershot 3 – 1 Lincoln League Two
Sat 03 Oct Lincoln 1 – 0 Aldershot League Two
2008/2009 Sat 02 May Lincoln 0 – 2 Aldershot League Two
Tue 25 Nov Aldershot 2 – 0 Lincoln League Two
1990/1991 Sat 23 Mar Aldershot 0 – 3 Lincoln Division 4
Sat 06 Oct Lincoln 2 – 2 Aldershot Division 4
1989/1990 Sat 13 Jan Lincoln 0 – 1 Aldershot Division 4
Sat 26 Aug Aldershot 0 – 1 Lincoln Division 4
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