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
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.
|12||FC Halifax Town||14||6||3||5||25||25||0||21|
|23||Aldershot Town (-10)||14||5||4||5||17||15||+2||9|
The potential teams
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Power Fairhurst Sheridan
The potential Shots team
Andy Scott 4-4-1-1
12 Oleyeke 5 Goodman 2 Oastler 15 Barker
19 Molesley 4 Stanley (C) 8 Rowlands 24 Young
9 Williams 10 Paterson
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|
|22||Points||9 (10 pts deduction)|
|3-0 V Hyde (H)||Biggest win||3-0 V Dartford (H)|
|2-3 Luton (A)||Heaviest defeat||0-3 V Grimsby (H)|
|16,725||Total Turnstile Clicks||17,516|
|2646 v Salisbury||Hi||3138 V Woking|
|1879 V Southport||Low||1740 V Barnet|
Heroes & Villains
Current & Overall Form
|*10 points deduction|
Historic Tale of the Tape
|AT SINCIL BANK (19)||AT THE REC (19)|
|Lincoln City||4||21||Aldershot Tn.||9||47.3|
|Aldershot Tn.||8||42.1||Lincoln City||5||26.3|
|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)|
|Lincoln City||0||0||Lincoln City||9||23.7|
|Aldershot Tn.||0||0||Aldershot Tn.||17||44.7|
|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
|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|