Imps 3 Worcester 0 Tommo Paves Way For Plymouth Giant Killing

Plymouth Argyle at home it is then as Lincoln City triumphed over Worcester City and their critics last night in handsome FA Cup fashion as fortune favoured the brave. The pre-game tragedy played into the early stages of the game as under 1300 Imps, clearly swayed by the forum bashing, witnessed young Imp Connor Robinson cut down in his prime in the opening attack. He would play no further part, but this Imps side have fight and spirit and turned the game and perhaps the season around to triumph over the odds and earn the right to boost their meagre budget with a plum home tie against mighty Plymouth Argyle – a true name to conjure with, but very much one of League 2’s struggling sides.  So a cup run begins, but let us not get too ahead of ourselves, for there were thrills and spills with heroes aplenty to do the cup proud this day.

For the benefit of  Worcester 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 Blue at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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H/T 20

scorers: Tomlinson, 31 & 44, Dixon 65

Attendance  1344   (1299 Imps  45 Blues)

Ref Mr  England

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Simmo 4-3-3

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce (Y-83)  Newton

Power Jordan Dixon

Robinson Tomlinson (Y-04) Jackson

****

Substitutions

8 Wright on for Robinson, H/T Foster on for Brown, 61 Sheridan on for Jackson

On the bench

31 Preece, 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst, 10 Wright, 12 Sheridan, 15 Gray, 27 Foster

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Heeley goes 4-4-2

Veiga

2 G Williams (Y-03)  5 Hutchison 6 S Smith 3 Deeney 

7 Thompson  4 Thorley 8 Taundry (Y-77)  11 Addy

10 Nti  9 Glover

***

Substitutions

38 A Williams on for Nti, D/s Hales on for Glover & S Smith on for Moore.

On the bench 

23 Sargeant, 18 J Smith, 17 Lemon, 16 Moore, 15 Hales, 14 Williams, 12 Khan

*****

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

The Visitors kicked off toward the former, now empty, home end in an eerie, nervous and somewhat empty stadium, but the Imps were quick to gain possession releasing Robinson, eager to go at his man.  Full-back Williams, beaten all ends up, crudely up-ended Connor with a late one, starting a melee that ended with Williams and Tomlinson booked for their part in proceedings.   Connor would try to run it off but his opportunity for glory was alas done with Wright replacing him moments later.

This seemed to galvanise the Imps who contested every first and second ball as if it was their last, showing an energy and determination all over the pitch.  A Power free-kick found Dixon, but that man Veiga was perfectly positioned to gobble up his header. The Blues were very much in this too with midfield attrition, pace and endeavour very much to the fore, but it was a case of more speed less haste, perhaps, with quality and clear-cut opportunities  at a premium for the gladiators on both sides.  Worcester’s villain of the piece Williams earned a corner but Glover volleyed a glorious effort and opportunity wide.

The first real moment of quality would prove decisive on the half hour, Jacksons pace, footwork and runs apart, as Miller, Jordan, Jackson and Power made patient progress down the right with Todd Jordan sending over a first class centre to Tomlinson. The tireless poacher’s bullet header gave Veiga no chance as it hum-dinged home off the underside of the bar.  The confidence coursed through Imp veins as marvellous Miller strode  onto a Tomlinson cross to strike a hay-maker just over the bar.

It was end to end as manager Heeley and Captain Thorley drove on the green Worcester ranks, despite the loss of Nti, replaced by Saturday’s goal-scoring hero Aaron Williams.  Farman under pressure from live-wire winger Thompson drove straight to Glover, but he blasted over his second opportunity of the half.  Again it would cost the visitors as Jordan – playing superbly through the pain –  laid into the path of Newton who sent over a world-class cross that Tomlinson duly headed home with aplomb past the despairing reach of Jose Veiga the Cape Crusader.  The killer goal had come at the perfect time, just a minute before the break.

Second half

Foster replaced Brown, who had been ill pre-match but played all the same, during the interval. Power had also valiantly soldiered on despite a pre-game tight hamstring and drove the Imps from the whistle.  His delivery was hacked clear by Hutchison (a hero again tonight it should be said) but the Imps were making all the running.  Tomlinson, a true Sincil soldier was set free down the centre before the sprightly striker was denied a hat-trick by Viega who made himself big.

The game was becalmed as the Imps probed but made sure that Thompson and Thorley could not find a way back for the Blues who gave it their all for the full ninety minutes.  Sheridan replaced Jackson, naturally showing a lack of match fitness after two games in quick succession. on the hour and he was quickly involved. His cross found Dixon who nodded down to Jordan but his delicious drive was palmed over by Veiga, in fantastic feline form as ever.  Newton’s corner fell to Boyce who crashed over the cross-bar from a dozen yards.

Newton was a dervish and duly delivered his seventh assist of the season (and second of the game) moments later as Dixon swept home his crisp cross for a 3-0 65th minute lead.  A double substitution for the Blues saw Hales on for Glover & S Smith on for Moore, but the former fired wide after Thompson had troubled us on the break.  Tomlinson also fired wide as both sides continued to search for a goal. Tommo was determined to bag his first hat-trick for the Imps, only to be denied by a brave block from Hutchison and Boyce got a late caution for a miss-timed challenge on the lively Hales.  Thorley was then denied a wonder strike as Farman palmed over a thirty-yard dipping half volley.

As referee England brought matters to a close beneath the proud St Georges standard of Lincoln you could see what it meant to the team and the management staff. The Imps live to fight another day and feast on the Plymouth Cup tie treasure, whilst the vanquished deserved credit for their part in a hard-fought and riveting contest.  Good luck to Worcester City in their Skrill North quest, but let us also spare a thought for young Connor Robinson, denied his chance to shine just a blink of an eye into this replay tie.

Stats

Note:

Shots on includes  goals, saves includes crosses claimed

*****

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54% Ball 48%

9 Shots on 1

4 Misses 5

2 Saves 2

6 Corners 4

3 Offside 2

9 Fouls 13

2 Yellows 2

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Posted on October 30, 2013, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, FA Cup, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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