Tommo & Jacko Have Exeter & United Reputations in their Sights
The two season-long defensive loans for Doug Bergqvist of Exeter City and Blaine Hudson of Cambridge United certainly added a spine to Welling United last seasons Blue Square South champions. Since promotion a largely unchanged side has given their all for the young manager Jamie Day, just 34, as the aptly named Wings, a financial basket case in 2010, have spread themselves and their flowing philosophy, to continue to show that spirit can succeed in the face of budgetary adversity.
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Reputations are there to be shot down if you are a Lincoln City player, particular if one is a Lincolnshire poacher and gun for hire. The financial experience of Welling is very much mirrored by Lincoln City, but in comparison to the Welling climb the fans have witnessed a fall from grace But 7-goal Tomlinson and Marlon Jackson are eager to reverse the slide that sees Lincoln City on the very cusp of making a mockery of one of the division’s smallest budgets. Manager Gary Simpson has fashioned a superb passing side that has lacked only goals in its bid to confound the critics and make the play-off dreams come true.
Tomlinson and Jackson will be determined to kick-on from the 3-0 win in the cup that has set up a plum home tie with Plymouth, against two terrific defenders who they must overcome if the Imps are to get anything from the game. Welling despite an injury to hot-shot Lafayette, will score tomorrow with the pace and movement to hurt Lincoln from anywhere on the park.
In many ways this is an early season six-pointer for two sides who have to win to get back amongst the challengers. Woking will, because their fearless brand of passing football proves that small budgets and an average crowd of 820 can achieve in the face of adversity, but the question is for how long with the injuries mounting and the vultures circling for their prized young talents. As will Lincoln because it is all about team spirit and belief, when you are full-time on on £350 a week and outside the top 8 that can add a hundred to your weekly winnings.
The vultures circle too for the Imps, with Tomlinson, Miller, Boyce, Nolan and Newton surely just a transfer window away from returns to the Football League? Manager Gary Simpson has a tough gig at Lincoln, weighing expectation on the one hand with the realities of selling in order to continue the progress on the other. He has brought in Jackson from Gigg Lane, one he wanted in the summer but finances held him back. However the never say day manager – something written through the entire squad – got his man in the end albeit on loan. Perhaps he may raid Bury again should his midfield woes continue, then again another striker has to be the priority to ensure the fantastic support and belief at Lincoln does not wane.
Posted on November 1, 2013, in Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Blaine Hudson of Cambridge United, Doug Bergqvist of Exeter City, Lincoln City, Welling United. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.