Lincoln 1 Torquay 3 – Ten-Man Hat-trick Sees Imps Slip 10th

Torquay United took on the usual ten Imps in a lively encounter at Sincil Bank. As for the surprises please read on

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

First the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Gull at.

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Saturday 30th August KO 3PM
H/T 1-1
Scorers Acheampong 33′ Tomlinson 14′ (Pen)  Richards 62‘ Acheampong 72′
Attendance 2,373  ( 2228 Imps 145 Gulls)
Ref Mr Wigglesworth


Teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1
26 Townsend
17 Caprice 23 Brown (R-8) 6 Diagne 3 Newton (Y-76)
12 Mendy 14 Nolan
22 Marshall 8 Power  11 Tomlinson 
9 Burrow

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  24 Acheampong
11 Cameron   22 Wakefield   7 Briscoe
16 Richards 8 Young (Y-35)
3 Cruise 23 MacDonald 4 Downes s 2 Tong
1 Rice
Hargreaves goes  4-2-3-1


 Subs & substitutions

The Imps Bench: 1 Farman, 7 Kabba, 16 Robinson, 10 Leadsham,  4 Jordan
Substitutions:   D/S 62′  Jordan on for Marshall  & Ledsham on for Nolan   74′ Robinson on for Caprice
The Gulls Bench:  23 Seabright, 14 Yeoman, 12 Chapell, 10 Ajala, 5 Pearce 
Substitutions: 45 Ajala on for Briscoe. H/T Chapell on for Wakefield 95′ Yeoman on for Acheampong.

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


The Imps kick off towards the South Park Stand.  Nolan plays to Diagne but Tomlinson is beaten to the challenge. Tomlinson forces a corner as the Imps keep up the pressure.  Newton’s corner finds Power who heads back to him but despite the pressure the Gulls break.  The Counter finds Acheampong, who touches to Wakefield, but, his poor long range effort is easily saved by Townsend

A great ball from Caprice finds Mendy, he plays in Tomlinson, who is crowded out.  The gung-ho Imps are leaving themselves open to the counter as Briscoe shoots high and wide after some great link play with Acheampong. That said it is making for a terrific end to end game. Diagne uses Acheampong’s shirt cleverly to deny a promising route one hoof from keeper Rice.

Time for the referee to influence the game again. Brown gives away a soft hand-ball –  Acheampong’s clever flick was certainly ball to hand – which is initially only given by the linesman. The Gulls professionally crowd the referee insisting he is the last man. Incredibly he gets the red card out and the Imps find themselves down to ten for the third game of the trot with just nine minutes gone.

Mendy drops back  as Lincoln go 4-3-2 with Tomo’s engine  expected to get up and down the expansive park. The Gulls press City but Mendy and Diagne are superb and the ten Imps go for broke. Power – what a change this season – has a shot charged down as does Nolan. Justice thirteen minutes in as Tomlinson is brought down by Downes beaten all ends up.  The ref perhaps gives in to player pressure on the penalty but ignores everyone in the stadium screaming for a red the other way. Tomlinson thumps home with aplomb for the right kind of three in three.

Tomo is a man on a mission covering every blade of grass to bring down Young. The midfielder hits a set-peice screamer just over the bar. The ball falls to Diagne in the area, he finds Burrow, who intelligently chips back to him. Alas his header is saved by Rice.  MacDonald pushes Burrow in the back but the Imps get nothing.  Young in space again lets another rip but Townsend makes it look easy.  Another effort from Young is blocked by Mendy who is throwing life and limb into every challenge.

The Gulls are forcing the play and Richard’s  effort gets a corner. Every Gull seems to be hovering in the area but Mendy heads imperiously away.  Mendy starts a ten pass Lincoln move that puts Tomlinson away, alas he shoots from 30 yards is parried for a corner by Rice throat when Burrow was in one feels. Diagne is pushed by Briscoe yet the incredibly inept officials decide on a corner, even though he was nowhere near the ball.  Young delivers the corner to MacDonald who rises supreme only to be denied by a terrific save from Townsend.

Torquay level. A move down the left by Cruise see him easily skin Caprice and centre.  Acheampong beats Mendy to the ball and touches in neatly in with his thigh from six yards  for the equaliser.  Tomlinson is crudely brought down by Young – there is some vendetta going on between those two – who gets a yellow card.  The game is still end to end and open despite the Imps conceding numerical advantage. Mind you it is so normal we probably train that way.

Hearts in mouths time from another Young corner.  Thankfully Acheampong gets above Mendy and thankfully heads wide. The Imps counter again, finding Burrow who has held thing brilliantly today. he touches to Power who lashes wide.  The officials have been bad for both sides. An all of  thirty hard header from Cruise finds Briscoe in acres yet the referee fails to play the advantage and pulls it back. Mind Briscoe seems to be carrying some weight since his lethal Mansfield days.

Nolan initially does well but is robbed as he tries to find Tomlinson.  Cameron makes the most of it and plays to Acheampong. He gets the better of Diagne and looks away until Mendy times a do or die challenge brilliantly. The Frenchman then shows his class to beat Briscoe and play to Power.  Ajala is brought on for Briscoe in time to see Burrow twist, turn and fizz an effort wide.


Second Half

Winger Chapel comes on for MacDonald according to the board of the fourth official prior to Kick-off. Wakefield is the one who has actually made way for him. Shockingly amateur.  The Gulls have clearly gone for pace and a return to their normal 4-4-2 formation.  Some tough challenges from both side are missed by the referee, during scrappy early exchanges. The Gulls do win a corner that comes to nothing.  The referee finally has a chat with both Cameron and Caprice.

The game is still lacking any real pace as the Imps appear to be going 4-2-1-2 with Power and Nolan deep and Marshall supporting the two front men. Fair play to the manager, its dangerous but Simmo is trying to win it. Tomlinson gets forward but is crowded out and Acheampong fluffs his lines with one well over the bar.  Power superbly plays in Caprice but the ball runs out for a goal kick.  Chapell gets by Newton but his long range effort it well wide. Cameron crosses for Chapell  the effortAjala also shoots well over the bar.

The pressure is growing, Cameron, weaves his way through, into an inch-perfect challenge from Mendy and then Power clears our lines. Ajala thunders one against the bar as the pressure grows and ultimately tells. A brilliant twenty-five yard bullet from Richard’s, the Gulls star in the middle today, pings off the turf and into the bottom right corner, giving Townsend no chance.

A sixty-second minute double substitution sees Jordan come on for Marshall and Ledsham replace Nolan. Tomlinson beats his man but MacDonald is alert to the danger and clears in the nick of time.  Power is fouled and squares up to Richards.  Power delivers Tomlinson gets amongst them but there is no way we are getting a penalty out of that.  The momentum is with the Gulls but the Imps look useful on the counter if the final ball can just get to the feet of Burrow or Tomlinson.

A heartbreaking third comes with Mendy hopelessly exposed. Young carries the ball forward and times his ball to Acheampong superbly. The giant centre-forward gets beyond Mendy and consummately side-foots into the corner from twelve yards.  A last throw of the dice sees Robinson on for Caprice. This could give Acheampong his hat-trick but we may as well lose by three than two.  Man of the match Richards sweeps sweetly out wide and a a left-footer from Cameron, from just outside the box, is easily saved from Townsend

A long throw from Jordan  finds Robinson. He rises well but his header is saved and injures himself against the iron jaw of Downes in the process.  It’s looking like nine-men now as he receives lengthy treatment and then goes off for stitches. A brave rearguard action ensues as the Gulls wideboys stretch us. Acheampong lashes a hat-trick opportunity wide and Ajala has an effort charged down by Diagne. One winger Chapell finds the other, Cameron, who heads over. Courtney also shoots wide from outside the box with three Gulls better placed.

Ajala is denied a crisp effort form Townsend before Young fizzes over. Fortunately normal service is resumed as he returns to give the Imps our expected one man disadvantage, playing in the impressive Power. Alas his effort goes wide. The part of tens continues as ten minutes of injury time are endured with Acheampong being replaced by Yeoman halfway through.

That is not taking anything away from Torquay. They have a strong and robust side that will take plenty of points home and away this season.   As for the Imps situation.  Is it a question of our reputation preceding us or just poor refereeing, where officials prejudge a side boasting plenty of players well over six-foot? It’s a shame because this side can play football and look good for a play-off charge.


Stats & Table

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Note: shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed


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48 % Ball 52 %
7 Shots on 14
5 Misses 18
9 Saves 6
2 Corners 6
2 Offside 3
 8 Fouls 14
1 Yellows 1
1  Reds 0

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The Table


P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 6 5 0 1 16 2 +14 15
2 FC Halifax Town 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
3 Gateshead 6 4 1 1 12 10 +2 13
4 Woking 6 3 3 0 13 5 +8 12
5 Kidderminster Harriers 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12
6 Forest Green Rovers 6 3 3 0 8 4 +4 12
7 Macclesfield Town 6 3 3 0 8 4 +4 12
8 Aldershot Town 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
9 Eastleigh 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
10 Lincoln City 6 3 1 2 10 10 0 10
11 Wrexham 6 3 1 2 9 10 -1 10
12 Grimsby Town 6 2 3 1 15 4 +11 9
13 Braintree Town 6 3 0 3 10 7 +3 9
14 Torquay United 6 2 3 1 8 5 +3 9
15 Bristol Rovers 6 2 2 2 5 6 -1 8
16 Southport 6 1 2 3 6 10 -4 5
17 Dartford 6 1 2 3 4 9 -5 5
18 Nuneaton Town 6 1 1 4 2 9 -7 4
19 Chester 6 1 1 4 7 15 -8 4
20 Dover Athletic 6 1 1 4 4 13 -9 4
21 Altrincham 6 1 0 5 6 11 -5 3
22 Welling United 6 0 3 3 4 12 -8 3
23 AFC Telford United 6 0 2 4 7 12 -5 2
24 Alfreton Town 6 0 0 6 3 20 -17 0

Posted on August 30, 2014, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Wow what a report. Balanced and the present tense angle puts you back at the game.

  2. Gull fan here honestly has to be the best report I have seen uncluding the local paper Unique style and stats. Conference stuff is well researched too

  3. Terrible ref again. It must be hard to write these qhen we lose

  4. Robbed by the ref again

  5. Welome back mate.

  6. Great report shame about the result

  7. Will be tough at Woking unbeaten so far

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