Preview Imps V AFC Telford: Can Imps Break The Mould?
AFC Telford and, the phrase three times a charm comes to mind for Lincoln City. Having lost to Nuneaton and Southport, we now face Liam Watson’s bottom feeders Telford. That Lincoln sit just one point and one place above them in the current form table. Says something. We are 22nd, Telford 23rd and Southport 24th. The fates have conspired against us, but not Watson who left Southport to join the relegated Telford and turn them into Conference North Champions last season.
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Watson has struggled as has Simmo. According to BBC Radio Lincolnshire last night he needs to deliver in the next two games. Pressure then with Hamza the fourth red of the season (we had one rescinded remember) missing too today. We will leave the stats this week as they are as depressing as the current mood amongst the fantastic fans of our football club. Well, save the table below which illustrates that a two or three goal win today would put a different completion on a run that see yet another manager failing to deliver what we feel is our birthright at this club. I am afraid that is down to a competitive budget and an ambitious board. Fear not, I wont be discussing that again as it has seen myself and three others banned indefinitely from Sincil Bank. Sincil Silence is clearly golden. If the club can spring back it would appear those players awaiting new deals from the summer will indeed be finally offered new ones. If not they will be sold in the winter window, doubtless fetching a pretty penny with five just months until the summer window.
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Watson has just signed defender Parry from Luton and Bermudan keeper Hall – can’t wait to hear about those shorts. Mike Grogan (leg) defender Neill Byrne (knee) and possibly Jordan Deacey (hamstring or Phenix to deputise) should all be fit to start given the kidology of the pre-match managerial pearls of wisdom. Managers and players continually mentioning our size before and during games may account for part of our card count. We also never seem to get the rub of the green when our players are fouled (stonewall penalties for Sam-Yorke, Tomlinson and Caprice in recent weeks).
As Watson opened in his pre-match with the Shropshire Star:
“We have just got to go there and make sure we are up for the fight because we need to be against Lincoln.
“They are a big, dominant side. They have got a lot of proven players. I like (Lincoln manager) Gary Simpson, I think he is a nice fella and his teams are always big and strong, with six-footers everywhere.
“I thought they would have been up there towards the play-offs this season. They have got good forwards as well.
“They have got good options so I don’t know why it is not going for them at the minute. But I had someone watch them Tuesday against Southport so I have got a report.”
Potential Teams & Schemes
Tuesday 30th Sept
Potential teams & schemes
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1
5 Miller 25 Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne
12 Mendy 14 Nolan
22 Marshall 10 Ledsham 11 Tomlinson
18 Smith 10 Gray
11 Clancy 6 Grogan 20 Poku 7 Phenix
23 Higgins 4 Byrne 16 MacDonald 24 Parry
Watson goes 4-4-2