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Imps Smash Alfreton – The FA Cup Run’s alive

The timely trouncing of Alfreton Town signals time for an up moment in our  relationship with our beloved local football institution then? The Mighty Imps responded to the undeserved and unhealthy pre-match pressure in style with a 5-goal humiliation of Alfreton (bodes well for Boxing day as they brought just 68 from Derbyshire last night) to cruise into the First Round of the FA Cup. The much needed Cup run is under way with £12,500 in prize money bagged plus our share of a combined 2415 gate. So less their coach money and the costs of staging the games the Imps should be about £25,000 towards cutting that £150,000 deficit. Role on the trip to Eastleigh.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Lincoln 5 V 1 Alfreton  (H/T 2-0)

Imps: Newton 6, 42, 62 (pen), Sam-Yorke (79, 81)
Alfreton: Wood 74

Ref Mr Joyce  Att 1529 (68 Reds)

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Lincoln City 4-4-2 Diamond

Farman;

Miller, Brown, Audel, Newton;

Mendy

Power             Nolan

Bencherif

Burrow   Tomlinson

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Alfreton 4-4-2:

Clayton, Hawley.

Bradley, Courtney, Keane, Shaw

Wood, Graham, Davies, Rowe-Turner

Howell

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On six minutes the Imps clicked. Newton sized up one of the free-kicks he is famous for after Nolan’s sortie had been brought to a premature end. Taking three strides he curled a 20-yarder round the wall with aplomb.  Bar a couple of half-chances the Imps dominated possession during the remainder of the half and doubled their lead with Newton bringing the house down.  On forty-three and forty yards out he hit a curler (ok the wind played a part)  that bemused Howell the stand-in keeper to complete a first-half brace.

A penalty looked to have made the game safe after Power had been felled in the box. Up stepped Newton to slot into the corner.  Alfreton founOn seventy-four minutes the ten men rallied with Shaw’s cross finding the head of former Mariner Wood to head home at the far post.

Time for super-sub Sam-Yorke’s late show with a brace of pace and grace. On 78 minutes Newton hit long and Sam-Yorke hit top gear before roasting  Rowe-Turner and then slotting home.  Three minutes later  it was high-fives as Sam-Yorke poached a rebound from a fierce Connor Robinson half volley.

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Simmo’s Six Foot Soldiers Come Good

AFC Telford battled hard at Lincoln City, but for once lady luck and the officials smiled on Gary Simpson and the six-foot Sincil soldiers aka the Dogs of War. Simmo has delivered three of the six points The Chairman is expecting, just the win at Forest Green Rovers to go then. Depending on whether your glas is half-full or half empty, City sit seven off the play-offs and six off relegation. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves, first the teams & schemes then a blow by blow and finally more stats than one can shake an Imp or Buck at.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 0-0
Scorers  63′  Newton (pen) 76′ Tomlinson.
Attendance 2529 (2483 Imps  46 Bucks )
Ref Mr Hicks

The Teams & Schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller (Y)  25  Anderson 6 Brown 3 Newton

12 Mendy 14 Nolan

23 Sam-Yorke  10 Ledsham 11 Tomlinson (Y)

9 Burrow

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18 Smith (Y)  7 Phenix

20 Poku

 11 Clancy                21 Todd (Y)      17 Platt  (Y)    23 Higgins 

  16 MacDonald 4 Byrne   24 Parry

1 Hedge

Watson goes  3-5-2

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Subs & substitutions
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice,22 Marshall, 8 Power, 6 Diagne
Substitutions:  on for
The Bucks Bench:  25 Hall, 12 Cook e 9 Farrell 8 Barnett 6 Grogan
Substitutions:  ′69 Farrell on for Byrne 74′ Cook on for Todd.

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

Anderson gets an early touch as Telford hit long. The ball spends a lot of time in the air suggesting the threat of rain and those poor first touches will have an influence on the game at some point.  The Imps get two long throws from Miller the second of which leads to a corner that Telford break from. Nolan puts in a timely tackle, the problem is he dwells on the ball when Sam-Yorke could have been one on one,  if only he had seen him.  Those with the radio glued to their ear would however hear Tommo plug himself. In answer to ‘who would be a manager’ he said  ‘me’.

Tomlinson beats Higgins and delivers to Sam-Yorke who goes down too easily, but,  the Imps win a corner.  Newton delivers, Anderson fires goalwards, but Byrne clears off the line.  Telford do win a free-kick, Poku takes, but Brown heads clear. Really this is a battle between too sides high on energy but very low in quality when it comes to knocking the ball to feet. Mendy sees Miller, he crosses yet

Miller is clattered by Smith – so late he should get a detention – yet it is just a yellow as both players receive attention for head injuries.  Ledsham has a chance to make things happen but his choice and distribution is shocking. You really should not be paying more than  £7 or £8 to watch him ply his trade.  That is a little harsh on the lad, the same could be said for half the players on display today. Given the  rows of  empty fading red seats it is just as well the club are kindly allowing the kids in free to introduce them to the thrills and skills football in the flesh.

The non-event continues until Nolan is pushed off the ball to allow Newton the chance to break the monotony and the deadlock.  Alas the shot is deflected for a corner but at least it has doubled the shot count.  Newton’s corner finds Anderson who forces a comfortable save from Hedges.  The move of the half sees Telford find Todd but his cross is closer to a weak shot that goes straight down Townsend’s throat. Ledsham get a result from a poor shot when the ball loops for a corner.  Todd has a dig which Townsend saves  then Newton clatters Clancy but somehow escapes a card.

The Bucks win a corner but the offside flag rules out a second after Platt’s header goes out off Miller. Nat Brown then lets fly but the shot is well wide. Poku and Todd both foul Miller with the second getting the yellow card.

Second half.

Both managers keep the faith which must say something.  Tom Miller gets a yellow for a two-footed lunge, suggesting our refereeing luck might be changing given the number of studs on show.  Smith gets hold of a 25-yarder but Townsend parries  into the path of Poku. The keeper saves again at the expense of a corner.  A superb free-kick from Platt forces another top save from Townsend.   Clancy’s corner goes straight out for a throw.  A Higgins throw is half cleared with Clancy sending a bicycle kick well over the bar.

Despite the risk of a nose bleed or altitude sickness the Imps get over the half-way line for the first time in the half. After a slow and elaborate 5 man build up Newton on the overlap thunders wide.  Newton sends a great cross over that the keeper punches for a corner under pressure from Burrow. Newtons set-piece finds the head of Burrow but Byrne blocks for another corner. This one sees Anderson hit the roof of the stand.

Mendy fouls Todd and the free-kick takes an age. Nat Brown heads clear and Phenix is crowded out after on the edge of the box.  Ledsham is fouled by Platt for a fourth yellow of the game.  Nolan ran at the defence Phenix fouls and the Imps get a much needed penalty.  Newton hammers the keeper guesses the right way but can only parry it into the roof of the net. Townsend then makes a super point blank save from Clancy to deny an equaliser.

Tomlinson gives Sam-Yorke a glorious opportunity but Hedges makes a super save for a corner.   Farrell comes on for Byrne as the Bucks go for it.  Newton fouls the lively Clancy on the edge of the box and Farrell waist s the free-kick.  Cook is brought on for Todd

Hedges does a sack the juggler and Tomlinson half volleys home to effectively win it.  Miller  sprints down the flank, exchanges with Nolan before thumping a hay-maker against the crossbar.  Newton again gets forward but Sam-yorke is penalised for hand-ball.  Tomlinson gets a yellow card for a high one on Parry. Tomlinson gets a terrific ball over to Burrow but the keepers saves again.  You have to feel for Telford, the Bucks have given everything for the cause and are clearly dead on their feet.

The Stats & League Table

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Teams & Schemes

 

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56 % Ball 44 %

6 Shots on 3
9 Misses 5
3 Saves 5
7 Corners 5
2 Offside 3
18 Fouls 13
2 Yellows 3
0  Reds 0

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The Table

Conference Table
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 16 10 3 3 36 13 +23 33
2 Woking 15 9 3 3 29 14 +15 30
3 Gateshead 16 8 6 2 28 19 +9 30
4 Bristol Rovers 16 8 5 3 20 15 +5 29
5 FC Halifax Town 16 8 4 4 28 18 +10 28
6 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 16 7 6 3 21 15 +6 27
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16 7 5 4 22 15 +7 26
9 Wrexham 16 8 2 6 21 19 +2 26
10 Macclesfield Town 16 6 7 3 19 14 +5 25
11 Grimsby Town 16 6 6 4 26 12 +14 24
12 Eastleigh 15 6 5 4 25 21 +4 23
13 Lincoln City 16 6 3 7 25 27 -2 21
14 Braintree Town 15 6 2 7 20 17 +3 20
15 Aldershot Town 16 5 5 6 17 18 -1 20
16 Chester 16 6 2 8 16 26 -10 20
17 Welling United 16 4 6 6 22 24 -2 18
18 Dover Athletic 16 5 2 9 18 26 -8 17
19 Dartford 16 3 6 7 16 23 -7 15
20 Southport 16 4 3 9 16 28 -12 15
21 Altrincham 16 4 3 9 16 33 -17 15
22 Nuneaton Town 16 4 2 10 12 28 -16 14
23 Alfreton Town 15 3 1 11 11 32 -21 10
24 AFC Telford United 16 1 4 11 19 39 -20 7

Southport 3 Imps 3 It Rains Goals as Hamza sees Red

Southport FC under  manager Gary Brabin are going to battle to the end. The Mighty Imps under Simmo will do the same.  What transpired was a fantastic game at the Merseyrail Community stadium.  For the benefit of the Sandgounders fans, first the Teams & Schemes, then the match report and finally the table and more stats than you can shake an Imp or Sandgrounder at.  No wonder Simmo was passionate at the end of it

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 2-3
Scorers  Sam-Yorke 11′ Tomlinson 17′ Joyce 33′ Brodie OG 36′ Brodie 38′ Marsden 86′
Attendance 746  (620 Boro  126 Imps )
Ref Mr Hussin

Teams & schemes

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Gary Brabin goes 5-3-2
19 Raja
15 Rutherford 23 MacDonald (Y) 6 Foster 5 Collins 3 Fitzpatrick
  14 Joyce 8 George (Y)  12 Lynch
 10 Brodie 17 Dyer
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23 Sam-Yorke
11 Tomlinson 5 Bencherif  22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 12 Mendy (R)
3 Newton  6 Diagne  5 Brown 2 Miller
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions
The Port Bench:  1 Weston, 20 Smith, 15 Connor, 2  Challoner, 18 Marsden (Y)
Substitutions: 75 Marsden  on for Dyer 83′ Connor on for Joyce 87′ Challoner on for Fitzpatrick.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice,14 Nolan, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  

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A scrappy start bursting with nervous energy, understandable given the stakes, leads to a Southport corner. Its land of the giants in the box with all their big lads up, but Brown heads away.  Fitzpatrick  is looking dangerous,  feeding Collins, but, his left-foot drive goes wide. Tomlinson is battling away but he is completely out numbered and the ball from Marshall is poor.   George and Fitzpatrick conjure a great piece of football but Miller clears. A great corner from Fitzpatrick finds the head of MacDonald who cannot believe Townsend’s fantastic reaction save.

Miller on the overlap, exchanges with Marshall, then drives over a low cross for Sam-Yorke to sweetly sweep the ball home for a vital Lincoln lead. Against the run of play, perhaps, but if you have lost your last five away games on the trot any break is well overdue and deserved.  A howitzer from  Fitzpatrick  fizzes past the post.  Newton gets forward sends in a beauty but Ledsham can’t quite get his head to it, or it would have been a second.  The game is end to end with Lynch firing in a cross that Brown scrambles clear, then at the other Tomlinson beats two and fails to find Sam-Yorke, when a dig himself might have got a goal.

Brabin certainly has his team fired up, although Brodie seems slow, brooding and well off the pace.  It’s two nil as Tomlinson lets the ball bounce then hits a glorious left foot half-volley home.  Southport are eager, then again an unhappy Gary Brabin is not best pleased as Tomlinson lashes another Newton cross over the bar and out of the ground. Tomlinson is back supporting Newton. He robs Rutherford and is really showing that engine and desire tonight.  Quality player we need to get a new contract in front of our twenty goal a season hero quick.

George, Collins  Mendy and Hamza are really trying to play it about, indeed it is a good job Hamza was ruled fit. Fitzpatrick gets forward again but Miller beats Brodie to it, with the ref missing a little bit of afters between two competitive charming cherubs.  Fitzpatrick floats in a free-kick, the Imps fail to clear.  The ball drops to  Joyce who strokes goalwards and it loops into the top left for 2-1.  Almost immediately another goal as Newton fires in a low set-piece.  Miller and Brodie go for it with  the ball finishing in the back of the net. Miller claims it, it is awarded as an own goal to Brodie and you just know that is going to add spice to their growing lovers tiff.

The whirlwind affair continues. Lynch puts in a peach and Brodie heads home a towering header into the top corner for 3-2. Brodie and Miller are at it again with the ref calming things down.  Rutherford cuts in and sends a bullet against the post with Townsend clutching fresh air.  The ball eludes Townsend but fortunately Foster fires over.  Joyce goes in strong on Marshall, firm but fair, yet this time the referee decides to draw the line and brandish a card. Brilliant first half and the players do still look up for it as Sam-Yorke, MacDonald, Brodie and Miller continue the discussions as they go down the tunnel.

Second half. 

Ledsham – clearly they are pleased he is back –  takes one in the face, the ref waves play on and Marshall sends Tomlinson who hits a bullet only for Raya to make a magnificent save.  The referee gives MacDonald a card for that earlier offence. The Imps appear to have gone to 5-3-2 ‘park the bus’ with Hamza helping to deal with Brodie and thus hopefully ensuring that Miller remains on the pitch. His mate Brodie is on fire, nodding on to Dyer, then taking a return, only to be  crowded out by two of the three centre-backs.  There are some choice challenges going on with the ref all for letting the game and the blood and guts ‘gonzo’ football flow.

The pace is relentless although Southport do appear to be enjoying the lions share as the five man rear-guard phalanx take it in turns to dive in to negate any final ball.  There is almost a scrum at one point with the Imps getting a free kick. Newton delivers to the far post Tomlinson heads downwards at the far post. A corner is given which Newton delivers, the keeper misses but Collins thunders away.   Foster goes long and in two bounces it is in Townsend’s gloves. Gary Brabin is into the referee for time-wasting you just have to love the Liverpudlian lad.

Both sides appear to be going long with, what purports to be the press box,  reaching for the Ralgex spray for those stiff necks.    Fitzpatrick fires in a free-kick,  Brown heads clear and Marshall runs the ball out.  Southport get another corner but this time the ball  is cleared by Hamza who is clearly driving that parked bus.  The Imps need the points and clearly the fans have had value for money enough.  Brabin makes a substitution with Marsden on for Dyer to support the warrior Brodie.  Newton gets Tomlinson away but his shot is wide. Raya is out smartly after  Sam-Yorke just pushes the ball too far after a promising run.

Another Fitzpatrick finds the head of Brodie but thankfully Townsend denies him with a fine save.  Brodie twists, turns beats two then checks back onto his left and hits a hay-maker for the top corner. Townsend brilliantly palms the ball behind.  The corner sees pinball in the penalty box and somehow the ball is cleared off the line and over the bar from Diagne.  Joyce is replaced by Connor.  A one two between Sam-Yorke and Marshall feeds Ledsham who shoots wastefully wide. It is costly.  A ‘ worldie’ on the half-volley from Marsden – all of 30-yards – flies into the top corner for 3-3.

Brabin wants a win then as Fitzpatrick is replaced by Challoner – after a terrific game it must be said.   Five minutes go up on the board to the delight of some and the consternation of others.  The inspirational language from both benches is uplifting – I wont use the word spiritual – but it is definitely lifting the fallen.  Miller gets Tomlinson away who lets fly to ease the relentless pressure. Diagne puts in a brilliant challenge on Challoner who appears just as spritely as Fitzpatrick was. Brodie leaves two in his wake and Brown slides in perfectly to take it off his toe for a corner at the last. Then Hamza gets a red card for saying something to the referee on the whistle.

 

 

The Stats & League Table

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50 % Ball 50 %

8 Shots on 8
5 Misses 6
3 Saves 5
8 Corners 5
3 Offside 3
10 Fouls 11
3 Yellows 0
0  Reds 1

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The Table

 

Conference Table
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 15 10 2 3 33 10 +23 32
2 Gateshead 15 8 5 2 27 18 +9 29
3 FC Halifax Town 15 8 4 3 27 14 +13 28
4 Bristol Rovers 15 8 4 3 18 13 +5 28
5 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
6 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 15 7 5 3 20 14 +6 26
8 Wrexham 15 8 2 5 21 18 +3 26
9 Macclesfield Town 15 6 6 3 18 13 +5 24
10 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
11 Grimsby Town 15 5 6 4 25 12 +13 21
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Chester 15 6 2 7 16 24 -8 20
15 Aldershot Town 15 5 4 6 15 16 -1 19
16 Lincoln City 15 5 3 7 23 27 -4 18
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Altrincham 15 4 3 8 16 30 -14 15
19 Dartford 15 3 5 7 15 22 -7 14
20 Dover Athletic 15 4 2 9 16 26 -10 14
21 Nuneaton Town 15 4 2 9 11 24 -13 14
22 Southport 15 3 3 9 14 28 -14 12
23 Alfreton Town 15 3 1 11 11 32 -21 10
24 AFC Telford United 15 1 4 10 19 37 -18 7

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Nuneaton 2 Imps 1 – Leicester Loan Striker Settles it with A Stunner

Leicester City winger Adam Dawson settled this one for Nuneaton against Lincoln City with a long range moment of quality in a start-stop game.  Liam Daish is at it again, they wanted and won every second ball… but let us not get too ahead of ourselves first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake a Boro or Imp fan at.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 11
Scorers  30′ Fowler 39′ Miller 67 Dawson
Attendance 928  (704 Boro  224 Imps )
Ref Mr Bennett

Teams & schemes

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Liam Daish goes 4-2-3-1
30 Charles-Cook
29 Charles 11 Streete  5 Dean (C)  3 Franklin
7 Armson 22 Dyer  26 Fowler
   9 Hutchinson 25 Curran (Y-65)   30 Dawson (Y-92)
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23 Sam-Yorke
11 Tomlinson  10 Ledsham   22 Marshall
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  27 Anderson  5 Brown (C)  2 Miller
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions
The Head Bench:  19 Wren,  18 Brown, 17 Smith, 6 Walker, 4 Cowan
Substitutions:   53 ‘ Walker on for Dyer  91’ Brown on for Fowler.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice, 6 Diagne, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  26′ Diagne on for Anderson 59′ Power on for Nolan.

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The Imps force a corner. Newton’s delivery is half cleared and Tomlinson’s boot is too high so a free-kick is given. Early doors the Imps are closing down the space and failing to find any quality final ball, then again Daish has Boro battling for every second ball as if it were their last. Newbie Dawson looks useful and cuts inside but Anderson reads and finds Sam-Yorke before Dean snuffs the danger.  Armson is also looking useful but  Imps captain Brown clears his delivery.

Marshall finds some space after winning a brave 50/50 with Franklin, and with the Imps forward in numbers  Streete superbly gets a toe to the ball to clear the danger. Dawson again gets the better of Miller and centres, but, Hutchinson’s header is very week.  Keeper Charles-Cook gets it wrong pushes Tomlinson over yet incredibly no free-kick is given. With the ball just outside the box there was no question of a penalty but a last man red was stonewall.  The long sticky pitch and the niggly fouls are interrupting a potentially exciting end to end game.

The away support is immense both in terms of volume and numbers (surprisingly only 224 given in a crowd of 900). Hutchinson gets another opportunity thanks to a ball from Fowler but just can’t get his feet right to get a shot away. Sam-Yorke turns his man and is then fowled by Fowler, yet incredibly he is deemed to have gone down easy. Simmo is incensed for the second time in the opening 15 minutes.  A long throw from Miller sees the height advantage pay off again.  The keeper cannot claim, Tomlinson slides in but Streete clears off the line.  A bullet from Curran lacks just the dip as the ball whistles over the bar

Newton floats in a free-kick Anderson rises supreme but Franklin, covering the far post, clears off the line. Franklin sends in a great free-kick only for the offside flag to end the threat and possibly Anderson’s game and his Imps career as he seems to roll an ankle.   After treatment he comes back into the fray.  Townsend double fists clear a free-kick as the start stop game continues. Sam-Yorke has the pace and power yet the referee is never giving him the benefit of the doubt. Another tackle from rush keeper Charles-Cooke clatters him to the ground. Anderson goes down again but with the physio busy it takes a couple of minutes before he is substituted with Diagne the replacement.

Armson seems to have the beating of Newton who deflects his cross for a corner.  The corner is easily dealt with although Miller gives away a needless free-kick for a foul on Streete.  The free-kick from Fowler is allowed to bounce four times, eluding every defender, and Nuneaton player before trickling inside the far post with Dean claiming a touch.  Miller gets down the line, delivers an out-swinger but Ledsha’s header is well wide.  Finally Sam-Yorke gets a free-kick with both centre-backs struggling to deal with him.

Sam-Yorke looks useful again, Dean robs him but his clearance finds Mendy who goes for power and shoots wide. Dean is penalised for  a challenge on Sam-Yorke much to the consternation of the home faithful and the six-foot soldiers finally break though.  Newton sends over a floater, Miller rises supreme heads downwards and the ball bounces into the centre of the net for the equaliser.  Tomlinson feeds Sam-Yorke with Dean clearing for a throw with the brave but overly busy keeper in no man’s land.  Dean has had a great half so far, so has Sam-Yorke with the two enjoying an enthusing dual.

Second Half

A lively start to the second half as Fowler conjures a cross that Dawson heads just wide. A Curran drive is blocked by Brown  and a Miller throw finds Ledsham who crashes a drive against bar with the Imps ready to rise on the terrace behind.  A terrific ball ball from Dawson finds Hutchinson who flicks a header against the post.  Daish  shows ambition as Walker comes on for Dyer

Tomlinson is robbed, Diagne challenges but Curran still gets a shot in that goes wide. Alan Power replaces Jon Nolan. Curran throws his arms up and Brown falls to the floor clutching his head for the first yellow card of the day.  Ben Hutchinson sends a direct free-kick fizzing wide. A moment of real quality from the new  Leicester loanee.  Newton fails to shadow and stop the cross come shot that flies over Townsend for a spectacular strike – a stunner all of thirty-five yards into the far top corner.

The result will do for Nuneaton and the Liam Daish game plan has worked a treat.  His first loan signing clearly a star for for the future has struck and Dean has had a captain’s game as he always does.  Fowler has bossed things in the middle with some clever thoughtful stuff that has dictated the pace of the play. The Imps have failed to get going against a resolute Boro side who, desperate for points, have disrupted the flow even if they have lived dangerously against our aerial superiority.  Naturally the time wasting comes into play as well, but that would be sour grapes – mental note send Mr Bennett a digital watch for Christmas.

But in truth the match has been punctuated by free-kicks, physios magic sponges and a referee that misses more than a blind juggler wearing boxing gloves smothered in lard. Power finally touches the ball but it is a quality one,  finding Brown who lashes a drive that Charles-Cook claws back with a terrific one-handed save.  A glorious rising 25-yarder from Fowler whistles wide. Walker also has a dig from distance that needs a great save from Townsend as the minutes tick down. Lincoln threaten at the last but Charles-Cook smoothers an effort from Power and hits a huge one that Curran beats two brilliantly before firing harmlessly wide from distance.  Fowler comes off for Anton Brown to a standing ovation as the clock is run down by the hosts.

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51 % Ball 49 %

3 Shots on 2
6 Misses 4
4 Saves 3
7 Corners 5
3 Offside 1
14 Fouls 17
2 Yellows 0
0  Reds 0

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The Table

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 14 10 2 2 32 8 +24 32
2 FC Halifax Town 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
3 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
4 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
5 Gateshead 14 7 5 2 25 18 +7 26
6 Bristol Rovers 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Wrexham 14 8 1 5 19 16 +3 25
8 Forest Green Rovers 14 6 5 3 19 14 +5 23
9 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
10 Macclesfield Town 14 5 6 3 16 12 +4 21
11 Grimsby Town 14 5 5 4 25 12 +13 20
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Aldershot Town 14 5 4 5 15 15 0 19
15 Lincoln City 14 5 2 7 20 24 -4 17
16 Chester 14 5 2 7 15 24 -9 17
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Dartford 14 3 5 6 15 21 -6 14
19 Dover Athletic 14 4 2 8 14 23 -9 14
20 Altrincham 14 4 2 8 16 30 -14 14
21 Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11
22 Nuneaton Town 14 3 2 9 8 22 -14 11
23 Alfreton Town 14 3 1 10 11 30 -19 10
24 AFC Telford United 14 1 4 9 19 36 -17 7

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Lincoln 1 Gateshead 1 The Burnley Boy Strikes!

Burnley FC centre-back Tom Anderson would get the man of the match for this one and deservedly so as Lincoln entertained Gateshead a club on the rise managed by one time Imps target Gary Mills.  We were the underdogs in this one facing a budget three times our own and a side unbeaten in five with a penchant for draws.

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Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

H/T 0-0
Scorers  Anderson 55′ Wright 63
Attendance 2394  (2338 Imps 56 Silkmen)
Ref Mr Johnson

Teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller  25  Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne (Y)

12 Mendy 10 Ledsham

23 Sam-Yorke 5 Bencherif  22 Marshall

11 Tomlinson

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19 Rankine 29 Wright  

11 Finnigan 8 Turnbull 23 Rodman 7 Oster

15 Allan (Y) 6 Clark 5 Curtis   2 Jones (Y)

1 Bartlett

Mills goes  4-4-2

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The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Capricel 14 Nolan, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  87′ Power on for Sam-Yorke 
The Head Bench:  9 Shaw, 10 Guy, 12 Ramshaw, 14 Brown, 16 Baxter.
Substitutions:   67′ Guy on for Rodman. on for 

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Both sides hit long balls before Miller gets the chance for a long throw that  Sam-Yorke gets a head to as it loops off Curtis for a corner.  The visitors are struggling at the back against the height and physical presence of Lincoln it would seem.  A late one from Jones on Ledsham  earns him a card.  The visitors put a decent three man move together but Mendy robs Rankine superbly.

The interchangeability of Mills players is not quite total football but  it is unsettling the Imps  with a patient build up. One such 5-man move sees Turnbull find Danny Wright who heads against the post, but, the offside flag it raised as the scribblers get their rubbers out.  Curtis and Sam-Yorke tangle with the Imp raising an arm but fortunately getting away with it.  Lincoln are reasserting themselves again but any final balls are poor.  Rankine is getting plenty of space from Diagne but Bencherif spares his blushes.

Marshall is taking the corners tonight and to be diplomatic we are missing Newton’s delivery. Tomlinson is working hard, he plays to Bencherif who thunders a 40-yard hay-maker wide. Both sides are cancelling each other out which is a credit to the Imps with a budget a third of the visitors size.  The Heeds quality of distribution and movement shows it is money well spent even if they are flattering to deceive in the opening half an hour. This may account for the recent run of three draws in an unbeaten five. Ledsham almost gets Sam-Yorke away but the back four have stepped up to catch him offside.

Miller and Diagne do seem to be staying back although Sam-Yorke beats Rodman to earn a corner. Marshall delivers Hamza misses and Tomlinson scythes just over the bar.  A Jones throw causes a bit of a skirmish in the box before the ball is cleared giving Ledsham the chance to stretch his legs.  Clarke beats him for pace and ends our most exciting opportunity of the game so far. Another poor corner from Marshall which frustrating given these seem to be our best opportunity for a gaol. Then again a wayward 40-yarder from Mendy is another option.  Anderson challenges Wright who wants a penalty but referee Johnson is having none of that.

The fact that Robinson has scored again for Boston lifts the spirits in the stands, bored by the over-elaborate passing of Gateshead, more intent on their possession football that has not really threatened. Tomlinson hits a 25-yarder which is well saved by Bartlett. Marshall gets free to thunder a drive wide.

Dangerman Rodman has woken up at last and  is promptly clattered first by Diagne and then by Townsend, with Diagne getting the card. To the surprise of the Imps and the consternation of the travelling Tynesiders, Gateshead get a corner as opposed to a penalty.  Don’t you just love the officials at this level. The hand signals were another confusing part of the pantomime, forcing many a fan to almost fo;;ow through and we couldn’t blame the coffee substitute this time!

Townsend smothers another but the temperature and tempo is increasing as Rodman weaves, shoots and sees Townsend save again. Bencherif lines up for a free-kick 30-yards out it takes two deflections and all in the ground scream for a penalty as Sam-Yorke goes down under a challenge from Clarke. The ref however points for a goal-kick.

Second half

Finnigan fouls Sam-Yorke for an early second-half card and Tomlinson fizzes the set-piece wide.  Marshall picks Rodman’s pocket and Anderson gets away with being somewhat too amorous with Wright.  Sam-Yorke brilliantly sells and roasts Clark , he squares, but Ledsham is not sharp enough to finish.  Rodman plays to Oster who twists, turns and serves his centre only for Rankine to fluff his lines. Mills is not best pleased, although, he would win best dressed in a suit so sharp you would by a car off him.

A great corner from Tomlinson finds Anderson to head home with aplomb and a most unexpected but welcome lead. Anderson appears injured once all the players clamber off him, however he gets to his feet to acknowledge the crowd.

The game certainly needed a goal with Mills considering a change, then the Imps turn off at a corner.  Oster drives the ball across, it deflects off  Brown and Wright finishes with a sweet volley at the far post.  A real result for the Imps as Lewis Guy replaces Alex Rodman. Tomlinson roasts Allen and crosses to Sam-Yorke. His shot is saved and Tomlinson on the follow up is beaten by the angle. Sam-Yorke robs and then beats Clarke; lays it on a plate for Ledsham, alas, again he fluffs his lines.

There is endeavour at both ends yet the final ball is lacking from both sides.  You can see why Gateshead draw so many games 1-1.  Townsend does save well from Guy when the great approach play finally conjures a well overdue shot.  Sam-Yorke makes way for Power as Tomlison goes down the middle.  A late Tomlinson corner finds Bencherif he heads downward but Bartlett somehow gets down to it at the expense of a corner. Power gets a yellow for a deliberate but needless trip on Oster  as the Imps grind out an impressive point against Gateshead. Not a classic but this is a point earned not two lost for the Imps.  Lincoln sit 14th the Heed drop down to seventh.

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Tuesday 30th Sept

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4 Shots on 6
10 Misses 5
4 Saves 4
9 Corners 3
4 Offside 2
12 Fouls 9
1 Yellows 1
1  Reds 0

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

Lincoln 2 Silkmen 0 Simmo’s 10 Sincil Soldiers Back To The Gameplan

For the visit of Macclesfield Town, beaten just once, Simmo rested 4, including the under-performing captain, as well as going back to the tried and trusted 10-man approach.

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Saturday 27th Sept

H/T 2-0
Scorers  Miller 9′ Tomlinson 19′
Attendance 2265  (2184 Imps 81 Silkmen)
Ref Mr Rees

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The Teams & Schemes

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Simmo goes 4-1-3-2

26 Townsend

5 Miller 23 Brown 25  Anderson 3 Newton (Y)

12 Mendy 

15 Sam-Yorke 5 Bencherif  10 Ledsham

9 Burrow (R)  11 Tomlinson 

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14  Gnahoua 10 Fairhurst  

11 Moke (Y)   6 Turnbull    18 Gonzalez 

8 Lewis

3 Barrow 12 Cowan 5 Pilkington   2 Hall

1 Taylor

Askey goes  4-1-3-2

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 Subs & substitutions

The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 22 Marshall 14 Nolan, 8 Power, 6 Diagne
Substitutions:  77′ Marshall on for Sam-Yorke 82′ Tony Diagne replaces Karl Ledsham. 
The Macc Bench:  20 Branigan, 28 Grant, 27 Thomas, 9 Holroyd, 7 Moore
Substitutions:   H/T Holroyd on for  Gonzalez 64 Alex Grant on for Dan Cowan, 79 Moore on for Fairhurst.
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The ball works its way back to Townsend from the centre. Bencherif tries some magic but the ball runs through to give Taylor an early touch. Turnbull is undone by Sam-Yorke but manages to toe poke back to his keeper.  The Imps endeavour however Macc look dangerous on the counter.  It’s an untidy opening, littered with fouls as the ball spends more time off the pitch than on it.  Newton gets into the game. beats two but Pilkington clears.  Newton is involved again, this time with his newfound long throw. Taylor fails to deal with it, leading to a scramble in the box, then some head tennis, before the ball falls to the feet of Miller. He whistles one into the bottom right corner for a vital lead for the Imps.

Anderson breaks down a Silkmen counter and Newton is off again sending a ferocious forty yarder well wide. A Tunbull free kick is met by Pilkington but his flicked header goes over the bar.  Neither side has really settled as the start-stop game continues.  Macc shoot, or rather head themselves in the foot.  Cowan overconfidently heads back to Taylor, Tomlinson gambles, skips round him and slots home for the second.

Tomo is away again but loses it and a Turnbull and Moke exchange sees the Silkmen threaten until Bencherif snuffs out the danger from Fairhurst.  Miller sends a glorious cross to the far post but Burrow and Sam-Yorke are unable to get a head to it. Ledsham lets fly from 35- yards but that one will only trouble the statisticians.  The Imps are beginning to play some passing football through Bencherif although Moke is beginning to smoke with a one-two with Barrow that ends with a brilliant challenge from Brown.  Moke cuts inside and unloads a beauty that Townsend turns around the post. A goal-kick is given, par for the officials course in the fifth tier.

Macclesfield clearly struggling to deal with the Imps full-backs and the height advantage, have found their normal passing game and the Barrow long throw to be totally negated by an impressive in your face display. Sam-Yorke and Ledsham are clearly better suited to the system with the former  hitting a glorious effort wide.  Burrow then goes through Moke with both feet off the ground with Moke quickly recovering to push him over.  But a red card it is once the hand-bags finish, with a yellow for Moke. A Three game ban for Burrow you feel, with Lincoln going 4-4-1 with Sam-Yorke up top on his own.

Moke twists and turns but his effort is deflected off Anderson for a corner.   From the half-cleared corner Fairhurst tees up Pilkington who rifles wide. Sam-Yorke goes down too easy but he is worrying them as the Imps go for a counter-attacking approach given the numerical disadvantage.  There are a couple of chances too as Bencherif hits a howitzer, Ledsham plays the rebound to Tomlinson who is offside but finishes sweetly anyway.  Miller delivers Bencherif steams in and deftly dinks to Tomlinson but his whipped cross come shot beats everyone.  Turnbull also shows his quality to beat his man before firing a twenty-yard drive over the crossbar.

Second Half

Holroyd comes on up front for Gonzalez as Macc go for the jugular. Moke’s touch lets him down.  A long throw from Newton finds the head of Bencherif only for Taylor to brilliantly save.  The Silkmen are enjoying the lions share of possession with Mendy, Ledsham and Bencherif doing a sterling job to shield the back four.  Miller professionally blocks Fairhurst in the box but gets away with a ploy that would often be given.  The Imps are competing for everything, Ledsham in particular is  showing a great engine given this is his full debut with on pitch minutes limited. Can he last given the 10 Imps are up against it against play-off chasing Macc?

Sam-Yorke is also holding up well, given poor service and being expected to scrap against four. Macc do seem to be lacking urgency  when they do get some space, Moke aside where is the pace? Newton slows him down and gets a yellow for his trouble. Tomlinson gets a chance to stretch his legs but his ball is beyond Sam-Yorke to end a promising counter. Barrow gets beyond Miller and crosses but Anderson clears. Holroyd tries a thirty-five yard volley that is easily saved as the frustration grows amongst the Silkmen. They do look narrow and leg weary when the flanks have yielded the few opportunities they have created.  Mendy robs Turnbull and almost gets Sam-Yorke away but he is crowded out.

Askey decides to change things with Grant on for Cowan, allowing Hall to get forward more to stretch and test the Imps with his quality deliveries.  Newton flies down the flank and delivers for Tomlinson to head wide, although he did look as if he was nudged.  Moke conjures and  tees up Gnahoua for a left footed strike from 20-yards that is  well saved by Townsend. Sam-Yorke, takes a Miller ball in his stride and  has a dig that goes wide.  He and Ledsham look dead on their feet but it is Sam-Yorke who gets a well earned rest.  So terror Tomlinson down the middle with Marshall coming on and going wide.

Fairhurst has failed to prove a point and makes way for Moore. A great run down the middle from Gnahoua sees him shoot too early and blast wide. Ledsham comes off to a deserved standing ovation for Diagne in a defensive midfield berth. A long one from Brown finds Marshall but he cannot get a clean shot away and Taylor easily gathers.  City close the game out,  job done, to silence the critics that seem quick to jump on an anti-Imps bandwagon. 

The Imps should be proud of this win, they bounced back from an appalling run, went down to ten and beat a ply-off chasing side 2-0. Macc had only been beaten once this season yet were restricted to just two shots. The Imps contested every ball and disrupted them to the extent that they struggled to get any kind of game-plan or momentum going. Miller got man of the match but change in midfield shielded a back four that loves to get forward but is so often stretched on the counter.  

Gateshead is another tough one Tuesday but at least this ridiculous talk of questioning the manager on the eve of a pivotal game  and, thus throwing the bathwater out with the baby, will be put to bed for a while. 

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55 % Ball 45 %

4 Shots on 2
3 Misses 6
2 Saves 2
3 Corners 4
2 Offside 0
12 Fouls 8
1 Yellows 1
1  Reds 0

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 12 9 1 2 30 7 +23 28
2 FC Halifax Town 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
3 Torquay United 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
4 Bristol Rovers 12 7 2 3 15 11 +4 23
5 Gateshead 12 6 4 2 21 16 +5 22
6 Wrexham 12 7 1 4 17 14 +3 22
7 Woking 12 6 3 3 20 12 +8 21
8 Kidderminster Harriers 12 6 3 3 16 9 +7 21
9 Macclesfield Town 12 5 5 2 14 9 +5 20
10 Grimsby Town 12 5 4 3 24 10 +14 19
11 Braintree Town 12 6 1 5 18 11 +7 19
12 Forest Green Rovers 12 5 4 3 15 11 +4 19
13 Eastleigh 12 5 4 3 20 18 +2 19
14 Aldershot Town 12 4 4 4 13 12 +1 16
15 Lincoln City 12 5 1 6 18 21 -3 16
16 Welling United 12 3 4 5 14 18 -4 13
17 Chester 12 4 1 7 12 22 -10 13
18 Dartford 12 3 3 6 12 18 -6 12
19 Dover Athletic 12 3 1 8 10 22 -12 10
20 Alfreton Town 12 3 1 8 11 26 -15 10
21 Southport 12 2 2 8 8 20 -12 8
22 Nuneaton Town 12 2 2 8 6 20 -14 8
23 Altrincham 12 2 2 8 12 29 -17 8
24 AFC Telford United 12 1 3 8 17 33 -16 6

The Shots 1 The Imps 0 The Death By A Thousand Cuts Continues

Aldershot Town and Lincoln City, two ex-Football League 2 sides, fallen on hard times, came into this one needing to end their respective barren runs. Something had to give, it did, but let us not get too ahead of ourselves, for this was a terrific game, whatever the post-match texts on BBC Radio Lincolnshire say.

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H/T 10
Scorers  Williams 31′ 
Attendance 1582  (1438 Shots  144 Imps )
Ref Mr Hopkins
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1 Smith (Y)
2 Oastler 12 Gibbs 5 Wilson  3 Tonkin
18 N’Guessan 4 Lathorpe 16 Forbes 14 Roberts     
9 Williams 10 Fitchett 
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9 Burrow
11 Tomlinson  5 Bencherif  8 Power
14 Nolan 22 Marshall
3 Newton  27 Anderson  6 Diagne 2 Miller
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions

The Shots Bench:  19 Derry 7 Hatton, 11 Scott, 13 Thomas 17 Diallo
Substitutions:   30′ Derry on for  N’Guessan 76 Scott on for Fitchett 86′ Hatton on for Forbes.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice, 10 Ledsham, 12, Mendy, 15 Sam-Yorke, 
Substitutions:  65 Caprice on for Diagne D/S 74  Ledsham on for Nolan & Sam-Yorke for Marshall.

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

An end to end opening with opportunities in both boxes suggests a very open game indeed. Burrow fires wide of the right upright and Shots Fitchett turns Anderson but shoots just the wrong side of the left-hand post.  Shots’ keeper Smith misjudges the bounce, Bencherif reads perfectly to chase down, before squaring  for Burrow, but, first-time 20-yard effort is blocked for a corner.   Oastler gets forward to head a chip from Roberts goalwards.  The sea-saw contest continues.  Burrow nutmegs Gibbs  and finds Nolan who sends a 45-yard slide rule ball to Tomlinson, be splits Tonkin and Wilson but the final ball is poor and straight down Smith’s throat.

A great ball from Lathorpe, Townsend punches somewhat unconvincingly for a corner with Williams and Fitchett lurking.  It’s great to have Miller back, winning everything with either head or foot, but holding back except for the throws. One is colossal, straight to Tomlinson, in the six-yard, box, but alas he cannot get a shot away with Wilson all over him.   Oastler ransacks Newton, his ball to Williams is slightly behind him but he brilliantly connects with a volley that Townsend superbly saves.

How the game is nil-nil – final ball and finishing aside, beggars belief.  Burrow brings the ball down on a sixpence and peels a ball to Tomlinson.  Tommo is away and floats a beauty to the far post, only for N’Guessan to get back to block Newton’s drive after a 60-yard run. Miller bravely challenges N’Guessan leaving both players requiring treatment. The Shot goes off holding a towel leaving the hosts down to 10 with Miller gesturing at his medial ligament.  Tom Derry replaces Joseph N’Guessan

The Imps implode. Bencherif is dispossessed by Lathorpe, Nolan’s error poor ball also lets them in and Williams pirouettes 360 degrees to outwit Anderson and bury a bullet in the top right-hand corner. Williams gets free again but thankfully shoots wide. Bencherif beats two and fires a great left-footer that fizzes wide of the far post.  Bencherif peels to Tomlinson who charges only to overrun it allowing Smith to come out and claim.

Tomlinson feeds Bencherif,  he clips a cute one to Burrow,  the shot is good but so is the save from  Smith. Power makes a howler,  caught in possession yet again,  Marshall also fails to make a challenge as Lathorpe weaves through both of them as if they were not even there.  Fortunately, for us, his inspired run ends with his twenty-yarder going wide of the right-hand post. A final attack ends the half with Burrow again headind straight down the well-placed keeper’s throat.

Sorry to say this, it has been brewing for a long time: Power’s first touch is on a par with captain hook, he cannot trap a sandbag, yet, he has somehow made captain and held onto it for far too long.  Not only does he set the benchmark as Captain, but,  he personifies the acceptable standard at Lincoln, nowadays, coinciding with this incredible acceptance that non-league football is just the ticket for the ten bob budget and Board. In football, as in life, you get what you pay for.

Second Half

The Shots force the early pace forcing Diagne to head clear under pressure from Fitchett. Those two have had an interesting and at times temperamental tussle so far.   Williams again gets free but waists the opportunity, sending wide again. The Imps however have also started brightly but the final ball, as ever, is poor. Marshall and Power together is not really going to ever be enthusing, although, the former does deliver his first decent ball of the game. Alas Burrow cannot connect properly.  Marshall then miss-hits again with Hamza in absolutely acres at the far post.

Townsend flaps and Diagne clears for a corner. Lathorpe takes an out-swinger that Townsend claims, then,  sends straight down the middle and through to opposite number Smith.  Anderson tees up Roberts until Marshall robs him blind. Another good move from the Imps, Burrow plays to Power,  surprise surprise. he is robbed blind. Marshall, another clearly not at the races,  is skinned by Tong, thankfully his ball is awful and lets us out of jail.  Derry is looking useful and Power gives away another free-kick in a dangerous area.  Lathorpe delivers and it looks like two  if Williams or Fitchett had gambled and got a decent touch.

Diagne goes off for Caprice with Miller moving to centre-back.  A great four man move finds its way to Marshall  – enough said – and perhaps enough abuse for the lad for one day.  The Imps continue to enjoy the lions share of play although Nolan and Power (perhaps thankfully) are not being involved in the build up.  Nolan then beats two, back heels, allowing Newton to cross until Oastler blocks for a throw.  Marshall again ends that one.  With action required Simmo goes with a double substitution, as Nolan comes off for Ledsham and Sam-Yorke ends Marshall’s misery. Moments later Scott comes on for Fitchett, with the Imps now converting their pressure into chances an outlet  is required.

Tomlinson wriggles free but Oastler charges down his effort. Sam-Yorke injecting urgency drags wide, with Burrow also sniffing for any scraps at the far post. It is land of the giants now with Burrow, Sam-Yorke and Bencherif up top. Williams again turns his man goes for a curler in the top corner but a deflection earns a corner.  Sam-Yorke is a man possessed, turning one to thunder a goal-bound drive that is charged down by Gibbs.  Bencherif one on one is beaten to it by Smith to smother the danger. Ledsham is also getting involved inspiring the move of the match that alas breaks down.  He does however have a long-range dig that Smith superbly saves.

Two big decisions, or bad breaks, that always seem to go against a side when your luck is down, ultimately cast the die. Tomlinson is given off-side when though (he wasn’t then Power is also brought down in the box but you rarely get those away (even Lathorpe admitted after the game that it was a stonewall penalty for him).  Andy Scott makes his last change on 86, to wind down the clock, when Hatton comes on for Wilson before Roberts hits a left-peg hay-maker high.  Caprice on the overlap delivers, Bencherif misses his cue,  but, Burrow keeps in play and turns back with Ledsham having a dig. The attempt is blocked before he and the keeper give chase to the edge of the box. Alas the keeper wins and ends the danger. Tomlinson gets in a late shot that keeper Smith saves to earn the Shots the points.  Great endeavour again, but,  alas its six defeats in seven.

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51 % Ball 49 %

5 Shots on 7
6 Misses 5
7 Saves 5
5 Corners 6
2 Offside 6
5 Fouls 14
1 Yellows 0
0  Reds 0

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 11 8 1 2 28 6 +22 25
2 Torquay United 11 7 3 1 19 5 +14 24
3 FC Halifax Town 11 7 2 2 22 9 +13 23
4 Woking 11 6 3 2 18 9 +9 21
5 Gateshead 11 6 3 2 20 15 +5 21
6 Macclesfield Town 11 5 5 1 14 7 +7 20
7 Bristol Rovers 11 6 2 3 14 11 +3 20
8 Eastleigh 11 5 4 2 20 15 +5 19
9 Forest Green Rovers 11 5 4 2 14 9 +5 19
10 Wrexham 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19
11 Braintree Town 11 6 0 5 18 11 +7 18
12 Kidderminster Harriers 11 5 3 3 13 7 +6 18
13 Grimsby Town 11 4 4 3 21 10 +11 16
14 Aldershot Town 11 4 3 4 12 11 +1 15
15 Lincoln City 11 4 1 6 16 21 -5 13
16 Chester 10 3 1 6 10 18 -8 10
17 Welling United 11 2 4 5 10 18 -8 10
18 Alfreton Town 11 3 1 7 11 25 -14 10
19 Dartford 11 2 3 6 10 17 -7 9
20 Southport 11 2 2 7 8 19 -11 8
21 Altrincham 11 2 2 7 12 25 -13 8
22 Nuneaton Town 11 2 2 7 5 18 -13 8
23 Dover Athletic 11 2 1 8 9 22 -13 7
24 AFC Telford United 11 0 3 8 13 30 -17 3

Welling 2 Lincoln 0 Wings Wound Imps – A Case For The Defence And Quick

On a warm summers evening on a train bound for Welling, I met up with a gambling man and we were both too tired to sleep…. let alone discuss the case for the Imps defence……  But it takes two teams to contest the ball, entertain and enthral.

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H/T 1-0
Scorers  Gallagher 25 Marsh 78
Attendance 504  (400 Cards  104 Imps )
Ref Mr Lymer

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teams & schemes

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Day goes 4-3-3
1 Henly
14 Jefford 6 Bush 5 Fagen (Y-33) 3 Fyfield
23 Williams 4 Gallagher  8 Beautyman
21 Sho-Silva      24 Hudson
11 Marsh
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9 Burrow
11 Tomlinson  5 Bencherif  8 Power (Y-86)
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton (y-24)  5 Bencherif  6 Diagne 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions

The Wings Bench:  13 Turner 2 Fazakerley (Y-92) 15 Baselle 20 Corne 33 Healey (Y-88)
Substitutions:  54′ Heeley on for Sho-Silva  56 Corne on for Fagan 79 Fazackerley on for Hudson.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 4 Jordan, 10 Ledsham,  15 Sam-Yorke, 22 Marshall
Substitutions:  30′  Ledsham on for Brown, 45 Sam-Yorke on for Nolan, 77′ Marshall on for Jordan

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

An untidy start from two sides is further disrupted when a drilled free-kick from Beautyman sees Marsh and Brown go up, with the Imp needing treatment for a shoulder injury.  Its hoof ball and throw ins tonight, although Hudson shows some skill to skin Caprice, but Diagne clears the danger.  Beautyman gets forward and sends a fierce drive into the bottom of the stanchion.

Nolan switches the ball to Newton and his one-two with Tomlinson earns a corner. Bush wins the header and Welling  get the ball to Beautyman who runs into Mendy. Brown is still struggling with Marsh and Sho-Silva looking lively as the two combine and Marsh has a dig that sails wide.  A scramble in the Imps box, thanks to a wrong choice from Caprice, almost gifts Marsh but Diagne recovers to block the shot. The full-backs and wingers are two on one against the Imps full-backs, moving the ball quickly and causing all sorts of problems with umpteen crosses.  Sho-Silva has a dig which Townsend saves comfortably.

That said Caprice and Newton are getting forward with Tomlinson and Burrow looking dangerous against the two centre-backs.  Sho-Silva goes on a run cuts it back,but, Mendy reads it brilliantly.  Its end to end as Sho-Silva roasts two and feeds Williams who brilliantly controls then comically fluffs his lines with what golfers would call an air shot and the Imps keeper smothers.  In an instant Townsend’s kick finds Tomlinson only for Jefford to bravely block his goal-bound effort.

A Marsh drive is well saved by Townsend.  Newton gets it wrong and fouls Marsh, taking a card for the team.  Beautyman curls in a beauty from the touchline an Gallagher gets in front of Brown to volley home a bullet from point blank range. It has been coming although the Imps have not been negative by any means, but the final ball to Tommo and Burrow has let us down.  Brown is replaced by Ledsham although Mendy is the one going into the back four. A long Tomlinson throw looks like a hand-ball from here but you don’t expect those away.

Fagan gets a yellow for some retribution on Bencherif, the two number fives have certainly had a titanic battle thus far.   Newton’s delivery is double fisted out as the Imps pressure continues. A Tomlinson drive whistles past the post.  The pace is fast and furious at times, just lacking the quality as might be expected at this level, although Beautyman, Sho-Silva have quality as does Nolan and Hamza with his back heels.  A beautiful low one from Newton confuses Henly, fortunately Fagan flicks the ball clear.

Mendy gets lucky with a rather crude challenge on Sho-Silva.  Beautyman tries a cute one to the near post but Diagne is wise to that one and clears.  Caprice roasts the right and delivers only for Fagan to hoof high to clear.  Newton is beaten by Sho-Silva, he’s away, only for an alert Townsend to avert the danger.

Beautyman conjures and feeds Bush. He unleashes a bullet – full on the volley – that is brilliantly saved by Townsend. The ball falls to Beautyman, in and sniffing,  but the young keeper recovers brilliantly to  tip the cute chip onto the bar.

Second Half

Simmo gambles, on comes Sam-Yorke, questions over match fitness, but preferred to Nolan for this vital 45 minutes. The Imps turn defence into attack Burrow turns brilliantly but  Gallagher fouls him cleverly.  The Imps have certainly disrupted the Welling rhythm of the night but a rather long and optimistic ball from Newton is asking a lot of even Tommo. Power has a dig but Hamza inadvertently supplies the block.  Welling are going long, meat and drink to Diagne although a Beautyman ball looked like a hand-ball as the half-time burgers prematurely touched cloth.

Might have been the coffee, the strength of which, acts like match-sticks under the eyelids. Then again the Imps have started brightly with Sam-Yorke needing the service from the full-backs to get us back in the game. More good news (a tad unsporting so apologies to the Wings readers) as Sho-Silva is forced off to be replaced by Heeley for a début.  Keeper Henley weakly punches at a Newton free-kick as the menacing six-foot soldiers salivate against the size of the opposition.

Another substitution as  a rather short Corne comes on for Fagan, who has been doing a great job on Bencherif. Could be an error on the night from Wings manager Day.  Marsh beats two before Diagne picks his pocket perfectly just before he pulls the trigger.   The ball falls to Burrow who spins on a sixpence but drags his effort wide.  A great delivery from Caprice falls to Ledsham who is robbed and, Welling go straight down the other end, to be incredibly stopped in their tracks by Caprice , who has just done an amazing 90-yard round trip.

The Imps are throwing the kitchen sink at a way back into the game with Welling exploiting the stretched formation with quick passing counters down the exposed flanks.  Sam-Yorke and Burrow are getting some timely and subtle blind-side digs in the back , at those key moments, although, if Bush was an Imp we would be proud of his robust tactics.  Built like a block of flats he could head a fridge fifty-yards if it saved  his side. Its route one with the Imps all-right.

Fyfield beats Tomlinson in a real battle to send Marsh away, with Ledsham back to stop him in his tracks.  Heeley plays to Beautyman, but Bencherif blocks his shot and carries the ball forward. He finds Power to Caprice but the ball goes through to Henley.  The Imps get a corner with all the big guns up and crowding the relatively diminutive keeper.  The ball eludes them and finds Power, the ball is good only for Bush to brilliantly head the ball out.

A terrific one two between Fyfield and Marsh sees the latter back-heel and the former curl a beauty a fiver breadth the wrong side of the far post.  Another Welling counter.  With the linesman flagging for a Newton foul, the ref waives play on and Marsh goes on to settle it with a sweet drive just inside the foot of the near post.   A terrific chip from Beautyman goes just over the bar.

With eleven minutes on the clock Fazakerley replaces Hudson for Welling. Bencherif goes down in the box but ref Lymer is having none of that.  Sam-Yorke earns a corner after a terrific run but again the delivery eludes the big men as the Imps fail to make the huge height advantage count.  Power gets a booking for an arm on the back of Beautyman who has run him ragged tonight. Heeley also gets a yellow for a foul on Diagne and then Fazakerley has an interesting 30 seconds. First he is booked for a foul on Newton and then hits a 30-yard hay-maker that Townsend palms round the post.

The short corner eats up some time before the whistle goes to end another disappointing result. To their credit the Wings pace and movement dominated the game with the Imps switch to long and direct failing to find the big men who could do the damage. On this showing one can understand why the Wings remain unbeaten at home and will surely continue to move up the table.  They are certainly not cannon fodder or a relegation side.

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Stats & Table

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51 % Ball 49 %

7 Shots on 2
4 Misses 4
4 Saves 7
2 Corners 6
2 Offside 3
7 Fouls 8
3 Yellows 2
0  Reds 0

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The Table

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1 Barnet 10 7 1 2 23 6 +17 22
2 Torquay United 10 6 3 1 17 5 +12 21
3 Woking 10 6 3 1 18 7 +11 21
4 FC Halifax Town 10 6 2 2 17 9 +8 20
5 Gateshead 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
6 Wrexham 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19
7 Braintree Town 10 6 0 4 18 10 +8 18
8 Kidderminster Harriers 10 5 3 2 13 6 +7 18
9 Macclesfield Town 10 4 5 1 11 7 +4 17
10 Bristol Rovers 10 5 2 3 12 11 +1 17
11 Eastleigh 10 4 4 2 19 15 +4 16
12 Forest Green Rovers 10 4 4 2 12 8 +4 16
13 Grimsby Town 10 3 4 3 20 10 +10 13
14 Lincoln City 10 4 1 5 16 20 -4 13
15 Aldershot Town 10 3 3 4 11 11 0 12
16 Chester 10 3 1 6 10 18 -8 10
17 Dartford 10 2 3 5 9 15 -6 9
18 Welling United 10 2 3 5 9 17 -8 9
19 Altrincham 10 2 2 6 12 20 -8 8
20 Southport 10 2 2 6 8 16 -8 8
21 Nuneaton Town 10 2 2 6 5 17 -12 8
22 Dover Athletic 10 2 1 7 9 20 -11 7
23 Alfreton Town 10 2 1 7 10 25 -15 7
24 AFC Telford United 10 0 3 7 13 25 -12 3

Lincoln 2 Bristol Rover 3 – Chiller Or Thriller At The Theatre Of The Absurd

Lincoln City and Bristol Rovers, two proud ex-Football League clubs, played with a heart to match the heritage as Sincil Bank served up another 5-goal thriller.  With The Gas defence so mean it can peal an orange in its pocket and the Imps gung-ho approach at both ends something had to give. But lets not get too ahead of ourselves, welcome to Bristol Rovers fans, Conference fans and my fellow Imps, let us take another view from the Stacey West.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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 Teams & Schemes

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Sat 13th Sept 2014
H/T 22
Scorers 13′ Sinclair 22 Leadbitter, Newton (Pen) 37′ Burrow 45
Attendance 2937    (2726 Imps 211 Rovers)
Ref Mr Toner

 

Teams & schemes

Leadbitter & Clarke return at the expense of Martin & Cunnington as Darrell Clarke switches from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 to combat Simmo’s 4-2-3-1. The Imps are unchanged

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

17 Caprice 23 Brown 6 Diagne 3 Newton

12 Mendy 14 Nolan

8 Power 5 Bencherif 11 Tomlinson 

9 Burrow

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 23  Monkhouse 10 Taylor    

  3 Brown      24 Sinclair  8 Clarke 7  Mansell     2 Leadbitter

15 Trotman  6 Parkes    4 Lockyear 

1 Mildenhall

Clarke goes  3-5-2

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Subs & substitutions

The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 7 Kabba, 15 Sam-Yorke, 10 Leadsham,  22 Marshall
Substitutions:   76′ Sam-Yorke comes on for Nolan 
The Rovers Bench:  25 Puddy, 5 McChrystal, 16 Martin (Y) , 17 Harrison, 27 Cunnington  
Substitutions: 52′   Harrison on for Monkhouse, 61 Martin on for Leadbitter 71 Cunnington on for Taylor.

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

Rovers kick off but play over the top as the ball rolls harmlessly to Townsend.  Diagne Brown and Newton have a mix up with the latter selling Townsend short but his clearance cannons back off Monkhouse for a goal kick. A super flick from Burrow finds Bencherif on the charge but the bounce beats him and he shoots wide.

Nolan is stroking the ball around well and conducting the play,  indeed, early doors the Rovers formation seems to have taken the gas out of their passing game.  Mendy is immense, disrupting things early then playing it short and easy allowing Power and Nolan to get the counters going.   Mansell delivers a peach of a free-kick, Lockyer gets up superbly to power a header wide.  Two Mendy challenges deny Monkhouse and Taylor, after some pin-ball in the penalty area. Rovers are settling and upping the tempo, the danger signs are there for all to see.

Caprice is royally roasted by Taylor, who then sends an intelligent and inviting daisy cutter across the six- yard box. Nolan and Diagne inexplicably leave it and fail to clear, so Sinclair, with all the time in the world and the freedom of the City six-yard box, calmly side-foots home. The normally solid back four aka the Sincil Six-foot soldiers,  are at sixes and sevens against the movement of the Gas attack, born of Mansell driving, with the two flying wing backs, Brown and Leadbitter, doing the laps round our full-backs.  Diagne and Brown leave the ball allowing Mansell a drive that fortunately goes well wide

Another Rovers corner sees Leadbitter rise again to put wide. Newton gets forward to fire a fizzing drive that Mildenhall saves superbly.  Shock, gasp, horror its two. Leadbitter,  disposes Mendy twenty-yards from his own goal and surges forward on a mission.  The eager beaver gets forward again, this time cutting in on his left to finish with a fireball into the corner.  The central Gas trio are completely dominating Bencherif, Nolan and Mendy, with the wing-backs and front two causing havoc every the visitors come forward.   Monkhouse, one on one with Townsend puts just the wrong side of the post.

Burrow gets a yard  on the left and rifles a right-footer that Mildenhall again makes look easy. A Lee Brown free-kick curls just past the right-hand upright.  Sincil Salvation as Trotman handles in the area for a stonewall penalty. Newton superbly shoots to the left to give Mildenhall no chance for way back into a 1-2 game  The Imps confidence has grown, although Power has been fouled more times in the last ten minutes than Nelson’s column and Blackpool Tower put together. The game is end to end with the Imps defensive frailties allowing Lee Brown to overlap down the left and fire wide of the near post.

Townsend claims a corner and throws to Nolan, he  plays to Power who plays a one-two with Burrow before curling a beauty just the wrong side of the post. Taylor on the counter unloads a hay-maker that Townsend saves confidently.  Its end to end still as more good work from Power sees Rovers fail to deal with the ball in their six-yard box, allowing the ball to bounce and Burrow, lurking to the left, celebrates his England call up and fifth of the season with a clinical strike inside the near post . Newton gets a terrific cross over but Hamza cannot quiet recapture his Grimsby moment and the score stays at 2-2.

Second Half

Both managers keep the faith as the Imps attack the Rovers fans in the ex-home end.  The opening phase of passing football is a credit to the Imps, Caprice gets forward and sends over a beauty that is just begging for a touch.  Hamza earns a corner with Trotman lucky to recover. The Imps win a second corner Diagne gets above Trotman (his marker Monkhouse is down injured to be fair) but his header is saved by Mildenhall who gets Rovers away on the counter immediately, but Caprice is wise to that one.  Harrison replaces the injures Monkhouse

Hamza gambles and Trotman misses, but,  the keeper saves and is winded as our 14 stone might Moor flattens him.  Tomlinson connects with a Newton cross but the bullet whistles wide.  Burrow also heads wide with Rovers wilting under the pressure, passion and physical presence of the Imps. Newton flashes a 30-yarder wide.  Nolan and Caprice are running riot with the latter sending in a beauty that Hamza is inches from connecting with.  Leadbitter makes way for Martin suggesting a change of formation. Martin, a conventional winger,  gets into the action quickly with a decent effort down the throat of Townsend who gobbles gratefully.

The Imps build up has slowed, allowing Rovers to get back in position until Nolan surges forward only to slip on the ball. Rovers counter with Martin forcing another smart save from Townsend.  The game has opened up again thanks to the return of pace rather than grace. Caprice picks the pocket of Taylor attempting to pull the trigger.  Townsend denies live-wire Taylor’s towering header at one end and Mildenhall  Martin gets a card for a naughty one on Power, who has seen more abuse than a Mexican party Piñata with gold nuggets in.

Cunnington comes on for Taylor and immediately forces a full-length save from Townsend. Nolan gets some space but the box-to-box Sinclair – a curious cross between a Viking and a pirate personified given the hair –  heads away.  Superb work rate all game, ditto Nolan and Mendy.  Sam-Yorke comes on for Nolan and looks lively to force a corner.  Corners at both ends

A terrific header from Sam-Yorke is brilliantly denied by Mildenhall.  The Newton corner finds Sam-Yorke but the header is troubling no one but the statisticians.  Martin is gifted an opportunity by Power but Townsend again saves the day after a poor ball by his captain.  Power is great going forward and has covered every blade of grass today

The twist of fate deals us tragedy this week then? Diagne clumsily challenges Sinclair in the penalty area and alas slays the Pirate-Viking. All bar 211 are touching cloth at Sincil Bank now . Lee Brown, repositions the ball,  adding to the agony, strides forward and hits the foot of the post to a deafening roar of approval from the Hordes of Impdom.   Lee Brown  does not shirk his responsibilities however and gets forward once more to unload a glove warmer. Townsend manages to get to it, but,  substitute Harrison is more alert than Diagne and fires inside the far post.

The Imps  go for an equaliser with venom. Tomlinson wriggles serves up Hamza but the bullet header is high and wide. With Lincoln exposed Martin gets an opportunity to counter hitting a twenty-yarder high and Cunnington is also fortunately flagged for offside. The cavalry charge almost pays off giving us five opportunities and shots in the dying minutes. Bencherif, Sam-Yorke, Power, Newton and Power all have efforts blocked before the whistle ends the matter, allowing hero Mildenhall to be mobbed by the Rovers fans behind his well kept net.

Great advert for the division that could have gone either way.  Sincil Bank is certainly the place for skills, thrills and spills at the moment. Entertainment in abundance once again at the theatre of the absurd.

 

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50 % Ball 50 %
9  Shots on 11
9 Misses 5
8 Saves 11
10 Corners 8
2 Offside 3
 9 Fouls 10
0 Yellows 1
0 Reds 0

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The Table

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

Lincoln 3 Grimsby 2 Lincolnshire Derby Thriller As Hamza Rocks The Kazbah!

City and Grimsby shared a five goal thriller, in the Lincolnshire Derby, one fit for the Football league but it has done the People’s Premiership proud once again.

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.

Teams & Schemes

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Tues 9th Sept 2014
H/T 1-1
Scorers 8′ Burrow, 43 Disley, 57 Newton (Pen) 59 Pittman 88 Bencherif
Attendance 5,209  (3,414 Imps 1795 Mariners)
Ref Mr England

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Teams & schemes

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26 Townsend
17 Caprice 23 Brown (Y)  6 Diagne 3 Newton
12 Mendy (Y)  14 Nolan
8 Power 5 Bencherif 11 Tomlinson (Y)
9 Burrow

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 18 Pittman   14  LJ-Lewis 
11 Nielson  
     16 Clay 4 Brown  8 Disley    
6 Magnay   5 Pearson 22 Nsiala   2 Bignot (Y)
1 McKeown
Hurst goes  4-3-1-2

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 Subs & substitutions

The Imps Bench: 1 Farman, 7 Kabba, 15 Sam-Yorke, 10 Leadsham,  4 Jordan
Substitutions:   Sam-Yorke on for Jon Nolan. 
The Mariners Bench:  7 Macreth 10 Hannah 12 Doig 24 Walker 26 Mclaughlin 
Substitutions: 56′  Doig on for Pearson, 72′ McLaughlin on for Clay & 90 Hannah on for Neilson.

 

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

 

The Imps press but then Mariners hit back amidst the Hurley burly and the hyperbole as Yellow belly tustles with the northern foes from the fisheries.  A good passage of  play from the Imps sees Power play to Caprice to Burrow, back to Caprice who feeds Tomlinson but his drive is deflected off Bignot for a corner.  Keeper McKeown double fists with the ball finding its way to Mendy, who in turn, clears the stand.  Pittman gets a yard but misses at one end and then McKeown turns a drive round the post, at the other, for a corner.  With all the six-foot soldiers up The Mariners clear off the line, with Burrow slow to pounce.

It is definitely a pulsating box-to-box Lincolnshire Derby and well worth the loud and proud attentions of an impressive 5,209 crowd.  The Imp that never quite was, Lenell John-Lewis,  is through at the one end only for Townsend to make himself big to save the day.  Seven minutes in elbows and whistles, Tomlinson,  roasts the full-back, centres an out-swinger and, Burrows splits the centre backs to head home an absolute beauty. Right in the bottom corner to give the Imps a dream start and rare Lincolnshire derby lead.

Neilson, a graceful gifted gent,  sends in a beauty, Pitman heads back across, but, Diagne heads out and, Nat Brown finishes the clearance to end the danger.   The Mariners threaten again, box-to-box centre-half Pearson, this time, wins a terrific header to feed Neilson, who hits a hay-maker full on the volley that Townsend superbly saves.  Tomlinson is a off again but he and Bignot’s full-throttle  50/50 end in a throw.

Less smile more guile, old-skool centre-forward Pittman is putting in his normal shift.  He swings the right pickaxe, passes to John-Lewis, away and scampering across the hallowed turf, only to be cut down on his prime by the wise young Newton, who escapes a card.  The free-kick is poor and moments later Tommo also gets away with a rather rash one.  Neilson roasts three but, Newton thinks up a theory to block brilliantly.  Tomlinson is through with everyone in the ground on their feet and baying for blood, only to be brought down by  Nsiala for a penalty as boos and hisses turn to defiant roars from the main stand.  Tomlinson picks himself up to send McKeown the wrong way but, shock, horror, he hits the post to the delight of football’s equivalent of a jubilant shoal leaping like salmon for the Stacey West skies.

Incredibly and, apparently down wind of the smell of fish for those following the banter exchange,  we are just crossing the twenty minute mark as John-Lewis superbly brings down a Neilson ball on a sixpence. Thankfully and typically Lenny, his left foot finish is poor.  Fabulous, fast and furious plus frustration in equal amounts should be his biopic, methinks.  The marauding Mariners passing game is trying to show itself with City contesting every second ball as if it was our last.   Nolan is beaten by Disley but has Townsend to thank for a terrific save from the overlapping Bignot, with oh so determined  John-Lewis slyly sniffing for scraps.

A masterful Mendy challenge gets Power away, but boo-hiss, the ball is behind Caprice eager and early.  Another world class ball from Newton is just begging for a head to get on the end of it.  Some pin-ball in the box finds Power who thunders against the bar, with Pearson rising amongst those six-foot plus Sincil clouds to clear for a corner. Newton’s set-piece finds the head of Bencherif but he heads over the bar.

John-Lewis  is away for the Mariners until Brown takes a yellow for the team.  Neilson’s deft chipped free-kick, to the far post, is headed over by Pearson, powerfully getting one over on Nat Brown. With Bignot off with a blood injury, Burrow beats stand in Disley – from gifted gamekeeper to defensive gatekeeper in the Lincolnshire derby – but his effort does not quite drop for big-bad-Bencherif, lurking with intent.  Diagne intercepts a nifty exchange between John-Lewis and Pitmann,  comes away and gets Tomlinson thundering across the turf until he is body checked with the referee continuing his open-minded take on the derby proceedings. The two exchange smiles, this contest and the fun is set to run and run.

Jeepers-keepers, tragedy, Townsend does a sack-the-juggler to bungle Scott Brown’s cross. It falls to the one guy you don’t want it to,  drat and double drat Disley, he shapes brilliantly and, with top technique, volleys a screamer into the top corner to send the Mariners mental. The tide has turned for the Cleethorpes crews and they are dancing on our graves in the  Stacey West now. Townsend redeems himself, saving well from a John-Lewis half-volley as Grimsby go for the jugular.  The Imps rally with a terrific 25-yard bullet from Bencherif that McKeown magnificently saves.

Second Half

Both managers keep the faith and its lively again with the Imps not getting a ball-to-hand involving Pearson. The defences are denying the space and any real chances early doors .  John- Lewis has a dig from outside the box but drags it wide. The Mariners do seem more composed until Nsiala gifts one to Power. Alas he gives it straight back to Grimsby and the Mariners counter culminating with Neilson thundering a bullet against the post.  The nippy Neilson, for again it is he, gets free, sending another decent rising effort over the bar to ‘oohs and aghs’.

With the Imps outnumbered, both Mendy and, then Brown foul Neilson, although with no advantage the card fortunately goes to the earlier one from Mendy.  With Pearson off the pitch Nolan gets Tomlinson away until Bignot brings him down for a sensational second penalty. Newton takes this one, putting left peg and laces through it, he thumps home from the spot, just inside the Stacey West left-hand post and into the net to silence the Mariners.  Pearson finally goes off to be replaced by Doig, Manager Hurst’s desire to keep King Cod on is what had cost them.

A mesmerising moment of Mariner magic as Pitmann gets a couple of yards free in the box and buries a beauty into the top right for 2-2.  The tempo is relentless as Newton gets up the line and sends in a glorious drive that McKeown is equal to, a fine save just the same.  Pitman rifles an effort wide of the post and then Neilson forces another competent save from Townsend.   Both Mendy and Brown ask a lot of Townsend with a couple of tired back passes.  McLaughlin now comes on for Clay to join the fray.  Newton gets another chance to stretch his legs and deliver a payload but Doig gets the clearance in ahead of Tomlinson with the taste of blood and goals in him. Tomo is made for Derby days like this, as is Newton, Mendy and the mighty Moor Hamza Bencheric.  With destiny beckoning for the ex-Imp, John-Lewis gets away, but,  one on one, he fluffs his lines to put it wide of the far post.

Tomlinson delivers a peach of a foul throw to earn a corner. Newton gets ready to take with eleven plays challenging yett missing only for Tomlinson to twist turn and thunder straight across the six-yard box – it was just begging for a any part of the anatomy that one. On comes Sam-Yorke for Nolan with eleven minutes to go.  The final twist in the trilling tryst as Townsend  makes a brilliant save to deny a Nsiala header from a Brown ball at one end, to pave the way for the road to derby heaven.  In a flash Newton delivers a deadly corner and Bencherif belts in a right-foot bullet that cuts every blade of grass as it whistles inside the post. All in Impdon rise, Sincil Bank salutes as Hamza rocks the Kazbah for a priceless derby Win.

 

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9 Shots on 9
5 Misses 7
6 Saves 8
6 Corners 3
2 Offside 2
 10 Fouls 12
3 Yellows 1
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The Table

 

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