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Halifax 3 Imps 2: Red Imps in Refs Red Mist Tragedy Again!

FC Halifax Town and Lincoln City played out a 3-2 thriller, boasting quality and a passion played out in a none too shabby theatre that possessed the X Factor to be top of the bill in any Royal Variety Performance. The part-timers and poorly paid Thespians put on one hell of a show, but alas one would steel it and thus tip the scales of justice when three points and, perhaps even pints and trebles, all round would have been more apt an act as the final curtain fell. For the Shaymen the blue Tsunami continues to wash away all before them, but for the unlucky Imps, who deserved better than to be thrown on the rocks, this was the Great Shay Robbery thanks to Mr Joyce, a referee who rewrote the script turning a heroic away day into a Shakespearian tragedy. It may not have been a thousand ships, but, for the  475 who sailed and flew the Imps flag, this was a day to be proud of.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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

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Monday 25th August KO 3PM
H/T 2-1
Scorers 10 Bencherif, 29 Roberts, 45 Boden (Pen), 50 Tomlinson (Pen), 76 Williams
Attendance 2369   (1894 Shaymen 475 Imps)
Ref Mr Joyce

 Teams & schemes

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Aspin goes 4-2-1-2-1
27 Glennon
2 Bolton (Y) 4 M Roberts 14 Williams 3 McManus
5 Pearson 20 Maynard
8 Marshall
 7 Smith           12 Peniket
19 Boden 

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Burrow
11 Tomlinson (Y)  5 Bencherif (2Y=R)  8 Power
14 Nolan 12 Mendy (Y)
3 Newton (Y)  6 Diagne (Y)  23 Brown  17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions

The Shaymen Bench:  1 Senior, 6 Ainge, 15 K Roberts, 9 Jackson, 22 Schofield
Substitutions: 53′ Schofield on for Smith, 68′ Jackson on for Marshall
The Imps Bench: 1 Farman, 7 Kabba, 16 Robinson, 10 Leadsham, 22 Marshall
Substitutions:  78 D/S Marshall on for  Power & Ledsham on for Nolan, 84 Kabba on for Burrow.

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

Confident top-dogs and hosts Halifax, as expected, force the early pressure almost breaking through the red velvet curtain before she rises. Bowman Roberts long throw is cleared by Newton. Hamza Bencherif, a man possessed, the Moor very much Othello personified, given the premature death of his former team and room-mate; is everywhere but alas,over-hits a pass as the Imps counter. Tomlinson and Burrow, who can suck blood from a stone more efficiently than any Shylock, cannot reach it . Diagne clears after a Mendy miss-header causes commotion in the Imps box, courtesy of Roberts latest javelin.  Good work from Halifax’ incurable romantic, Marshall, finds Peniket but his 20 yard drive goes wide.

It’s a veritable see-saw between two in-form sides reasoning fortune shall favour the brave.  A great ball from Hamza is only half cleared but Power is crowded out and then Brown heads clear a dangerous ball from former Imp Smith,  a pantomime villain perhaps, but in full flow he is at times Romeo rather than a Romario.  There is a man with a point or three to prove one thinks, having enjoyed his better days at Lincoln away from home. The Red Imps part the blue sea after some hard work by Burrow as our hospitable Halifax hosts let the ball bounce in the box.  Williams attempts to clear but the ball cannons off Hamza Bencherif’s back and loops over the keeper for a sensational smash and grab lead. A comedy of errors makes much ado about nothing.

A Tomlinson sliding challenge earns him a yellow for a poor challenge on Marshall putting together a sonnet of a sortie. Midfield metronome and matador Marshall takes the free-kick, Williams rises supreme and Townsend magnificently claws over the bar.  Smith’s corner is cleared but Mendy’s timely hoof asks a lot of Power who cannot profit as the lively encounter continues. Both sides, to their credit are getting the ball down and playing some passing football. Townsend makes another terrific save from a Maynard drive, although Smith is given off-side.

A three man Lincoln move sees a quality threaded ball from Nolan to Power but he asks a lot of Tomlinson and, three slick passes later, the ball is back in the Imps box only for Mendy to pick Peniket’s pocket.  Roberts throw – he would have shone at Agincourt –  is headed away only for Maynard to find Williams, who beats Bencherif and shoots just wide. The cat, Townsend, is  alert but pawing air.

A Marshall free-kick forces Townsend to palm against the bar. The pressure is building. Smith roasts Newton, whips in a cross, but, amidst the melee Mendy cannot stop Roberts from pouncing to fire home his third of the season into the top left. Even-Stevens and game on in this top of the table thriller.  Smith is really out to prove a point and at his best. He dances along the Lincoln back four, but, on his weaker left foot, shoots wide.

Mendy charges down a shot from Maynard then Smith, the star of the half, turns Diagne to play in Maynard. He shoots only to see Townsend brilliantly palm for a corner.  Power gets away with a ball to hand with the Shaymen faithful screaming for blood as the seemingly relentless Halifax pressure forces a series of corners as Diage, Brown and team Lincoln stand firm.  The Imps stand firm and to our credit have a couple of chances. Power cutely plays in Tomlinson who, leaning back,  shoots high and wide. Tomlinson gets in Hamza but Maynard brilliantly gets a foot in for Glennon to kill any danger.

Two heart in mouth moments. Tomlinson, already on a yellow,  fouls former Imp Pearson. Brown then looks beaten by Boden, but recovers to even win the throw. Its blood and thunder and a terrific advert for the game, before heartbreak strikes. Having escaped a ball to hand earlier with Power, the same happens with Diagne and this time it’s a  penalty! Marshall shoots calmly into the bottom right corner, Townsend guesses correctly but it is just to good. The cock-a-hoop hosts go in at the interval with a 2-1 lead.

Second half

A good move twice featuring Burrow finds Newton, he delivers to Mendy who fluffs his lines with a cross-come-shot.  Halifax go straight down the middle, Maynard feeds Boden and, one on one his shot is brilliantly denied by Townsend. The Imps weather the pressure and sods law hit back. Power puts Tomlinson away, only for Bolton to bring him down for another penalty and a caution for his troubles. Tomlinson thumps home into the corner with aplomb!  A great Newton ball finds Burrow but his drive hits the post.

Schofield comes on for Smith,  but the Imps are playing the football with Caprice seemingly being given the freedom of the Pennines.  His cross finds the head of Burrow,  alas it whistles a foot over the bar.  Power skips two and delivers a peach, Hamza rises, only for his header to go just the wrong side of the left-hand post.  The Imp and Shaymen hordes are on their  Caprice does brilliantly as Halifax get over the penalty equaliser and counter.

Tomlinson forces a parry from Glennon, who dives on the rebound with Tommo smelling the kill.  Bencherif, having talked himself into his first yellow, earns a second when he catches in a harmless tussle with Maynard.  Glennon just beats Burrow in a one on one, whilst within the eyeline you can see the Imps managerial duo,  Simmo and Grant Brown, still remonstrating at the sending off.  Jackson replaces Marshall before both sides continue to win a  game now littered with fouls.  Mendy gets a yellow for a poor one on McManus.

Pearson has a long range dig that deflects off Mendy who has been tireless again.  Jackson’s introduction, however,  is an inspired one and, somewhat harsh on Townsend. The keeper spills the cross only for Steve Williams to head home straight down the middle.  Simmo goes for broke making a double substitution with Marcus Marshall replaings Alan Power and Karl Ledsham on for Jon Nolan.  Peniket seems to make the most of the Imps charge of the Light Brigade until he shoots wide. Caprice still eager to get forward has an effort blockedfor a corner.  Marshallalmost makes an imediate impact himself as he fires the half-cleared corner back in only for Glennon to make a vital save.

The game is end to end again and worryingly open from a defensive point of view.  Kabba plays in Tomlinson who gets beyond his two markers and looks away until he is forced wide of the keeper and beaten by the angle for a goal kick. Newton is then forced to take a yellow for the team with Peniket about to put things beyond any doubt.  Townsend finally caps a terrific performance with a top drawer save from a Boden pile-driver from twenty yards.

Three-two and another harsh red was tough on the Imps but fair play to Halifax. Certainly the strongest squad in the division, with quality options and endeavour all over the park.  As for fifth-placed Lincoln, with a bit more luck on the officials front, this side looks as if it will be there or thereabouts.

 

Stats & Table

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Note: shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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50 % Ball 50 %
10 Shots on 9
8 Misses 7
5 Saves 6
8 Corners 3
3 Offside 4
 10 Fouls 15
1 Yellows 5
0  Reds 1

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The Table

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

Top dogs FC Halifax face Lincoln City for a top of the table clash after Braintree Town battled back against Simmos 10 Sincil Soldiers in an absolute belter at the Bank.  The Vanarama Conference aka the Peoples Premiership showed that passion is always in fashion in the league the financial football fellows forget.  It was more rock the kazbar stuff from herculean Hamza, the mighty Moor, who again made man of the match as the reborn Imps 7th return to the league crusade goes on-on-on!

Thanks for reading STMI

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

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Saturday 23rd August KO 3PM
H/T 2-0
Scorers Newton 7, Bencherif 21  Davis 49 (pen), Tomlinson 61, Brundle 90
Attendance 2231  (2205 Imps  26 from The Iron)
Ref Mr Whiteley

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Potential teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1
26 Townsend
17 Caprice (Y-66)  23 Brown     6 Diagne (R-47)  3 Newton
12 Mendy        14 Nolan
5 Bencherif
  8 Power (Y-66)                        11 Tomlinson 
9 Burrow

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12 Bakare   18 Cox
11 Sparks                                             26 Mulley 
8 Davis 4 Isaac
3 Habergham 2 Brundle   6 Massey   23 Peters (Y-73)
1 Hamann
Devonshire goes  4-4-2

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Subs & substitutions

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The Bench: 1 Farman, 7 Kabba, 16 Robinson, 18 Everington, 22 Marshall
Substitutions: 84′ Marshall on for Burrow 

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The Bench:  29 Pentney, 17 Watts, 20 Clerima, 7 Walker, 9 Marks
Substitutions: 45 on for Mulley 71′ D/s Marks on for Bakare and Walker on for Habergham

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

A neat early combination between the three central Imp midfielder gatekeepers on the serene Lincolnshire green of Sincil Bank signals a lively end to end start. Nolan plays casually back to Townsend, but, he thankfully beats Cox to a hospital ball of a 50/50 and clears.  The Imps counter but Tomlinson is penalised for a foul on Peters.  Newton is looking dangerous. Midfield matador Mendy cleverly plays in Power but his drive is deflected for a corner. Newton drives low, everyone misses and, the ball bulges the net in the far corner for an early lead for the Imps.

Habergham feeds Bakare, his neat turn unbalances Brown, but, Diagne is wise to that one.  A great counter from battling Braintree, as Mulley gets beyond Newton and crosses, forcing Caprice to put over his own crossbar. Nuke-em Newton clears the corner with bravado, having run off what appeared to be an increasingly concerning limp.  The Imps counter, frustration, as in-form Burrow’s first touch lets him down. Another great ball from Power releases Caprice on the overlap only for the ball to be deflected off Massey’s shoulder for a corner.  The set-piece is half cleared, allowing Tomlinsons to hit a howitser. The bullet bends between the keeper’s gloves, but alas,  fizzes the wrong side of the post.

Power is the centre of things again, releasing Nolan who feeds the hungry Caprice. Power demands the return, gets it, sadly, his promising drive is blocked by a shell-shocked team-mate. Another move from the rampant Imps sees Newton deliver a fabulous cross that Hamza Bencherif bullet-heads home at the far post from six-yards.  Not content with two, the momentum continues as Nolan fires wide from outside the box and keeper Hamann beats Burrow in a vital 50/50 duel to the not quite death. If City can continue to exploit the Braintree duel full-back achilles it could be a good afternoon for the goal difference. Then again this can go either way if the 3-3 thriller of recent yesteryear was anything to go by.

Mulley has the beating of Newton, yet his cross is rather deep giving Sparks a lot to do before his cross is blocked.   The Iron’s greaks clank and crank up as Braintree find their second wind. Fortunately Sparks’ ball to Cox is heavy and bounces off his chest into the grateful gloves of Townsend.  The young keeper’s positioning is spot on to deny  Bakare and he then hits a deft and decent volleyed clearance that almost gets the outnumbered Burrow in.  Its end to end now, but scrappy, with Tomlinson denied by a superb save from Hamann. Although, in truth, foraging Burrow is flagged offside.

Tomlinson our first twenty-goal hero since Yeo, is playing wider than his unique take-no-prisoners agricultural game style. But don’t you just love him for it! Tommo the hawk gets a yard and lets loose a southpaw exocet  wide of the left-hand upright to oohs and arghs at an awakening, nowadays, not so sad or slumbering Impdom, a place oh so starved of success.  A sumptuous flick from Bencherif is too clever for everyone including Burrow who can only, like the rest of a salivating Sincil swank, applaud the audacity. Power and Mendy are certainly putting in the tackles, both conceding fouls, although all the good work is almost undone, as the Imps switch off . Sparks, ignore him at your peril, gets a peach of a delivery over but Mitch Brundle – there should be a picture of this man above the definition of will to win in the Collins dictionary – heads wide from six yards.

Chockies, ices if you please and if the lady with the woodbines is still around it is surely time for a Woodbine outside the not so hallowed gates.

Second Half 

Ryan Case replaces James Mulley due to injury but the Imps hearts and minds are still in the changing room, or perhaps clearing a half-time bottle of stout,  as Cox heads goalwards. Fortunately an alert Townsend saves well.  City’s composed, even aesthetically easy on the eye, football returns. Although there is some Sheffield Simmo steel forged into this side as  Mendy crunches Davis. The visitors are certainly a different property this half, but then Devonshire’s sides are.

The twist, as the tale turns amidst controversy. Diagne is out-muscled by  Cox who gets a shot away, but  the Bank is horrified, for our Gallic garcon of a centre-half is red-carded for pulling his man back, with a penalty to boot.  Cool hand Luke, or rather dead-eye Davis, whistles one straight down the middle, outwitting Townsend. One could feel the chill wind coursing down the Sincil drain along with the smell, understandable given so many touching cloth. The half-time food of course is ‘mint’. Hamza drops back into the defence as 10-man Lincoln shape up 4-3-2 for the battle of attrition ahead.

The Iron go for the jugular, with Cox and Bakare eager to exploit the defensive change, that sees Hamza, not the quickest, next to Brown.  To their credit, the Imps are keen to get another that would see clear distance. Lincoln counter and Newton unleashes a neutron bomb that lands in the car park and bounces like a Lancaster bomber payload – the same week two did an historic fly passed over bomber county.  Marauding marine Cox struts for The Iron, but, his though-ball to Bakare finds his partner  in an offside position.  Cox goes alone this time arrowing an optimistic drive the wrong side of the right-hand post.  The one man charioteer – Cox again – unloads another which the composed young Townsend makes look easy.

Power, schemes and conjures, cleverly using both feet to confuse Sparks. They are mortal at this level it seems, as his ball does not quite match the precursory cameo.  Nolan, a cast-off toffee,  picks the lock, releasing Tomlinson who beats his man and the angle conjured by the keeper to send Sincil Bank reaching for the roofs of the stands.  A magnificent tackle from Mendy sets Caprice away but his cross is deflected for a corner.  Caprice is a dervish down the right delivering a peach for Brown who thumps wide.  Caprice ransacks  full-back Peters, then reacts by fouling him for a yellow card.

On 71 minutes Walker and Marks enter the fray, replacing Habergham and Bakare, going 3-4-3 with Marks as the talismanic Braintree battering ram. More controversy. Tomlinson cannot catch a clearance, runs at his defender, is kicked and almost punched by Peters – it would have cost him a stroke if he was playing golf – yet incredibly he gets away with a yellow.  But the claret is never far away in this Battle of the bank, its blood and thunder again as Townsend saves another twenty-yarder from Brundle.  Newton fouls Brundle, himself a one man charge of the Light Brigade. The towering Massey has a header saved by Townsend – just 19 and 5’11,  but the on-loan Brummie babe is standing tall. Power is booked by a pantomime villain of the peace referee who continues to lose the plot.

Sparks is flying and centres for Brundle to head a fivers breadth the wrong side of the post. Townsend fails to claim under pressure but Bencherif heads off the line and Brundle is forced off with a blood injury, making it ten on ten, as a pulsating game continues with a passion.  He returns, with the kitchen sink, in the knowledge that there are no more substitutes allowed, the Iron need to get back into things with a miserly five minutes stoppage time to play.  Cox lets fly from the edge of the box but Townsend is there again.

The pressure tells, incredibly its the heroic Brundle, who hits a deflected 25-yard effort that unbalances Townsend and flies into the far corner. Its now a nail-biting 3-2 thriller with everything to play for.  A Chez Isaaz drive from distance goes wide.  The Imps survive a soft penalty shout as Sparks goes down a little easy and finally Townsend claims from Marx at the last.  What an advert for the division, a fantastic effort from both sides with the 10 man Imps thundering third. Braintree in 17th deserved to be better placed.

 

Stats & Table

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54 % Ball 46 %
7 Shots on 8
5 Misses 5
7 Saves
5 Corners 2
2 Offside 3
 15 Fouls 10
2 Yellows 1
1  Reds 0

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The Table

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

Dartford 1 Lincoln 2 Imps Go Marching On! On! On!

The Imps win at  Dartford sees us stay a point behind Cambridge United, Barnet and Nuneaton who beat Grimsby Town 2-1 at Blundell Park.  It was another great team performance against a strong fightback from a valiant Dartford side, but let us not get too ahead of ourselves.

For the benefit of visiting Darts, first the Teams & schemes then a blow by blow followed by more stats than you can shake an Imp or Dart at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

 

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H/T 0-2

 scorers Thomlinson 21, Boyce 33, Bradbrook 59

Attendance 1386   (1121 Darts 265 Imps )

Ref Mr Swabey

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The  teams & Schemes

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1 Julian

20 Burns 5 Clark 4 Sterling 19 Fry (Y-44)

8 Noble 10 Bradbrook (C)  (Y-92) 30 Woodyard 13 Rogers 

11 Harris 16 Birchall

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substitutions

52 Hayes on for Rogers, 72 Cornhill on for Noble, 78 Prior on for Woodyard.

The Bench 

24 Wellham, 6 Cornhill, 15 Collier, 7 Hays, 9 Prior

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1 Farman

2 Miller    23 Brown (C)    5 Boyce    3 Newton

 6 Fofana      19 Nolan 

27 Foster   

               7 Rowe                 9 Fairhurst        

11 Thomlinson

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substitutions

 64 Sheridan on for Fairhurst

The Bench 

31 Preece, 12 Sheridan 14 Yussuf  15 Gray 17 Dixon,

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

The Imps look a big side compared to the hosts and get into the challenges early. Dartford are looking to try to boss it but Fofana is a man possessed. A smart counter sees Rowe stab down the keepers throat. A Fairhurst side-foot to Rowe sees keeper Julian palm for a corner.  The Imps force two successive corners but Sterling deals with the first and Clark the heads the second clear.  Right-back Burns roasts Rowe  and crosses but Bradbrook’s drive is wide.  Bradbury finds Harris but Brown gets to him and clears for a corner. Noble’s corner is half cleared by Boyce and Woodyard fires over.

The Darts have weathered the Imps early storm and are now very much a part of an exciting end to end game.  Rowe and Nolan exchange neatly but Fofana miss-controls and allows Bradbury to get the ball to Woodyard who feeds Burns.  The full-back overlaps but Brown heads his decent cross clear.  Burns gets beyond Newton again but Boyce is there to head clear again. Harris has a crack but Farman saves well and Newton takes the spills off the foot of Birchall who was coming in for the kill.

Newton gets forward and crosses to Rowe who forces a save from Julian. Newton’s corner finds Foster on the edge of the 18-yard box. Foster shoots, Julian parries onto the post but Thomlinson feeds on the scraps to stab home a trademark poacher finish – his third in two games.  Dartford start hitting long which is meat and drink to Boyce who heads a Julian punt away.

A superb peel from Boyce finds Newton who roasts the Darts right but Bradbrook beats Thomlinson to it and clears. Fry flies down the left and delivers a glorious cross but Boyce is there again to clear.   Woodyard also sends in a  great ball but Farman claims well. A wonderful cameo sees Fairhurst beat two and win a corner.  Rowe delivers Boyce heads goalwards,  Julian saves, but Boyce lashes home with a vengeance.

The Imps height and physical presence at set-pieces looks too much for the Darts and our mangle is strangling their ability to play their natural game.  Fry plays a decent through ball but Miller cleverly handles and escapes a card.  Sterling’s free kick fails to find a head and goes through for a goal-kick. Another Dartford set-piece sees Noble’s free-kick find Sterling but his header flashes wide.  Noble brilliantly blocks a Rowe drive then Fry earns a card for a foul on Fofana, its frustration for our colossus has been all over the place and quick into the challenge again today.  It gets better the Cods are two down at home to Nuneaton.

Second half

Both sides keep the faith with the Imps weathering a succession of Dartford forays,  Fairhurst gets in behind the defence but the ball does not quite run for him and Clark clears.  A neat move from the Imps, Fofana robs Bradbrook, he plays to Rowe, who passes to Nolan but Thomlinson .  Rowe gets a yellow for dissent after a decent challenge is ruled foul. Another great run from Newton sees Burns block yet a goal-kick is given. Newton is having another fabulous game for the Imps.

Fairhurst gets beyond the defence but Julian is out well to end any danger. Hayes replaces Rogers as Burman looks to ring the changes. The Darts are having a purple patch, Harris shoots but Farman saves and holds.  The game is scrappy and one has to feel the next goal could be very key. A superb run from Burns finds Hayes the sub, who sends an inviting ball into the box. Tireless captain Bradbrook heads home a towering header to bring Dartford well and truly back into the game.

Dartford are dominant with the Imps holding on. Sheridan comes on for Fairhurst and the Imps change to 4-1-3-2 to attempt to get a third. A great ball from Miller sees Thomlinson appear to be undone by as pass back, although it is deemed to be off Clarke’s thigh. Sheridan  chases a lost cause, beats his man, squares to Fofana, but Mo fluffs his lines and shoots wide.

Farman saves magnificently from  after another Dart appeared to handle. Sheridan wins a free-kick he has certainly made his presence felt since coming on. Miller delivers, Julian has a sack the juggler moment but Clark puts his laces through it to end the threat.  Nolan, a true play-maker role today, plays to Thomlinson who plays in Rowe but Dartford clear.  Hayes corner sees Sterling rise highest but heads off the line. Thomlinson then heads over at the other end.

Cornhill comes on for Noble and striker Prior comes on for midfielder Woodyard as Burman goes for broke. Nolan plays a glorious ball to Thomlinson but Julian dives bravely at his feet. Brown denies Prior and Boyce, aerially supreme, is also having a terrific tussle with Harris.  Another terrific delivery from Hayes finds the head of Birchall but Farman fists his effort clear.  Fry finds Bradbrook but Brown clears for a corner.  Hayes corner finds Cornhill who fires against the post.

Sheridan takes the ball wide and buys some time down by the corner to win a throw. Three minutes of stoppage time is signalled as the Darts win a corner. Foster heads clear, Hayes centres Cornhill shoots, Brown appears to handle but it is clearly our day. Its handbags time but the ref keeps a lid on it and then books Bradbrook for a foul on Foster.  Boyce then blocks a Birchall effort to ensure that another great team effort carries the day.  It is tough on Dartford but brilliant stuff, as The Imps move fourth ahead of a home game against Salisbury that could see us go top if Cambridge, Barnet or Nuneaton slip up.

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Stats

Note:

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(thanks WIKI)

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45% Ball 55%

5 Shots on 8

5 Misses 2

4 Saves 4

4 Corners 6

2 Offside 2

9 Fouls 11

2 Yellows 0

0 Reds 0

 

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Cambridge United 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
2 Barnet 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 14
3 Nuneaton Town 6 4 2 0 10 5 +5 14
4 Lincoln City 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
5 Southport 6 4 0 2 7 6 +1 12
6 Forest Green Rovers 6 3 2 1 15 5 +10 11
7 Hereford United 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
8 Grimsby Town 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
9 Braintree Town 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
10 FC Halifax Town 6 3 1 2 10 12 -2 10
11 Luton Town 6 2 3 1 5 2 +3 9
12 Kidderminster Harriers 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9
13 Alfreton Town 6 3 0 3 10 11 -1 9
14 Welling United 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8
15 Salisbury City 6 2 1 3 6 7 -1 7
16 Dartford 6 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
17 Wrexham 6 1 2 3 8 12 -4 5
18 Tamworth 6 1 2 3 3 8 -5 5
19 Gateshead 6 1 1 4 8 12 -4 4
20 Woking 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 4
21 Macclesfield Town 6 0 3 3 5 8 -3 3
22 Chester 6 1 0 5 4 12 -8 3
23 Hyde 6 0 2 4 7 18 -11 2
24 Aldershot Town (-10) 6 2 1 3 6 5 +1 -3

Imps & Scunthorpe Derby Rivalry Returns

Scunthorpe United beat Grimsby Town  in the  Lincolnshire Cup 3-0 to set up a final at Sincil Bank that will bring back some memories for The Imps and Iron fans who have seen their sides go in different directions largely due to ambition and investment.  Let us hope both rivals put out full sides for this Lincolnshire Cup Final has plenty to inspire a very big crowd indeed.  The latest money man, Peter Swann,  who allegedly turned down Lincoln, will get his chance to sit in the directors box after all, adding spice to a long-awaited derby against the Iron, that has always had plenty of passion, goals and that extraordinary edge.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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It will be North Lincolnshire princes against Mid Lincolnshire paupers on paper, but the pitch and partisan nature is always the great leveller. It was not always this way, particularly during the KA era. when sons and daughters of Lincolnshire packed Sincil Bank and Glanford Park for an all Lincolnshire play-off affair a decade ago. No there was no North / mid Lincs rich and poor divide then, just passion running high on and off the pitch.

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The Iron were unbeaten in their last 6 games, had won the last two and conceded only one goal in their last four games to finish fifth in the table. Lincoln had finished sixth after a 1-1 draw, thanks to a last gasp equaliser from super-sub Simon Yeo.  As the lower placed side we would play at home first, with the Iron hosting the second leg.

But to the games footy fans to the games…………………………….

A packed house of 8902, allowing for segregation and the 2000 visitors, saw a pulsating all-Lincolnshire affair.  Inspired by a pre-match flyby and the theme from the Dambusters, The Imps kicked off with Marriott and Evans called into action at either end. Roared on by an edge of seats Sincil Bank, Lincoln seized the initiative and deservedly went ahead with a quarter of an hour on the clock.  Cult hero Bimmo flew down the flank and centred his bomb, Weaver headed home and the Red sections of the Bank were the ones bouncing, exploding with joy . Three minutes later young Richard Butcher unlocked the off-side trap with a ball to Mayo who chipped Evans to double the lead. Whilst the visitors contested the decision, the Bench, the Directors box and Sincil Bank basked in a Bacchanalian fashion undreamed of at the beginning of a bankrupt season bereft of all but staying alive.

The challenges at the coliseum added to the cacophony, Caruthers got a yellow card thumbs down for a late one on Mayo. But then fortune favours the impassioned and brave as The Iron were back in with a shout in a titanic bout.  Busy Beagrie’s corner was forced home by Calvo-Garcia to sent the visitors hordes mental, their belief restored.  Butcher’s headed goal was disallowed from Bimson’s almost clock-work wind up heroic throw. In truth it could have been for any one of a number of infringements, although the ref had a word with Futcher and Caruthers, both of which were taking no prisoners.  Two honest pros no quarter asked or given as Futcher got booked shortly afterwards and Caruthers hit the bar with a 25-yard volley, the venom adding to its velocity .

Both managers kept the faith for the second half. Marriott held Calvo-Garcia’s shot on the turn. Cropper sent a sensational overhead kick just wide of the Stacey West, a massed molten red and white choir chanting incessantly to counter the Iron brew crew equally on song and on view. Ten minutes in Mayo controlled superbly and freed Cropper who turned his man went for the channel. crossed and found Smith who side footed home the third.

Despite the Imps having a Mayo headed ruled out the Iron yanked the very nails from their coffin thanks to a double substitution from the canny Brian Laws. On 65 minutes Paul Dalglish and Steve Torpey replaced Caruthers and Sparrow respectively. Three minutes later busy bee Beagrie’s contested corner dropped to Calvo-Garcia who hammered home to guffaws and roars. Then two minutes later an equaliser to send the visiting hordes hopes an octave higher than their pretty impressive decibel level. Hayes held up superbly, slipped into the path of Stanton, who rifled a right-footer beyond Marriott’s reach from 20 yards.

What to do thought Impdom, but Keith, he had a cunning plan, a marksmen who had seen active service in  green and had been waiting for this opportunity to do this all his life, on a football field in red and white.  Oh Ye, oh Ye, the introduction of pivotal postman turned poacher Simon Yeo revitalised Team Lincoln on and off the pitch. Calvo-Garcia headed over a deep corner from Dawson at one end Bimmo’s beautiful ball found Yeo who volleyed home with aplomb, almost lifting the goal as it bulged the roof of the net.

But the super-sub was not finished yet with another 8 minutes of this Sincil ‘stormer’ still set for a grandstand finish. First he was booked for explaining the facts of football to the ref, then curled an effort inches wide. Then just as against Torquay, young Butcher and Yeo combined. Bimmo found ‘Butch’ who had covered some yards in his box-to-box role. He skilfully kept the ball in with one foot and then flicked to Yeo with the other. Simple Simon kept it short and sweet slamming home an instinctive rising volley for a vital two goal advantage and a 5-3 aggregate advantage. Cue pandemonium  and unbridled joy at the Bank, that would see many queuing breakfast in hand for a prized ticket to the away episode of the Lincolnshire must see soap.

The return……………………..

The 2200 tickets were quickly snapped up for the second leg on the Wednesday, with 8,295 eager for the Glanford game that would set Irons against Imps once again.  The noise of the travelling fans behind Marriott was incredible, heckles rose, lifting the visitors from warm-up to kick-off and the forcing of the early pace with a succession of corners. But Scunthorpe, quick to break and energetic looked oh so dangerous as the slippery conditions, played their part. Persistent rain made things interesting and difficult for both sides.  It was a battle that would see the elements and the biblical beast taming beauty, with the artisan eager to please and seize any opportunity. Sparrow had an early effort and Evans saved a Butcher drive.  Kilford comically crocked himself as he tried to clobber Gain in the rain. Mayo was inches wide before Butch robbed Calvo-Garcia but was denied by the outstretched leg of Jackson just as he was about to pull the trigger. A glorious half-volley from Butcher was ruled out for offside before Sparrow thankfully fluffed his lines and Marriott dived at Hayes’ feet.

Bimson was denied a penalty in the second half , his cross adjudged ball to hand. The battle continued with Cropper and others requiring treatment in a affair that was certainly not for the faint hearted, in a stadium that lends itself magnificently to the bear-pit scenes from Yore, complete with blood, guts and gore.  Dawson sent a 25-yard exocet wide, but on the whole Keith’s big back five looked solid, particularly those crunching corners, with Futcher and Weaver stand-out heroes . It was a a true team effort, to be tested to the limits as Laws told his lads to throw the 24 carrot iron bath and caution to the wind.

With 20 minutes to go Keith then sent on – you’ve guessed – Yeo who, in truth had been baiting the bears, warming things up for some time on the touchline. Futcher, blood streaming down his face required treatment after a challenge from Torpey that made him even more the Imp public enemy number one. Not for long as jeers turned to cheers. With just two minutes on the clock the Imps countered, Peter Gain knocked an enticing ball for Yeo to scamper forward and side foot beyond Evans. The Imp hordes did a Dambusters flight that brought tears to the eye and hopes to our hearts that we would indeed get the chance to end a season of rebirth in glory at the millennium.

As for the Iron fans, they would not have too long to wait before they began their memorable journey to the Championship, leaving the long running Lincolnshire derby behind.

Imps 1 Southport 0 – Just the 8 Points Required Then!

Saviour Simmo shuffled the pack to conjure a brave but vital smash and grab against Southport FC. The Imps absorbed an onslaught but gave no quarter as Oliver and Byrne both saw red for violent conduct near the end. But let us not get ahead of ourselves for deeds were done this day. Such a shame that so few were there to see the triumphant return of our managerial hero and the debut of what looks to be the latest of his gems, MoM Todd Jordan. Under 1500 Imps saw this one (remember we too are still banned from our sacred church), but Simmo’s Imps are already a third of the way to that 12 point target. With 10 games to go and 8 points needed to survive, we had the added bonus of those around us taking a point or less yesterday.

For the benefit of Southport fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the  teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Sandgrounder at. Thanks for reading a view from behind the Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Lincoln 10 Southport

(H/T 10)

Power (pen 14)

Att  1592

1484 Imps  Sandgrounders 108

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4-2-3-1

1 Farman

 20 Miller (Y-32) 6 Gardner 5 Boyce  3 Diagne  

37 Fofana 4 Jordan

10 Taylor 8 Power 18 Jones (Y-63)

14 Oliver (R-81)

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Substitutions

65 Sheridan on for Taylor, 74 Smith on for Jones, 84 Hobson on for Power 

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Subs 

David Preece, Adam Smith, Jake Sheridan, Craig Hobson, Paul Turnbull.

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5-3-2

1 McMillan

15 Chalmers 2 Smith   14 Byrne (R-82) 5 Parry 10 Clancy 

8 Ledsham  7 Whalley

22 Poku (Y-45+2)  

21 Kay  9 Owens

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Substitutions

65 Almond on for Kay, 70 Willis (Y-94) on for Chalmers, 76 Tames on for Clancy  

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Subs

Chris Almond (for Kay 65), Russell Benjamin, Steven Tames (for Clancy 76), Liam Willis (for Chalmers 70), Zac Hibbert. 

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We would thank the BBC Lincs commentary team and those at the game for their help, but clearly this was one we had to cover whatever the obstacles we have faced since October and the sad banning of the Sincil 4.

But to the Game fellow fans, to the game………….

With Brown failing a pre-match fitness test, Diagne and Jordan took their Sincil bows along with yellow socked Simmo, back and charged to save the Bank from BSN oblivion. The Imps were bright with Jones and Taylor in a three behind Oliver, having early efforts blocked by the grinding machine that is Southport. Diagne blocked Whalley’s effort at the expense of a corner. Leadsham took it, Boyce headed clear for a second corner where Farman claimed but Owens fouled Boyce for a free-kick and an easing of the pressure.

Fofana and Jordan were getting to grips and the latter found Jones who was ruled offside. Ditto moments later, but Poku needed foul play to halt him in his tracks almost at the flag. Power’s free-kick was palmed behind for a corner, but his in-swinger was wasted, going straight out, althoughTaylor fouled McMillan.  With the Imps in the ascendancy and going long, Miller found Vadaine won another corner, this time Owens headed clear. Farman also sent one long but Power failed to get it under control thanks to the wet conditions. But no matter as the next attack led to a deserved lead. A nice interchange between Jones and Power freed Taylor who made for goal.  Three defenders tried to stop him at the same time, although Chalmers got the touch that sent him tumbling. Referee Johnson had no doubt and cool as a cucumber; Power sent McMillan the wrong way.

Southport, who went down against Cambridge in midweek before storming back, responded strongly. Jones unfairly stopped Whalley in his tracks but the Imps were quick to regain possession and win a corner. Boyce got his head to it but Byrne cleared off the line and Southport were in our within the blink of an eye. Whalley was away from Jordan only to be stopped in his tracks by the outstretched leg of Farman.   Referee Johnson pointed to the spot for the second time in 6 minutes.  The tension and deadly silence were broken as Farman brilliantly saved top-scorer Whalley’s low penalty to his right.

Poku, well shackled by Jordan and Fofana, got free but his long-range effort was well wide.  Whalley was a menace but Oliver was back to head away the resulting corner. Vadaine was also fouled by Byrne up the other but Diagne’s free-kick was cleared. The Imps then defended two in-swinging Ledsham corners thanks to Boyce and Farman.

Miller took one for the team, sliding in on Clancy but Ledsham is deemed offside from the restart. Taylor fires over from just outside the box. Whalley also send a 20 yarder wide. Byrne then heads wide and Farman denies Clancy with a reaction save. A rather frustrated Poku gets a yellow for a poorly timed challenge on Jones.

Second half

Both managers kept the faith with the Mighty Imps attacking the Stacey West. Southport were big , strong and determined.  Jordan blocked Owens efford and Farman punched clear Whalley’s corner. Miller put life and limb on the line to snuffle a Clancy drive. Jones takes one for the team to stop Chalmers. Sheridan comes on for Taylor in a bid to stifle the Southport onslaught and the Sandgrounders bring on Almond for Kay. Boyce heads Smith’s cross off the nose of Owens and the in-swinger gratefully goes into the side netting. Willis replaces Chalmers as the visitors continue to try to breakdown a stubborn home resistance.

Simmo brings on Smith for Jones, part in a bid to kill the game , but also mindful of the fact that Jones is on a yellow and has just done Poku again. Vadaine has also been giving as good as he gets and is adjudged to have fouled Smith.  Moments later with the game in its final 9 minutes, Byrne pushes Vadaine Oliver into the advertising boards. With the two eyeballing each and toe to toe the referee gives both a red. With 10 apiece Tames replaces Clancy for the visitors and Simmo reacts by taking off Power for Hobson. Boyce fouls Owens and Whalley’s fizzing free-kick comes back off the post, hits Farman on the back before going harmlessly out for a corner.  Farman then saves Owens effort easily.

Its backs to the wall stuff now as Sheridan does Whalley but Boyce heads his free-kick out.  The Imps almost exploit the gung-ho approach but Hobson is denied by McMillan who gets away lightly after leaving him requiring treatment.  He recovers and is denied again by a shirt-pull from Liam Willis who is booked for his trouble.  Diagne has a pop but hits a haymaker wide.  Southport manage two more efforts, but Farman easily claims Owens drive and Ledshams header to bring the game to a close.

The Fat Lady is clearing her throat then…….

A hard fought well won game. This side has fight and spirit now. With 8 points needed from 10 games it does not look as if Saviour Simmo’s Imps are going down this year. But with under 1500 home fans and deep divisions between the board and supporters groups, things must be done. There was over £4,500 pledged by Rob Bradley and other donations for the cause prior to the game, but in reality that is small fry and will do little more than paper over the cracks. For the Mighty Imps and a favoured son to be able realise our fantastic potential, you feel there is plenty more to go in our can’t do without but agonising soap opera.

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Lincoln 10 Southport

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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47% Ball 53%

Shots on 5

3 Misses 4

6 Saves 2

4 Corners 12

2 Offside 1

14 Fouls 9

2 Yellows 2

1 Reds 1

BSP Table 9/3/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 10 Wrexham 35 19 11 5 66 33 33 68
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 37 20 8 9 58 32 26 68
3 up 6 Mansfield Town 35 21 5 9 70 45 25 68
4 down 4 Newport County AFC 34 20 6 8 71 50 21 66
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 34 18 10 6 55 27 28 64
6 up 15 Forest Green Rovers 37 16 10 11 54 37 17 58
7 down 7 Macclesfield Town 35 15 9 11 53 50 3 54
8 down 6 Luton Town 34 14 8 12 53 47 6 50
9 down 9 Hereford United 35 13 11 11 53 51 2 50
10 No Change Cambridge United 37 13 10 14 60 60 0 49
11 down 11 Woking 35 15 3 17 55 64 -9 48
12 down 12 Dartford 33 13 7 13 51 51 0 46
13 down 13 Southport 35 12 10 13 59 63 -4 46
14 up 2 Tamworth 36 12 8 16 44 50 -6 44
15 down 15 Braintree Town 32 13 5 14 44 54 -10 44
16 down 16 Alfreton Town 36 10 12 14 49 62 -13 42
17 up 3 Gateshead 33 10 10 13 41 41 0 40
18 down 18 Lincoln City 36 10 10 16 50 60 -10 40
19 down 19 Stockport County 36 10 9 17 47 61 -14 39
20 down 5 Barrow 35 9 10 16 39 66 -27 37
21 down 21 Hyde FC 36 10 6 20 47 61 -14 36
22 down 22 Nuneaton 35 8 12 15 40 56 -16 36
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 34 7 11 16 45 68 -23 32
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 37 5 15 17 44 59 -15 30

Who’d Have Thought That?

Andrew Abbott’s post Wrexham V Lincoln City comment

 

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Wrexham 2–4 Lincoln City  

 

Last Friday I wrote of the Wrexham game : “It’s difficult to be too optimistic although stranger things have happened.” Well a very strange thing did happen, City broke their duck away in spectacular fashion, winning in Wales. Not only that but there have been one or two signs lately that the much maligned manager might be starting to turn round another disappointing season. Firstly the Luton game which really ought to have been a home win but for a most uncharacteristic error by Paul Farman and an all too familiar defensive clanger to gift Hatters a two goal advantage. The general display was good though. The manager does not need telling however, he needs to address these lapses of concentration.

 

The home reverse was followed by a good point against Mansfield, although they are having their problems at the moment. A win at home to Forest Green put the Imps effort into context though and now our heroes go to second placed Wrexham and put four goals away to burst their bubble. Two goals conceded, essentially when the game was won admittedly serves to underline the fragility that is still an unwanted part of City’s persona.

 

So October is so far not proving to be quite the mountain we all thought it may be and with Jamie Taylor hitting the net regularly and indeed goals coming from all over the place including a deserved reward for young Connor Robinson, things are certainly starting to look up.

 

Of course, Taylors goalscoring exploits are bound to have eyes turning to Sincil Bank and the problem with such a well publicised tale of financial doom and gloom coming out of the club, as used to be the case during John Reames’ tenure, is that other clubs start to get the impression that the waving of a relatively small amount of cash in City’s direction usually does the trick when it comes to the spiriting away of prized assets at knockdown prices. City really don’t help themselves sometimes.

 

However, let’s not get too critical but instead allow ourselves to enjoy this surprising development. It’s fair to say that David Holdsworth has not so far won over the fans but there can’t be any who actually want him to fail surely?

 

Next weekend a change from the league programme with the arrival of the FA Cup. Not a respite from the need for wins though as progress is vital if City’s economic hoodoo is to be overcome.

 

 

 

Read a version of this together with many other articles on LincolnCity and life in Lincolnshire by logging on to http://hykehamwriter.blogspot.com/

 

Lincoln 1 Luton 2 Reg On The Edge Is The View From The Stacey West

Luton certainly filled the emptying Bank coffers yesterday and were just about worth the three points despite a spirited display by Holdsworth’s, Moyses’ or should that be Brown’s Imps?  But more of that later, for the tale of why Luton sit fourth and the Imps 21st – in the bottom 4 – must be told.

For the benefit of Luton Town fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the  formations, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Hatter at. Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Lincoln City FC 12 Luton Town

(H/T 01 )

Farman OG 28, Shaw 48, Taylor 58

Att  2970

2106 Imps  Hatters 864

(looked like far more visitors – would have to say 1100-1200)

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1 Farman

 15 D Gray 20 Miller 5 Boyce 30 Gilbert  

35 Morgan

18 Bore 16 Nicolau   37 Fofana 7 Smith

10 Taylor

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Substitutions

60 Larkin for Fofana 79 Robinson for Bore, 91 Sheridan for Miller

Subs 

27 Turner,  19 Hutchison 12 Sheridan 12 Sheridan, 39 Robinson

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1 Tyler

25 Henry (C)  12 Ainge 24 Essam 11 Howells

7 Lawless (Y-44) 17 O’Donnell

13 Fleetwood 22 Robinson 27 A Gray (Y-36)

10 Rendell

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Substitutions

46 Rowe -Turner for Robinson 46 Shaw for Rendell 76 Kasim (Y-90) for A Gray

Subs

33 Brill 2 Rowe-Turner 18 Kasim 9 Shaw 29 Walker

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But to the Game fellow fans, to the game………….

With the Imps attacking the Stacey West, the Luton opening salvo had many of us fearing the worst. This, despite Morgan sitting deep in front of the back 4 as 4-1-4-1 attempted to disturb the rhythm of the 4-2-3-1 lone gun drum. An 11 pass opening move went down the right, across the middle, then probed the left, before Lawless fired over the bar. Our first kick saw a poor clearance from Farman find Fleetwood of all people. Clever feet saw him skip Boyce, but his fizzing full blooded 30 yarder, flew 3 foot wide of the right-hand upright. There were ‘oohs and ahs’ from the huge Luton contingent that seemed to fill most of the two banks, each of 800 seats, in the away section for the day (864 surprisingly given).

 

The 10 marauding midfield matadors would keep things tight, with opportunities at a premium. Morgan 25 yards out dragged the Imps first sight of daylight well wide right. Taylor up front and all alone between the twin town oaks reasoned he would need to come from deep.  He twisted and turned, but was forced wide and got a corner.  Nicolau’s sweet left foot found Boyce. Who powered a header wide. Smith twisted and turned sending over a cross come shot that forced Tyler to tip over. Perhaps the shortest between the sticks in the BSP, he can jump like a kangaroo that chap.

 

The Hatters were shading the possession and the chances although, Ainge and Lawless spurned the two free-kicks as the Imps continued to frustrate by hook or crook. Lawless sent forth a sublime cross-field thirty-five yard pass, but lack of control illustrates the frustrations of the BSP. Taylor took a snapshot that was deflected for a corner. A neat Nicolau out-swinger found Smith, his miscue was punched by Taylor and Nicolau’s follow-up clipped a Hatter’s heel for another corner. Boyce rose well but was ruled to have won the duel unfairly.  Smith showed the winger he can be, twisting passed three, to come in side and fire high over the home bar. And then we were undone.

 

Gray beat three down the right but Gilbert appeared to have shadowed him wide enough. With great feet Gun-slinger Gray twisted inside and hammered one near post. Alas trusty new England C Keeper Farman fumbled the fearsome exoset into the wrong side of the side netting. That such an effort was deemed an OG seems harsh on both players but the visitors were ahead  and that was all that matters to the dancing hordes.  Gray again outpaced Gilbert who redeemed himself at the expense of a corner. Howells delivery saw Farman punch well under pressure.

 

Fleetwood then sent a glorious through ball to Gray, who was in on goal. He then bounced off Farman, somewhat theatrically earning a yellow for his trouble when an attempt to stay on his feet could have yielded the killer second or perhaps even a penalty. Wee Jamie Taylor came from deep and hit a glorious dipping drive from distance that Tyler palmed over. Miller ghosted in at the corner but put his effort wide.

 

Second Half

 

Holdsworth kept the faith, whilst Buckle swapped Shaw for Rendell and Rowe-Turner for Robinson. A foul on O’Donnell led to a 48th minute free-kick for the Hatters. Fleetwood picked out Shaw, who merely had to nod home from the corner of the 6-yard box. Inexcusably he had been forgotten and pretty much given the freedom of the City.  Many Imps feared a rout as Fleetwood curled a 25-yard peach a yard or so wide. Fleetwood was then denied magnificently by Farman in a heroic  inspirational, one on one that would change the flow of the game.  From the clearance Taylor gathered in the centre-circle, turned and skipped a challenge or so before unloading a 30 yard pile-driver that whistled just under the bar. Worth the gate money on its own, the Dam Busters flew in the Stacey West.

 

 

Larkin came on for Fofana as the Imps went 4-4-2.  Andre Gray exploited the space but O’Donnell shot well wide. The Imps however continued to grow into the game to edge the possession forcing first choice play-maker Kasim from the bench to replace Gray.  Essam sliced onto the roof of his own net. Boyce headed the corner wide.  Morgan also troubled just the ball-boys with another shot from distance. Robinson came on for Bore as the Imps went 4-3-3. This left the midfield and counter opportunities very open for both sides. Luton were more for running down the clock which earned Kasim a caution. Robinson was then felled in his prime earning Ainge just a talking too. In a last ditch attempt to pull something back the Imps went 3-4-3 with Sheridan on for Miller.  Shaw then looked to have put things beyond doubt but Bank Beast Boyce once again put body and soul on the line at the Bank to deflect his effort wide.

 

 

The Fat Lady is clearing her throat then…….

 

With Mansfield, Wrexham and Stockport next up, time and the fates seem to be conspiring against Holdsworth. Mr Moyses and Grant Brown, doing the warm up and sharing the bench duties will hardly have the inexperienced manager sleeping easy either. Gilbert, by his own admission another big mate, is Holdsworth’s 104th signing in 35 months. Could he be his last at Lincoln? The Holdsworth out shouts and the two lads who tried to get to the dug out certainly seem to think so.

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Lincoln City FC 12 Luton Town

 *****

Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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51% Ball 49%

3 Shots on 3

6 Misses 3

1 Saves 2

9 Corners 2

Offside 4

9 Fouls 11

0 Yellows 3

BSP Table 6/10/12

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Newport County AFC 13 9 2 2 26 13 13 29
2 up 19 Forest Green Rovers 13 8 3 2 24 12 12 27
3 up 8 Wrexham 13 7 5 1 20 8 12 26
4 down 2 Luton Town 13 8 2 3 24 18 6 26
5 down 5 Dartford 13 8 1 4 24 14 10 25
6 down 6 Grimsby Town 13 5 6 2 18 9 9 21
7 up 9 Tamworth 13 6 1 6 19 18 1 19
8 down 8 Macclesfield Town 12 6 1 5 22 22 0 19
9 down 9 AFC Telford United 13 4 6 3 21 18 3 18
10 down 10 Stockport County 13 4 5 4 17 16 1 17
11 up 9 Gateshead 13 4 5 4 17 17 0 17
12 down 12 Hereford United 13 5 2 6 22 26 -4 17
13 down 4 Mansfield Town 12 5 2 5 21 25 -4 17
14 down 4 Cambridge United 13 4 4 5 26 26 0 16
15 down 15 Woking 13 5 1 7 23 25 -2 16
16 down 16 Alfreton Town 12 4 4 4 17 21 -4 16
17 down 17 Southport 13 4 4 5 17 22 -5 16
18 down 18 Braintree Town 13 3 4 6 15 20 -5 13
19 down 4 Barrow 13 3 4 6 16 26 -10 13
20 down 7 Kidderminster Harriers 13 2 6 5 14 15 -1 12
21 down 21 Lincoln City 13 3 3 7 15 21 -6 12
22 down 22 Nuneaton 13 2 5 6 20 29 -9 11
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 13 2 4 7 20 30 -10 10
24 down 24 Hyde FC 12 1 4 7 15 22 -7 7

Imps 2 Nuneaton1 Nicolau Stalls Sincil Tears & Jeers But Not Fears

Nuneaton came and all but conquered, as Forsdick’s red plus the match-winning contribution from super-sub Nicky Nicolau saved Holdsworth and the limping Imps Lincolnshire bacon.

For the benefit of  the visiting Lambs, first the  formations, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Lamb at.Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Lincoln  21 Nuneaton

(H/T0 –1 )

Scorers

Armson 3 Nicolau 75 Miller 83.

Att 1579 

 1486 Imps 93 Boro

The teams & Schemes

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1 Farman

15 Gray  20 Miller (Y-11) 5 Boyce (Y-66)  3 Nutter

12 Sheridan 35 Morgan 37 Fofana 7 Smith 

39 Robinson  14 Vadaine

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Substitutions

65 Taylor for Robinson, 65 Larkin for Smith 65 Nicolau for Sheridan

Subs

27 Turner  19 Hutchison, 16 Nicolau, 10 Taylor, 34 Larkin 

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1 Collett

15 Gordon 4 Cowen 5 Dean 14 Forsdick (R-73)

6 Walker 12 Armson 13 Sleath 16 Ford (Y-51)

7 York, 10 Brown 

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Substitutions

75 O’Halloran for York,  86 Perry for Ford, 86 Thompson-Brown for Brown

Subs

19 McNamara,  18 James, 21 O’Halloran, 9 perry, 20 Thompson-Brown

But to the game footy fans to the game………………. 

The Imps kicked off towards the Stacey West and were quickly behind. A Delroy Gordon throw caught us napping, as we allowed Armson to hammer into the top right hand corner from 12 yard. An Adam Smith corner (the first of nine) was easily cleared by Forsdick. Fofana then tried his luck from distance but failed to trouble the keeper. The visitors were full of running and endeavour, forcing Miller to take a yellow for a somewhat strong and late challenge on York.

A Gray shot went straight down Collet’s throat. A powerful York drive then needed a great save from Farman. Another effort from danger man Armson went just past the left-hand post. Robinson, our one bright spark, was then brought down to earth by Dean. The youngster returned the favour moments later.  An Adam Smith header was also saved by Collett. Farman then punched clear under pressure from Brown after a poor back-header from Boyce.

A Vadaine Oliver was also claimed confidently by Collett. The youngster also shot narrowly wide moments later. York then shot wide with a tame effort before Walker hit a terrific right-footed effort just wide. A poor effort from Sleath, in acres of space on the edge of the box, ensured that the Imps went in just one goal to the bad.

Second Half

Both managers kept the faith, with the Imps finally starting to look as if they wanted something from the game. Holdsworth had apparently given the lads both barrels at half-time.  Robinson tore down the left and fed Sheridan who could not believe the save Collett pulled off to deny him.  Morgan’s corner was easily cleared. Ford then saw yellow for a poor challenge on Smith. Collett amazed again to deny a 25-yard piledriver from Morgan.

Armson then went close again, with the Imps still unable to read his runs from deep. Boyce then dominantly headed away a Walker corner, as the game went end to end. Forsdick timed a challenge well to pick Oliver’s pocket after a piquant flick from Robinson. Boyce was then booked for a timely foul on Ford.  On 65 Holdsworth made a treble substitution, with the introduction of Taylor (Robinson), Nicolau (Sheridan) and Colin Larkin (Smith).

Farman saved at the feet of Sleath to deny a killer second from the visitors. Gray then sent Sleath A over B and was lucky to escape without a card. Forsdick was not so lucky moments later when he brought down Oliver, who looked away. As the last man the ref gave him a straight red.  Captain Nutter rolled the ball to Nicolau who curled a peach from 25 yards, just inside the post. Nicky is making a habit of those at just the right time.

O’Halloran came on for York as Nuneaton looked to take a point, from a game they had looked the most likely to win. Walker however was mere centimetres from regaining the lead for the visitors. Morgan also hit a decent left-foot drive wide. A decent Morgan corner was also cleared emphatically by Cowan.   On 83, Nicolau took the next one, adding an assist to his earlier goal. A teasing in-swinger, saw Miller thump home at the far post with aplomb to send the sparse Sincil crowd mental.  Larkin was also denied by Collett who had been in fine form all evening.

Oliver should have done better with a fizzing effort, before Town sent on the cavalry with a double substitution.  Thomson-Brown came on for Brown and returning anti-hero, Kyle Perry, came on for Ford. Man of the moment, if not the match, Nicolau, was denied a speculative second from the imperious Collett, at the expense of a corner.  As this was played in, Dean impeded Taylor, with the ref pointing to the spot. Taylor sensationally crashed against the crossbar but Nuneaton cleared the decks.

The Imps had managed a second win in successive home games, rescued, in both instances, from the jaws of defeat. This probably won’t get the faithful back any time soon, but at least we are back out of the relegation spots. We need to be, ahead of a testing TV dinner date at Forest Green followed by Luton,(H), Mansfield (A), Wrexham (A) and Stockport (H). With the defining seven anything but, Lincoln’s hectic hotseat October period is rarely short of thrills or spills.

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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49% Ball 51%

9 Shots on 3

3 Misses 4

2 Saves 6

9 Corners 1

1 Offside 1

6 Fouls 7

2 Yellows 1

0 Reds 1

CLUB P W D L GD PTS
Newport 11 8 1 2 12 25
Forest Green Rovers 11 7 3 1 10 24
Wrexham 11 6 4 1 11 22
Grimsby 11 5 5 1 11 20
Luton 11 6 2 3 3 20
Dartford 11 6 1 4 7 19
Macclesfield 10 6 1 3 4 19
Tamworth 11 5 1 5 1 16
Woking 11 5 1 5 0 16
Mansfield 10 5 1 4 -1 16
Hereford 11 5 1 5 -3 16
Gateshead 11 4 3 4 0 15
AFC Telford 11 3 5 3 2 14
Southport 11 3 4 4 -5 13
Lincoln City 11 3 3 5 -2 12
Braintree To 11 3 3 5 -4 12
Alfreton Tow 10 3 3 4 -5 12
Stockport 11 2 5 4 -2 11
Cambridge 11 2 4 5 -6 10
Nuneaton 11 2 4 5 -7 10
Barrow 11 2 4 5 -8 10
Ebbsfleet 11 2 3 6 -8 9
Kid’minster 11 1 5 5 -4 8
Hyde 10 1 3 6 -6 6

Stats Lambs 1 Lincoln 0 Imps Back In Bottom 4

The Imps were undone in the first minute as Tamworth took the early initiative.  Jeffers clever through ball to advancing midfielder Kerr, allowed him to finish emphatically from 6 yards.  The Imps enjoyed most of the play as you would expect with a 4-5-1, but failed to get a single shot on target. Both Captains, Mills and Tait, saw red in the 27th minute after both clashed following a foul by the latter on the former. Its bottom four again for the Imps who entertain fifth from bottom Nuneaton on Tuesday.

Thanks for reading the Prof

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Tamworth 1-0 Lincoln  

(H/T 1 -0)

Scorers

Kerry 1

Att  1042

 Lambs 779 Imps  263

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The teams & Schemes

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13 Breedon

2 Tait (C R-27) 6 Marshall(Y-54) 33 Dempster  19 Barrow (Y-71)

18 Till 4 Baldock (Y-37)  11 Kerry 

14 Jeffers  9 Wright 7 Cunnington (Y-88)

*****

Substitutions

60′ Gudger on for Jeffers, 72′ Collins on for Wright 79 Ivey-Ward on for Barrow

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Subs 

 Belford, Ivey-Ward, Hendrie, Gudger, Collins, 

 

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1 Farman

15 Gray 19 Hutchison 5 Boyce  3 Nutter

12 Sheridan  35 Morgan 4 Mills (C R-27) 37 Fofana 18 Bore 

14 Vadaine

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Substitutions

57 Taylor on for Bore, 57 Smith on for Sheridan 69′ Robinson on for Hutchison

Subs

27 Turner,  20 Miller, 7 Smith, 10 Taylor, 39 Robinson

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Tamworth – Lincoln  

(H/T 1-0 )

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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 44% Ball 56%

  2 Shots on 0

6 Misses 5

 1 Saves 2

 2 Corners 6

 Offside 1

   20 Fouls 10

  4 Yellows 1

1 Reds 1

BSP Table

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Newport County AFC 10 7 1 2 20 10 10 22
2 up 19 Forest Green Rovers 10 6 3 1 18 9 9 21
3 up 8 Wrexham 10 5 4 1 15 7 8 19
4 down 4 Macclesfield Town 10 6 1 3 21 17 4 19
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 10 4 5 1 15 7 8 17
6 down 4 Luton Town 10 5 2 3 17 15 2 17
7 down 7 Dartford 10 5 1 4 18 13 5 16
8 up 8 Tamworth 10 5 1 4 14 12 2 16
9 No Change Mansfield Town 10 5 1 4 19 20 -1 16
10 down 10 Hereford United 10 5 1 4 19 21 -2 16
11 up 9 Gateshead 10 4 3 3 15 12 3 15
12 down 12 Woking 10 5 0 5 19 19 0 15
13 down 13 AFC Telford United 10 3 5 2 17 13 4 14
14 down 14 Braintree Town 10 3 3 4 12 14 -2 12
15 down 15 Alfreton Town 10 3 3 4 14 19 -5 12
16 down 16 Southport 10 3 3 4 12 17 -5 12
17 down 17 Stockport County 10 2 4 4 11 13 -2 10
18 down 8 Cambridge United 10 2 4 4 17 21 -4 10
19 down 4 Barrow 10 2 4 4 12 17 -5 10
20 down 20 Nuneaton 10 2 4 4 18 24 -6 10
21 down 21 Lincoln City 10 2 3 5 12 15 -3 9
22 No Change Ebbsfleet United 10 2 2 6 16 24 -8 8
23 down 23 Hyde FC 10 1 3 6 13 19 -6 6
24 down 11 Kidderminster Harriers 10 0 5 5 7 13 -6 5

Threesy not very peasy.

Newport V Lincoln City post match comment by Andrew Abbott.

 

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Newport County 2 –  1 Lincoln City H/T 2-0

Match three of the season and its one win, two losses reflecting the fact that we’ve had one home game and two away. There was a time when that program would have produced an entirely different point’s haul but Imps fans will, presumably welcome a scenario whereby the team garner maximum points at home and hope to mug some away. The fact that they haven’t yet is perhaps a reflection of the strength of opposition rather than any perceived weakness in the City team and they were two narrow defeats against well fancied teams so no real pointers as to how the season might pan out for Imps.

 

One giant fly in the ointment is the news that striker Rob Duffy is likely to be out for several weeks due to an ankle injury picked up at Newport. The perils of a small squad but its needs must at City these days and presumably it’s better to have a competitive first team and be a bit short on the bench than a larger squad of jack of all trades and masters of none. Whilst that remains the case though we will surely have to put up with these narrow defeats where a bit more class available might have tipped the balance. It’s not as if we haven’t got used to that over the years.

 

John Vickers’ match report on redimps.co.uk indicates a game where Newport were quickly out of the traps to establish a two goal lead but good pressure from the Imps put them back into contention with a goal, once again from Jamie Taylor but City could not find the goal that would have given them a share of the spoils and they and their supporters returned home musing what might have been.

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