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Stats: Nuneaton 2 Lincoln 1 – Teams schemes & Table

Nuneaton beat Lincoln City as  Liam Daish shows his managerial guile again.  His first signing from Leicester, wideboy Adam Dawson delivered less than 12 hours after getting out of the taxi.  A 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 as he is mobbed by Daish’s disciples.  Fowler gets it though. The height advantage pay off again for the Imps as Newton floats a free-kick and Miller powers a downward header straight through the middle.  A moment of real quality from the new  Leicester loanee Andy Dawson.  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.

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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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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.

The Stats & League Table

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Note: shots on includes  goals plus all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed

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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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Stats Teams & Schemes – Lincoln 1 Gateshead 1

Lincoln and Gateshead FC ground out a 1-1 draw after Burnley FC youngster Anderson had given us the leadA great corner from Tomlinson finds Anderson to head home with aplomb for a most unexpected but welcome lead.  The Heed level matters when Oster drives in a corner and Wright finishes with a sweet volley at the far post.

The stats, teams schemes etc  are below – if you want the full blow by blow click here. 

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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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 Subs & substitutions

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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Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

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50 % Ball 50 %

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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The Table  

 

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

Stats: Imps 2 Silkmen 0 – Teams Schemes Heroes & Villains

Lincoln City defeat fancied Macclesfield Town to vanquish the negative headlines. Yes today was  one of those that make an Imp proud again.  The Imps were ahead early doors when Taylor fails to deal with Newtons new newtron bomb throw. It causes a scramble in the box, then some very un-Wibledon head tennis, before the ball falls to the feet of that man Miller. In a matrix moment he  whistles one into the bottom right corner to chime on nine for a vital lead for the Imps. Macc shoot, or rather head themselves in the foot ten minutes later.  Cowan overconfidently heads back to Taylor, Tomlinson gambles, skips round him and slots home for the second.

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Teams & Schemes

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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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Stats & Table

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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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The Table  

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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

 

Stats, Tables, Teams & Schemes – Aldershot V Lincoln City

Aldershot Town and Lincoln City,  were separated by a moment of Brett Williams brilliance as he spun 360 degrees to bury one in the top corner. A full blow-by-blow match report can be found here

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H/T 10
Scorers  Williams 31′ 
Attendance 1582  (1438 Shots  144 Imps )
Ref Mr Hopkins
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Andy Scott goes 4-4-2
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 Stats & Tables then
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Stats & Table

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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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The Table

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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

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

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

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

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

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Teams & schemes

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

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

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 Subs & substitutions

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Second Half

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Stats & Table

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

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The Table

 

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

Line-ups Lincoln City V Torquay United

The Lincoln City and Torquay line-ups are as follows

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Saturday 23rd August KO 3PM

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Teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

17 Caprice 23 Brown 6 Diagne 3 Newton

12 Mendy 14 Nolan

22 Marshall 8 Power  11 Tomlinson 

9 Burrow

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11 Cameron   22 Wakefield   7 Briscoe

16 Richards 8 Young

3 Cruise 23 MacDonald 4 Downes s 2 Tong

1 Rice

Hargreaves goes  4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions

The Imps Bench: 1 Farman, 7 Kabba, 16 Robinson, 10 Leadsham,  4 Jordan
The Gulls Bench:  23 Seabright, 14 Yeoman, 12 Chapell, 10 Ajala, 5 Pearce 

Lincoln V Torquay The Teams, Schemes & Romantic Impish Dreams

Torquay United a team with a penchant for drawing, adjusting to life back in the Conference aka The People’s Premiership. A humorous place where pre-match pints are plentiful, safe from the rapacious realm of the League. Then again the money clubs oft do dominate against the spirited part-time sides, for, this is where any man with the cash for a van – can.  In the second chance Sincil Bank saloon, we Imps have started to fall in love with our club again. Having wiped away the tears, polished our horns and filed our hooves,  sons and daughters of Imdom again make for the San Sincil each week anticipating better things. Is it a dream, why no and it got better on POETS day as Sam-Yorke reported for duty at four.

Mmmm Sincil Salivates…………..

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The challenge:

The on-fire Imps face ex-League opposition Torquay United , a side adjusting to the Division, but, boo-hiss – unbeaten since opening day. After the opener, a 1-3 reverse baptism of fire at fancied Gateshead, the  clipped Gulls have beaten whipping boys Welling and, drawn three games, including a blood guts and bruising battle that saw more cards than Christmas, Gulls-wise 3 yellows and a red for Bowman. He will miss the last of his three games (violent conduct) against City but there is plenty more to worry about from the footballing cream of East Devon.

Chris Hargreaves has fashioned a strong and robust side that have become draw specialists.  Very much a conventional 4-4-2 the two wingers are quick and skilful. Chapel is an ex-Blade and Cameron started out at Northampton, was pinched by Villa at a young age then sold to Rotherham.  Cameron leads the goal charts (2) and the assists (2). So the Gulls are pacey and tricky out wide, but, they are also big and strong and quick up top. The front two Imps will be familiar with  in Acheampong (Barnet) and Ajala (Welling) with the latter playing off the former, the two can be a handful for Brownie & Diagne.

The full-backs will have problems against Newton and Caprice, but then who hasn’t this season thus far. We will be missing Hamza, although there are plenty of options including Ledsham who appears fully fit again. Tomlinson and Burrow will give Downes and Ives a torrid time.  That said the duo are a decent centre-back pairing but the pace of the trio running from deep, is not the cosmopolitan formation they are used to dealing with.

It will be an interesting game between two counter-attacking sides, with any result possible.  Hats off to any Gulls who make a very long trip indeed.

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Saturday 23rd August KO 3PM

With

What’s grinding the gears on the foes  FANS Forum

Potential teams & schemes

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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 10 Ledsham 11 Tomlinson 

9 Burrow

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10 Ajala  24 Acheampong

11 Cameron                                   12 Chapell

16 Richards 8 Young

25 MacDonald 4 Downes 25 Ives 2 Tong

1 Rice

Hargreaves goes  4-4-2

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Statistical head to head…………

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Saturday 30th Oct KO 3PM

Gary Simpson Manager Chris Hargreaves
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-4-2
5 Position 14
10 Points 6
9 Goals scored 5
7 Goals conceded 4
13 Yellow cards 6
1 Red Cards 1
14th Position 2012/13 Relegated
Play-offs Forecast Top 8
3-2 V Braintree Biggest win 3-0 V Welling
2-3 V Halifax Heaviest defeat 1-3 V Gateshead

Ker-ching

4,829 Total Turnstile Clicks 6,027
2414 Ave Gate 2,009
2598 v Harriers Hi 2,135 V Aldershot
2231 V Braintree Low 1,895 Welling

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results  
Bencherif 3 Cameron 2 Torquay 1
Burrow 2 Ajala 1 Aldershot 1
Tomlinson 2 Briscoe 1 FC Halifax 3
Robinson 1 Bowman 1 Lincoln 2
Newton 1 . . Dartford 0
. . . . Torquay 0
. . . . Lincoln 3
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Braintree 2
Newton 4 Cameron 2 Torquay 0
Power 1 Acheampong 1 Southport 0
Nolan 1 . . Barnet 1
. . . . Lincoln 2
. . . . Torquay 3
. . . . Welling 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Altrincham 0
Power 2 Downes 2 Lincoln 0
Bencherif 2 Young 2 Gateshead 3
Newton 2 MacDonald 1 Torquay 1
Mendy 2 Acheampong 1 Lincoln 0
Nolan 1 . . Kidderminster 0
Marshall 1 . . .  
Caprice 1 . . .  
Tomlinson 1 . . .  
Diagne 1 . . .  
Villains Reds Villains Reds .  
Bencherif 1 Bowman 1 .

Current & Overall Form

Form                  
  G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4 11
Torquay(A) 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1 16
Torquay (H) 3 1 2 0 4 1 3 6 9
Lincoln (A) 3 2 0 1 6 5 1 6 5
Last Five                  
  G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 5 3 1 1 9 7 3 10 5
Torquay 5 1 3 1 5 4 1 6 14
Overall                  
  G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 5 3 1 1 9 7 3 10 5
Torquay 5 1 3 1 5 4 1 6 14

Historic Tale of the Tape

At Sincil Bank (30) At Plainmoor (30)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 15 50 Torquay Utd. 13 43
Torquay Utd. 7 23 Lincoln City 12 40
Draws 8 27   Draws 5 17
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 54 1.8 Torquay Utd. 47 1.6
Torquay Utd. 32 1 Lincoln City 46 1.5
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (60 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 0 0   Lincoln City 27 45
Torquay Utd. 0 0   Torquay Utd. 20 33
Draws 0 0   Draws 13 22
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Lincoln City 0 0   Lincoln City 100 1.7
Torquay Utd. 0 0 Torquay Utd. 79 1.3
The Highlights  
High scoring games
Highest Aggregate 7 Torquay Utd. 52 Lincoln City 99/00
Highest Lincoln score: 5 Lincoln City 50 Torquay Utd. 95/96
Highest Torquay score: 5 Torquay Utd. 52 Lincoln City 99/00

The Last 10 meetings

Season Date Home Score Away Competition
10/11 Sat 02 Apr Torquay Utd. 20 Lincoln City League Two
Sat 14 Aug Lincoln City 02 Torquay Utd. League Two
09/10 Sat 20 Mar Torquay Utd. 23 Lincoln City League Two
Sat 24 Oct Lincoln City 00 Torquay Utd. League Two
06/07 Sat 10 Feb Lincoln City 10 Torquay Utd. League Two
Sat 12 Aug Torquay Utd. 12 Lincoln City League Two
05/06 Sat 11 Feb Lincoln City 20 Torquay Utd. League Two
Sat 24 Sep Torquay Utd. 21 Lincoln City League Two
03/04 Sat 17 Jan Lincoln City 1 3 Torquay Utd. Division Three
Sat 16 Aug Torquay Utd. 10 Lincoln City Division Three

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

Shaymen & Imps Team Line-ups – Diagne Shock Reprieve

Tony Diagne will play against FC Halifax today following a successful appeal against his red card. Maybe the luck is turning our way at long last. In reality justice has been served as he was not the last man.

Thanks for reading STMI

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 Teams & schemes

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Aspin goes 4-2-1-2-1
27 Glennon
2 Bolton 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  5 Bencherif  8 Power
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  6 Diagne  23 Brown  17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs 

The Shaymen Bench:  1 Senior, 6 Ainge, 15 K Roberts, 9 Jackson, 22 Schofield
The Imps Bench: 1 Farman, 7 Kabba, 16 Robinson, 10 Leadsham, 22 Marshall

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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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