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Teams, Schemes, Stats and A Braintree Battle For The Resurgent Imps.

Jordan Burrow is two in two, equalling his last two terms hauls at Stevenage FC and Morecambe FC , as is Massey, who should be a familiar name  in these parts. But after Altrincham and Barnet FC back to back away wins, we Imps are back at the unbeaten Bank to battle Braintree Town.  Together with the 0-0 against Kidderminster Harriers in the season’s opener, the Imps sit sixth with the Iron an unlucky thirteenth.  But these are early days, where stats startle and that doubtless proves the point, or three, that football matches are contested and won on the field.  League tables mean nothing when the Imps away form sees us top of the pile, whilst our home form puts us 17th and our Iron foe 19th on away current form. So its close then and, with the teams and schemes and stats to follow fortune will favour the brave over 90 minutes tomorrow.   Mmmm Sincil Salivates…………..

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Saturday 23rd August KO 3PM

With the giant and prolific Sean Marks up front with Walker from Hereford, Brown and Diagne will need to be on the ‘tippiest of their toes’. Caprice must quell Daniel Sparks, the sorcerer southpaw, mercurial and more than able to deliver a knockout it seems, with two assists in his first three outings of the season.  Centre-back Massey, a name well-known name on Lincolnshire’s agricultural plains, has top scored with two headers so far this season, but play-maker Davis really pulls the strings in midfield and, has thus far pitched in with a penalty and plenty more besides.

In the red corner, Impdon might just dare to dream. Our own lefty, Sean Newton, is on fire down the flank, suggesting Peters pace could be put to the test, as he aims to add to his three assists in two games. Joyous Jordan Burrow has plundered two of them although Tommo, yet to get off the mark, is not about to handover the crown as goal king at Sincil bank, despite coming from deeper this season.

In the engine room Hamza Bencherif will be stoking the boiler alongside Nolan, a duet akin to beauty and the beast, that could be the spine of the Imps determination to return to the League despite the financial odds. Simmo’s six foot soldiers may be paupers in many ways, but they taught the comparably bejewelled princes of North London a lesson last time out. This despite having to travel down on the day in their own motors, after a mysterious coach mix up to boot. Win this and get a point at top dogs Halifax and Lincoln could have a taste for more than jelly babies this season.

Then again Braintree has a pedigree for passion and upsetting the odds, finishing 6th last season, despite a meagre budget. Devonshire and Simmo it appears can both make silk purses from sows ears, but then they need to in this the people’s Premier League.

What’s grinding the gears on IRON Chatter 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

5 Bencherif 14 Nolan

22 Marshall 8 Power 11 Tomlinson 

9 Burrow

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7 Walker 9 Marks

11 Sparks                                      26 Mulley 

8 Davis 4 Isaac

3 Habergham 2 Brundle 6 Massey 23 Peters

1 Hamann

Devonshire goes  4-4-2

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Statistical head to head

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Saturday 12th Oct KO 3PM

Gary Simpson Manager Alan Devonshire
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-4-2 off
6 Position 13
7 Points 3
4 Goals scored 4
2 Goals conceded 4
0 Yellow cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
14th Position 2012/13 6th
Play-offs Forecast P/off fringes
2-1 V Barnet   Biggest win 3-0 v Dover
n/a Heaviest defeat 1-3 v Chester

Ker-ching

2,598 Total Turnstile Clicks 1,586
2598 Ave Gate 793
2598 v Harriers Hi 800 v Chester
2598 v Harriers Low 786 v Dover

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals
Burrow 2 Massey 2
Robinson 1 Davis 1
Bencherif 1 Mulley 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists
Newton 3 Sparkes 2
Power 1    
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows
Power 1 Marks 1
Nolan 1 Cox 1
Bencherif 1    
Newton 1    
Mendy 1    
Marshall 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds
n/a 0 n/a 0

Current & Overall Form

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 17
Braintree(A) 1 0 2 1 0 1 -1 0 19
Lincoln (A) 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 6 1
Braintree( (H) 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 3 8
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 0 4 2 2 7 6
Braintree 5 1 0 2 4 4 0 3 13
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 5 2 1 0 4 2 2 7 6
Braintree 5 1 0 2 4 4 0 3 13

Historic Tale of the Tape

AT SINCIL BANK (2) AT THE Amlin  (2)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 1 50 Braintree. 1 50
Braintree. 0 0 Lincoln City 1 50
Draws 1 50 Draws 0 0
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 6 3 Braintree. 1 0.5
Braintree. 3 1.5 Lincoln City 3 1.5
ON NEUTRAL GROUND (0) OVERALL (4) MATCHES)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 2 50
Braintree. 0 0   Braintree. 1 25
Draws 0 0 Draws 1 25
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 0 0   Lincoln City 9 2.3
Braintree. 0 0   Braintree. 4 1

 The highlights

HIGH SCORING HIGHLIGHTS
Highest Aggregate 6 Lincoln City  3 –3 Braintree. 2011/12
Best Imps home win 4 Lincoln City  3 – 0 Braintree. 2012/13
Best Iron home win 3 Braintree. 1 – 0 Lincoln City 2011/12

All 4 meetings

Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Tue 26 Mar Braintree  03 Lincoln City Skrill Premier
2012/2013 Tue 06 Nov Lincoln City 30 Braintree  Skrill Premier
2011/2012 Tue 14 Feb Lincoln City 33 Braintree  BSP
2011/2012 Sat 03 Sep Braintree  10 Lincoln City BSP
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Preview Harriers V Imps – Park The Bus Lads!

Kidderminster Harriers raided Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town, Luton Town and Cambridge United to strengthen an already enviable squad, that went from bottom to top last term with that 21 game hot streak to fall at the last in the play-offs.  The Harriers, currently second, can hurt anyone in the Skrill Premier Division. The goals and assist distribution throughout the side suggests they will be a threat all over the park tomorrow. Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson could perhaps be forgiven for parking the team coach in front of our goal and putting a padlock on the hand-break and putting the key in his pocket until half-time at least.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

But Simmo’s Imps have a team spirit and work ethic that can not only frustrate but also come away with at least a point against the injury hit Harriers. Lincoln have been facing insurmountable odds ever since the Sincil Bank computer spewed forth a budget that is laughable for the expectations of a City and fan base that screams Football league status. We make the cut for the Monopoly board but the Bank and the station is anything but able to do big business.  Yet a side has been built that has surprised us, to the extent that we are now bemoaning the fact that we are a target man and winger short of the play-offs with 100’s of the faithful following pied piper Simmo and his six-foot soldiers on their Impquest.

Fowler, the Doncaster recruit and non-League steal Lolley are going great guns even if Dance is missing through suspension with Tolley (in from Mansfield) on the bench and Gash still out. Both Blissett and Lolley scored and soared in the 2-1 win at Southport so Steve Burrs young forward line is hardly a weakness with battering ram Morgan-Smith at its apex. Ex-Imp Gowling and successful trialist Grimes are composed but they won’t fancy Tomlinson if Newton can get beyond Lee Vaughan on their right. Left-back Jackman is no slouch either, but he is beatable if Miller has the free-time given Blissett and cultured Byrne will keep him and his midfield pinned.  It looks tough with a set-piece our best chance one feels.

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Saturday 19th Oct KO 3PM

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Manager Steve Burr
Formation 4-3-3
Position 2012/13 2nd in BSP
STMI Forecast Title Contenders
Average Gate 2123 (Total 14,862)
Away following 202 (1214 Aug/Sept)

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The Potential Team

Steve Burr 4-3-3

23 N Vaughan

2 L Vaughan 15 Grimes 30 Gowling 16 jackman

4 Storer

8 Fowler              7 Byrne

21 Lolley                                      13 Blissett

22 Morgan- Smith

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The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Gash 4 Vaughan 3
Storer 3 Storer 3
Dance 3 Fowler 2
Malbon 3 Gittings 2
Lolley 3 Malbon 2
Morgan-Smith 2 Gash 2
6 players on 1 Morgan-Smith 2
Byrne 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Demitriou 3 Dance 1
Fowler 3
Gowling 2
Vaughan 2
Storer 2
Byrne 2
Gittings 2
Johnson 2
Blissett 2
5 players on 1

Form Comparison 

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Kidderminster (H) 7 5 1 1 14 6 8 16 6
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 15
Lincoln (H) 8 5 1 2 9 3 6 16 6
Kidderminster (A) 8 4 1 3 10 10 0 12 3
Last Five G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Kidderminster 5 3 2 0 8 2 8 11 3
Lincoln 5 1 2 2 5 4 1 5 13
Overall G W D L F A GD Pts
Kidderminster 15 9 2 4 24 16 8 29 2
Lincoln 15 6 4 5 16 12 4 22 10

The Summer Plans

With just Briggs and Collins released manager Steve Burr just keeps on making the Harriers stronger.  Leading BSP goal machine Gash has made the loan deal from Cambridge permanent, although 20 year old young gun Joe Lolley has also joined after banging in 88 goals in 83 games for Littleton in the Midlands Combination.  As if the midfield was not blessed enough Fowler comes in from Doncaster, Tolley from Mansfield, Dance from the Hatters and another unknown, winger Dior Angus a whippet with a wicked cross.  Grimes has also come in as back-up to a defence that has ex-Imp Gowling, Dunkley,Demetriou and Vaughen.

Burr rode out the storm, added Josh Gowling – who was no good for the Imps – then only tinkered with a well oiled machine when injury or the odd tactical change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 was required. Fair is fair, Kiddy deserved to go up last year, the football was sublime, but two results near the end cost them. They did not choke, so lets not look back in anger, because this quality side is unlikely to need to make up that much ground again.

IN Player From Pos Fee
31st July Joe Lolley Littleton For Undis
25th July Jamie Grimes Trialist Def Free
19th June Lee Fowler Doncaster Rov Mid Free
17th June Dior Angus Solihull Winger Undis
10th June Jamie Tolley Mansfield Mid Free
6th June James Dance Luton Mid Free
1st May Michael Gash Cambridge U For Undis
OUT Player To Pos Fee
Released Keith Briggs FC Halifax Mid
Released Mike Williams Altrincham Def

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Harriers 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers
1 Daniel Lewis, 23 Nathan Vaughan

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Defenders
2 Lee Vaughan, 3 Mickey Demetriou, 6 Cheyenne Dunkley, 15 Jamie Grimes, 16 Danny Jackman,  30 Joshua Gowling, 

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Midfield
4 Kyle Storer, 5 Jamie Tolley, 7 Jack Byrne, 8 Lee Fowler, 11 Marvin Johnson, 14 Dior Angus, 17 James Dance, 18 Callum Gittings,

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Forwards
9 Michael Gash, 10 Anthony Malbon, 13 Nathan Blissett, 19 Ryan Rowe, 21 Joe Lolley, 22 Amari Morgan-Smith

 

Preview Imps V Shots: Some Big Names But The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall

Aldershot Town have enlisted from Portsmouth FC (x2), Charlton Athletic, Orient, Millwall FC, Exeter City, Brentford, Torquay Utd, Southend, Burton Albion and Reading FC to allow Andy Scott to assemble the fifth most valuable Skrill Premier Squad on paper.  Lincoln meanwhile have a score to settle against a side that relegated us 3-0 in front of almost 8,000 weeping Imps in May 2011. Besides which the vital top 8 bonus is on the line.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

On-loan Charlton Athletic  keeper Nick Pope, Brentford full Back Emmanuel, Oleyeke, Millwall defender Jake Goodman,  plus the Portsmouth duo of Adam Webster (England U19 centre-back) & Jack Maloney (Right midfield) complement a squad that boosts  football League experience. The Shots are a passing side full of pace and endeavour with Molesley (Exeter) eager to get up and support Brett Williams who signed from Reading FC.  This is a big ask for the Imps shorn of Tomlinson up front, but centre-halves Goodman and Webster have been parted after Webster joined up with the England U19’s last week. England face Slovenia (last night), Andora on Saturday and Switzerland on Tuesday but his omission against the three goal Hatters, albeit one was a penalty, saw Oastler and Goodman less than convincing and suggesting the Imps midfield trio can plunder.

Then again full-backs Barker and Oleyeke will not have come across the quality of Miller and Newton overlapping so successfully from deep this season. The concern, as ever, is the Imps lack of pace and cutting edge, but Miller and Newton can supply the bullets for Fairhurst and Wright to deliver the goods on Saturday. Boyce and Brown will have their hands full against Williams and Molesley too, with Rowlands 60/40 due to compassionate leave, but canny Foster will be there again and he has been cutting reputations down to size for years.  It will be an interesting game with hopefully plenty of goals to boot.

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Manager Andy Scott
Formation 4-1-4-1/4-3-3
Position 2012/13 Relegated from FL
STMI Forecast Play-off fringes
Average Gate 2189 (17,516)
Away following 216 (1294 Aug/Sept)

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The potential Shots team 

Andy Scott 4-3-3 (def)

25 Pope

12 Oleyeke 5 Goodman 2 Oastler 15 Barker

4 Stanley 14 Roberts

24 Young  19 Molesley 22 Gibbs

9 Williams

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The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Williams 6 Stanley 2
Molesley 3 Molesley 2
Roberts 2 Roberts 1
Oleyeke 2 Oleyeke 1
Goodman 1 Williams 1
Oastler 1 Paterson 1
Wickham 1
Paterson 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Oleyeke 3
Oastler 2
Williams 2
Molesley 2
Webster 1
Barker 1
Roberts 1
Stanley 1
Rowlands 1
Young 1

Form Comparison 

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 7 5 1 1 9 2 7 16 4
Aldershot (A) 6 1 2 3 3 4 -1 5 15
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 13
Aldershot (H) 8 4 2 2 14 11 3 14 8
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 8 6 2 7 10
Aldershot 5 1 2 2 5 7 -2 5 13
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 14 6 4 4 16 11 5 22 9
Aldershot* 14 5 4 5 17 15 2 9 23
*10 point deduction

The Summer Plans

When Chelsea agreed a ‘lucrative’ deal to use the Shots’  EBB Stadium, for 25 youth games over the next two seasons (including prestigious European ones as the U19′s will play in Europe), it not only helped to save the club but also ushered in the opportunity for Scott to blood blues youngsters as part of their learning curve .  Funds generated from the aforementioned deal with the generous London Giants will go towards helping the Shots to service their CVA which has swallowed the £250k parachute payment in one.

A consortium led by 4 former directors and assisted by an outpouring by fans finally agreed a takeover on Aug 1st allowing boss Andy Scott to rush the paperwork round to his new recruits who had been waiting patiently and faithfully in the wings. Peter Jackson did the same thing at Huddersfield and went up via the play-offs a decade ago, so the 10 point deduction may not be such a handicap given the talent coming through the door in the last 5 days. Andy is a terrific manager and began the rebuild and achieved the intial League 2 championship success that has turned Brentford into the force they are today.

England U19 defender Webster and full-back-cum-centre-half Goodman from Millwall are two fantastic loans until January. One would have expected more but Scott is clearly waiting to see what Chelsea free-bies he can get as he sticks to a strict CVA budget. Brett Williams (Reading) and Matt Paterson (Burton) will get goals in this league.  The new midfield duo of Mark Molesley (Exeter) and Martin Rowland (Orient) will complement the remaining 6 middlemen, including Captain Craig Stanley, from the Football league days.

IN Player From Pos Fee
8th Aug Glenn Morris Re-signed GK
8th Aug Joe Oastler Torquay Def
8th Aug Martin Rowlands Orient Mid
8th Aug Matt Paterson Burton For
8th Aug Brett Williams Reading For
7th Aug Mark Molesley Exeter Mid
Loans IN Player From Pos Fee 
January Adam Webster Portsmouth Def wages
January Jake Goodman Millwall Def wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
18th June Danny Hylton Rotherham For Free
21st June Troy Brown Cheltenham Def Free
21st June Ross Wormer Wimbledon Keeper Free
29th June Doug Bergqvist Exeter Def Free
6th Aug Craig Reid Southend For Free
Released
16th May 13 made redundant

Having worked as an international  component commodity trader for a former Shots sponsor, not long before their previous demise I will always have a soft spot for the Shots, even if the Imp in me is tinged with a little jealousy, These are exciting times fuelled by that extra spring that always comes from a second lease of life.  So good luck, especially at the Mariners on Saturday, it will still be be down to the ability of a quality side, on paper, being able to blend, but those three remaining loan slots could make for some fabulous football in your season of rebirth.

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Shots 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers
25 Nick Pope 21 Jamie Young, 1 Glenn Morris,

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Defenders
2 Joe Oastler, 3 Anthony Tonkin,  5 Jake Goodman, 6 Adam Webster, 15 Chris Barker, 20 Meshak Douglas,  

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Midfield
4 Craig Stanley, 7 Adam Mekki, 8 Martin Rowlands, 11 Aaron Wickham, 12 Emmanuel Oyeleke, 14 Jordan Roberts, 16 Jack Maloney, 17 Cameron Brown, 19 Mark Molesley, 22 Jaydon Gibbs,   

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Forwards
24 Lewis Young (RW), 9 Matt Paterson, 10 Brett Williams

Lincoln V Aldershot Heroes, Villains & Head-2-Head

After a 0-0 draw against Tamworth FC on the back of a 2-2 at Nuneaton The Imps face Aldershot who have just drawn 3-3 with Luton Town without Ben Tomlinson.  One could deduce the draw but football matches are won and lost on the pitch and generally fly in the face of my stats on a weekly basis.

Thank you for reading The Prof

 

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Saturday 12th Oct KO 3PM

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Hello everyone,  it’s your learned Prof here from the University of Lincoln. Fortunately history also has little relevance, thankfully, as our record even prior to the Shots relegating us is not to good.  The Imps have a better away record than home in the 38 matches played, albeit a 26% success rate.  To cut to the chase, let us look at the facts and stats and remember that games of football are only won and lost out on the pitch.

Gary Simpson Manager Andy Scott
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-3-3 or 4-4-2
9 Position 23
22 Points 9 (10 pts deduction)
16 Goals scored 17
11 Goals conceded 15
22 Yellow cards 15
1 Red Cards 0
16th Position 2012/13 Relegated
Play-offs Forecast Play-off fringes
3-0 V Hyde (H) Biggest win 3-0 V Dartford (H)
2-3 Luton (A) Heaviest defeat 0-3 V Grimsby (H)

Ker-ching

16,725 Total Turnstile Clicks 17,516
2389 Ave Gate 2189
2646 v Salisbury Hi 3138 V Woking
1879 V Southport Low 1740 V Barnet

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Williams 6 Tomlinson 5 Aldershot 3
Molesley 3 Fairhurst 2 Luton 3
Roberts 2 Dixon 2 Lincoln 0
Oleyeke 2 Nolan 2 Tamworth 0
Goodman 1 Miller 2 Aldershot 0
Oastler 1 Rowe 1 Grimsby 3
Wickham 1 Boyce 1 Nuneaton 2
Paterson 1 Power 1 Lincoln 2
        Kidderminster 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Aldershot 0
Stanley 2 Newton 5 Lincoln 3
Molesley 2 Power 3 Hyde 0
Roberts 1 Miller 2 Welling 1
Oleyeke 1 Boyce 1 Aldershot 0
Williams 1 Brown 1 Hereford 1
Paterson 1 Tomlinson 1 Lincoln 0
    Nolan 1 Aldershot 2
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Wrexham 0
Oleyeke 3 Tomlinson 5 Luton 3
Oastler 2 Newton 4 Lincoln 2
Williams 2 Miller 3 Aldershot 3
Molesley 2 Rowe 2 Barnet 3
Webster 1 Jordan 2 Lincoln 1
Barker 1 Foster 1 Southport 0
Roberts 1 Power 1 Hereford 0
Stanley 1 Boyce 1 Aldershot 2
Rowlands 1 Yussuf 1 Barnet 1
Young 1 Gray 1 Lincoln 1
    Nolan 1 Aldershot 1
    Sheridan 1 Macclesfield 0
Villains Reds Villains Reds Lincoln 0
Power 1 Salisbury 1

Current & Overall Form

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 7 5 1 1 9 2 7 16 4
Aldershot (A) 6 1 2 3 3 4 -1 5 15
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 13
Aldershot (H) 8 4 2 2 14 11 3 14 8
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 8 6 2 7 10
Aldershot 5 1 2 2 5 7 -2 5 13
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 14 6 4 4 16 11 5 22 9
Aldershot* 14 5 4 5 17 15 2 9 23
*10 points deduction

Historic Tale of the Tape

At Sincil Bank (19) At The Rec  (19)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 4 21 Aldershot Tn. 9 47.3
Aldershot Tn. 8 42.1 Lincoln City 5 26.3
Draws 7 36.8 Draws 5 26.3
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 24 1.26 Aldershot Tn. 26 1.37
Aldershot Tn. 36 1.89 Lincoln City 17 0.89
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (38 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 9 23.7
Aldershot Tn. 0 0 Aldershot Tn. 17 44.7
Draws 0 0 Draws 12 31.6
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 41 1.1
Aldershot Tn. 0 0 Aldershot Tn. 62 1.6
High scoring Highlights
Highest Aggregate 8 Lincoln City  44 Aldershot 1970/1971
Highest score @ Imps 4 Lincoln City  4 – 4 Aldershot 1970/1971
Highest score @ Shots 4 Aldershot  4 – 0 Lincoln City 1986/1987

The last 10 meetings

Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2010/2011 Sat 07 May Lincoln 0 – 3 Aldershot League Two
Tue 15 Feb Aldershot 2 – 2 Lincoln League Two
2009/2010 Sat 01 May Aldershot 3 – 1 Lincoln League Two
Sat 03 Oct Lincoln 1 – 0 Aldershot League Two
2008/2009 Sat 02 May Lincoln 0 – 2 Aldershot League Two
Tue 25 Nov Aldershot 2 – 0 Lincoln League Two
1990/1991 Sat 23 Mar Aldershot 0 – 3 Lincoln Division 4
Sat 06 Oct Lincoln 2 – 2 Aldershot Division 4
1989/1990 Sat 13 Jan Lincoln 0 – 1 Aldershot Division 4
Sat 26 Aug Aldershot 0 – 1 Lincoln Division 4

Preview: Lincoln V Tamworth – Sincil Bank Battle Looms

The Lambs raided Nottingham Forest, Oxford Utd, Gillingham FC, Fulham FC, Crawley Town, Birmingham City, Bury,  Barrow, AFC Telford and Accrington Stanley over the summer in an ambitious ploy this term.  The huge Peniket (released by Fulham) and Lateef Alliyu from Crawley Town will be a handful up front armed by a very quick and capable midfield quartet but the six-foot soldiers will win this you feel with Wright, Tomlinson and Fairhurst all with points to prove.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Tuesday 8th Oct KO 7.45 PM

For a side with what has traditionally been regarded as a bottom third budget, manager Dave Belford and his chairman have certainly pushed the boat out and will surprise a few this season, not unlike Simmo’s Imps.  Peniket and centre-midfielder Baker have hit the ground running with three goals apiece, but the side has understandably taken time to gel. The 1-0 defeat of Macc who had gone 3 without defeat suggests they are beginning to click with lightning rod Alliyu getting the winner as well as a booking.

The defence has enjoyed a complete rebuild, but in truth a tough spine runs down this team with 23 bookings and two reds on the board already.  This one will be an incident filled battle with a few goals one feels, with the Imps and the Lambs far from shrinking violets.  Peniket is huge and skilful, he will provide a very tough test for Boyce and Brown will be at full stretch to contain Alliyu. Miller and Newton (on 4 yellows now) will also have to deal with Wright and Todd, with Evans on the overlap too. The central midfield partnership has yielded 3 goals from Baker and a couple of assist from Kerry

P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Cambridge United 13 9 4 0 22 6 +16 31
2 Grimsby Town 13 7 3 3 20 13 +7 24
3 Braintree Town 13 7 3 3 18 11 +7 24
4 Nuneaton Town 13 7 3 3 19 16 +3 24
5 Luton Town 13 6 5 2 19 9 +10 23
6 Kidderminster Harriers 13 7 2 4 18 14 +4 23
7 Salisbury City 13 7 2 4 18 14 +4 23
8 Alfreton Town 13 7 1 5 23 21 +2 22
9 Lincoln City 13 6 3 4 16 11 +5 21
17 Tamworth 13 4 3 6 13 19 -6 15

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Manager Dale Belford
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 19th in BSP
STMI Forecast Play-off fringes
Average Gate 968 (2012/13993)
Away following 61 (2012/1388)

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The potential Lambs team 

Dale Belford 4-4-2

1 Belford

2 Evans 6 Richards-Everton 15 Courtney 19 Capaldi

27 Wright 8 Baker 7 Kerry 20 Todd

17 Peniket 26 Alliyu

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The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Baker 3 Kerry 2
Peniket 3 Alliyu 2
Alliyu 1 Thomas 1
Thomas 1 Evans 1
Todd 1    
Jones 1    
Wright 1    
Byfield 1  
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Richards-Ev 5 Richards-Ev 1
Evans 4 Courtney 1
Thomas 3    
Belford 2    
Kerry 2    
Rose 1    
Courtney 1    
Baker 1    
Todd 1    
Peniket 1    
Wright 1    
Alliyu 1

Form Comparison 

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 6 5 0 1 9 2 7 15 5
Tamworth (A) 6 2 1 3 6 10 -4 7 8
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 12
Tamworth (H) 7 2 2 3 7 9 -2 8 18
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 8 6 2 7 10
Tamworth 5 2 0 3 4 8 -4 6 14
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 13 6 3 4 16 11 5 21 9
Tamworth 13 4 3 6 13 19 -6 15 17

The Summer Plans

Despite losing top scorer Cunnington, as well as Tate, to Cambridge and Marcus Kelly going to Forest Green the side is so much stronger this year.  He brings his goalkeeping son in from Bury as a playing assistant and has assembled an admirable back four on paper.  In comes Jack Evans from Gillingham,  Matt Regan from Forest, imperious Jordan Rose from Telford and Tom Eckerslie from Accrington.

Richie Baker, from Barrow, is the only addition in midfield although the trio in his preferred 4-3-3, the loss of Kelly apart, were none too shabby anyway.  Up front the improvement will take some stopping. Peniket from Fulham will plunder this division, Justin Richards certainly still has it in him and Ebanks from Birmingham is top draw.  Let us not forget existing hit-man Darren Byfield who most Conference clubs would love to have in their team.

Belford finished 19th last season,  after replacing Marcus Law who was relieved of his duties in January.   The mission was accomplished last season to halt that alarming slide, but one gets the feeling the Lambs will be well into the top half and perhaps even pushing for the play-offs this time round.

IN Player From Pos Fee
18th July Richard Peniket Fulham For Free
1st July Jack Evans Gillingham Def Free
25th June Cameron Belford Bury Keeper Free
24th June Jordan Rose AFC Telford Def Free
21st June Tom Eckerslie Accrington Def Free
20th June Justin Richards Oxford Utd For Free
24th May Richie Baker Barrow Mid Free
23rd May Matt Regan Nottm Forest Def Free
17th May Deqwon Ebanks Birmingham C For Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
9th May Adam Cunnington Cambridge Utd For undis
9th May Richard Tate Cambridge Utd Def undis
14th June Michael Wylde Alfreton Mid Free
17th July Marcus Kelly Forest Green Mid Free

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The Lambs Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Cameron Belford, 23 James Wren, 31 Dale Belford,

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Defenders
2 Jack Evans, 3 Connor Gudger, 4 Tom Eckersley, 5 Jordan Rose, 6 Ben Richards-Everton, 14 Matty Regan, 15 Duane Courtney,

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Midfield
7 Lloyd Kerry, 8 Richie Baker, 11 Jake Jones, 18 Kaiyne Woolery, 24 Scott James, 30 Scott Lindsey,

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Forwards
9 Justin Richards, 10 Darren Byfield, 16 Stuart Hendrie, 17 Peniket, 22 Deqwon Ebanks, 26 Alliyu

Preview: Imps Looking To Starve Nuneaton Town

A win could see the Imps leapfrog Nuneaton into 2nd but Luton Town, Braintree Town,  Grimsby Town and Kidderminster Harriers would all have to drop points.  But it could kick-start a tough month for the Imps with expectations reaching fever pitch. So a 1-0 to the Mighty Imps will do then!

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Cambridge United 12 8 4 0 21 6 +15 28
2 Nuneaton Town 12 7 2 3 17 14 +3 23
3 Kidderminster Harriers 12 7 1 4 18 14 +4 22
4 Grimsby Town 12 6 3 3 17 13 +4 21
5 Braintree Town 12 6 3 3 15 11 +4 21
6 Luton Town 12 5 5 2 15 6 +9 20
7 Lincoln City 12 6 2 4 14 9 +5 20
8 Salisbury City 12 6 2 4 16 13 +3 20
9 FC Halifax Town 12 6 2 4 20 19 +1 20
10 Barnet 12 5 4 3 22 16 +6 19

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Saturday 5th Oct KO 3 PM

 

Manager Kevin Wilson
Formation 3-5-2 or 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 15th in BSP
STMI Forecast Top 8
Ave Gate 1234
Away following 207

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The Imps face very similar opposition to our good selves with a five man midfield that will make opportunities scarce.  The three central defenders have height and the wing-backs have pace and energy to get up and down the flanks.  Yorke and Newton are the finest two full/wing backs in the Skrill Prwemier and will come face to face tomorrow down their right and our left. Streete has a long throw to match that of Miller or Gray and with the two remaining centre-backs moving up to support strikers Moult and Brown . The set-pieces will be interesting in either box tomorrow to say the least.

The three defeats on the spin have been harsh on Nuneaton who have dominated every game.  They are not second for nothing and the 3-0 defeat at Cambridge could have been very different if luck had gone their way. During the opening 15 minutes of the second half the United keeper made three great saves with the front two also missing a golden opportunity each. Moult the division’s leading sorer, with 9, rarely lets teams off lightly.

The midfield trio are useful having delivered 11 assists already this season suggesting Foster may start as Simmo tinkers with the two in the 4-2-3-1.  Armson (5 assists) Walker (3) and Sleath (3) have terific understanding and swarm to cut down the space with Bell and York quick to support them. Belshaw the England’s University keeper is also keeping out a Nottingham Forest loan keeper. a great shot-stopper he will be hard to beat

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The potential Boro team 

Kevin Wilkin  3-5-2

19 Belshaw

11 Streete 5 Dean 4 Cowan

16 York  13 Sleath 6 Walker 7 Armson 3 Bell

10 Brown 9 Moult

The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Moult 9 Armson 5
Brown 4 Walker 3
Cowan 1 Sleath 3
Armson 1 Brown 1
York 1 Streete 1
Walker 1 Moult 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Streete 3    
Walker 2    
Armson 2    
Sleath 2    
Cowan 1    
Dean 1    
Moult 1    
Brown 1    
Pearson 1  

Form Comparison 

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (A) 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 13
Nuneaton (H) 6 4 1 1 11 6 5 13 5
Lincoln (H) 6 5 0 1 9 2 7 15 4
Nuneaton (A) 6 3 1 2 6 8 -2 10 2
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 7 5 2 7 10
Nuneaton 5 2 0 3 5 9 -4 6 15
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 12 6 2 4 14 9 5 20 7
Nuneaton 12 7 2 3 17 14 3 23 2

With influential Forsdick out for some time versatile Theo Streete may have to come into his own in a defensive rather than midfield role. That would be a shame as the utility man was a massive part of the Alfreton side who more than punched above their weight last term. Phil Trainer was also big cheese at Telford and they fought hard to keep a warhorse who can do a job anywhere in the midfield.  He knows Gavin Cowan from their Telford days too so this side could gel just right.

Greg Pearson got 37 goals in 128 games for Burton with 20 in their promotion season to the Football League. He then slipped down the pecking order after promotion and was shipped out for loan after loan. Still only 28 and at his peak the six-footer will get regular goals at this level if Streete, Trainer and successful trialist and tricky winger Bell can supply the bullets.

James Belshaw the British University keeper who has just finished his degree will have to dislodge loan keeper Dimitri Evtimov who is impressing plenty at home club Forest who have shipped him out for games until October.  Defender Amari Bell has also been borrowed from Birmingham until January at least.

Manager Kevin Wilkin has yet to call in favours from Northampton, but the Birmingham and Forest links look useful.  No team should be classed as relegation candidates at the start of a new season  and Nuneaton certainly deserve all the luck they can get. So does the man who masterminded three promotions to bring the reformed club back from oblivion, kept them up, so who would bet against him doing it again this year.  The Boro, well Town now on paper, may have a bottom three budget but every side Wilkin puts out will be sure to punch well above its weight.

IN Player From Pos Fee
10th June Theo Streete Alfreton Def/Mid Free
1st July Greg Pearson Burton For Free
16th July Phil Trainer AFC Telford Mid Free
30th July Mark Bell trialist Wing Free
31st July James Belshaw from University GK Free
Loans Player From  Pos  Fee 
Oct 16th Dimitar Evtimov Nottm Forest GK Wages
January Amari I Bell Birmingham C Def
Out Player
Released Neil Collett      
Released Steven O’Halloran      
Released R Thompson-Brown    
Released Ben Ford      
Released Tom James      
Released Ben McNamara      
Released Kyle Perry      
Released Kyle Patterson

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Boro Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Dimitar Evtimov, 19 James Belshaw

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Defence
3 Amarii Bell,4 Gavin Cowan, 5 Gareth Dean, 12 David McNamee, 14 Simon Forsdick, 15 Delroy Gordon

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Midfield
6 Adam Walker, 7 James Armson, 8 Jon Adams, 11 Theo Streete, 13 Danny Sleath, 20 Phil Trainer, 21 Mark Bell

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Forwards
9 Louis Moult, 10 Andy Brown, 16 Wesley York (Transfer list), 17 Connor Taylor, 18 Greg Pearson,

 

Preview: Imps Looking To Tan Hyde

Hyde FC are not the soft touch many think but then nor are the Imps determined to get back to winning ways after two long and tough away trips that have cost the team their play-off places and potentially their bonuses unless they can get back into the top 8 and beyond.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

 

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Saturday 27th Sept KO 3 PM

Manager Scott McNiven
Formation 4-4-2 or 4-3-3
Position 2012/13 18th in BSP
STMI Forecast Survival Battle
Ave Gate 607
Away following 57

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Centre backs Luke Ashworth (captain) and Will Haining (in from Morecambe) are a solid pair and despite the 8-0 drubbing on opening day the side are now conceding well under two per game, so Tomlinson will fancy his chances on Saturday. Full-backs Brizell and Griffin are vulnerable however suggesting Miller and Newton could have a field day tomorrow.  Wright  also has the pace if he starts ahead of Fairhurst to really get amongst the goals.  As long as the Imps can find their shooting boots we should be able to punish the tigers at set-pieces too. 

Experienced former Tranmere and Kidderminster midfielder cum winger, Martin Devaney, has signed this week posing a problem for Newton. Man of the moment Miller will also have to watch Mainwaring, who really is the life and soul down their left. The Tigers are a passing side who are not getting the rub of the green, losing by the odd or late goal or two after enjoying much of the possession.  They do tend to shoot themselves in the foot, so if we can keep on loan Blackpool play-maker Tomsett quiet as well as the front two of Spencer and Dieseruvwe, then Lincoln will get back to winning ways. Concede and it could be just the springboard the Tigers have been looking for. 

The potential Tigers team 

Scott McNiven 4-4-2

24 Liversedge

2 Brizell  4 Haining 5 Ashworth  3 Griffin

22 Devaney  6 Tomsett 8 Brown  16 Mainwaring

20 Dieseruvwe 9 Spencer

The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Collins 4 Brown 3
Tomsett 3 Carlton 1
Spencer 1 Almond 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Haining 3 Brizell 1
Griffin 3 Tomsett 1
Tomsett 3    
Brown 3    
Ashworth 1    
Blakeman 1    
Hughes 1    
Dieseruvwe 1    
Spencer 1    
Carlton 1    
Almond 1    

Form Comparison

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 5 4 0 1 6 2 4 12 8
Hyde (A) 5 0 1 4 5 17 -12 1 23
Lincoln (A) 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 13
Hyde (H) 6 0 1 5 3 9 -6 1 24
Last 5
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 7 11
Hyde 5 0 0 5 1 8 -7 0 24
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 11 5 2 4 11 9 3 17 10
Hyde 11 0 2 9 8 26 -16 2 24


The Summer Plans

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Scott McNiven did a fantastic job last year with the consolation mission accomplished way before the 1-5 defeat at home to the Imps on the last day.  In truth they travelled well putting up a spirited display in the face of overwhelming odds. Hyde and Nuneaton have the lowest budgets in the division yet admirably every fan hopes they continue to punch above their weight, unless of course it is at the expense of our own clubs survival.

Scott has used his resources, boosted by a decent fee for striker Scott Hogan (there are lucrative add-ons too should Dales Hill sell him – Birmingham are still monitoring his progress), very wisely again this season promoting ex youth captain Fitzgerald from within.  The defence is also strengthened by the addition of young Preston full-back Adam Thurston and the rather more experienced Will Haining from Morecambe.  He has brought in three midfielders that do come as some surprise however give their clubs.  Matt Mainwaring comes in from relegated Stockport, Connor Hughes from Oldham and the reassuring season long loan of Liam Tomsett from Blackpool. Striker Tom Collins is another great catch from Stockport.

IN Player From Pos Fee
31st May Connor Hughes Oldham Mid Free
3rd July Tom Collins Stockport For Free
16th July Adam Thurston Preston Def Free
5th Aug Matt Mainwaring Stockport Mid Free
5th Aug Will Haining Morecambe Def Free
Loans IN
Season Liam Tomsett Blackpool Mid wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
10th May Scott Hogan Rochdale For Undis

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Hyde Squad 2013/14

Keepers
Dave Carnel, Ashley Frith Defenders Josh Brizell, Luke Ashworth, Adam Griffin, Will Haining, Adam Thurston, Andrew Fitzgerald Midfield Alex Brown, David Poole, Connor Hughes, Tom Collins, Liam Tomsett, Matt Mainwaring Forwards  Scott Spencer, Tom Collins

Profs Head-2-Head Hereford V Lincoln

Hereford’s draw at FC Halifax to end a run of three straight defeats also marked new signing Brodie’s opening goal for the club.  The Bulls are a big physical side and this is sure to be a battle with the Imps coming up against at least  three ex-Imps, Chris Brush, Paul Green and Sam Smith tomorrow night

Thank you for reading The Prof

 

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Tuesday 24th Sept KO 19.45 PM

Hello everyone,  it’s your learned Prof here from the University of Lincoln. After a heart-breaking 2-3 defeat at Luton the mighty Imps need a win tomorrow night. Simmo faces Martin Foyle one of the divisions cleverest and most experienced managers  in a game we must win if we are to keep the pressure on the leaders. To cut to the chase, let us look at the facts and stats and remember that games of football are only won and lost out on the pitch.

Gary Simpson Manager Martin Foyle
4-2-3-1 /various Formation 4-4-2 or 4-3-3
6 Position 15
17 Points 12
11 Goals scored 12
8 Goals conceded 13
13 Yellow cards 12
1 Red Cards 0
16th Position 2012/13 6th 
Play-offs Forecast Top 8
2-0 V Wrexham (H) Biggest win 2-0 V Chester (A)
0-1 V Cambridge (A) 2-3 Luton (A) Heaviest defeat 0-2 V Aldershot (H)

Ker-ching

11,811 Total Turnstile Clicks 7,275
2362 Ave Gate 6363
2642 v Salisbury Hi 2033 V Braintree
1879 V Southport Low 1527 V Welling

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Sharp 2 Tomlinson 4 Halifax 1
Smith 2 Fairhurst 2 Hereford 1
Rankine 2 Rowe 1 Luton 3
Brodie 1 Boyce 1 Lincoln 2
McDonald 1 Nolan 1 Nuneaton 2
Graham 1 Miller 1 Hereford 1
Bush 1 Power 1 Lincoln 1
West 1 Southport 0
Walker 1 Hereford 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Aldershot 2
Rankine 3 Newton 4 Barnet 1
West 1 Miller 2 Lincoln 1
James 1 Boyce 1 Gateshead 2
Graham 1 Brown 1 Hereford 1
Leadbitter 1 Lincoln 0
Purdie 1 Salisbury 1
Smith 1 Hereford 2
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Welling 1
Bush 2 Rowe 2 Dartford 1
Green 2 Tomlinson 2 Lincoln 2
McDonald 1 Foster 2 Alfreton 2
James 1 Newton 2 Hereford 1
Graham 1 Power 1 Lincoln 2
Purdie 1 Gray 1 Wrexham 0
Collins 1 Miller 1 Hereford 1
Polkington 1 Boyce 1 Tamworth 0
Smith 1 Yussuf 1 Cambridge 1
Rankine 1 Imps 0
Villains Reds Villains Reds
Power 1

Current & Overall Form

G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Hereford (H) 4 2 1 1 4 4 7 7 14
Lincoln (A) 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1 5 11
Hereford (A) 6 1 2 3 8 9 -1 5 11
Lincoln (H) 5 4 0 1 6 2 4 12 4
Last 5
Hereford 5 1 1 3 5 8 -3 4 18
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 7 11
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Hereford 10 3 3 4 12 13 -1 12 15
Lincoln 10 5 2 3 11 8 3 17 6

Historic Tale of the Tape

At Lincoln City (20) At Hereford Utd. (20)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 14 70 Hereford Utd. 7 35
Hereford Utd. 2 10 Lincoln City 7 35
Draws 4 20 Draws 6 30
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 41 2.05 Hereford Utd. 25 1.25
Hereford Utd. 20 1.00 Lincoln City 25 1.25
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (40 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 21 52.5
Hereford Utd. 0 0.00 Hereford Utd. 9 22.5
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 10 25
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 66 1.65
Hereford Utd. 0 0.00 Hereford Utd. 45 1.13
High scores
Highest Aggregate 7 Lincoln City  3 – 4 Hereford Utd. 2010/2011
Highest Lincoln City score: 4 Lincoln City  4 – 1 Hereford Utd. 1972/1973
Highest Hereford Utd. score: 4 Lincoln City 1 – 4 Hereford Utd. 2006/2007

 Last 10 matches

Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Sat 16 Feb Hereford Utd. 3 – 2 Lincoln City Blue Sq Premier
Sat 17 Nov Lincoln City 3 – 2 Hereford Utd. Blue Sq Premier
2010/2011 Sat 05 Feb Hereford Utd. 0 – 1 Lincoln City League Two
Sat 08 Jan Lincoln City 3 – 4 Hereford Utd. F.A. Cup
Sat 27 Nov Hereford Utd. 2 – 2 Lincoln City F.A. Cup
Sat 20 Nov Lincoln City 3 – 1 Hereford Utd. League Two
2009/2010 Fri 12 Mar Lincoln City 3 – 1 Hereford Utd. League Two
Tue 02 Feb Hereford Utd. 2 – 0 Lincoln City League Two
2007/2008 Mon 24 Mar Lincoln City 2 – 1 Hereford Utd. League Two
Sat 08 Dec Hereford Utd. 3 – 1 Lincoln City League Two

Preview: Luton Town Result Would Be Really IMPressive

Luton Town may hold no fear for the Mighty Imps but in reality if we get  4  points from the next six, including a point here, we should be chucking our hats in the air like the football fans of yore. Confidence is a great thing but you can guarantee it will not lead to complacency with Simmo and Grant Brown around. On paper the Division’s top budget plays one from the bottom six but fortunately games are played on the pitch.  All the same its David V Goliath as we go look at the form of the foe.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Saturday 21st Sept KO 3PM

Cambridge apart this is the toughest game of the season so far. The Hatters have an embarrassment of riches all over the park, to the extent that Andre Gray and Taiwo were on the bench against Dartford. Benson did the job up front aided and abetted by Guttridge and Lawless in the 3-0 demolition of the Darts.

The switch to 4-2-3-1 from Still’s trusted 4-4-2 double 6 means the Imps will have to go man for man in a congested middle. That will be a tough ask, yes our players have ability but this will have to be a battle of attrition like never before because the Hatters have, pace, cunning and quality. Stevenson another Still find from the lower reaches (Histon) had a terrific game in mid-week and with Howells and Lawless either side of him in the advanced trio Guttridge can also bomb through and get one.

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Manager John Still
Formation 4-4-2 d6 / 4-2-3-1
Position 2012/13 7th in BSP
STMI Forecast  Champions 
Ave Gate  6363
Ave Away following 770

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The potential team & scheme

1 Tyler

25 Henry 5 McNulty 14 Parry 12 Griffiths

21 Guttridge 4 Smith

7 Lawless 28 Stevenson 11 Howells

26 Benson

The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Guttridge 3 Gray 2
Howells 2 Howells 1
Lawless 1 Lawless 1
Taiwo 1 Smith 1
Benson 1 Martin 1
    Benson 1
    Shaw 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Guttridge 2 Wall 1
McNulty 2    
Taiwo 2    
Smith 2    
Parry 1    
Griffiths 1    
Henry 1    
Shaw 1    
Benson 1  

Form Comparison

G W D L F A GD Pts Ranked
Luton (H) 5 2 3 0 6 1 5 9 10
Lincoln (A) 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 5 8
Luton (A) 4 1 1 2 2 3 -1 4 10
Lincoln (H) 5 4 0 1 6 2 4 12 4
Last 5 D GD  PTS  Ranked
Luton 5 2 2 1 5 2 3 8 10
Lincoln 5 3 1 1 6 3 3 10 4
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts  Ranked
Luton 9 3 4 2 8 4 4 13 11
Lincoln 9 5 2 2 9 5 4 17 4

The Summer Plans

Still and Foyle are the cutest of the conference managers and we don’t mean pretty. Still has the funds and pedigree to go with a non-league knowledge that is second to none with 5 championships outside the Football League with different clubs. His contacts in the south-East are second to none using shoestring budgets to get Maidstone & Dagenham into the League with a second promotion for the latter to League 1, thus crowning a meteoric rise for a club born of a merger to keep the two just about on the map. He has won the Isthmian League twice and the southern League once.

Now he has some money behind him to boot the 40.43& win rate will only get better (Managerial stats stand at 6 promotions 1,160 games,  469 wins, 286 draws and 405 defeats at clubs with no cash)

Still is a details kind of guy, a great mentor, but he does not suffer fools gladly and puts sentimentality out with the trash when needed.  Big names have been released or transfer-listed, part due to financial reality at the non-League equivalent of Man Utd, but more to do with a distaste for financial waste. The Hatters further illustrate their financial superiority by spending £40,00 to upgrade the training facility as well as a huge investment to ensure the playing surface will stay in shape throughout the season.

Luke Gutteridge (from Northampton) is a class addition in midfield,  Jim Stevenson (just 21 but Histon’s top scorer last term) a cute one, with winger Shaun Whalley also adding another dimension to a hugely talented existing bunch who will form the quartet.  They will need to be as Still’s favoured 4-4-2 ‘Double 6′ ensures the middle two will do some miles and earn their wages.  Two new defenders, in Adam Parry (the second buy from Southport) and Danny Fitsimons (just 21 big & strong and the second buy from Histon) are very good additions too.

Mark Cullen is an interesting signing up front. After signing a new three and a half year deal at Hull City in 2012 and, doing well on loan, he was released to the Hatters this summer. Playing on loan at relegated Stockport may not have helped his cause but a clinical brace against Barrow shows the 21 year old fox-in-the-box will not be coming here to make up the numbers. He will lean plenty from Andre Gray and John Shaw who Still has managed to keep despite substantial interest.

IN Player From Pos Fee
5th July Luke Guttridge Northampton Mid Free
1st July Danny Fitzsimons Histon Def Undis
1st July Andrew Parry Southport Def Undis
1st July Jim Stevenson Histon Mid Undis
1st July Shaun Whalley Southport Winger Undis
17th May Mark Cullen Hull City For Free
13th May Elliott Justham East Thurrock Keeper Free
Loans Out Player To Pos Fee 
season Dean Brill Inverness Keeper Wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st July Dan Walker Hereford For Free
1st July Simon Ainge FC Halifax Def Free
4th July Danny Spiller No club Mid Free
4th July Greg Taylor Cambridge Def Free
Released Scott Neilson Grimsby Winger  
Released Adam Watkins      
Released Janos Kovacs      
Released Tom Craddock      
Released Stuart Fleetwood      
Released Simon Heslop

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Hatters Squad 2013/14

Keepers 1 Mark Tyler, 16 Elliot Justham, Defenders 3 Danny Fitzsimons, 5 Steve McNulty, 6 Anthony Charles, 12 Scott Griffiths, 14 Andy Parry (Def/Mid), 25 Ronnie Henry (CAP), 32 Brett Longden, 33 Jerome Jibodu, 30 Alex Lacey Midfield 4 Jonathan Smith, 7 Alex Lawless, 8 Solomon Taiwo, 11 Jake Howells, 17 JJ O’Donnell, 18 Dave Martin, 21 Luke Guttridge, 22 Shaun Whalley, 23 Matt Robinson, 28 Jim Stevenson Forwards 9 Jon Shaw, 10 Alex Wall, 13 Mark Cullen, 27 Andre Gray,  31 Jake Woolley

Preview: Southport Are No Mugs But Nor Are Imps

Southport FC may have lost 1-4 to Tamworth FC and drawn 2-2 with Welling UTD but they are organised with pace, power and determination.  The Sandgrounders are another big part time team who will come here to get a scalp and love every minute on the Sincil stage, but they do not travel well and Lincoln are once bitten and twice shy after Salisbury.

 

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Tuesday 17th September KO 19.45

Wright started off with 4-3-3 beating Luton and then Hyde to top the table.  A 3-1 defeat at Nuneaton – who let us be honest have surprised everyone except canny Wilkin –  saw him adopt Simmo’s 4-2-3-1 with varying degrees of success.  Wright has learned under some terrific managers at Villa, Blackpool and Blackburn, a premiership left-back by trade he is no mug.  He loves flying full-backs and, although the Sandgrounders are well organised defensively, that will play into the Imps counter attacking game.

Full-backs Challoner and Fitzpatrick love to get forward with the latter bagging 3 assists to the formers 1 already this season.  Osawe (from Blackburn) has electric pace and can cut inside to devastating effect, the youngster has scored in consecutive games. Hattersley is also up and running and keeping Tame out of the side.  Hattersley and Leadsham have bagged two along with Osawe but Milligan, Chalmers and Almond (just in the hole) are also a goal threat.  The Sandgrounders can therefore get goals from all over the park, but they can also concede them.

The back four will struggle against the Imps.  Flynn, especially, with 4 of the teams 7 yellows this season, he and Tomlinson’s duel is bound to end in tears.  George will also  have a busy one trying to cope with Power and Rowe coming through. Challoner would too against Wright but one feels Sheridan could get the nod to ensure he does not add to his assists tally tomorrow night.   Brown and Milligan work hard but they really do blow hot and cold when it comes to covering  the back four. But then their faux pas seem inconsequential when Chalmers, Almond and Osawe are in full flow.

Potential team

Wright goes 4-2-3-1

Hurst

12 Challoner 5 Flynn 18 George 20 Fitzpatrick

Brown 8 Miiligan

7 Chalmers 11 Almond 21 Osawe

15 Hattersley

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Manager Alan Wright
Formation 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1
Position 2012/13 20th in BSP
STMI Forecast top 8
Ave Gate 1240
Away following 184

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Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Leadsham 2 Fitzpartrick 3
Osawe 2 Milligan 2
Hattersley 2 Brown 1
Tames 1 Chalmers 1
Milligan 1 Challoner 1
Chalmers 1    
Almond 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Flynn 4    
George 1    
Irie-Bi 1    
Chalmers 1

 Form Comparisons

Home / Away                
    G W D L F A GD Pts
7 Lincoln City 4 3 0 1 5 2 3 9
16 Southport 4 1 0 3 4 9 -5 3
                   
  Overall                
    G W D L F A GD Pts
8 Lincoln City 8 4 2 2 8 5 3 14
11 Southport 8 4 1 3 10 12 -2 13

 

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The Summer plans

When Liam Watson left the club in mid April ‘for a break’ his announcement as Telford Boss on May 3rd suggested there may be a story and a storm brewing.   So far he has signed 9 former players who have played under him at one time or another for the Sandgrounders.  He has certainly got the cheque book out in a bid for immediate promotion, yet, in reality, he has taken the heart of a failing team that fell away to miss relegation by one place and by the narrowest of margins.

He has inadvertently done his replacement, Alan Wright, the former Aston Villa defender and legend a favour.  Though tipped by many to struggle, he has worked under Martin Foyle at Northwich Victoria, run the Blackpool centre of Excellence, has a wealth of contacts in the game and has a great grounding in coaching having also played at the highest level under some terrific management teams. He is not your typical ex-pro manager and is an astute tactician and thinker.

Wright’s signings do look to be a great use of a bottom third budget for the division.  As a former defender one would expect him to start from the back. Danny Hurst was a decent keeper at Barrow despite relegation. Defenders Challoner (Blackpool) and Fitzpatrick (New Mills) and free agent Matt Flynn are wise acquisitions.  Luke George can play in defence or midfield and was pulling up roses at Stafford Rangers.

Jamie Milligan from his ex-club Fleetwood is a steadying influence in the middle as is Rutherford from Barrow. Another new midfielder, Scott Brown, helped Chester to promotion and ex manager Neil Young stated that “his attitude and professionalism was an example to others”.  Striker Danny Hattersley arrives from Stockport and he will be some force up front with Steven Tames or Osayamen Osawe in on the eve of the season from Blackburn Rovers.

The managers ascent to greatness is in no way guaranteed, as there are questions over day to day man management skills, fire-fighting the inevitable injury outbreaks and the bedding in of the side; but Watson’s departure could well be a blessing in disguise for a decent prospect and one of the country’s top amateur clubs.  With Luton as the opener the Sandgrounders could surprise a few from day one.

IN Player From Pos Fee
28th June Danny Hattersley Stockport For  
25th June Jamie Milligan Fleetwood Mid  
25th June Paul Rutherford Barrow Mid  
17th May Danny Hurst Barrow Keeper  
2nd July Luke George Stafford Rangers Def/Mid Free
13th July Scott Brown Chester Mid  
13th July Matt Flynn Free agent Def  
25th July Matt Challoner Blackpool Def  
26th July David Fitzpatrick New Mills Def  
8th August Osayamen Osawa Blackburn Striker
OUT Player To Pos Fee
July Alan Moogan AFC Telford    
July Russell Benjamin AFC Telford    
June Simon Grand AFC Telford    
June Neil Byrne AFC Telford    
June Chris Lever AFC Telford    
May Sean Clancy

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Southport 2013/14 Squad

Keepers Danny Hurst, Dave Stevenson Defenders 2 James Smith, 4 Steven Akrigg, 17 Chris Lynch, 23 Liam Willis, Matt Challoner, Luke George, Matthew Flynn, David Fitzpatrick Midfield 7 Aaron Chalmers, 10 Karl Ledsham, 11 Chris Almond, 20 Charlie Joyce, Paul Rutherford, Jamie Milligan, Scott Brown Forwards 9 Steven Tames, 19 Danny Hattersley  21 Osayamen Osawe