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Leeds Cellino, Sheffield Wednesday’s Milan & Lincoln City’s Chris Moyses: 3 Saviours Key Week

Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Lincoln City are three clubs that deserve a break. Yes there are probably plenty of others that can put a decent case for success from tiers two to five in the football pyramid, yet the loyalty of  the supporters of these three have been tested to the limit given the heritage of the clubs and, the potential to compete at much higher levels. Were it not for three heroes the respective clubs would have buckled financially. As for the weight of expectation, well that is the thing that will ensure these three institutions will rise again, despite the challenges that still confront them, with the next seven days pretty key.

emblem Massimo Cellino faces the Football League this week, defending his right to continue to lead Leeds back from the brink.  If anyone is fit and proper in the people’s game it is one of the most passionate men in football.  A dream come true for the vulture press, from comedy of errors to villain to hero, the man holding folding for The Whites, has gone through managers almost as fast as the Leeds cash cow has gone through the Italian’s greens. Yet the fans love him – over twenty thousand signed a petition to get the League to change their mind –  yet still the League seek to ban him from being chairman until the middle of March.

emblemThis is a man who went in with the away support and sang during a hammering at Brentford, in that moment he epitomised and bonded – apt given the Leeds anthem Marching on Together, something that has kept this fantastic football club alive as it lurched from one crisis to another. You would think one on the League committee would realise that as he was a steward of the club during a head-on cash crash. Oh Massimo, insane no, idiosyncratic certainly, passionate definitely, Massimo Cellino is the man for all seasons – for all the right and just a technicality or two of wrong reasons.

emblemLeeds lost £23 million last season as they attempted to turn a huge ship. Think of an oil tanker that you need to put in reverse to ensure it stops in three miles time.  The League made no exceptions and promptly slapped a transfer embargo on a Leeds side that has youth at its heart but needs a few older heads to ensure it survives a relegation battle this season.  Love them or hate them football needs Leeds far more than it needs a committee that is quite happy to ignore parachute payment inequality yet preside over matters of fit proper and fairness as it munches through the prawn fuelled by financial windfalls from The Premiership.

Badge of Sheffield WednesdayTwo Christmas’ ago Milan Mandarić, the saviour of Sheffield Wednesday went round the Sheffield Children’s hospital. He ensured the board and players were there to a man and of course Owl, giving time and care with Milan doing every single bed personally.  One who clearly cares he had saved the club and this latest modest gesture made me realise  why he deserved the huge banner in the kop – yes Liverpool do not have the monopoly on that or home end passion whatever the media tell you. The message red  ‘The city is ours – Xbajia Milan’, (thank you’ in Serbian, Milan’s native tongue.

Badge of Sheffield WednesdayMilan has gone on to get the Owls promoted from League One humility – perhaps the hard earned virtues of the steel artisans – and then plugged £5 million a season losses in the championship, This has paved the way for Stuart Gray to cobble together a side that is four points from the play-offs. This, in the face of competition from the ex-Premiership princes who are rewarded with parachute payments in exchange for failure. Four thousand saw rebate rewarded Fulham beat the Owls 4-0 but they were unbowed. A packed away end at Forest yesterday sang non-stop and was rewarded with a 2-0 win over a side that spent big and nicked a much prized Owl to boot! Timely? Could be as this week a Thai consortium could well make some of the most incredible supporters in world football’s dreams come true, but only if Milan feels they care deeply for the club and can do it justice.

Badge of Sheffield WednesdayThe Owls had a deal collapse for £40 million in the autumn, this one will be ten million less, so it is not about money for Milan it is about passing a torch. A torch that lit the touch paper for the peoples’s game. For Sheffield rules football is where it all started, the steel city is arguably still the spiritual home of football. It was the birthplace and therefore to say The Wednesday have as much a top-flight birthright as The Arsenal, seems more than fair. A quick completion of the deal with the Serbian remaining as steward could give Gray the three players he needs in the window – and just maybe a fair wind to the promised land. It would be one in the eye for Fulham who spent £11 million on Leeds McCormack in August and Forest who robbed The Owls blind for winger Michail Antonio in the summer.

Lincoln city (2014).pngSo to Lincoln a club that has seen committee culture and poor stewardship ensure it has failed to realise its fantastic potential and even fall from the Football League. Where the City went forward the club did not until a local lad with gas connections, Chris Moyses, started putting his own money into the team recently. He needs to Lincoln are losing money and the team and budget continues to suffer with the fans suffering death by a thousand cuts as teams continue to scalp perceived giants in the Conference.  After beating the bottom feeders, a 3-1 win at local rivals Grimsby – thanks to a wonder goal from Charlee Adams (a Birmingham loan thanks to Moyses) – the Mighty Imps trounced top-dogs Barnet 4-1. Both Grimsby and Barnet have budgets 3 and 4 times more than Lincoln respectively.

Lincoln city (2014).pngYesterday 10-man Lincoln lost 4-0 to Eastleigh who missed four penalties and moved into fifth.  For the long suffering Imps it could have been just a bad day at the office, yet they still sit five points off Eastleigh and the play-offs. Yet one feels that Chris Moyses will continue to put football first at Lincoln now that he is a managing director in football terms ie the manager and a director. Lincoln pioneered that concept when chairman John Reames combined both roles. He also wore his heart on his shirt and Lincoln did see exciting times under him, albeit when he was back in the directors box.

Lincoln city (2014).pngLincoln hold the record for returns to the Football League and, although this may be a season too early perhaps the Moyses approach can work. He too is at a key moment this week. A win over Aldershot – the side that relegated The Imps in front of a teary battle weary 8,000 at Sincil Bank – will see his philosophy continue to restore the fantastic faith the Imps have. Defeat will be a sad slap in the face for the first Lincoln green shoots for many a season.

Lincoln city (2014).pngThe local lad, who is Lincoln born and bred and was a well-known face on the terraces in his time, has told his team to play their football as opposed to worrying about the competition. Brave indeed but when a youngster like Connor Robinson rounds off the rout in a 4-1 win over Barnet you know there is pride in his side. If that can infect the missing thousands Lincoln will return to the promised land. The City can and will sustain a Championship team one day.

 

 

Conference Wrap – It Rains Goals & Crowds in the People’s Premiership

Woking FC Win   Barnet FC, Gateshead FC ,  Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers draw FC Halifax Torquay Utd & Wrexham FC lose in front of 8,163. Yes you did read that correctly just one of the top seven  won on a day when it rained goals in the Vanarama Conference Premier aka the People’s Premiership. The Mighty Imps beat AFC Telford to end the slump and thus move to within seven points of the play-offs (or 6 from relegation depending on whether your glass is half full or not.  Grab that beverage and some popcorn for some crackle, pop and snap because it is time for Neil’s big, fat Conference Premier wrap.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Barnet buzzed as Mad Dog’s men swarmed to three up thanks to  a gem of a Lopez free-kick on 32. Ditto  Cook 38′ and then the Akinde cometh on  43′ to complete a whirlwind move.  Everyone will be after the Steve Burr recipe for half-time tea as The Harriers achieved  three second-half flyby in return.  Gash smashed on 58′ before two corners from Nicholson found the head of Blissett on 80′ and 82′.

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Woking and Eastleigh do look as if they will continue to surprise a few and perhaps even last the distance with a couple of stand-out results.  Rendell 52′Morgan 66′ and Payne 90′ did the damage for the wild Cards at Altrincham as Woking’s passing game exposed the ten- man hosts who finished with nine after an injury the Crowther.   Eastleigh stormed back to dump the Shaymen fifth.  FC Halifax went a goal up though a Boden penalty on 16′.  Then it was all rhyme as Reason 22′ Green 53′ Fleetwood 76′ and Strevens 90 sent most of the 1500 home happy.  The Spitfires are  soaring high above the clouds on and off the pitch with that new 2200 away end ready for the FA Cup and the big games ahead.

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Gateshead draw again, this time at Forest Green , with Rovers now unbeaten now in four.  Parkin finished a fine move for the hosts on 71′ before Howe got swept home an equaliser just 6 minutes later to crown his début.   Ten-man Aldershot held Bristol Rovers in a stormer of a 2-2 draw. The Shots went ahead with a Williams penalty on  16′ (pen) after Parkes tried to play second keeper. Rovers replied with Monkhouse on 42′ and then went ahead with a penalty of their own from Taylor 68′. Roberts then decided to play the ‘panto’ hero and villain hitting a whistler into the top corner on 77′ before the one owned by the referee called time on his contribution with a yellow.

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  Torquay travelled to Alfreton with the Reds all but dead and second from bottom. They are still there but after this wonderful 4-2 win the gap from salvation is just one win away.  The hosts took the lead through Hawley 18′, before Briscoe curled in a beauty on the half hour. Shaw put Alfreton 2-1 up on the  stroke of half-time  but Briscoe bagged his brace on 54′ to square matters.   Clayton made it  three-two with a chip to grace Cleethorpes on 70′ before Hawley brought the house down to celebrate his own double.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Reds will want to have an eye on Dartford rather than Southport,  gaffer Gary Brabin continues to refresh the parts other men cannot reach as two loans, George 69′ and super-sub Bakayoko 84′ secured the points with a 2-0 win at Alan Devonshire’s Braintree. Welling did themselves a favour with a 4-1 win home win over fellow strugglers Nuneaton to pull further away from the trapdoor.  As did Dover with a 2-0 win over Chester.  Dartford earned a vital point at home to high-flying Macclesfield to keep them one place above Southport now unbeaten in two. Brabin’s boys have taken four points in his first five days, to sit one place above  the drop zone.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham celebrated their 150th year in front of 8163 – well almost.  Carrington brought down Thomas to allow John-Lewis to convert from the spot on 28′ and the Dragons huffed and puffed and passed, yet could not blow the trawler onto the rocks.  During a second half reminiscent of the tempest it was poetry and passion in motion with Moult sent off for ‘fistycuffs ‘ with Disley.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales:

“To get such a fantastic gate and to play in the manner that we did for long spells of the first half was really disappointing. “We came out and gave a better account of ourselves up until the sending off in the second half. “We had Grimsby camped in and it’s important you keep 11 men on the field. “I didn’t see what the sending off was for but on my understanding it was for a stamp, if that’s the case we can’t have any complaints.”

Indeed Kevin, I too have peripheral vision issues with my right eye.

 

3466 Aldershot Town 2 2 Bristol Rovers
REPORTS B Williams 16 pen , Roberts 77, . . A Monkhouse 42 , M Taylor  68 pen
736 Alfreton Town 4 2 Torquay United
REPORTS Hawley 18 & 77 , Shaw 45 , Clayton 70 . . Briscoe 32 & 54 ,
1218 Altrincham 0 3 Woking
REPORTS . . . Rendell 52 , Morgan 66 , Payne 91
1689 Barnet 3 3 Kidderminster Harriers
REPORTS Luisma 32 , Cook 38 , Akinde 43 , . . Gash 58 , Blissett 80 , Blissett 82 ,
810 Braintree Town 0 2 Southport
REPORTS . . . George 69 , Bakayoko 84 ,
1063 Dartford 1 1 Macclesfield Town
REPORTS Hayes 85 , . . Barnes-Homer 87 ,
1009 Dover Athletic 2 0 Chester FC
REPORTS Essam 64 , OG-Heneghan 47 . . .
1498 Eastleigh 4 1 FC Halifax Town
REPORTS Reason 22 , Green 53 , Fleetwood 76 , Strevens 90 , . . D Hattersley 16 pen ,
1217 Forest Green Rovers 1 1 Gateshead FC
REPORTS J Parkin 71 , . . Howe 77
2529 Lincoln City FC 2 0 AFC Telford Utd
REPORTS Newton 63 pen , Tomlinson 76 , . . .
614 Welling United 4 1 Nuneaton Town
REPORTS Beautyman 19 & 45+1 , Marsh 72  & 74, . . Dean 23 ,
8163 Wrexham 0 1 Grimsby Town
REPORTS . . . John-Lewis 28 pen ,


The Table  
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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 16 10 3 3 36 13 +23 33
2 Woking 15 9 3 3 29 14 +15 30
3 Gateshead 16 8 6 2 28 19 +9 30
4 Bristol Rovers 16 8 5 3 20 15 +5 29
5 FC Halifax Town 16 8 4 4 28 18 +10 28
6 Torquay United 15 8 3 4 27 16 +11 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 16 7 6 3 21 15 +6 27
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16 7 5 4 22 15 +7 26
9 Wrexham 16 8 2 6 21 19 +2 26
10 Macclesfield Town 16 6 7 3 19 14 +5 25
11 Grimsby Town 16 6 6 4 26 12 +14 24
12 Eastleigh 15 6 5 4 25 21 +4 23
13 Lincoln City 16 6 3 7 25 27 -2 21
14 Braintree Town 15 6 2 7 20 17 +3 20
15 Aldershot Town 16 5 5 6 17 18 -1 20
16 Chester 16 6 2 8 16 26 -10 20
17 Welling United 16 4 6 6 22 24 -2 18
18 Dover Athletic 16 5 2 9 18 26 -8 17
19 Dartford 16 3 6 7 16 23 -7 15
20 Southport 16 4 3 9 16 28 -12 15
21 Altrincham 16 4 3 9 16 33 -17 15
22 Nuneaton Town 16 4 2 10 12 28 -16 14
23 Alfreton Town 16 4 1 11 15 34 -19 13
24 AFC Telford United 16 1 4 11 19 39 -20 7

Imps V AFC Telford Can Imps Break The Mould?

AFC Telford and, the phrase three times a charm comes to mind for Lincoln City.  Having lost to Nuneaton and Southport, we now face Liam Watson’s bottom feeders Telford. That Lincoln sit just one point and one place above them in the current form table. Says something. We are 22nd, Telford 23rd and Southport 24th.  The fates have conspired against us, but not Watson who  left Southport to join the relegated Telford  and turn them into Conference North Champions last season.

 

Watson has struggled as has Simmo. According to BBC Radio Lincolnshire last night he needs to deliver in the next two games.  Pressure then with Hamza the fourth red of the season (we had one rescinded remember) missing too today. We will leave the stats this week as they are as depressing as the current mood amongst the fantastic fans of our football club.  Well, save the table below which illustrates that a two or three goal win today would put a different completion on a run that see yet another manager failing to deliver what we feel is our birthright at this club. I am afraid that is down to a competitive budget and an ambitious board. Fear not, I wont be discussing that again as it has seen myself and three others banned indefinitely from Sincil Bank.  Sincil Silence is clearly golden.  If the club can spring back it would appear those players awaiting new deals from the summer will indeed be finally offered new ones. If not they will be sold in the winter window, doubtless fetching a pretty penny with five just months until the summer window.

 

. Team W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bristol Rovers 4 2 0 9 3 6 14
13 Macclesfield Town 2 2 2 8 7 1 8
14 Braintree Town 2 2 2 7 6 1 8
15 Dartford 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
16 Dover Athletic 2 1 3 8 8 0 7
17 Aldershot Town 2 1 3 5 8 -3 7
18 Altrincham 2 1 3 4 14 -10 7
19 Eastleigh 1 3 2 7 10 -3 6
20 Nuneaton Town 2 0 4 7 10 -3 6
21 Alfreton Town 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
22 Lincoln City 1 2 3 7 9 -2 5
23 AFC Telford Utd 1 1 4 8 15 -7 4
24 Southport 1 1 4 6 14 -8 4

 

Southport 3 Imps 3 It Rains Goals as Hamza sees Red

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

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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

Teams & schemes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second half. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

The Stats & League Table

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

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50 % Ball 50 %

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

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The Table

 

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

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Southport V Imps – Brabin Planning Tuesday Rumble in the 6-Pointer.

After the Nuneaton Town under Daish, Southport FC under former Luton Town & Cambridge United manager Gary Brabin is not an enticing thought on a Tuesday night.  Yes after the no show The Sandgrounders are another side who have appointed a new manager. STMI were the first to break the news last night and feared the worst – are we cursed? In truth we were also still gutted gutted that he had agreed personal terms so early in the day because Brabin can now call in favours from all his mates in the North-West (Gary’s born and bread in Liverpool so forget porridge because raw meat scouse and 4-4-2 builds football teams in these parts) and potentially have the cabs there for this afternoon.  A manager with a 49.6% win rate in the non-League has clearly been waiting for the right job since Luton discarded him in 2012. He also waited a year before returning after Cambridge – and that was for the Luton job.

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The Challenge

Bring back Martin Foyle because Gary Brabin’s side will be bang up for it. They will be wanting to prove a point to the manager and Brabin will be wanting to prove a point to a Lincoln board that  passed him by  not that long ago.  As to whether he can turn Southport who really battled back twice before going down 2-5 at home to Woking, well that is the big question.  The Imps will be missing Anderson and Hamza, while MacDonald went off injured for ‘Port at the weekend.

Brodie and Luke Foster  might also want The Imps to think they should have tried a little harder in recent years too. Challoner  and Fitzpatrick are useful yet Newton and Miller can really get to grips with that back four.  As to whether Brabin will revert to the 3-5-2 that got the smash and grab 1-0 at the Cods or go with his preferred 4-4-2 for his first game is anyone’s guess.  One thing is for sure we play a part-time side that can pay more than we can, otherwise Mr Brabin would not have put his slippers in the oven and come out on a wet and windy Tuesday night. Then again they are his local club.

Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Southport 8 April 2008 23 June 2008 7 5 0 2 71.43
Cambridge United 23 June 2008 13 July 2009 54 27 14 13 50.00
Luton Town 28 March 2011 31 March 2012 62 29 22 11 46.77
Total 123 61 36 26 49.59

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Ground guide

What is being chewed over on the foes  FANS Forum

Tickets

Seating: Adults £15 Concessions £11 Under 19’s £5 Terrace: Adults £13.50 Concessions £10 Under 19’s £5 Under 11’s accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Gary Brabin goes 4-4-2
19 Raja
2 Challoner 6 Foster 5 Collins 3 Fitzpatrick
12 Lynch 4 Kay 8 George 11 Brogan
 10 Brodie 17 Dyer
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23 Sam-Yorke 11 Tomlinson   22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  6 Diagne  5 Brown 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-3-3-

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 Statistical head to head

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Gary Brabin Manager Gary Simpson
4-5-1 / 4-3-3 Formation 4-2-3-1
21 Position 15
20 Points 13
11 Goals scored 20
25 Goals conceded 24
16 Yellow cards 23
1 Red Cards 3
18th Position 2013/14 14th
Bottom half Forecast To half
n/a Biggest win 2-0 v Macc
n/a Heaviest defeat 1-3 V Gulls 

Ker-ching

5,817 Total Turnstile Clicks 20,007
821 Ave Gate 2858
1202 V Bristol R Hi 5209 V Grimsby
730 v Woking Low 2231 V Braintree

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Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results .
Brodie 2 Burrow 6 Southport 2
Connor 2 Bencherif 4 Woking 5
Foster 2 Tomlinson 4 Nuneaton 2
Hattersley 1 Newton 3 Lincoln 1
Gorman 1 Robinson 1 Grimsby 0
Fitzpatrick 1 Miller 1 Southport 1
. . Anderson 1 Lincoln 1
. . . . Gateshead 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Southport 0
Fitzpatrick 1 Newton 7 Bristol R 1
Hattersley 1 Tomlinson 5 Lincoln 2
Gorman 1 Power 1 Macclesfield 0
. . Nolan 1 Macclesfield 3
. . . . Southport 0
. . . . Aldershot 1
. . . . Lincoln 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Chester 2
George 5 Newton 5 Southport 0
Brodie 3 Mendy 3 Welling 2
kay 2 Power 3 Lincoln 0
Mitchell 1 Bencherif 3 Southport 0
McDonald 1 Tomlinson 2 Alfreton 2
Challoner 1 Diagne 2 Lincoln 2
Rutherford 1 Caprice 1 Bristol R 3
Fitzpatrick 1 Nolan 1 Southport 1
 6 others 1 Marshall 1 Kidderminster 0
. . Brown 1 Lincoln 3
. . Miller 1 Grimsby 2
Villains Reds Villains Reds Eastleigh 2
Brodie 1 Bencherif 1 Southport 1
. . Brown 1 Woking 3
. . Burrow 1 Lincoln 1

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Form . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Southport (H) 7 2 0 5 5 12 -7 6 21
Lincoln (A) 7 2 0 5 8 13 -3 6 15
Lincoln (H) 7 3 2 2 12 11 1 11 16
Southport (A) 7 1 2 4 6 13 -7 9 23
Last Six . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 6 1 1 4 6 9 -3 4 22
Southport 6 1 0 5 3 13 -4 4 24
Overall . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 14 5 2 7 20 24 -3 16 15
Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11 21

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Results Total % Results Total %
Southport 16 48.48 Lincoln City 21 63.64
Lincoln City 7 21.21 Southport 5 15.15
Draws 10 30.30 Draws 7 21.21
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Southport 63 1.91 Lincoln City 81 2.45
Lincoln City 48 1.45 Southport 30 0.91
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (66 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Southport 0 0.00 Southport 21 31.82
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 28 42.42
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 17 25.76
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Southport 0 0.00 Southport 93 1.41
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 129 1.95

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Records
Highest Aggregate 8 Southport 4 – 4 Lincoln City 1964/1965
Highest Southport score: 5 Southport 5 – 1 Lincoln City 1965/1966
Highest Lincoln City score: 7 Lincoln City 7 – 0 Southport 1931/1932

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Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Sat 09 Mar Lincoln City 1 – 0 Southport (Conference) Premier
Tue 08 Jan Southport 4 – 2 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
2011/2012 Tue 24 Jan Lincoln City 2 – 0 Southport (Conference) Premier
Sat 13 Aug Southport 2 – 2 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
1975/1976 Wed 25 Feb Lincoln City 6 – 0 Southport Fourth Division
Wed 24 Sep Southport 1 – 2 Lincoln City Fourth Division
1974/1975 Mon 28 Apr Southport 3 – 2 Lincoln City Fourth Division
Wed 18 Sep Lincoln City 1 – 1 Southport Fourth Division
1972/1973 Sat 14 Apr Southport 1 – 0 Lincoln City Fourth Division
Wed 21 Mar Lincoln City 3 – 1 Southport Fourth D

 

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Foyle Out Question is Will Ex Luton Gaffer Brabin Be In For Imps 6-pointer?

Former Port Vale, York City, Wrexham FC and Hereford United manager Martin Foyle has been sacked by Southport ahead of the massive 6-pointer against the Imps on Tuesday. The question is will Luton Town cast-off Gary Brabin (massively backed compared to John Still who actually succeeded) get the job in time to have any influence as the Sandgrounders attempt to lift themselves out of the bottom four with a home win over the Imps? We have already faced new manager syndrome at Nuneaton who got everything going including two goals that would try the belief and patience of a saint.

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Port Vale gave Martin Foyle his first managerial job a decade ago but despite his reputation as a coach who can work within a restricted budget he has not had a lot of luck at any of his clubs as the table below shows. He did get York City to the play-off final in 2009/10 (beaten by Oxford) as well as the FA Cup third round. The following season saw the Minstermen drop to 15th and part company with him. Northwich Victoria took a chance and he guided them to the runners up spot in the NPL before financial issues robbed him and them of promotion. The Hereford gig was just another financial train wreck although he did get them into play-off contention as well as developing Sam Clucas into a wideman goal machine who went on to fetch some decent money. Alas it was swallowed by the black hole.

Team Start End Record
G W D L Win %
Port Vale 13 February 2004 26 September 2007 184 68 34 82 36.96
Wrexham (caretaker) 27 September 2008 2 October 2008 1 0 1 0 0.00
York City 24 November 2008 24 September 2010 102 44 30 28 43.14
Northwich Victoria 27 February 2012 9 May 2012 14 8 2 4 57.14
Hereford United 30 May 2012 19 March 2014 93 33 26 34 35.48
Southport 4 May 2014 5 October 2014 14 3 2 9 21.43
Total 408 156 95 157 38.24

Really Lincoln could have done with Foyle getting another game to turn things around, but the 2-5 home defeat to Woking appeared to be the last straw.  Gary Brabin is the firm favourite having played for the club a couple of years ago. He has been linked with the managers job on the last two occasions. Has he been waiting for the right job since Luton sacked him in 2012? Brabin won 46% of his games at Luton (Games 62 W 29 D 22 L 11), although it was the skill of John Still (on a reduced budget) that finally led Luton back to the promised land.   Thing is with our luck  he will turn up get a loan in and, that last minute signing will put a cross-come-shot into the top corner. Well it happened Saturday!

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Conference North Wrap, Results, Reports – Its The Gonzo Goal Division!

Wins for AFC Fylde, Barrow, Chorley, Oxford City and Stockport County. Guiseley FC draw with Tamworth and Boston Utd lose to drop to sixth and seventh. If you don’t believe this is one of the greatest goal machine haunts in the game, here is a taster before we go into the stats and reports. Fylde stay top thanks to Rowe’s decider against a North Ferriby side that had the chances but blew them.  Barrow bag a brace to stay second but Chorley fashion an awesome foursome. Ex Imp Adi Yussuf scores again as gung-ho goal machines Oxford City go at it again getting five in another high scoring great eight thriller at Colwyn Bay.  Stockport also enjoy a high fives in front of a fabulous nigh on 2700 high of the day in a division where they are clearly putting something in the half time tea and the local heart units are even easier than the statisticians.  Guiseley are held 2-2 by Tamworth under the new stewardship of Andy Morrell, once a dragon always the high priest of the passing game.

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Welcome to the Football Bingo Vanarama Conference North wrap, with all the attendances scorers and match reports on every game in the Conference North .  We salute every home and away fan that went today – long live the goal kings of the Conference North and the grass roots game. Enjoy fellow football fans enjoy. As ever we have the goal machines and will soon be compiling a keepers corner – perhaps a collection might be  a bigger priority with many needing to be pensioned off for shell-shock.

 

409 AFC Fylde 1 0 North Ferriby United
REPORTS Rowe 36 . . .
1303 Barrow 2 0 Lowestoft Town
REPORTS Walker 69, Owens 89 . .
982 Boston United 0 2 Hednesford Town
REPORTS . . . McCone 39, Sullivan 43
230 Brackley Town 1 0 Stalybridge Celtic
REPORTS Rowe 17 , . .
1004 Chorley 4 0 Harrogate Town
REPORTS OG Coyle 2 , Whitham 22 , Stephenson 27 , Dean 90 . . .
261 Colwyn Bay 3 5 Oxford City
REPORTS Ryan Williams 39, Anorou 63, Ryan Williams 68 . . Pond 13, Jackson 19, Rodriguez 29, Yussuf 78 Barcelos 90 ,
343 Gainsborough Trinity 1 2 Worcester City
REPORTS Higginson 72, . . Williams 10, Geddes 30 ,
483 Guiseley 2 2 Tamworth
REPORTS Boyes 16 , Boshell 90 pen , . . Jackson 80 & 84 ,
521 Leamington 4 0 Hyde FC
REPORTS Moore 53 , Newton 63 &  68 , Wint 84 , . . .
332 Solihull Moors 4 1 Bradford Park Avenue
REPORTS Bogle 10 , Beswick 34 ,Nottingham 67 , Knights 90 , . . Walker 90 ,
2691 Stockport County 5 3 Gloucester City
REPORTS Baker 28 , Sharp 42 , Milligan 48 pen , Stevenson 52 , Dennis 85 , . . Griffin 78 & 89 , Hogg 82

The Goal Machines updates

9Omar Bogle (Solihull Moors)

8Charlie Griffin (Gloucester)

7 Kristian Dennis (Stockport County) Richie Allen (AFC Fylde)  Andy Cook (Barrow) Obi Anorou (Colwyn Bay) James Dean (Chorley) 

6Adi Yussuf (Oxford City) Dayle Southwell (Boston United) Stefan Moore (Leamington) Adam Boyes (Guiseley)

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 AFC Fylde 11 8 1 2 29 7 +22 25
2 Barrow 10 7 2 1 24 12 +12 23
3 Chorley 11 7 2 2 18 9 +9 23
4 Oxford City 12 6 3 3 26 22 +4 21
5 Stockport County 11 6 2 3 22 16 +6 20
6 Guiseley 11 5 4 2 18 11 +7 19
7 Boston United 12 5 3 4 18 20 -2 18
8 Worcester City 13 4 5 4 12 15 -3 17
9 Leamington 11 5 1 5 17 14 +3 16
10 North Ferriby United 11 4 3 4 12 11 +1 15
11 Hednesford Town 11 4 3 4 12 13 -1 15
12 Solihull Moors 10 4 2 4 22 15 +7 14
13 Gainsborough Trinity 11 4 2 5 13 17 -4 14
14 Colwyn Bay 11 3 4 4 18 20 -2 13
15 Lowestoft Town 11 3 4 4 11 17 -6 13
16 Harrogate Town 11 3 3 5 10 17 -7 12
17 Stalybridge Celtic 11 3 2 6 13 16 -3 11
18 Brackley Town 10 3 2 5 7 14 -7 11
19 Bradford Park Avenue 12 3 2 7 16 28 -12 11
20 Tamworth 11 1 7 3 11 16 -5 10
21 Gloucester City 11 1 5 5 16 24 -8 8
22 Hyde 11 1 2 8 13 24 -11 5

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Conference South Wrap Results, Reports & The Top 2 Clashed!

Wins for Havant & Waterlooville, Basingstoke Town Ebbsfleet United and Eastbourne Borough & Boreham Wood .  Lincoln striker Kabba… er strikes again for Whitehawk FC.  Bromley FC do not play to slide to a fifth placed base camp. Welcome to the Vanarama Conference South wrap, with all the attendances scorers and match reports on every game in the Conference South. We salute every home and away fan that went today – long live the Conference South and the grass roots game. Enjoy fellow football fans enjoy.

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A wee taster then…………..

Boreham Wood went ahead with a 6th minute Angol penalty before the H bombs hit back to make it 2-1 in front of a respectable 600 plus crowd (full reports below). Whitehawk had well over double their normal average with the locals appearing to respond to the ambition. One of those shipped in to help was Lincoln’s Kabba who got a cracker to level matters but the Hawk when down by the odd goal in seven in an edge of your seats encounter.  Basingstoke also edged a five goal thriller at Concorde Rangers. Ebbsfleet, by far the best supported team in the division, won three nil at Farnborough to continue their climb to fourth, now just two points from the summit.

216 Concord Rangers 2 3 Basingstoke Town
REPORT. Cawley 17 & 52 , . . Enver-Marum 20 & 73 , Bird 9+4 ,
514 Eastbourne Borough 4 2 Staines Town
REPORT. Charles 22 , Worrall 26 , Simpemba 43 , Beale 69 , . . Theophanous 58 , Kieman 80 ,
329 Farnborough 0 3 Ebbsfleet United
REPORT. . . . Bricknell 18 , McMahon 38 ,Rance 68 ,
530 Gosport Borough 4 0 Hemel Hempstead Town
REPORT. Bennett 17 & 47 ,Patterson 74 & 87 , . . .
605 Havant & Waterlooville 2 1 Boreham Wood
REPORT. Hooper 21 , Harris 43 , . . Angol 6 pen ,
192 Hayes & Yeading Utd 2 1 Bishops Stortford
REPORT. Wishart 11 , Collins 25 , . . Miller 11 ,
694 St Albans City 0 2 Chelmsford City
REPORT. . . . M Cheek 46 , Y Mambo 49 ,
706 Sutton United 1 3 Bath City
REPORT. D Binns 36 , . . Pratt 59 pen & 90 , Adelsbury 83 ,
110 Weston-Super-Mare 1 2 Wealdstone
REPORT. Grubb 32 , . . McGleish 50 , T Hamblin 64 ,
687 Whitehawk 3 4 Maidenhead United
REPORT Kabba 25 , Robinson 8 & 61 . . Campbell 2 & 57 ,Tilson-Lascaris 83 , Erskine 89 ,

 

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Havant & Waterlooville 11 7 0 4 19 9 +10 21
2 Basingstoke Town 10 7 0 3 19 10 +9 21
3 Boreham Wood 11 6 1 4 26 12 +14 19
4 Ebbsfleet United 10 6 1 3 17 6 +11 19
5 Bromley 10 5 2 3 20 15 +5 17
6 Eastbourne Borough 10 5 2 3 16 14 +2 17
7 St Albans City 11 5 1 5 18 18 0 16
8 Whitehawk 12 5 1 6 17 19 -2 16
9 Gosport Borough 9 4 3 2 15 4 +11 15
10 Hayes & Yeading United 9 4 2 3 11 11 0 14
11 Sutton United 10 4 2 4 16 17 -1 14
12 Chelmsford City 10 4 2 4 11 15 -4 14
13 Maidenhead United 11 4 2 5 15 20 -5 14
14 Bath City 10 4 2 4 12 17 -5 14
15 Farnborough 11 4 1 6 11 20 -9 13
16 Concord Rangers 10 3 3 4 17 18 -1 12
17 Bishop’s Stortford 11 3 3 5 18 20 -2 12
18 Weston-super-Mare 10 3 2 5 14 21 -7 11
19 Hemel Hempstead Town 10 3 2 5 8 18 -10 11
20 Wealdstone 12 2 4 6 11 21 -10 10
21 Staines Town 10 3 0 7 16 22 -6 9

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Conference Wrap: Promotion? Relegation? Humbug! Fear Not There’s always ADMIN!

Busy Bees Barnet, Torquay Utd, Gateshead FC & Woking FC win,  Bristol Rovers draw FC Halifax & Wrexham FC lose. Alas readers the Imps flag is at half mast again this evening for the Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership can be a cruel mistress with just two up and four down.  Grab a beverage and some popcorn for they do say joy is as entertaining as pain and ours are the teams to follow through the odd bit of sunshine and bucket loads of rain.

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Barnet move five points clear thanks to a Hoskins strike to settle things against Eastleigh who had held 9 man Bristol Rovers and the wrath of the gods on Tuesday.  Not content with scoring with his first touch in the 5-0 win over Altrincham Hoskins  hit the post with his first touch in this. The buzzing Bees were denied a penalty before you’ve guessed it Hoskins fired home a deflection to give the buzzing Bees a first half lead.  Eastleigh had a goal disallowed and the luck continued when FC Halifax crashed 0-3 at home to Altrincham and no goal machine Reeve did not even get on the score sheet. Clee 34′ Lawrie 77′ and ex-Imp Perry 81′ blew them away before a Boden consolation chime three minuted from time.

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The Gulls are back in business but had to come from behind in the division’s biggie. Goal machine Moult charged down the keepers clearance before finishing with aplomb. Cometh the hour cometh the man as Briscoe rounded off a superb cut and thust move by drilling home. Young then brought the house down late on with a contender for goal of the season. Bowman was unloading some wayward arrows all afternoon until Captain Young showed him the true meaning of power and panache. Having struck a post with a free-kick he hit a hallelujah haymaker that whistled all of twenty-five yards  to almost rip the net.  The third placed birds will be frying and flying tonight with the Steam beers gushing out of their ears.

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Woking high-fived Southport through the relegation trap door and into the bottom four. Cheers after losing to Nuneaton we Imps need to meat someone more demoralised than ourselves on Tuesday.  Rendell gave Woking the lead before Lewis made it two. Fitzpatrick seemed to get Southport back in it then Sole got another of his sensational free kicks to restore the two goal cushion. Port never give up and got a lifeline from a towering header from Luke Foster. Time for the Rendell show.. First he headed in a peach of a cross from Lewis as the end to end battle of brains versus brawn continued.  Payne had to be stopped by hook or by crook and, Foster duly did, allowing Rendell to complete his hat-trick with a clinical penalty. An outstanding advert for the people’s premiership this one.

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Cox put Braintree one up ten minutes before the break to stun Gateshead who had passed the parcel more cautiously than the version played in a 1970’s Northern Irish pub.  But when they click they  click as three in six minutes blew Braintree away thanks to Finnigan 69′ Turnbull 72′ and a superb Shaw strike on 75′.  Wrexham and Bristol Rovers both dropped out of the play-off places although it was a massive shock to  Rovers who in fairness had the game in the bag. Bristol Rovers 6000 plus punters and, Gas gaffer Clarke, thought Cunnington’s  first half strike had seen them play-off bound. Then the boys from the white cliffs finally chalked one up and gave the pirates a few sunken chests with a 90th minute Murphy volley that was very much against the tide. Not quite hanging homself from the Clifton Bridge quite yet Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

“It’s a very quiet changing rooms in there. Obviously the lads are very disappointed, as well as the staff, because we should not have chucked it away. We should be sat here with three points. “We have got to be more clinical at the top end, but then again there keeper has made good saves. They’ve put their bodies on the line and I’m sure they’ll be very happy with a point.

“We were very rarely in trouble; there was only a lapse in the first half when they hit the post but other than that I think we defended very well. “We just need to be more clinical at the top end. But I’m not going to be to critical of the boys. It’s another game where we are undefeated and it’s about all the negatives about today being put right for Tuesday night.”

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1476 Aldershot Town 2 0 Alfreton Town
. Hatton 33 , Gibbs 63 , . . .
1610 Barnet 1 0 Eastleigh
. S Hoskins 37 , . . .
6162 Bristol Rovers 1 1 Dover Athletic
. A Cunnington 35 , . . Murphy 90 ,
1997 Chester FC 1 1 Welling United
. Mahon 10 , . . Marsh 93 ,
1285 Dartford 1 1 Grimsby Town
. Bradbrook 61 , . . John-Lewis 84 pen ,
1727 FC Halifax Town 1 3 Altrincham
. S Boden 87 , . . Clee 34 , Lawrie 77 , Perry 81 ,
1244 Gateshead FC 3 1 Braintree Town
. .Finnigan 69 , Turnbull 72 ,Shaw 75 , . . Cox 34 ,
2117 Kidderminster Harriers 1 1 AFC Telford Utd
. Verma 45 , . . Todd 79 ,
1329 Macclesfield Town 2 2 Forest Green Rovers
. Lewis 52 , Fairhurst 73 , . . Frear 11 , Hughes 78 ,
928 Nuneaton Town 2 1 Lincoln City FC
. Fowler 30 , Dawson 67 , . . Miller 39 ,
730 Southport 2 5 Woking
. Fitzpatrick 55 , Foster 81 , . . Rendell 5 82 & 87 pen, Lewis 53 , Sole 66 ,
2350 Torquay United 2 1 Wrexham
. Briscoe 62 , Young 84 , . L Moult 30

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Half

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

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

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

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

The Stats & League Table

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

*****

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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