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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.

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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

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


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


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 

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
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
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


The Lambs Squad 2013/14


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


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


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


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

Agent Gossip: Centre-backs Atkinson & Fenton On The Move

Centre-backs Nick Fenton (Man CityNotts County, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham Utd & Morecambe FC) and Rob Atkinson (Grimsby Town, Fleetwood  & Accrington) have eluded Simmo it would appear. Fenton has been offered a deal by Chester FC, with Alfreton also still in talks, whilst Atkinson has signed a new deal at Accrington.  To follow the SP and STMI biopic on both the lads.

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Lincoln currently have Foster on trial but have been in for the two. Foster was composed and classy against Lincoln Utd, but doubts crept in last night at Harrogate. The Fenton deal may also not quite be as dead as the proverbial Dodo though. Nick has spent the last two seasons at Morecambe as he continues to finish a physio course. The course is based at Mansfield suggesting Alfreton or Lincoln, could still be in ‘with a wee’ shout. That said according to the agents grapevine:

“Chester are paying some big money out, I know a few lads who have got some welcome results out of Conference new-boys this summer. Mind Chester’s certainly going the  age and experience route, but then they need that to bring an exiting batch through. They’ll be dark horses for the play-offs in my book.”

Nick Fenton

Nick is still quality, even at 33, a composed class act at Conference level, suggesting ambitious, but experience seeking, Chester will get him. The competition is Alfreton who have gone part-time. Word is they are beating suitors for Tomlinson off with a stick, in the knowledge his heart is already in another place (ours please!). Apologies for the tangent. Nick started out at Manchester City, progressed through the ranks and earned a 5 year first pro deal! He was loaned to Notts County, Bournemouth and then County again before they took the plunge with a £150k transfer fee and a four year deal.  He would play 147 League games, plus cup competitions, for County before moving onto Doncaster, a side very much on the rise. They let him go to Grimsby (as a replacement for Big Ben Futcher) along with Ravenhill, as it was felt the Championship was too much for him. This just 1 League and 1 cup game, against Rochdale, into the season.  Rotherham came calling and he played 3 seasons as Captain at the Millers through thick and thin. Nick has spent the last two seasons at Morecambe as he continues to finish a physio course.

STMI Biopic
Full name Nicholas Leonard Fenton
Date of birth 23 November 1979 (age 33)
Place of birth Preston,
Height/Weight 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 12st 4lb  (78KG)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1993–1996 Manchester City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
1996–2001 Manchester City 15 (0)
1999–2000 Notts County (loan) 13 (1)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 8 (0)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 5 (0)
2000 Notts County (loan) 8 (0)
2000–2004 Notts County 147 (9)
2004–2006 Doncaster Rovers 63 (4)
2006–2008 Grimsby Town 80 (6)
2008–2011 Rotherham United 115 (4)
2011–2013 Morecambe 73 (4)

Rob Atkinson.

The inspirational centre-back was schooled at Barnsley, one of the Championship’s longest inhabitants and offered a five year deal. He was loaned for experience to Scarborough, Halifax and Rochdale before Grimsby did a try before you buy and then bought him.  He went down with the Mariners ship and into the Blue Square before Fleetwood flashed the cash. The other Cod Army signed him as they stormed the BSP on the way to the Football League, with Rob gaining 2 England C caps. He was almost unbeatable that year, but not seen as League material so they released him. Accrington gave a one year deal and have offered the same this season.

STMI Biopic
Full name Robert Guy Atkinson
Date of birth 29 April 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth North Ferriby, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 12 st 4lb (78kg)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Accrington Stanley
Youth career
2000–2004 Barnsley
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
2004–2009 Barnsley 8 (0)
2005–2006 Scarborough (loan) 22 (0)
2006 Halifax Town (loan) 4 (2)
2007 Rochdale (loan) 2 (0)
2007–2008 Grimsby Town (loan) 24 (1)
2008–2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 9 (1)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2011 Grimsby Town 83 (7)
2011-2013 Fleetwood Town 35 (1)
2012 Accrington Stanley (loan) 12 (0)
2013- Accrington Stanley 0 (0)
2011 England C 2 (0)

Bohan Earns 1 Year Imps Deal

Brace bearing Big Bohan Dixon (released by Accrington Stanley) looks set to get another opportunity to earn a contract at Harrogate Town tomorrow night as City travel to a side managed by former Imp Simon Weaver. An hour after writing this the lad agreed to a 1 year deal, so please excuse the title change fellow Imps.

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Bohan Dixon, the centre-half cum centre-forward is the 6′ 4″ striker STMI gave you the heads up about on last Thursday HERE.  He did not disappoint on Saturday, gobbling up his 35 minutes of glory to deliver double trouble on his debut.

The poacher pounced, showing great awareness and acceleration, after Nolan’s drive had been blocked by Saxby. But it was the cheeky, confident finish, that iced it, as he nipped in and nonchalantly chipped the keeper with aplomb.  Big bad Bohan second showed pace, strength and power as he finished a fine move from Rowe and Robinson with a firm strike beyond the advancing keeper.

The squad cannot wait for tomorrow’s game, a relish not seen since the era of Keith, Simmo and inspirational physio Oakes.

He looks set to play at Harrogate and could well stake a claim

FULL NAME Bohan Soloman Cheidu Dixon
DATE OF BIRTH 17 October 1989 (age 23)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) / 11 st 7lb (73kg)
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder/Striker
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Kingsley United  22?  8?
2008–2009 Connah’s Quay Nomads 8 (0)
2009–2010 Buckley Town 33? 12?
2011 Hednesford Town 3 (0)
2011 Burscough 4?  2?
2012–2013 Accrington Stanley 6 (0)
2013 Marine (loan) 5

Who Is Bohan Dixon

Former Accrington Stanley striker / defender  Bohan Dixon is on trial at Lincoln City. The 6′ 4″ colossus, who hails not far from Chester, could yet be an interesting part of the summer jigsaw if his training exploits are anything to go by.

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Accrington plucked Bohan out of non-league obscurity last season after spotting him scoring for fun with McGinty’s a Sunday League side.  But it was the same old story for Big Bohan, now  in the building game (shades of Percy Freeman anyone?) as he failed to dislodge those in front of him.  He has spent a lot of his time as a central defender, including Welsh Premier outfit Connah’s  Quay, which is perhaps the reason for a lack goals on his bio.

He did have a prolific spell as a striker at Buckley that inspired Hednesford to give him a 6 month deal. Again he failed to break through and was released after two months on a free to Burscough before deciding to go into the construction game with the odd Guinness and goal glut on a Sunday for McGinty’s (in that order).  Paul Cook the Accrington manager could not sign him fast enough, gave him a one year deal and then gave him one start plus 4 from the bench before being released this summer.

Keith Alexander used big central defenders in a target man / striking role to good effect with Jamie McCombe and Nat Brown two great examples. Ben Futcher even top scored for the Imps in Keith’s early reign.

He looks set to play at Lincoln United and could well stake a claim

STMI Biopic
Full name Bohan Soloman Cheidu Dixon
Date of birth 17 October 1989 (age 23)
Place of birth England
Height/Weight 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) / 11 st 7lb (73kg)
Playing position Midfielder/Striker
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Kingsley United
2008–2009 Connah’s Quay Nomads 8 (0)
2009–2010 Buckley Town  ?  ?
2011 Hednesford Town 3 (0)
2011 Burscough  ?  ?
2012–2013 Accrington Stanley 6 (0)
2013 Marine (loan) 5

Robbie Fowler, Gannon and McIlroy Vow For Macc As Enticer Eyes Kissock

Robbie Fowler (Liverpool), Gannon (Stockport) Coleman (Accrington), Foyle (Hereford) and the Silkmen legend Sammy McIlroy have all been interviewed for the Macc job, with Fowler emerging as the dark horse favourite to get the job. All of this is a frustration for ex boss Simmo, now at the Imps, who is weighing up the cost and availability of former Luton Town schemer  John Paul Kissock (as well as 4-5 other Silkmen)

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Robbie Fowler (230 goals from 515 aps), amid rumours of Admin and delayed player payments, could be just what the doctor ordered. It is interesting that The Macc CEO has ruled out admin (a consortium or perhaps two are thought to be in the wings).  But then Fowler has a host of contacts and would be able to pull in plenty of favours. He would be following in the footsteps of another couple of ex-League stars who have served Macc well in the past. Indeed there is also a growing precedent for ex-players to buy their way in at their first club (not suggesting Robbie would do this of course) with a former Manchester United star doing this at the Silkmen before moving on to greater and more lucrative things. Fowler is in the top 1,000 Brits list, still has a post playing ambition within the game and, has already gained his coaching badges.  He has spent time at MK Dons, an big Ince haunt, as well as Muangthong United, a crack Thai side, for whom he replaced Portuguese boss Henrique Calisto last season.  He had a 46.7% win rate in Thailand and would surprise a few with an attack minded  passing blend of football, boosted by his regular visits to Anfield (still has a season ticket). Fowler is big mates with Steve McMannaman and as they say over there You’ll Never Walk Alone.

All of this is a frustration for Gary Simpson, who is scanning the news feeds on a daily basis, waiting for the Macc released list. He is keen to secure the services of Nat Brown, Tony Diagne, Sam Wedgebury, JP and just about anyone bar Winn, after securing Jake Jones from Walsall.