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Footballer Foster Takes 70% Pay Cut For Love of Game

Former Sheffield Wednesday, Preston, Oxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster has taken a 70% pay-cut to team up with the Imps because he believes he can do for big mate Simmo what he did at Oxford Utd as their Conference promotion captain.  His desire to put something back in the game whilst he continues to back a fledgling fashion business with his fiancée will make every working man & woman in Britain proud –  and he has even been willing to wait until the admin staff arrive back from holiday to sign the full 1 year deal today.  Outstanding stuff Fozzie STMI hope your enterprise and ambition is rewarded on and off the pitch!

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Preston, the League 1 club who have still been paying his wages,  were kind enough to allow him to link up with big mate Simmo  after they  agreed to release him in May and he has been loyally training with Lincoln on a non-contract basis since pre-season began putting in some outstanding performances on the pitch whilst being a massive mentor to the youngsters off it.  Not sure what they put in the Yorkshire water but this is yet another ex- Sheffield Wednesday  youth, a Mexborough lad, who was spotted by Simmo and signed and rebuilt by him in 2005. His agent could have got him better deals elsewhere but he never asked – loyalty to your mates runs high – and this message will spread through the dressing room like the elixir of life. Fozzie you are a hero at a club that needs all the help it can get to bounce back (hopefully it will be our lucky 7th return to the League).

For those who missed the full STMI biopic back on May 4th, here is a rerun………

Sheffield Wednesday rated Luke highly enough to offer him a first year pro-deal then farmed him out for experience to Scarborough and Alfreton. Simmo, a lifelong Wednesday fan (the top job would be the dream, but only once his driven mission at Lincoln was complete), was eager to take him to Lincoln and he signed a two year deal, unbeknown to all that the KA era would soon come to a close. Schofield never gave Luke a look in during the second season of his deal and York took him on loan. 

Stalybridge offered him a deal for the start of the season but Luke class and composure  earned a deal with Oxford just 4 games into the new season. He was a rock (illustrating his BSP) pedigree as Oxford finally got back into the Football League.  He became captain and won the fans and players’ awards for best player, making 109 commanding appearances for United, scoring 3 goals.  The move to Holdsworth’s Mansfield  in 2010 did not work out with just 16 outings. Luke slated Mansfield under Reg, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans.

Stevenage offered him a way out and he was inspirational in the League 1 play-off success of 2010-11. The 24 league games certainly put the Stags stint behind him.  The move to ambitious big spending Rotherham saw Luke sustain a cruciate injury that wiped out the season. Keen to stay local (he has interests in fashion and retail)  Luke signed for Matlock  making 9 appearances last season until a relative heavyweight came calling.

Preston teed up a trial which and to his credit he showed enough at the Whites to earn a  deal until the end of the season. This shows the quality we could soon come to rely on even if he managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season. The first choice central defensive pairing of Wright and Huntingdon is something of an irresistible and immovable force.

The Imps have had to play a waiting game, but as they say possession is nine tenths of the law.  Luke is Yorkshire based,  as are his growing business interests in fashion. Indeed Luke wants to have a multi-million business by the time he is 40, to this end he and his partner have set up 601 Ltd. So we need a need a centre-half and according to an interesting Linked in profile snippet, with regard to his time at Lincoln :  First time being a pro and made me the person I am today.  Could this suggest that Luke may benefit from teaming up with Simmo again? He could certainly add to his international CV, having played just the once against Bosnia Herzegovina.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Preston North End
NUMBER 27
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
International
2008 England C

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9 Ben Tomlinson Striker

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
11 Tomlinson 18 0 1382 7 24 14 0 36 14 6 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Tomlinson 18 144 8 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 10 8

KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards. 

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Ben Tomlinson was chased by Bradford City, Sheffield United and Rotherham Utd before Simmo nipped in and signed him for Macclesfield Town for an undisclosed fee and Alfreton Town did the same last term.  He is a younger and perhaps even better version of Ashley Grimes, now at Bury FC, with that same, tenacity, goal touch and a card collection that will ensure regular fireworks at Sincil Bank. The Imps have had to up their bid to Afreton but Simmo has got his man at last to land Ben on a two year deal.

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Simmo actually got Macc to fork out a fee for the little goal machine, who had notched 29 goals in the previous season for Worksop. With scouts from the Blades, Millers, Bantams and even Forest filing their final reports and trials in the offing Simmo charmed him just in time with first team football paramount. Ben, just a babe, had also got 17 in the previous two seasons as a youthful understudy who was still breaking records in the youth side.  Simmo is Tomlinson’s kind of manager and he responded well netting two in the last 5 minutes as a sub at Hereford, before getting one of the fastest goals in Football League history (6.4 seconds against Morecambe).  Ben got 6 in just 10 starts under Simmo at Macc, before breaking his foot to end an awesome start. Last term he got 14 in 31 starts for Alfreton, acting as support striker to Clayton with Nathan Arnold supplying the bullets (HERE). He is a battler with 10 yellows and a red last term, however the official accreditation of 2 assists undervalues his all-round contribution to the team.

Ben’s Alfreton Stats 2012/13

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
21 Ben Thomlinson 33 13 2583 14 55 2 41 22 10 1

Ben’s Macc  Stats 2011/12

Sq  Name Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
22 Ben Thomlinson 14 10 1574 6 10 29 2 5 0
STMI Biopic
Full name Ben Tomlinson
Date of birth 31 October 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Dinnington,
Height/Weight 5 ft 11 in / 12st 8lbs
Playing position Forward
Contract information
Club & tenure Lincoln City 2 year deal
Number  11
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Worksop Town 76 (46)
2011–2012 Macclesfield Town 27 (6)
2012– Alfreton Town 46 (14)

Lincoln Striker Bid Hots Up

Former Rotherham UnitedMacclesfield Town and want away Alfreton Town striker Ben Tomlinson still looks to be on his way to Lincoln City according to sources. One bid had been refused, last month but it would appear the player wants to work with Simmo again, suggesting a compromise deal could be in the offing. The lad is under contract so this cannot go to tribunal.  The Lincoln board have also upped Simmo’s budget and the understanding is that he has funds spare.

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The goal machine scored for fun in his Rotherham youth days before moving to Worksop where he rammed in 17 goals for starters and then 29 goals in his final season. Simmo even paid a fee to Worksop when he signed him for Macc, as did an ambitious Alfreton who swooped as The Silkmen were relegated.  He did not disappoint.

He formed a great partnership with Paul Clayton last year with 14 goals from 33 starts and 13 opportunities from the bench  But The Reds have now gone part-time to save funds. The chance to join Lincoln, resurgent and perceived challengers, as well as working with his ex-manager looks a tempting proposition for the lad if what went off on twitter earlier today is anything to go by. We will leave you to make your minds up on what is left on there –https://twitter.com/buddytomo

STMI had no desire to jeopardise any deal when told by an agent last month and would therefore not speculate as to the name of the player when we ran our two strikers story last month. Wright has already arrived, now it looks just a question of time before Tomlinson follows.

STMI Biopic
Full name Ben Tomlinson
Date of birth 31 October 1989 (age 23)
Place of birth Dinnington,
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth Career: Rotherham
Current club Alfreton Town
Number 21
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Worksop Town 64 (46)
2011–2012 Macclesfield Town 27 (6)
2012– Alfreton Town 46 (14)

Foster Back On The Menu Then?

Former Preston North End, Oxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, Rotherham, York City and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster  is on tial at Lincoln City STMI revealed he was a target for Simmo when we ran a ‘WHO IS?’ back on May 4th.  So it looks as if he is still very much a target for Gary Simpson, although surely wages will be a massive problem?

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Luke was released by League 1 side Preston North End in May and is another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth. In fact the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005.  Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season.  Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.

Luke managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season, having failed to dislodge Wright and Huntingdon. He was only at the Whites on a short-term deal and now finds himself looking for work. He has the BSP promotion pedigree having helped Oxford to finally get back into the League. He made 109 appearances for United but has failed to settle at any other club with Stevenage (24 aps) and Holdsworth’s Mansfield (16) the two exceptions. Luke slated Mansfield, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans. Loans at York as well as Scarborough and Alfreton, both whilst on Wednesday’s books, also complement a CV that could benefit from teaming up with Simmo again.

The Imps may have to play a waiting game, as the Yorkshire based centre-half will surely catch the attention of plenty of League 2 suitors this side of the Pennines.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
Personal information
Full name Luke James Foster
Date of birth 8 September 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Mexborough, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Preston North End
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
National team
2008 England C

1 Year Deal For Gray

Former Chesterfield FC full-back and defensive midfielder Dan Gray has signed a new 1 year deal at Lincoln City.  Simmo has now signed him for Macclesfield and The Imps, with the full term deal further illustrating the faith the two have in each others respective abilities.  This is fantastic news as Dan  will be vital to our play-off push next season.

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Dan was considered something of a teenage prodigy and, at just 18, became a regular in the Chesterfield side making 24 starts in his first season and 19 the following term.  The club was going places with an ambitious chairman backing John Sheridan to the hilt. He struggled to get into the team as the Spireites went up as League 2 Champions, earning a promotion to befit a well appointed new stadium.   Simmo took him on loan to Macc in 2011, where Dan repaid the faith, scoring on his début  before making 23 appearances over two spells.

Then, as last season, he was shackled in a now typecast right-back role, given a defensive midfield berth is his best and most natural position. His cross for Taylor’s equaliser against Tamworth, after his own goal put us one down, epitomises Dan.  He has been keen to overlap, using technique rather than pace to outwit his opponent. He will be skinned occasionally for this reason, but his timing in the tackle is good, as just 21 recorded fouls at a cost of 3 yellows and a red illustrates.

Dan also has a fantastic long throw that will be a key weapon for Simmo’s six-foot soldiers to exploit again next season.  This led to Vadaine’s second goal against Hyde, to leave Dan on 6 assists for the season, a record most full-backs would be proud of.  For one with such a good right-foot, it is a shame he does not shoot more (8 last term) with his only goal, a header, giving us a 7th minute lead on the way to a four goal first-half rout of Dartford.

Dan certainly has a composure well beyond his 23 years, suggesting this will be the season that finally proves John Sheridan wrong. Managers, formations and the fates play such a  big part in the making and breaking of a footballers career. But Simmo is just the manager to develop and fully utilise a talented and versatile lads talents.

This is a big attraction for a manager who tends to shy away from the rigidity of 4-4-2, as well as our limited resources going into a vital but optimistic campaign.  Come on Dan put pen to paper, as an all round package you will serve us reliably at BSP level knowing you have a manager who will improve you and not stand in your way when opportunity knocks.

Dan’s 2012/13

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
15 Daniel Gray 35 4 3092 1 8 6 21 19 3 1
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Daniel Adam Gray
DATE OF BIRTH 23 November 1989 (age 23)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mansfield
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 12 st (76kg)
PLAYING POSITION Right/centre back central Midfield
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Chesterfield 54 (0)
2008 Alfreton Town (loan) n/a (?)
2011 Macclesfield Town (loan X 2) 23 (1)
2011 Lincoln City 39 (0)

Clayton Snubs Imps & United

With Alfreton cutting back and going part-time from next season it was of some surprise to see them offer hot-shot Paul Clayton a new improved deal, heading off interest from Lincoln City, Cambridge United and 3 other unnamed BSP clubs. Ben Tomlinson, another of Simmo’s ex-players, is also attracting attention, but as he is under 24 and contracted until 2014, so he will command a fee.

Clayton scored 19 goals last season and Tomlinson scored 14, to forge a prolific partnership that poses problems for every BSP club.  Cambridge United need a new goal machine after Michael Gash (joint BSP top scorer) made his loan to Kidderminster into a permanent 2-year deal, over the weekend. The U’s have transfer listed Johnathan Hedges and Scott Garner and released Craig Ross, Joe Anderson, Charlie Wassmer, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Rossi Jarvis and Billy Gibson.

Simmo, meanwhile is currently looking for three strikers and waiting on Vadaine Oliver to put pen to paper.  Let us hope the lad’s head is not turned, as both parties would benefit from a season together before the undoubted talent moves on.  Word on the grapevine is that the Imps would be looking for a big fee from the lad – figures ranging from £50-£100k –  to boost the budget.

Who Is Luke Foster ?

Former Oxford United, Mansfield Town, Stevenage, Rotherham, York City and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster has just been released by League 1 side Preston North End.  Another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth, the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005.  Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season.  Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.

Thankyou for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Luke managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season, having failed to dislodge Wright and Huntingdon. He was only at the Whites on a short-term deal and now finds himself looking for work. He has the BSP promotion pedigree having helped Oxford to finally get back into the League. He made 109 appearances for United but has failed to settle at any other club with Stevenage (24 aps) and Holdsworth’s Mansfield (16) the two exceptions. Luke slated Mansfield, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans. Loans at York as well as Scarborough and Alfreton, both whilst on Wednesday’s books, also complement a CV that could benefit from teaming up with Simmo again.

The Imps may have to play a waiting game, as the Yorkshire based centre-half will surely catch the attention of plenty of League 2 suitors this side of the Pennines.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
Personal information
Full name Luke James Foster
Date of birth 8 September 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Mexborough, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Preston North End
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
National team
2008 England C

Dan Gray Must Stay

Dan was surprisingly cast aside by Chesterfield FC last summer after a successful loan spell at Macclesfield, under, you guessed it, Gary Simpson. Last season he was used primarily as a right back but he is a true utility player who, arguably, operates best in a holding midfield role. Dan is thought to be keen to sign, but, as he is only 23, he would still command a fee should we manage to offer him a deal prior to any predatory club coming in.

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Dan was considered something of a teenage prodigy and, at just 18, became a regular in the Chesterfield side making 24 starts in his first season and 19 the following term.  The club was going places with an ambitious chairman backing John Sheridan to the hilt. He struggled to get into the team as the Spireites went up as League 2 Champions, earning a promotion to befit a well appointed new stadium.   Simmo took him on loan to Macc in 2011, where Dan repaid the faith, scoring on his début  before making 23 appearances over two spells.

Then, as last season, he was shackled in a now typecast right-back role, given a defensive midfield berth is his best and most natural position. His cross for Taylor’s equaliser against Tamworth, after his own goal put us one down, epitomises Dan.  He has been keen to overlap, using technique rather than pace to outwit his opponent. He will be skinned occasionally for this reason, but his timing in the tackle is good, as just 21 recorded fouls at a cost of 3 yellows and a red illustrates.

Dan also has a fantastic long throw that will be a key weapon for Simmo’s six-foot soldiers to exploit again next season.  This led to Vadaine’s second goal against Hyde, to leave Dan on 6 assists for the season, a record most full-backs would be proud of.  For one with such a good right-foot, it is a shame he does not shoot more (8 last term) with his only goal, a header, giving us a 7th minute lead on the way to a four goal first-half rout of Dartford.

Dan certainly has a composure well beyond his 23 years, suggesting this will be the season that finally proves John Sheridan wrong. Managers, formations and the fates play such a  big part in the making and breaking of a footballers career. But Simmo is just the manager to develop and fully utilise a talented and versatile lads talents.

This is a big attraction for a manager who tends to shy away from the rigidity of 4-4-2, as well as our limited resources going into a vital but optimistic campaign.  Come on Dan put pen to paper, as an all round package you will serve us reliably at BSP level knowing you have a manager who will improve you and not stand in your way when opportunity knocks.

Dan’s 2012/13

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
15 Daniel Gray 35 4 3092 1 8 6 21 19 3 1
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Daniel Adam Gray
DATE OF BIRTH 23 November 1989 (age 23)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mansfield
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 12 st (76kg)
PLAYING POSITION Right/centre back central Midfield
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Chesterfield 54 (0)
2008 Alfreton Town (loan) n/a (?)
2011 Macclesfield Town (loan X 2) 23 (1)
2011 Lincoln City 39 (0)

Simmo Has Imp Ace Up His Sleeve.

Tamworth will pose a big problem for the Imps, shorn of two six-foot soldiers, when they come to Sincil Bank tomorrow.  Alfreton may have beaten them 3-0 but rode their luck needing to clear 3 off the line. Shorn of two big boys and nursing injuries to a small squad Simmo is set to shuffle the pack on Saturday as the Imps seek salvation at the theatre of the absurd.

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Saturday  13th April K.O 3 pm

Away Fans Prices Adults £18 Cons £11 U18 £7 Lincolnshire Co Op (Cap 1800)

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The Lambs are a big side with two centre backs and three big lads up front including collosus Cunnington, who has banged in 20 BSP goals this season. Their 4-3-3 formation has posed serious problems for the footballing teams in this division as the 2-1 defeat of promotion chasing Forest Green illustrates. Perhaps an illustration of the frustration of the BSP, the Imps beat Alfreton recently, 2-0, playing a similar game to the Tamworth one. We like forced set-pieces and let height and physical presence do the rest.

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Simmo, shorn of Tony Diagne and Andrew Boyce, will have to shuffle the pack.  But he has a couple of fresh pairs of legs who have been well rested ready for this vital six-pointer.  Tony Diagne’s omission will be a big blow, since that crude lunge left him with a deep cut. His Braintree Brace was a Tony tango to embrace as the in your face Imps stormed to victory with grace.

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Vadaine Oliver, Nat Brown, Miller and Taylor are particularly up for this one, although the team have put on the tin hats to protect them from any negative hyperbole.  At this vital time we Imps need to unite, drag a mate or two to the Bank on Saturday and back the manager and our team.  It is always darkest before the dawn. We need to keep the faith if we are to Save The Mighty Imps.

BSP Table 12/4/13

POS TEAM P W D L F A GD PTS
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 43 28 5 10 88 49 39 89
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 44 26 9 9 76 39 37 87
13 down 13 Alfreton Town 44 15 12 17 67 71 -4 57
14 down 4 Cambridge United 44 14 14 16 65 66 -1 56
15 down 15 Hyde FC 44 16 7 21 61 67 -6 55
16 down 16 Nuneaton 44 12 15 17 51 62 -11 51
17 down 17 Southport 44 13 12 19 70 83 -13 51
18 down 2 Tamworth 43 14 9 20 51 65 -14 51
19 up 1 Gateshead 43 12 14 17 54 59 -5 50
20 down 20 Lincoln City 44 13 11 20 59 71 -12 50
21 down 21 Stockport County 43 13 10 20 56 70 -14 49
22 down 7 Barrow 44 11 13 20 44 80 -36 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 42 8 14 20 53 81 -28 38
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 44 5 17 22 49 74 -25 32

Luton 3 Imps 0 Stills Double 6 Clicks As Trapdoor Creaks For Imps

Luton responded well and showed a long overdue quality, that could yet save their players skins. Ditto The Imps and Barrow, for our sins,  after Nuneaton  and Alfreton wins. Mmmmm the sun is out, draw up a chair readers, Stockport Hatters included, time to reach for a bucket of Pims with extra extra Gin.

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Luton Town – Lincoln City

(H/T  20)

Scorers

Martin 41 & 72 Gray 43  

Att 5,393

Ref: Whitton

Hatters 5,220 Imps 173   

*****

The teams & Schemes 

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John Still favours 4-4-2  

(aka the double 6)

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1 Tyler

25 Henry 12 Ainge 5 McNulty 37 Griffiths 

7 Lawless (Y-66)  23 Robinson

18 Martin                                                  24 Smith

27 Gray  9 Shaw

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 Substitutions
 
76 Rendell on for Walker, 81 Wall on for Shaw,  90 Walker  on for Gray 

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The bench 

38 McFarlan2-Barnes (GK), 2 Rowe-Turner  (DF) , 10 Rendell (STR),   26 Wall (STR), 29 Walker (STR)

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4-3-3

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1 Farman 

15 Gray  25 Brown    5 Boyce (Y-66)  20 Miller

   37 Fofana  4 Jordan  35 Turnbull      

 10 Taylor  23 Hobson 12 Sheridan

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Substitutions

 56 Power on for Jordan  67 Vadaine on for Hobson 76 Dali on for  Taylor

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The Bench 

31 David Preece (GK), 6 Garner (DF),  8 Power  (MF), 14 Oliver (STR) 36 Dali

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

In the face of a budget 5 times our own the Imps sought a scalp or two from the off.  Fofana tests Brill, who spills, but gathers at the second attempt. Andre Gray gets the better of two but Dan Gray clears his centre. A delicious drive from Taylor forces Brill to palm over the bar. Robinson clears Turnbull’s corner and the Hatters counter with a slick 4 man move, that sees Brown clear Robinson’s effort from the left channel.  Lawless and Robinson are dictating the middle with the latter getting through to drill just wide. Martin is also starting to get into things and sends a twenty yarder just over.

Farman is forced to punch a Lawless free-kick for a corner but Robinson fires the set-piece wide. The Hatters pressure is relentless. Farman saves a free-kick from martin and A Gray roasts Miller to cross for Robinson who shoots wide.  A smooth move from Lawless who also centres, sees the off-side flag saves us as an effort from Martin is thankfully ruled out.  The Imps get a second wind as a battle attrition in the middle stems the one-way flow. A D Gray long throw finds Turnbull but his half-chance cannons off a fellow Imp for a goal-kick.

Lawless sends a scintillating drive just wide. It is end to end now with Griffiths blocking a Turnbull effort at one end before sending a long-range effort wide at the other. Nat Brown then makes a magnificent last-ditch challenge to pick A Gray’s pocket just as he is about to pull the trigger, with Jordan heading the lose ball for a corner.  Lawless 42nd minute corner causes confusion allowing Martin, hovering just inside the area, to blast an unstoppable rising drive into the top left-hand corner. Just two minutes later the Hatters deservedly double their advantage.  Smith beats his man and threads a perfectly timed and judged through ball to Gray who pounces, rounding Farman to slots home from 15 yards.   The game had turned 3 minutes before the interval, to give Simmo an interesting half-time team talk.

Second half.

The Imps go for it and are unlucky not to get a penalty, presumably deemed ball to hand, but then you don’t expect to get those away.  The Hatters counter, but Shaw’s, optimistic, long-range effort is not that far wide. A Gray is caught off-side as the Imps leave gaps in order to salvage something.  A glorious Sheridan effort is parried by Brill who pounces to end the danger. On 56 Jordan is replaced by Power, thanks to an injury sustained after Robinson left his foot in. A Miller long throw is punched behind by Brill, in fine form this evening. A rather useful Turnbull corner is cleared by Smith, alert to the presence of the six foot soldiers.

On 66 the Luton ask and Tamworth task got an awful lot harder, from a defensive point of view. Lawless, who had slid in on Farman a moment or so before, clashed with Boyce in an off the ball altercation, that saw yellow for both men. Boyce’s tenth caution of the season will see him sit out the Tamworth and Hyde games, with a two game ban.  Oliver is brought on for Hobson in a last throw of the dice. Two terrific corners from Lawless force a clearance by Fofana and a confident claim by Farman. Good work by Sheridan sees the Imps win a corner as Griffiths deflects behind. Power takes, Boyce rises, but the slim Imps chance has gone as the towering effort goes wide.

Sods law – a rule of the turf – Luton immediately shut the door on any remote hopes of a way back in. On 73 a quick free-kick sees McNulty find Gray, his inch perfect pass into Martin’s path allows him to complete his brace, side-footing home from 6-yards, From the centre Sheridan has a 35-yard lucky dip that clears the bar. With Saturday in mind Simmo takes Taylor off, with Dali getting a chance to stretch his legs. A Nat Brown shot is saved by Brill for another City corner. Boyce heads Powers delivery over. Luton also appears to take their foot off the gas, sacrificing Shaw and Lawless for Wall and Rendell respectively.  That said Rendell is denied by Boyce at the expense of a corner and Ainge heads just wide. A decent Wall effort is saved by Farman before a Robinson effort goes wide to bring down the curtain on a very entertaining game. One that sees a much needed positive reaction for the Hatters and a vital pause for thought for the Imps.

Synopsis

The Imps find ourselves just one point from the drop zone after Nuneaton won 2-0 at Gateshead to rediscover their form. It could have been worse, Barrow lost 4-0 at Alfreton. That leaves then 4 points behind us with just 2 games to play and 6 points on offer. Stockport, who are now just the one point behind us with a game in hand, did not play, they get their Tuesday get out of jail opportunity next week against Gateshead. In our hearts, the April roadmap was always going to bring it down to the last two games. Tamworth at home on Saturday is just as vital as Aldershot was, because Hyde will be no mugs. They ground out a 1-0 win against a desperate Ebbsfleet last night to all but Sink the Fleet.

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Luton Town – Lincoln City

*****

Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

*****

50% Ball 50%

10 Shots on 4

10 Misses 5

4 Saves 4

9 Corners 6

5 Offside 2

10 Fouls 6

1 Yellows 1

0 Reds 0

BSP Table 10/4/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 43 28 5 10 88 49 39 89
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 44 26 9 9 76 39 37 87
15 down 15 Alfreton Town 43 14 12 17 64 71 -7 54
16 No Change Tamworth 42 14 9 19 51 62 -11 51
17 down 17 Nuneaton 44 12 15 17 51 62 -11 51
18 down 18 Southport 44 13 12 19 70 83 -13 51
19 up 1 Gateshead 43 12 14 17 54 59 -5 50
20 down 20 Lincoln City 44 13 11 20 59 71 -12 50
21 down 21 Stockport County 43 13 10 20 56 70 -14 49
22 down 7 Barrow 44 11 13 20 44 80 -36 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 42 8 14 20 53 81 -28 38
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 44 5 17 22 49 74 -25 32