The Imps thoroughly deserved to beat 10 man Alfreton to end a week with 9 points from three games. Roared on by the Imp hordes (we took 456 today), the shot count was as impressive as the desire to honour the shirt. Simmo has certainly installed a passion and a dogs of war mentality that will ensure this club will not lay down and die. We need to be, because those around us got results making Cambridge a must see must win game on Monday. But let us not get ahead of ourselves, for the benefit of Reds fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Red at
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Alfreton – Lincoln
41 Hobson, 81 Oliver
Reds 733 , Imps 456
The teams & Schemes
4-4-2 (then 4-3-2)
12 Franks (R-6) 6 Kempson 5 Quinn 3 Franklin
7 Brown 17 Streete (Y-25) 8 Soares 18 Hewitt
21 Tomlinson 9 Clayton
54 d/s – Meadows on for Hewitt and Arnold on for Clayton. 76 Boden on for Tomlinson.
(GK), 10 Bradley (D) , 16 Rose (D), 11 Arnold (MF), 14 Meadows (MF), 15 Boden (STR)
(5-3-2 from 11 Smith to LM Miller LWB & Sheridan RWB)
1 Farman (Y-88)
20 Miller 25 Brown 5 Boyce 15 Gray
4 Jordan (Y-18) 35 Turnbull
10 Taylor (Y-78) 8 Power 12 Sheridan
10 Smith on for Gray, 55 Oliver (Y-90) on for Hobson, 83 Jones on for Taylor.
31 David Preece (GK), 16 Nicky Nicolau (MF), 18 Jake Jones (MF), 7 Adam Smith (MF), 14 Vadaine Oliver
But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….
The Imps were first to press and won a corner. Power delivered but Clayton cleared. The promising start sees Taylor shoot just wide. Power sends in a terrific delivery but Taylor’s effort is brilliantly saved by Pickford. Dan Gray is away but is brought down by full-back Franklin who is red-carded for a professional foul. With just 6 minutes on the clock, the hosts are down to 10 and outnumbered on and perhaps off the field, with a huge Imps contingent sensing a third win on the bounce.
This did ruin the flow of the game leading to a moody start -stop affair. Gray was forced to leave the field after that red challenge (5 stitches and on crutches), to be replaced by Smith, as Miller moves to left back and Sheridan drops to right-back. A Power free-kick is cleared by Kempson, after Franks fouled Hobson. Turnbull then puts a tasty one in on Hewitt and Hobson gets one back on Franks. Two big physical sides are toe to toe with football very much second fiddle until a nice exchange sees Taylor again denied by a great reaction save by Pickford. Jordan is booked for unsporting behaviour, amazing given the stuff that has gone on before.
Pickford saves well from Power and Farman claims Brown’s cross at the other end. A great cross from Smith is claimed well by Pickford, having a stormer, under pressure from Hobson. A crude foul from Streete on Sheridan sees him booked. The Imps start to make the additional man count, Sheridan gets in a couple of crosses, as do Smith and Turbull but Hobson lacks the mobility to get on the end of them. A great ball from Taylor to feet gives Hobson the chance to finish in the corner from 16 yards. 1-0 to the Imps and just at the right time too with just 4 minutes to wind down until the break.
Both managers kept the faith. Smith has an early chance,but terns inside and fires straight at Pickford. A great cross by Sheridan on the overlap finds Taylor who is denied again by Pickford. Another slick move between Jordan and Sheridan finds Taylor, who plays to Hobson, but he slices wide. Tomlinson has the legs on Brown but Farman makes himself big to smoother the shot.
Alfreton are game with an end to end game, increasing in speed and quality. A great couple of step-overs from Smith sees him turn inside and hammer goalward, but hero Pickford saves again. A double change for the Reds sees Meadows on for Hewitt and Clayton replaced by Arnold. Oliver then comes on for Hobson. A great run from Smith, saw him roast his man before pulling back for Power who shoots narrowly over.
A tenacious attack from Alfreton sees Boyce clear to Jordan who plays to Power who just fails to control and the move breaks down. Arnold then fizzes wide. Oliver chests down to Taylor who shoots straight at the keeper. Pickford hits long but Boyce picks Tomlinson’s pocket brilliantly. Its end to end stuff with some great late saving challenges at both ends from Sheridan, Street, Miller and Anton Brown.
Taylor needs treatment after a dig from Quinn. Alfreton swap full-backs with Sheridan and Smith now running riot down the flanks. A neat back heal from Taylor finds Power but his chip is claimed by Pickford. Alfreton are however dangerous on the break with Miller and Boyce bringing an end to two promising counters. Sheridan and Jordan are both continuing their fine respective runs of form. A great effort from Oliver sees him go for the corner only for Pickford to brilliantly claw it back. With Taylor lurking skipper Kempson bravely puts his body on the line to block the rebound.
An Oliver Taylor front two will serve us well if we can keep it together you feel. That said we got lucky for the winner on 80 minutes, with the ref ignoring the offside flag as Taylor failed to beat the delivery of a second ball. Nat Brown puts the ball back into the area and Oliver out-jumps the keeper, heads over him and then taps home from 12 yards. Oliver, nursing a groin strain has not lost a header so far and shows what we have missed in terms of physical presence and technique since his suspension and injury.
Jake Jones comes on for Taylor as the Imps drop a gear to hold on for the win and save some energy for Monday given the incredible results going on around us. Farman gets a late yellow for running down time as the fourth official signals 4 minutes of injury time. Oliver also gets a 90th minute yellow for a foul on Quinn. It matters little as The Mighty Imps take 9 points from a possible 9. Bring on Cambridge this Bank Holiday Monday, let’s put this season to bed!
The Imps now sit on 49 points, in a lofty 15th position. But Stockport, who drop into the drop zone after a 1-1 draw at Macc are just 3 points behind. We move a point above Tamworth, who lost 0-1 to the Stags and Gateshead, who drew 2-2 with Southport. Port have halted a losing streak but are now just a point above the drop. Nuneaton win 3-0 at Telford who are now down. Barrow got a spirited draw at Grimsby to keep another clean sheet. It’s still close at the bottom, but the 51 points target is looking a lot closer and a lot more realistic going into Monday’s games.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
48% Ball 52%
5 Shots on 12
4 Misses 3
7 Saves 3
3 Corners 4
4 Offside 5
15 Fouls 14
1 Yellows 4
1 Reds 0
BSP Table 30/3/13
|4||Newport County AFC||39||21||8||10||74||53||21||71|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||40||18||10||12||59||40||19||64|
|24||AFC Telford United||42||5||16||21||49||72||-23||31|