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Are The Imps Safe or Northern Premier league Bound?

There are bound to be mixed views amongst Imps after the draw against part-time AFC Telford. This is only natural given  on-loan striker Kyle Perry came back to haunt us, plus the yield of just 1 point as opposed to the 3 on offer against one of our rivals at the wrong end of the table.

We are actually on our longest unbeaten run so far this season – three draws to be exact – but 3 points from 9 is borderline relegation form in most divisions in England’s football pyramid.

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They do say the table does not lie, particularly by this stage of the season. Our problem as ever is home form,  with the divisional rank at Sincil Bank (17th) comparable to our away escapades (18th).  Given two games to come against Hayes plus games against all our rivals we must start to take maximum points from our home games at least. One win  may only be three points on paper but nick a draw in the next one and the confidence will rise almost as fast your League position at the wrong end of the table. Stockport apart none of our biggest threats got a result on Saturday.

The Imps BSP Breakdown
Lincoln City F.C. badge.png G W D L F A GD GOAL AV(F) GOAL AV(A) PTS AVE Pts Rank
Home Record 17 5 6 6 21 21 0 1.24 1.24 1.24 21 17
Away Record 17 3 3 11 15 29 -14 0.88 1.71 0.71 12 18
Overall Record 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 1.06 1.47 0.97 33 17

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Although we are on our longest unbeaten run of the season – 3 draws – with just one defeat in 5, we also have just the one win going into the short trip to the Stags. As well as being a local derby the Holdsworth homecoming will lead to a very passionate affair with hundreds of Imps set to travel.  We then face Alfreton at home and Bath away, two must win matches.  The subsequent home game against Newport and away trip to Hayes also need to see at least 4 points because the home games against Tamworth and Cambridge will be very tough. We will then travel to the resurgent Stockport County,  play Darlo at home and Fleetwood away.  Hayes will be our last home game of the season with Ebbsfleet away very much the last throw of the dice.

Current form – Last 5′s
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Last 5 5 1 3 1 7 6 1 1.40 1.20 1.20 6 14
Last 5 Home 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 1.40 1.60 1.00 5 20
Last 5 Away 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 1.40 1.60 1.00 5 10

BSP Relegation Rumble as at 25th Feb 2012

POS TEAM P W D L F A GD PTS
15 up 7 Ebbsfleet United 34 10 10 14 52 59 -7 40
16 down 16 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33
17 down 17 Lincoln City 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 33
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 33 7 11 15 33 48 -15 32
19 down 19 Stockport County 35 6 14 15 39 57 -18 32
20 down 20 Darlington * 34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28
21 down 21 Alfreton Town 33 7 7 19 41 72 -31 28
22 down 16 Kettering Town 34 7 7 20 34 76 -42 28
23 down 6 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27
24 down 24 Bath City 34 3 9 22 31 68 -37 18

Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin

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When we look at our month-by-month form, the appointment of David Holdsworth is clearly proving to be a step in the right direction and one that statistically appears to be upward.  We are 5 points above the relegation places as the previous table shows with Bath are pretty much down. The three remaining places sees four teams separated by just a point, so it is tight and 4 points from the six against 23rd placed Hayes would do everyone a big favour. The Jim Gannon effect has also seen Stockport open up a 4 point gap on the bottom five. The Hatters are now just two places and 1 crucial point behind our good selves.

Month-By-Month 
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August 6 1 2 3 7 10 -3 1.17 1.67 0.83 5 17
September 6 1 1 4 2 6 -4 0.33 1.00 0.67 4 20
October 6 2 1 3 7 11 -4 1.17 1.83 1.17 7 14
November 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 1.25 1.25 1.50 6 9
December 4 1 1 2 4 4 0 1.00 1.00 1.00 4 13
January 5 1 1 3 6 9 -3 1.20 1.80 0.80 4 16
February 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 1.67 1.67 1.00 3 13

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Highs & Lows
Longest winning Run  1 Game
Worst losing streak 4 Games
Longest unbeaten run 3 Games (we are currently on it)
Longest winless streak 5 Games
Biggest Home Win 3-0 Ebbsfleet United
Biggest Away Win Alfreton Town 3-1, Forest Green Rovers 2-0
Heaviest Home Defeat 0-2 Kettering Town, 1-3 Fleetwood Town, 0-2 York City
Heaviest Away Defeat Tamworth 0-4
Highest Aggregate Score 3-3 Braintree Town & Gateshead

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PERFORMANCE
Highest Gate 5506 Grimsby Town
Lowest Gate 1587 Gateshead
Average Attendance 2396
Total Turnstile Clicks 40736

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Imps 1 AFC Telford 1 Perry Pounces to spoil the view from the Stacey West

The Imps and AFC Telford shared the spoils from a game dubbed a relegation dogfight six-pointer at Sincil Bank. Kyle Perry proved that point we half suspected with a decent strike it must be said, undone by a Blackburn own goal, but there was oh so much more in this far from poor draw that leaves both sides looking over their shoulder as we move to the business end of the season.

For the benefit of the visiting Bucks, first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you would care to shake an Imp or Buck at. 

Thanks for taking the time to read Neil Gentleman-Hobbs view from the Stacey West, the home from home  of Lincolnshire’s largest choir.

The Teams & Schemes 

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Lincoln City 4-4-2

1 Anyon 

26 Robson 4 Williams 5 Gowling 3 Nutter

31 Bore 8 Power 34 Thompson 30 Almond 

16 Pacquette 10 Louis

Substitutions 81 Taylor on for Pacquette 82 Rodney on for Almond 90 Christophe on for Bore

Substitutes 21 Draper, 17 Nicolau 27 Christophe 7 Taylor 32 Rodney

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AFC Telford 4-4-2

1 Young

23 Valentine 18 Blackburn 6 Killock 3 Newton

27 Smith 15 Rooney 29 Jones

9 Perry 22 Brown 25 Sharp

Substitutions: Brooke on for Sharp 82 Davies on for Smith 85 cain on for Perry

Substitutes 32 Robinson 16 Preston 20 Davies 28 Cain 21 Brooke

But to the game footy fans to the game………………………

With Bore, the former Grimbarian from the northernmost outreaches of the Lincolnshire empire, pushed forward to wide right and  twinkle toed tangerine Almond on the other flank,  the 4-4-2 formation looked a tasty solution with cousins Pacquette and Louis free to plunder.  Kyle Perry, the artist formerly known as our on-loan number 9, acting as the fulcrum of a 4-3-3 facing ex-friends and now perhaps forever foes, the fatty chants from ex-fans filled the air.  His first minute miss- hit  in front of the baying Stacey West amused. The chants went up an octave as  Jefferson Louis was denied at the other end by a brave block from Newton. Telford are a plucky if not aesthetic side with a ferocious Smith  drive deflected but a foot wide of the home end goal.

Power, industrious and eager to please hacked away a corner at one end before feeding Almond who was denied by a superb save from Young.  Thomson fizzed over from a good 30 yards and Pacquette unleashed the exoset only for Young to deny him a worthy opener.  Valentine roasted all and sundry delivering a peach of a cross that caused havoc, deflecting off Gowling at the far post before nestling in the safe hands of Anyon who again earned his money today.

It was end to end stuff, low on quality but plenty of exciting huff and puff. Louis fired just wide before Perry wrote the script we had all feared.  On 24 minutes Valentine again tore us to shreds down the flank, delivering deep for the unmarked on-loan portly villain to take a touch before hammering a humdinger that crashed home off the bar.  The jeers were music to Perry’s ears as he rubbed a belly that could hold the best part of a barrel full of beer just yards from the madding crowd.

The fans continued to get behind the Imps during a scrappy next eight minutes that showed we too were capable of evening the score.  Power was fouled, up stepped Nutter and Almond with the former pulling rank as captain. The 25 yard miss-hit grass cutter cannoned in off the hapless Blackburn giving the thus far impressive Young no chance. From tears and jeers to cheers for the unfairly chastised pot bellied Perry’s former peers and there was still 20 percent of the half to go.

Pacquette could not believe that Young made himself big enough to deny another goal-bound thunder bolt, likewise Almond, though he miscued into the arms of the thankful keeper.  Jefferson Louis was showing a touch that shone like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside, acting the unselfish link man for both efforts.

The second half saw the Imps attack the vociferous faithful from the off, Almond a tad adventurous with a 25 yard curler.  Robson, far better than Bore on the overlap,  sent over a peach perhaps a foot too much for both Louis and Pacquette to convert.  Almond went for glory when Louis was far better placed to give us the lead.  Power then shot wide after a fantastic forty-five yard ball from the at last roasting Robson.  Pacquette, alas his luck clearly out today, sliced wide after a goalmouth scramble that the IMPassioned home end   failed to suck home.  Oh the joys of the boys coming at us with a spring in their step.

Penalty box bouncer Brooke, last weeks hero for the Bucks in the 1-0 win over Braintree, came on for a rather blunt Sharp and turned instant villain, fowling Gowling. Perry was denied by a fabulous full length save from Anyon, clearly he had glue on his gloves.  Bore then showed a flash of what he is capable of roasting, giving and then receiving only for Young to again block when one on one, as destiny and a certain winner beckoned.

The game got physical with Smith and Thompson both terriers in the tackle for their respective sides.  Tireless Tyrone seemed alone against a three man midfield at times as Bore snored and Power pirouetted out near the Echo Stand hinterlands, allowing the plucky Bucks to buck the trend and force two corners.  Forget who ate all the pies, the discomfort in the home end was all to apparent as the discomforting bowl movements from the half time repas of many came home to roost ‘neath the Stacey West roof.  Perhaps forewarned of the perils of sitting deep Holdsworth made a double change with more forward prowess produced from the bench, Taylor replacing Pacquette and Rodney on for Almond. Telford put Davies on for Smith who had certainly earned his wedge today. Though his style was not for the feint hearted in these parts we poachers tend to admire such a pheasant plucker.

Sound the Sincil cavalry charge then. Jefferson Louis fired a ferocious piledriver a whisker wide before Robson’s long throw clearly bounced up – ball to hand perhaps – to communal screams for a penalty. Louis again glanced wide from  eight yards falling to the floor head in hands, for he knew that was a golden if not last chance at the Sincil saloon. But oh contraire,  as route one Anyon found Gowling, who flicked on to Taylor, a whirling dervish, but to ‘oohs and arghs’ his cross goal drive flew a fivers breadth wide of the face of the post. Again Jamie, a name that conjures fond memories hereabouts twisted and turned to win a corner.  All but Anyon were up as Gowling headed agonisingly wide.  Telford the part-timers had half tamed the fully pro Imps, with Perry bagging the prize before our very eyes. Fair play Kyle you clapped every stand professionally and we’ll excuse that deserved smile.

Lincoln City 1 – 1 AFC Telford (H/T 1-1)

Scorers

Imps – OG Blackburn 32

Bucks Perry 24

Ref: Scott Duncan

Attendance 2438 ( 2296 Imps 142 Bucks)

Possession

Imps 53 % Bucks 47%

Shots on target

The Imps 4 Bucks 3

Shots off target

The Imps 8 Bucks 1

Saves

The Imps 2 Bucks 3

Corners

The Imps 4 Bucks 7

Offsides

The Imps 0 Bucks 3

Fouls

The Imps 11 Bucks 6

Yellows

The Imps 0 Bucks 0

BSP Standings 25th Feb 2012

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Fleetwood Town 34 24 7 3 80 37 43 79
2 up 9 Wrexham 33 23 5 5 60 21 39 74
3 down 1 Luton Town 33 17 11 5 62 28 34 62
4 down 4 Southport 34 17 7 10 53 56 -3 58
5 No Change York City 33 15 12 6 65 36 29 57
6 up 7 Kidderminster Harriers 34 16 9 9 60 46 14 57
7 up 2 Mansfield Town 33 14 13 6 54 38 16 55
8 down 8 Grimsby Town 32 16 6 10 64 45 19 54
9 up 11 Gateshead 33 15 9 9 53 48 5 54
10 up 5 Barrow 34 15 7 12 53 48 5 52
11 up 10 Forest Green Rovers 34 12 13 9 47 33 14 49
12 down 2 Cambridge United 31 13 10 8 40 28 12 49
13 down 13 Braintree Town 34 13 7 14 56 60 -4 46
14 up 2 Tamworth 33 11 8 14 41 52 -11 41
15 up 7 Ebbsfleet United 34 10 10 14 52 59 -7 40
16 down 16 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33
17 down 17 Lincoln City 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 33
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 33 7 11 15 33 48 -15 32
19 down 19 Stockport County 35 6 14 15 39 57 -18 32
20 down 20 Darlington * 34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28
21 down 21 Alfreton Town 33 7 7 19 41 72 -31 28
22 down 16 Kettering Town 34 7 7 20 34 76 -42 28
23 down 6 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27
24 down 24 Bath City 34 3 9 22 31 68 -37 18

Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin

Hearn, Shaw & Vardy look good Golden Boot BSP Bets

With the surprising absence of high-flying Wrexham FC,  Luton Town and York  , goal greedy Grimsby Town now have three of the top twenty goalscorers in the race for the BSP bronze boot, with only Shaw of Gateshead FC, Vardy of Fleetwood Town and Green of Mansfield Town within 6 goals of him.  Next comes Willock of Ebbsfleet before we return to Grimsby in the form of new signing Soares.

Hit-man-Hearn is in fact just one league goal in front of Shaw, who actually eclipes him as the non-leagues deadliest marksman when one includes the cup competitions.  Shaw has 5 penalties to thank for his lofty position, while Hearn currently leaves the penalties to Elding who could in turn have to pass that responsibility to Soares, a mercurial midfielder who has bagged 5 of his 15 goals from the spot.

Here are the BSP sharp shooters up to and including the weekend white outs and last nights Trophy result, in order of BSP goals scored.

Player BSP Cups Total
Hearn (Grimsby Town) 23 0 23
Shaw (Gateshead) – inc 5 pens 22 4 26
Vardy (Fleetwood Town) 19 3 22
Green (Mansfield Town)  – inc 2 pens 17 0 17
Willock (Ebbsfleet United)  – inc 2 pens 16 1 17
Gray T (Southport)  – inc 1 pen 15 0 15
Soares (Grimsby + Hayes & Yeading)  – inc 5 pens 15 0 15
Walker (York City)  – inc 2 pens 13 0 15
Boyes (Barrow)  – inc 1 pen 13 2 15
Cook (Barrow) 13 0 13
Speight (Wrexham)  – inc 4 pens 13 0 11
Rose (Fleetwood & Newport)  – inc 2 pens 11 0 13
Mangan (Fleetwood Town)  – inc 2 pens 11 1 12
Christie (Tamworth)  – inc 6 pens 10 1 11
Elding (Grimsby Town)  – inc 2 pens 10 4 14
Marks (Braintree Town ) 10 0 10
Matt (Kidderminster Harriers) 10 3 13
Wright (Braintree Town )  – inc 2 pens 10 0 10
Wright (Kidderminster Harriers)  – inc 2 pens 10 2 12
Blair (York City) 9 5 14

Is Bob Dorrian The Sincil Saviour?

Bob Dorrian is a self confessed fan of the Imps, has been for 55 years.  Even his staunchest critics cannot deny that he has made decisions from the heart – perhaps even when they have  been costly or wrong ones.  Born and bred just 200 Yards from the Bank,  he heard the calling at 7 and, although there is no doubting his commitment to the club despite being almost lumbered with the Chairmanship; no one can deny that his money has not kept us alive since the Autumn.

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So surely Bob’s omni-benevolent motives outweigh all else, as we await the plan that will save the day on Monday?  He is after all an affable guy, who certainly seems to mean well,  but there are a couple of nagging doubts he must answer before we hoist up the Lincoln flag, so to speak.

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The  biggest question mark clearly comes courtesy of the need for a Holding Company as part of the plan. Will Lincoln City Holdings  mean we have lost the ownership of Sincil Bank, valued at millions, in exchange for the short term need for £500,000 to plug our obligations. Indeed if the figure does not comprise free funds for team building, what or who’s purpose does it really serve?

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Let us hope that Monday’s announcement will also confirm that the half a million pounds investment will be all new money. Understandably, Bob has a £125,000 unsecured loan (as does a substantially less exposed Chris Travers) that needs to be accommodated in the sums somewhere along the line. Let us hope this is not converted into share capital as part of this ‘way forward’. If it is that would be a real shame given it would be a quarter of the sum that has seen the need for a creation of a holding company to cover the clubs current liabilities.

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Liabilities  that, according to the Chairman on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, would have seen things come to a head in mid-February.  No one can argue that, but a ‘short term needs must step’  from a board with a consistently unsuccessful track record, will understandably raise a few eyebrows until we know exactly what is going on.

For now, ahead of our weekly football day,  the club PR machine will continue to build the momentum towards the Monday press conference.  We can even have a Q & A with Bob  to possibly answer most of those nagging suspicions. But in truth the only thing the remaining faithful really care about is a decent team. No one is expecting us to win every week, but surely someone born so close to Sincil Bank must realise that funds for the team are key.

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Club and Trust spokesmen suggested the funding is earmarked for behind the scenes. That means little to us fans even if it should and precious less to a club that can ill-afford further on-field decline.  Although supporters at a community should know and care a lot more for the minutiae that is really going on, its the team we love.  That is why there has not been an outcry that we have been kept in the dark surely?

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Let’s face it the last thing we need is a Trojan horse story after what we have been through. After all that is what the directors, builders and developers are being  entrusted with as custodians of the Mighty Imps,  now a defenceless local institution. And that is what it boils down to as we endeavour to keep the faith, because bottom line – In Bob We Must Trust

 

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Leicester City Recall Keeper

Young Leicester City keeper Adam Smith has returned to his parent club after failing to make an appearance during his loan spell at Lincoln City.   Adam had been due to stay until April but the Foxes surprisingly decided to recall him.  Could it be that he had in fairness come here for games but instead found himself on the bench for all 3 matches?

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Adam is not getting a lot of games and has yet to make a league appearance despite spending  a month on loan to Chesterfield.  Having signed mid September,  first team keeper Tommy Lee  received positive scan results for a groin injury, limiting him to the bench. Kasper Schmeichel and Chris Weale also continue to block the progress of a talented lad who just needs games to prove himself.

Good luck Adam, don’t forget to tell the Foxes how nice it could be at a Community club on the up.

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Former Chairman Urges Imps To Buy £100 in shares

John Roddam, the former Chairman of the Lincoln City Supporters Trust,  has penned a personal plea  to the clubs 800 shareholders.  He is asking fans to dig deep and purchase  £100 of new shares that could see around £80,000 going into the club at a very critical time indeed.

A typical and excellent initiative from John, but one wonders what the Football Club  and Trust boards appear so preoccupied with given the Sincil Silence. Or is this the silence before the storm?

Dear fellow Shareholder,

Having attended the AGM it is quite clear that the club is desperate for cash which is why I am writing to you

Firstly let me make it clear that this is my initiative and the only input from the club is the posting out of the letters as they hold the shareholder register.

We can all sit around and moan that it is the fault of the Board, the Manager or the players but that will not solve the financial position. We must learn from the mistakes of the recent past but now is the time to look forward If we want the Imps to survive and grow. Let us all pull together and get back to TEAM LINCOLN like we had in the recent past.

I am urging each shareholder to purchase a minimum of £100 of additional shares or more if you are able to. There are approx. 800 shareholders so this exercise should help bolster the clubs finances.

If companies who are shareholders could make a more sizeable contribution then maybe we could hit the magic £100,000.

An application form for your completion is enclosed which can be posted or delivered to the club on your next visit.

I would like to thank some fellow shareholders who have helped me with the costs so that the club have not incurred any costs whatsoever.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and let us hope we can start to turn things around.

Yours sincerely

John Roddam

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AA’s View: You think this is bad? Get used to it!

STMI welcomes Andrew Abbott, beginning with his take on the Lincoln City V Carshalton Athletic game this weekend.

Saturday was something of a new low in the long and not always distinguished history of Lincoln City and, for those not at Sincil Bank, things got a bit ugly at half time and security was in evidence towards the end as, presumably board members feared for their eardrums if not their safety. Amusingly, for us regulars, there was quite a bit of noise in the Echo stand as, not being allowed in their usual end some of the Stacey Westers decided it would be fun to liven up us old codgers and livened up we were although we would have preferred it to be as a result of exciting play rather than fans venting their fury at perceived failings at boardroom level. That’s the way it seemed at the half time rumpus. Later David Holdsworth was to find out the chaps and chapesses are not too happy with him either what with all the chopping and changing.

Talking of chopping and changing, that would be ok if there was some dramatic improvement of the teams prospects a la John Beck who you may remember and it is becoming a bit of a memory now, carried out wholesale team rebuilding and after a short time the team was unrecognisable but so was the league position. The trouble is, the team is becoming unrecognisable but what we are seeing seems to us uneducated proles, if anything worse than what we were seeing before. Are Gowling and McCallum REALLY inferior to their replacements despite the manager’s words on the radio?

On to the cup tie and it’s painful to even recall it to be honest, it started well enough but it didn’t take long, well one is tempted to say didn’t take long for City to descend to Carshalton’s level but that would be grossly unfair to our opponents who put up a spirited effort to win the tie albeit by employing tactics designed to stifle City. Why shouldn’t they? We’re the home team after all.

Most fans would have expected City to try to pass pass pass and eventually tire out the part timers. Well if they were trying to pass the ball it wasn’t too evident and soon enough City were lumping it anywhere as we made Carshalton look like, well not world beaters but you know what we mean. Even when they hit the post City seemed unable to raise their game and frankly went from bad to worse as Carshalton scented blood and, for them a major scalp. Don’t know about you but it didn’t feel like City deserved that giant status afforded us on the opposition’s website. It was just embarrassing.

That’s the problem. Most of us turned up hoping, expecting even a nice relaxing afternoon as City got amongst the goals and eased through to the next round drawing hopefully another easy tie, mugs that we are. Back to where we started, the board should  be very fearful that this debacle will turn even more fans away from supporting City. They can always come back when things improve, or can they? We’re constantly being told that things are very tight at the Bank (that was Bank with a capital B but it might also be the other one) in fact fans are getting fed up to the back teeth of hearing it. Things are very tight with a lot of families yet the club expect fans to turn out and pay league prices to watch football that wouldn’t be out of place at Carshalton’s level. After all, they certainly coped well enough with anything we could throw at them didn’t they?

Hopefully, yesterday represented Carshalton’s best chance of going through to the next round and our supposed greater fitness levels will see us onwards and upward although on yesterdays evidence one wouldn’t bank on it.

Read a version of this and many more Lincoln City articles together with others on life in Lincolnshireon Andrew Abbotts blog at http://hykehamwriter.blogspot.com

Elding Hits Back As ‘Gesture’ Investigation Continues

Grimsby captain and former Stockport County and Lincoln City striker Anthony Elding, currently  being investigated for making improper gestures to Lincoln fans during the New Years day clash, has strenuously denied any wrong doing in today’s Grimsby Telegraph.

It would be improper to comment as the accusations are still being investigated,  but Elding vehemently denies any wrongdoing on the day and says both he and his family have been upset with the accusations.  Here is a transcript from the Telegraph article.

The 29-year-old frontman who scored in the Town triumph told the Telegraph: “I’m really upset with the comments that have been made towards me.

“Being a Lincoln player myself in the past, I did enjoy my time there and the fans were great to me.

“For some of them to now come out and say I allegedly made gestures towards them in the game at Blundell Park hurts me.

“What they are saying is false.

“Obviously, I did give them a little bit of stick.

“I know what derby games are all about and what they mean to fans of both sides.

“Being in that Grimsby shirt, I wanted to do all that I could to upset the Lincoln fans on the pitch.

“But the accusations made towards me were absolutely false.

“I’m really annoyed with it.

“I haven’t heard anything from Grimsby Town or Lincoln or for that matter the police so, as far as I’m concerned, it’s over with.

“If they want to say anything more then I will respond again.”

While defending himself, Elding has also questioned the hypocrisy after sections of the Imps fans hurled verbal abuse his way during both festive derby encounters.

He added: “Let’s be right, I got abused in both games home and away.

“Some of the stuff I got called was horrendous.

“I was called a gypsy, which I could say is racial, but I don’t want to go down that route.

“Obviously they did, but I didn’t do anything and it looks as though they are being proven wrong.

“The most important thing for me was that Grimsby Town won the points on the day – and we did.”

FULL ARTICLE HERE

4 in 4 Barraclough Stays At Buxton

 

Buxton FC, of the Evo-Stik Premier, will keep in-form striker Bradley Baraclough on loan until the end of the season. The exciting 22-year-old has now scored in four consecutive games since David Holdsworth sent him to the Silverlands in search of some much needed match practice, but the loan duration does suggest his best chances of staying at Lincoln are now behind him, although the Imps do retain an emergency claw back, should his and our scoring record continue.

 

 

Local lad Bradley earned a one year deal at the Imps when his father famously used the medium of Youtube as an advertising channel. After spending his childhood in Lincolnshire and playing for the county at junior level, he won a scholarship in psychology at Bellarmine University in the USA, scoring 52 goals for the Bellarmine University Knights. Former Imps manager Steve Tilson praised him for his work rate and felt he had done enough for a one year deal.

 

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Buxton, who play at 5,200 capacity’ The Silverlands’,  two leagues down from the Imps in the Evo-Stick,  are now third from bottom (20th) and fighting the drop . Watched by around 300,  new player-manager Scott Maxfield was quick to move for Bradley on loan to play him in a lone striker role. On his debut a crisp right footer gave the Bucks a 3-2   lead as they went on to move above relegation rivals Whitby Town  with a vital 4-3 away win.  Bradley then gave them the lead over mid-table and local rivals Matlock, however  3 reds and 7 yellows  not only disrupted the flow leading to a 1-1 draw, but ensured Boxing Day lived up to its name.

 

With vital players missing,  Bradley swept home the opener, albeit just a consolation in the end,  as Buxton endured a 1-4 heartbreaking home defeat to Stocksbridge Park Steels, who moved one place and 2 points above the Bucks.  Despite having lost that six-pointer, a daunting visit to second place Northwich Victoria saw Bradley score a last gasp header to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw last Saturday.  This means Buxton remain just 2 points below Stocksbridge and 4 behind Frickley and Mickleover, with 2 games in hand over all 3 rivals.

Impstats 2011/12

Competition Apps (sub) Goals Yellows Reds
League 4  (8) 0 0 0

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For those who missed it, here is the video that tempted us.

From Fulham FC to a Football Trinity

Adam Watts has fallen from Fulham FC to the non-league with Lincoln and  in many eyes, the further indignity of the BSN with  Gainsborough Trinity, now owned by Peter Swann husband to Karin, the Chairman of retailer Wilkinson .  Adam and one of football’s oldest names’ resurrection continued on Saturday with a 2-0 win over runaway League leaders Hyde FC.  Despite the Tigers  being 11 points clear two Kevin Sandwith crosses allowed Kendall to fire the first and captain Cowan to poke home the winner.

Adam made the bench for Fulham 3 times against CSKA Sofia, Manchester City and MK Dons, but never played first team football for The Cottagers, prior to that fateful loan deal to Lincoln, thanks to Ian Pearces contacts.  The youngster signed permanently,  suffered a horror break and then relegation from the very League itself, before bearing the brunt of changes at City.  Ironic perhaps, that the Imps replaced Gainsborough  in the Football League in 1912 with Trinity unable to compete with the financial might of the old Division Two.  But now they are backed by Peter Swann, who has learned that big names like Little are not a patch on  Steve Housham, Gainsborough born and bred.  The ex-midfielder played over 115 games for Scunthorpe United before dropping out of the League to join Barrow – initially on loan like Danny Hone – and Brigg Town who he went on to manage for 4 years prior to becoming Little’s no2.  Its not just local and non-league knowledge, Steve has learned an awful lot from from Brian Laws who he also shared  the odd promotion with  as a player.  So it was perhaps no surprise to see Peter Swan promote him to the top job in September 2011.

Adam deserves a happier phase in his life after a tough couple of years on and off the pitch. A man-manager like Housham and the love of his local girlfriend is just the tonic Adam Watts needs after the death of his father down in London. Add Peter Swans money –  not to mention infectious ambition –  and Adam could well come back to haunt us next season given Trinity, sitting sixth,  look true play-off contenders.  Trinity Winger Levy Reid has joined from AFC Telford this week  with defender Mark Gray off to  Frickley Athletic.  Trinity have also signed  young Grimsby Town goal machine, Sam Mulready on a permanent basis.  He scored for fun in the youth team but did not make the cut as financial clouds gathered at Blundell Park.  Sam signed his first pro deal with the Mariners (6 months) in the summer and had loan deals at Boston and Trinity up until December, before being released this week.  This lad has a future and will fetch money in the game.

Sixth placed Gainsborough saunter to Solihull Moors next week before enjoying two successive home games over BSP drop-outs Histon and Altrincham.  Take six points from the nine available and who knows.

1 Hyde F.C. 26 18 5 3 59 26 33 59
2 Stalybridge 24 14 6 4 53 31 22 48
3 Guiseley… 22 13 5 4 47 25 22 44
4 Nuneaton T… 24 12 6 6 39 24 15 42
5 FC Halifax… 23 12 6 5 49 36 13 42
6 Gainsborough. 23 13 2 8 39 32 7 41
7 Worcester … 24 11 5 8 42 39 3 38
8 Corby Town… 23 10 5 8 40 29 11 35