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.
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|
|G||W||D||L||F||A||GD||GOAL AV(F)||GOAL AV(A)||PTS AVE||Pts||Rank|
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|
|G||W||D||L||F||A||GD||GOAL AV(F)||GOAL AV(A)||PTS AVE||Pts||Rank|
|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
|18||AFC Telford United||33||7||11||15||33||48||-15||32|
|23||Hayes & Yeading||33||7||6||20||45||71||-26||27|
Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin
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.
|G||W||D||L||F||A||GD||GOAL AV(F)A||GOAL AV(A)||PTS AVE||Pts||Rank|
The Seasonal stats so far
|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|
|Highest Gate||5506 Grimsby Town|
|Lowest Gate||1587 Gateshead|
|Total Turnstile Clicks||40736|
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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
Lincoln City 4-4-2
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
AFC Telford 4-4-2
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)
Imps – OG Blackburn 32
Bucks Perry 24
Ref: Scott Duncan
Attendance 2438 ( 2296 Imps 142 Bucks)
Imps 53 % Bucks 47%
Shots on target
The Imps 4 Bucks 3
Shots off target
The Imps 8 Bucks 1
The Imps 2 Bucks 3
The Imps 4 Bucks 7
The Imps 0 Bucks 3
The Imps 11 Bucks 6
The Imps 0 Bucks 0
BSP Standings 25th Feb 2012
|11||Forest Green Rovers||34||12||13||9||47||33||14||49|
|18||AFC Telford United||33||7||11||15||33||48||-15||32|
|23||Hayes & Yeading||33||7||6||20||45||71||-26||27|
Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin
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.
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
For those who missed it, here is the video that tempted us.
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.