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Lincoln 1 Gateshead 1 The Burnley Boy Strikes!

Burnley FC centre-back Tom Anderson would get the man of the match for this one and deservedly so as Lincoln entertained Gateshead a club on the rise managed by one time Imps target Gary Mills.  We were the underdogs in this one facing a budget three times our own and a side unbeaten in five with a penchant for draws.

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First the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Tynesider at.

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Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

H/T 0-0
Scorers  Anderson 55′ Wright 63
Attendance 2394  (2338 Imps 56 Silkmen)
Ref Mr Johnson

Teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller  25  Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne (Y)

12 Mendy 10 Ledsham

23 Sam-Yorke 5 Bencherif  22 Marshall

11 Tomlinson

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19 Rankine 29 Wright  

11 Finnigan 8 Turnbull 23 Rodman 7 Oster

15 Allan (Y) 6 Clark 5 Curtis   2 Jones (Y)

1 Bartlett

Mills goes  4-4-2

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 Subs & substitutions

The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Capricel 14 Nolan, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  87′ Power on for Sam-Yorke 
The Head Bench:  9 Shaw, 10 Guy, 12 Ramshaw, 14 Brown, 16 Baxter.
Substitutions:   67′ Guy on for Rodman. on for 


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To the game fellow football fans to the game…………

Both sides hit long balls before Miller gets the chance for a long throw that  Sam-Yorke gets a head to as it loops off Curtis for a corner.  The visitors are struggling at the back against the height and physical presence of Lincoln it would seem.  A late one from Jones on Ledsham  earns him a card.  The visitors put a decent three man move together but Mendy robs Rankine superbly.

The interchangeability of Mills players is not quite total football but  it is unsettling the Imps  with a patient build up. One such 5-man move sees Turnbull find Danny Wright who heads against the post, but, the offside flag it raised as the scribblers get their rubbers out.  Curtis and Sam-Yorke tangle with the Imp raising an arm but fortunately getting away with it.  Lincoln are reasserting themselves again but any final balls are poor.  Rankine is getting plenty of space from Diagne but Bencherif spares his blushes.

Marshall is taking the corners tonight and to be diplomatic we are missing Newton’s delivery. Tomlinson is working hard, he plays to Bencherif who thunders a 40-yard hay-maker wide. Both sides are cancelling each other out which is a credit to the Imps with a budget a third of the visitors size.  The Heeds quality of distribution and movement shows it is money well spent even if they are flattering to deceive in the opening half an hour. This may account for the recent run of three draws in an unbeaten five. Ledsham almost gets Sam-Yorke away but the back four have stepped up to catch him offside.

Miller and Diagne do seem to be staying back although Sam-Yorke beats Rodman to earn a corner. Marshall delivers Hamza misses and Tomlinson scythes just over the bar.  A Jones throw causes a bit of a skirmish in the box before the ball is cleared giving Ledsham the chance to stretch his legs.  Clarke beats him for pace and ends our most exciting opportunity of the game so far. Another poor corner from Marshall which frustrating given these seem to be our best opportunity for a gaol. Then again a wayward 40-yarder from Mendy is another option.  Anderson challenges Wright who wants a penalty but referee Johnson is having none of that.

The fact that Robinson has scored again for Boston lifts the spirits in the stands, bored by the over-elaborate passing of Gateshead, more intent on their possession football that has not really threatened. Tomlinson hits a 25-yarder which is well saved by Bartlett. Marshall gets free to thunder a drive wide.

Dangerman Rodman has woken up at last and  is promptly clattered first by Diagne and then by Townsend, with Diagne getting the card. To the surprise of the Imps and the consternation of the travelling Tynesiders, Gateshead get a corner as opposed to a penalty.  Don’t you just love the officials at this level. The hand signals were another confusing part of the pantomime, forcing many a fan to almost fo;;ow through and we couldn’t blame the coffee substitute this time!

Townsend smothers another but the temperature and tempo is increasing as Rodman weaves, shoots and sees Townsend save again. Bencherif lines up for a free-kick 30-yards out it takes two deflections and all in the ground scream for a penalty as Sam-Yorke goes down under a challenge from Clarke. The ref however points for a goal-kick.

Second half

Finnigan fouls Sam-Yorke for an early second-half card and Tomlinson fizzes the set-piece wide.  Marshall picks Rodman’s pocket and Anderson gets away with being somewhat too amorous with Wright.  Sam-Yorke brilliantly sells and roasts Clark , he squares, but Ledsham is not sharp enough to finish.  Rodman plays to Oster who twists, turns and serves his centre only for Rankine to fluff his lines. Mills is not best pleased, although, he would win best dressed in a suit so sharp you would by a car off him.

A great corner from Tomlinson finds Anderson to head home with aplomb and a most unexpected but welcome lead. Anderson appears injured once all the players clamber off him, however he gets to his feet to acknowledge the crowd.

The game certainly needed a goal with Mills considering a change, then the Imps turn off at a corner.  Oster drives the ball across, it deflects off  Brown and Wright finishes with a sweet volley at the far post.  A real result for the Imps as Lewis Guy replaces Alex Rodman. Tomlinson roasts Allen and crosses to Sam-Yorke. His shot is saved and Tomlinson on the follow up is beaten by the angle. Sam-Yorke robs and then beats Clarke; lays it on a plate for Ledsham, alas, again he fluffs his lines.

There is endeavour at both ends yet the final ball is lacking from both sides.  You can see why Gateshead draw so many games 1-1.  Townsend does save well from Guy when the great approach play finally conjures a well overdue shot.  Sam-Yorke makes way for Power as Tomlison goes down the middle.  A late Tomlinson corner finds Bencherif he heads downward but Bartlett somehow gets down to it at the expense of a corner. Power gets a yellow for a deliberate but needless trip on Oster  as the Imps grind out an impressive point against Gateshead. Not a classic but this is a point earned not two lost for the Imps.  Lincoln sit 14th the Heed drop down to seventh.

The Stats & League Table

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Tuesday 30th Sept

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Note: shots on includes  goals plus all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed


50 % Ball 50 %

4 Shots on 6
10 Misses 5
4 Saves 4
9 Corners 3
4 Offside 2
12 Fouls 9
1 Yellows 1
1  Reds 0

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The Table  

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

One In From Burnley FC and Two Out To Boston United & Whitehawk

Burnley FC centre-half  and left-back Tom Anderson is set to make his début at Aldershot tomorrow after his youth loan papers were just about rushed through today. He knows the division well after loan spells FC Halifax Town, Barrow and Hyde.

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Burnley rate the lad highly and he certainly has the battling qualities we need. The 21-year-old began his career at Turf Moor and captained their youth and reserve teams before almost slipping the net through injury. However following  rehab this summer he did enough to earn a new deal at the newly promoted Premier League Club.  A tenacious tackler he earned 5 yellows in an eighteen match stint in the Conference Premier for Barrow

Tom’s full stats here

This from the Burnley FC official site shows the lads character

Spotted at Grosvenor Youth and Portaferry, Tom has represented his country at several age groups and won his first U21 cap in October 2013.  Tom also reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2012, Conlan was given a two-year professional contract by the Clarets in April of that year.
The left-back was initially released from the club in the Summer of 2014 but following a return for rehabilitation on a knee injury, Conlan impressed manager Sean Dyche with his attitude and was picked as a trialist in a pre-season friendly against Accrington Stanley and rewarded another one-year deal in September, 2014.

Boston Bag Connor

Our beloved young super-sub and nearly man Conner Robinson has gone on loan to Lincolnshire rivals and Conference North Side Boston United on a four week loan.

Connors Stats here

Whitehawk  Kabba Coup 

Sahr Kabba has joined  Conference South contenders  Whitehawk FC in an attempt to get match fitness. The prolific goal machine should find his confidence during a six-week stint.  The shortest member of the six-foot soldiers squad by a foot (he is 5′ 4″ tall) STMI’s money is on a roaring return from a player  who got 10 Conference South goals for Havant last term.

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Leicester & Chelsea Legend breeding Internationals At Colwyn Bay!

A legend at Leicester City, Chelsea, Burnley, Huddersfield, Wrexham and Lincoln,  fans will always have a soft spot for Frank Sinclair  – own goals and all.  But having played at the highest level for the red, the blues and all, he is currently cutting his teeth as  manager of Colwyn Bay and doing well if your ask the opinion of his chairman and left back Louis Moss


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During his Leicester City and Chelsea days Frank played for Jamaica before making 92 league appearances for Burnley and then 42 for Huddersfield as a loan turned into a permanent deal. He was a suave defender although his own goals meant he got more in the wrong end than the seven he got throughout his glittering career. But his dedication and, sense of humour got the lad a long way from those harsh Lambeth roots (See full biopic at the bottom).

Frank was a dark horse for the Wrexham job last season  having turned the tiny club from also-rans to a team just 3 points from the play-offs again this season, with a game in hand.  Sinclair, the 42-year-old player gaffer, is building a useful young squad with a terrific shut-out to earn a point against the Division’s money club North Ferriby last Saturday.   This followed hot on the heels of a 4-1 win against Gainsborough and a 3-0 away at  Leamington. Case in point young Moss who is as good with the assists as he is getting back to help and a chip off the old block so to speak.  The full-back is simply chuffed to have received an international call up for Barbados against Haiti in the Concacaf Gold Cup in October.

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Despite the lad missing two games during his international jaunt Frank, a gentleman of the game,  is chuffed

“He will be a big miss for us, but I am happy his early season form has been recognised and he has an opportunity maybe to play in the prestigious Gold Cup against the likes of Brazil and Mexico.

“I played in that for Jamaica so I know the standard of the tournament.”


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Sinclair in 2009
STMI Piopic
Full name Frank Mohammed Sinclair
Date of birth 3 December 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Lambeth
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Current gig in the game
Current team
Colwyn Bay
Youth career
1988–1990 Chelsea
Senior League Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Chelsea 169 (7)
1991–1992 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2004 Leicester City 164 (3)
2004–2007 Burnley 92 (1)
2007 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 29 (0)
2008–2009 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2011 Wrexham 39 (0)
2011 Hendon 10 (0)
2012– Colwyn Bay 70 (6)
International team
1997–2003 Jamaica 28 (1)
Teams managed
2013– Colwyn Bay
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