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Woking 3 Lincoln 1 Wild Cards For Promotion Then!

Woking FC aka the Cards have Oxford Utd, Doncaster Rovers and Luton Town  quality at their disposal and can keep it on the deck, however, with a referee named Rock, the Imps might fancy their chances.

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

Teams & schemes

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Saturday 6th September KO 3PM
H/T 20
Scorers  15′ Morgan 44′ Payne, 64′ Burrow, 73 Morgan
Attendance 2,160  (1880 Cards  280 Imps )
Ref Mr Rock

Potential teams & schemes

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Hill goes 4-3-3
1 Howe
14 Lewis 6 Clarke  32 Arthur (Y)  5 McNerney
 7 Payne  4 Ricketts 21 Jones
        24 Morgan  9 Rendell  10 Sole

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9 Burrow
11 Tomlinson  15 Sam-Yorke  8 Power
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  5 Bencherif  6 Diagne 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions

The Cards Bench:  3 Cestor, 20 Beckles, 22 Goddard,  31 Little 33 Arnold 
Substitutions:  56′ Goddard on for Sole. 65′ Cestor on for Lewis, 82′ Arnold on for Arthur
The Imps Bench: 1 Farman, 7 Kabba, 10 Ledsham,  4 Jordan, 22 Marshall
Substitutions:  65′ Marshall on for Sam-Yorke  71′   Ledsham on for Power 76′  Kabba replaces Jake Caprice.

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

 

The Cards kick off but the Imps win it early only for The Cards to surge forward but fortunately Paynes cross goes harmlessly across the box.  The Imps win the first corner of the game Newton delivers, Diagne gets highest and heads a decent chance over. A great exchange between Burrow and Caprice almost gets Sam-Yorke in.  The Imps are the ones pressing at the moment with the Cards looking to absorb and counter. Nolan is robbed Lewis roasts Newton, crosses only for Mendy to clear.

Tommo nearly gets Newton away as the positive Lincoln start continues.  The Imps are denying a passing Woking side space with Bencherif  clearing well and Diagne heading a decent Payne delivery behind for the corner. Townsend punches the set-piece for a throw.  Tomlinson and Burrow combine well with the latter trying an audacious lob that goes well over. Sloppiness costs City when Caprice tries to take on Rendell, fails and delivers a poor ball back to Townsend. The attempted clearance goes to Sole. He heads to Morgan who waltzes round two and finishes coolly in the corner for a 15th minute lead.

The Cards passing and movement is on a par with Barnet, Rendell, in particular, is quality, acting as the fulcrum.  The Imps are still very much in the game, disrupting the play when we can, but the final ball is poor. Sam-Yorke and Burrow are gambling but the delivery is letting us down.  Mendy Nolan and Caprice exchange neatly with the latter beating two before again failing with the final ball.  Tomlinson gets in front of Lewis, who just about does enough to unsettle him ensuring his lob is off target.  Bencherif is superbly marshalling Rendell. Nolan has a dig sending a decent drive from distance wide.

Woking almost get a second, but, a superb run and shot from Rendell,  is fortunately given offside.  Rendell gets away again, thankfully, this time Caprice picks his pocket at the expense of a corner. The cards waste it with no one challenging the in-swinger at the far post.  Tomlinson holds and plays to Newton but the cross unfortunately goes to waste. His next finds  the pacey Sam-Yorke , he rises well but heads wide. A Newton corner finds Bencherif at the near post. Hamza heads on to Burrow who tragically fluffs his lines and heads wide.  Key moment that, at 1-1 the Imps would kick on, the miss suggests the football fates will have a last laugh with half-time looming.

Morgan almost makes us pay with a glorious drive across the goal and wide of the right-hand post. Woking threaten again. Morgan sets up Rendell, a brilliant headed clearance from Bencherif seems to end the danger, then Power fouls Josh Payne to set up a chance from 20 yards. Up steps the former West Ham and Oxford man, sees Townsend to the left of his goal and duly punishes the Imps curling a low one just inside the right-hand post for the second.  A late cavalry charge as Sam-Yorke earns a corner. Newton Hamza rises supreme to agonisingly head high. The Imps have certainly shown some spirit, shading possession, but, at two down against a confident unbeaten side, surely it is game over?

Second Half

The Imps race from the traps Newton delivers and Sam-Yorke heads wide. Another good move, Burrow nods down and Nolan warms the keepers gloves.  Such an end to end open game suggests a goal at either end will change it or end it if the Cards deal us a third. Morgan sets up Payne, thankfully he shoots wide.  Townsend saves superbly from Rendell before Sole makes way for Goddard.  The Imps are playing some decent football, albeit leaving ourselves stretched at times. Arthur handles under pressure from Tomlinson, but you never expect penalties from those away.  Tomo has developed a long throw that could even put Newton to shame as  Mendy’s header is well saved by Howe.  Power has a dig from Distance that is also held well.

Indeed if we can make the pressure count we could still be back in this. We do thanks to a scrambled effort, Newton’s corner is nodded in by Burrow, although initially there is a debate as to whether the ball crossed the line. A result from an official for a change? Indeed as the linesman flags so ‘The Rock’ gives it. 2-1 game on.

Marshall is introduced for Sam-Yorke who doesn’t look sharp or fit on this showing.  The 280 Imps are in full voice.  Marshall beats his man but is denied a penalty shout.  The Imps scramble away a set-piece, but in truth the visitors are now in the ascendancy with Marshall determined to make a point.  Power (Newton gets the armband) is also replaced by Ledsham with Kabba, also warming up so desperate to stake a claim.

Woking respond.  A soft goal. A Rendell effort is initially saved by Townsend but with three queuing up Dean Morgan completes his brace from four yards.  Lincoln go 3-4-3 as Kabba replaces Caprice, leaving Jones the chance to counter and blast an effort wide. Marshall woefully misses the target to get City back in the game.  Newton crosses superbly for Burrow to head over.  Four on four its hearts in mouths time until Arthur fizzes the wrong side of the left-hand upright. Another sweet Payne corner and Rendell beats Diagne and Hamza in the air to put it wide.

Marshall wins Lincoln a corner allowing all the big lads to go up. Howe double fists for another corner that Clarke heads clear leaving Lincoln two on three at the back until Marshall gets back to stop Payne in his tracks.  Woking move third, deservedly so, a solid side with too many options in the attacking third for the Imps on the day.  Lincoln a third defeat on the bounce with the Fishy Foe (won 2-0 against basement boys Welling to go 8th) to come on Tuesday, slip to 14th.  Then again a win against the Fishy foe would put us 5th – in the play-offs and this Simpson team is good enough to be there or thereabouts.

 

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Stats & Table

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Note: shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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50 % Ball 50 %

8 Shots on 5
7 Misses 7
4 Saves 6
8 Corners 4
4 Offside 4
12 Fouls 10
1 Yellows 0
0  Reds 0

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The Table

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 7 6 0 1 18 3 +15 18
2 FC Halifax Town 7 6 0 1 15 5 +10 18
3 Woking 7 4 3 0 16 6 +10 15
4 Kidderminster Harriers 7 4 3 0 9 3 +6 15
5 Eastleigh 7 4 1 2 12 8 +4 13
6 Gateshead 7 4 1 2 13 12 +1 13
7 Wrexham 7 4 1 2 10 10 0 13
8 Grimsby Town 7 3 3 1 17 4 +13 12
9 Torquay United 7 3 3 1 12 5 +7 12
10 Braintree Town 7 4 0 3 12 7 +5 12
11 Forest Green Rovers 7 3 3 1 8 5 +3 12
12 Macclesfield Town 7 3 3 1 8 5 +3 12
13 Aldershot Town 7 3 2 2 9 6 +3 11
14 Lincoln City 7 3 1 3 11 13 -2 10
15 Bristol Rovers 7 2 2 3 5 8 -3 8
16 Dover Athletic 7 2 1 4 8 14 -6 7
17 Chester 7 2 1 4 8 15 -7 7
18 Altrincham 7 2 0 5 8 12 -4 6
19 Southport 7 1 2 4 7 12 -5 5
20 Dartford 7 1 2 4 5 11 -6 5
21 Nuneaton Town 7 1 1 5 2 13 -11 4
22 Welling United 7 0 3 4 4 14 -10 3
23 AFC Telford United 7 0 2 5 8 16 -8 2
24 Alfreton Town 7 0 0 7 4 22 -18 0

 

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Ambition Costs ask Hull City, Doncaster and Scunthorpe.

Doncaster Rovers, Scunthorpe United and Hull City used to be League rivals to Lincoln City but all have dared to dream while we have been happy with a lot in life that sees us drop from the League  with apparently no real ambition to return. When are we likely to play Donny, The Tigers or The Iron in the League again? It hurts almost as much as the death by a thousand cuts our club is enduring.

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Doncaster and Scunthorpe have recently tasted the Championship on two occasions, eclipsed by Hull now back in the hallowed Premiership, but having shared fourth tier status with them all. the Imps in contrast have preferred the safe option as the way forward in what is an entertainment and results led business. Rovers and The Iron have had their downs but their set-up has enabled them to attract new owners and investment. Lincoln would have loved Peter Swann and the Wilcos millions, instead he chose the Iron over the Imps. The same can be said of Hull who also got into a mess but ambition has seen all three capture the imagination and ambition of  eager suitors, while the Imps have not. Lincoln still needed a bailout to avoid going back into admin again as attendances fell, budgets dwindled and relegation came calling to knock the final nails in the coffin to allow a Holding Company to take control.

Our rivals have put cash in on top of what the club generates on an ongoing basis, while at Lincoln £75,000 (most on that board only put in £50,000) gets you prawns for life while the faithful stump up £18 for non-League football. The manager may be generous to the board for their help but should we be, given a budget on a par with the part-timers who are beating us in front of their sub 800 gates?  The Lincoln fans have also lost their stake in a once vaunted Community club, with  1 million shares going into a Holding Company that has still not decided what is going to happen with our last remaining crown jewel  – the very church I am still banned from going to – the ground.  But naturally we should be thankful and take our frustrations out on the only bloke at fault, with the perennial manager bashing now getting into full swing ahead of a Cup tie that might just help the cause.

The succession of managers has been blamed yet in reality surely it is the constant at the heart of the club and not the variables that has to be to blame, as the fans start to question the latest to be given the poison challis.  This is one who has kept them up and with a bottom eight budget, now been lambasted that a promising start has led to mid-table mediocrity.  Normally a manager gets the push in October so the latest is doing well, but for all his hard work a growing number feel he is on borrowed time.

Cautious tactics are to blame and the under-performance of a reasonable quality squad prepared to play full-time for £350 a week plus a weekly bonus if they are in the top eight.  Is it any wonder the excuses are consistent with the manager backing a hard-working side that is struggling to score but going down narrowly to part-timers in front of 746 fans – of which 167 were travelling Imps.  These part-timers are paying some of their lads 2-3 times what Lincoln City can afford and willing to pay to fund overnight trips while the hat went round amongst Imps fans sites after we appealed for the funding of two for our team. Are we really that rinky-dink now?

Next up is part-time Southport, paying a new striker £525 a week plus accommodation and bonuses on top.  Yet Lincoln with a much bigger turnover than Port cannot compete, lost to Welling and Salisbury who have agreed to fund 15 overnight trips for their team.  Geography works against us both ways because they visitors to Sincil Bank are small enough to put in a Community stand that could be confused with a secondary school bike shed or supermarket trolley station.

Quite where Lincoln City spend their money is not something I want to go into, well not again anyway because budget questions and freedom of speech costs at Lincoln City, the former community club.  Don’t ask for any help from the Supporters Trust which is anything but a critical friend these day, that’s if it ever was, with legal action pending and a track record that brings tears to the eye. Then again so does having to doff your cap and be thankful for what we are and where we are.  The club deserves better and, when we laugh at Grimsby losing £450,000 last year just think on.  They are playing Scunthorpe next week and their crowd could top 8,000.  That is another £60,000 each in the kitty of both clubs plus the chance of £18,000 prize money.

The Mariners are not going under and continue to inspire their fans by putting in cash and not just expecting the club to generate a miracle funded by fans and commercial sponsors who will put love above the risk of being associated with a losing brand.  Alas at Lincoln the game plan is caution and we can see how that is working in the face of 16 clubs with far superior budgets who are a mix of part-time and professional NON-LEAGUE clubs.  And bar an optimistic spurt at the start of this season we can see how that is working for us as a club can’t we.  It is probably also leading to a smaller and smaller new ground as every year goes by.

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Being an optimist is what being an Imp has always been about, well that and being able to lump it I’m afraid. For a start the fans need to give this manager and his players continued backing because they are the underdogs and so are we, so we need to stick together.  Given the fact that fans and citizens in an otherwise thriving city have turned their back on the lack of ambition and overpriced product, we need to don’t we? Or at least start asking the right questions of those who are custodians of a local institution that do not seem able to match the ambition we have for our club.  If they did ex-Imps might stop going to Nottingham to watch their football or sitting at home in front of the telly and adopting a Premier League pet.

Who will volunteer to turn out the light before we get our coats then?

Preview Harriers V Imps – Park The Bus Lads!

Kidderminster Harriers raided Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town, Luton Town and Cambridge United to strengthen an already enviable squad, that went from bottom to top last term with that 21 game hot streak to fall at the last in the play-offs.  The Harriers, currently second, can hurt anyone in the Skrill Premier Division. The goals and assist distribution throughout the side suggests they will be a threat all over the park tomorrow. Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson could perhaps be forgiven for parking the team coach in front of our goal and putting a padlock on the hand-break and putting the key in his pocket until half-time at least.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

But Simmo’s Imps have a team spirit and work ethic that can not only frustrate but also come away with at least a point against the injury hit Harriers. Lincoln have been facing insurmountable odds ever since the Sincil Bank computer spewed forth a budget that is laughable for the expectations of a City and fan base that screams Football league status. We make the cut for the Monopoly board but the Bank and the station is anything but able to do big business.  Yet a side has been built that has surprised us, to the extent that we are now bemoaning the fact that we are a target man and winger short of the play-offs with 100’s of the faithful following pied piper Simmo and his six-foot soldiers on their Impquest.

Fowler, the Doncaster recruit and non-League steal Lolley are going great guns even if Dance is missing through suspension with Tolley (in from Mansfield) on the bench and Gash still out. Both Blissett and Lolley scored and soared in the 2-1 win at Southport so Steve Burrs young forward line is hardly a weakness with battering ram Morgan-Smith at its apex. Ex-Imp Gowling and successful trialist Grimes are composed but they won’t fancy Tomlinson if Newton can get beyond Lee Vaughan on their right. Left-back Jackman is no slouch either, but he is beatable if Miller has the free-time given Blissett and cultured Byrne will keep him and his midfield pinned.  It looks tough with a set-piece our best chance one feels.

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Manager Steve Burr
Formation 4-3-3
Position 2012/13 2nd in BSP
STMI Forecast Title Contenders
Average Gate 2123 (Total 14,862)
Away following 202 (1214 Aug/Sept)

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The Potential Team

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23 N Vaughan

2 L Vaughan 15 Grimes 30 Gowling 16 jackman

4 Storer

8 Fowler              7 Byrne

21 Lolley                                      13 Blissett

22 Morgan- Smith

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The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Gash 4 Vaughan 3
Storer 3 Storer 3
Dance 3 Fowler 2
Malbon 3 Gittings 2
Lolley 3 Malbon 2
Morgan-Smith 2 Gash 2
6 players on 1 Morgan-Smith 2
Byrne 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Demitriou 3 Dance 1
Fowler 3
Gowling 2
Vaughan 2
Storer 2
Byrne 2
Gittings 2
Johnson 2
Blissett 2
5 players on 1

Form Comparison 

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Kidderminster (H) 7 5 1 1 14 6 8 16 6
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 15
Lincoln (H) 8 5 1 2 9 3 6 16 6
Kidderminster (A) 8 4 1 3 10 10 0 12 3
Last Five G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Kidderminster 5 3 2 0 8 2 8 11 3
Lincoln 5 1 2 2 5 4 1 5 13
Overall G W D L F A GD Pts
Kidderminster 15 9 2 4 24 16 8 29 2
Lincoln 15 6 4 5 16 12 4 22 10

The Summer Plans

With just Briggs and Collins released manager Steve Burr just keeps on making the Harriers stronger.  Leading BSP goal machine Gash has made the loan deal from Cambridge permanent, although 20 year old young gun Joe Lolley has also joined after banging in 88 goals in 83 games for Littleton in the Midlands Combination.  As if the midfield was not blessed enough Fowler comes in from Doncaster, Tolley from Mansfield, Dance from the Hatters and another unknown, winger Dior Angus a whippet with a wicked cross.  Grimes has also come in as back-up to a defence that has ex-Imp Gowling, Dunkley,Demetriou and Vaughen.

Burr rode out the storm, added Josh Gowling – who was no good for the Imps – then only tinkered with a well oiled machine when injury or the odd tactical change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 was required. Fair is fair, Kiddy deserved to go up last year, the football was sublime, but two results near the end cost them. They did not choke, so lets not look back in anger, because this quality side is unlikely to need to make up that much ground again.

IN Player From Pos Fee
31st July Joe Lolley Littleton For Undis
25th July Jamie Grimes Trialist Def Free
19th June Lee Fowler Doncaster Rov Mid Free
17th June Dior Angus Solihull Winger Undis
10th June Jamie Tolley Mansfield Mid Free
6th June James Dance Luton Mid Free
1st May Michael Gash Cambridge U For Undis
OUT Player To Pos Fee
Released Keith Briggs FC Halifax Mid
Released Mike Williams Altrincham Def

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Harriers 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers
1 Daniel Lewis, 23 Nathan Vaughan

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Defenders
2 Lee Vaughan, 3 Mickey Demetriou, 6 Cheyenne Dunkley, 15 Jamie Grimes, 16 Danny Jackman,  30 Joshua Gowling, 

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Midfield
4 Kyle Storer, 5 Jamie Tolley, 7 Jack Byrne, 8 Lee Fowler, 11 Marvin Johnson, 14 Dior Angus, 17 James Dance, 18 Callum Gittings,

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Forwards
9 Michael Gash, 10 Anthony Malbon, 13 Nathan Blissett, 19 Ryan Rowe, 21 Joe Lolley, 22 Amari Morgan-Smith

 

Fairhurst To Show His Doncaster Pedigree

Saturday will see Doncaster Rovers youth prodigy Waide Fairhurst step up and deliver against Aldershot Town. Waide who also got  4 in 10 for Shrewsbury Town will finally shrug off his previous fitness issues and recapture the form that saw him bag a brace on his Sincil Bank debut to fire the Imps back into the play-off places.

Rose Tinted has good feelings about Saturday

A prolific goal machine for Doncaster, throughout his youth, Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first 3-year pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 in the Championship, but his debut came against Coventry before  he supplied an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich. With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances.

 

Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.  After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich before being loaned to Southend and Hereford, bagging a brace on his debut against Cheltenham and scoring two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton.

 

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals (plus 3 assists) in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. His first touch and shooting skills are certainly championship level first class fox-in-the-box instints suggesting has a massive part to play in Lincoln’s play-off push this season.

 

Come on Waide this is your chance to shine, you know you have the quality to become a legend at Sincil Bank!

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
7 2013/14 4 2 361 2 3 6 0 2 1 0 0
20 2012/13 31 12 2458 13 34 44 3 15 32 5 0

Match Ratings

Name G  Ave Tot
Fairhurst 6 9 7 8 7 7 7  7.5 102
Historic facts & stats
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Waide Simon Fairhurst
DATE OF BIRTH 7 May 1989 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 6 (2)


Fairhurst Vies For Hereford Start

Ex Doncaster Rovers & Macclesfield Town star Waide Fairhurst could make a return against the Bulls, another side he was loaned to during his 3 formative years at Rovers. Fairhurst has struggled with a groin and fitness issues since his sensational debut brace against Forest Green Rovers last month (REPORT)

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A prolific youth striker for Donny Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship  Wade laid on an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich. With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.

After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.

His dream debut double against FGR left us breathless and wanting more. Having gone 1-0 down to a cross-cum-shot from Barry, on 19 minutes, Waide pounced on a cross from Newton to unnerve Stokes, cut inside him, them switched feet to slam home with his left. The goal machine was up and running just 25 minutes into his Sincil Bank bow,  He was denied by a brilliant save, then put two narrowly wide on two occasions before he brought the house down. With 5 minutes on the clock Newton  fed , Waide took a touch, before hammering a hay-maker into the top corner to have the ground on its feet.

Waides Stats 2013/14 
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
7 Waide Fairhurst 4 0 311 2 9 0 2 1 0 0
Waides Stats 2012/13 
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
20 Waide Fairhurst 31 12 2458 13 79 3 15 32 5 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Waide Simon Fairhurst
DATE OF BIRTH 7 May 1989 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 4 (2)

Boyce Faces England Challenge

Andrew Boyce, the former Doncaster Rovers youth,  faces the challenge of marking Jake Hyde on Saturday, with his Barnet FC and England C colleague Keanu Marsh-Brown also bombing in through the channel.  Both lads made their débuts against Latvia for the national amateur and under 23 side in a 0-1 defeat in Jelgava.

Vic Erzantarz downs a hair of the dog dons the armour and takes to the keyboard. 

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Boyce will not be alone of course with Nat Brown, Tom Miller and Sean Newton to back him up with Simmo’s two or perhaps even three defensive midfield shields. However the others will be kept busy by runs from deep from a free-flowing side leaving Boyce to mark the Skrill Premier’s top marksman, already on 5 this term.

Simmo slapped a £50,000 fee on Boycie, who saw heartbreak at both Doncaster and Kings Lynn who folded while he was just a kid to end his football dream.  Then Gainsborough gave him  a part-time opportunity before the Imps ventured a 12,000 fee to give him a chance to make a full-time living at  the game again. After turning down interest from 3 League clubs Boycie has been brilliant this season, dealing with some big names and reputations. He is learning from Simmo and Foster as well as forming a great partnership with Nat Brown and appears to be able to cope with height, strength and pace admirably. Nat Brown has backed him well  but Andy is beginning to show what Doncaster Rovers saw when they spotted him a few years ago.

Big Game Boycie, both beauty & Beast of Sincil Bank!

STMI Biopic

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
5 2013/14 7 0 630 1 3 3 1 13 5 1 0
5 2012/13 45 0 3999 4 16 28 2 49 37 1 10
Boyce’s Back issues  
Date of Birth 05/11/1989 (age 23)
Height 6′ 3″
Weight 12st 9lbs
Youth career Doncaster Rovers
Former Clubs Kings Lynn Gainsborough

No War Of Roses At Imps as Owls, Lillywhites, Donny & Hatters Happily Tweet

He has enlisted Preston, Sheffield Wednesday & Doncaster Rovers’ cast-offs, raided Burton, Macclesfield and Stockport County, rebuilt self belief and blended a team where the cream is floating to the top.  The team spirit and the desire to help everyone back into the Football League where they belong is why there is no war of the Rovers at Lincoln City. Here in a home from home, the red and white roses bloom in  the breadbasket of Britain, at a club Football almost forgot.

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Half of the Lincoln squad still live in Sheffield, the manager included.  Todd Jordan and Foster (in from Preston) both started out at Sheffield Wednesday, whilst Brown went to Huddersfield and latterly across the Pennines at Macc, along with Ben Thomlinson, to ply their trade.  Waide Fairhurst already on a couple for the season and Andrew Boyce have Doncaster Rovers on his CV , whilst  the House of Lancaster’s ranks are boosted by Newton, Nolan and Rowe from Stockport. Rowe was the 12 year old Man Utd nabbed from Preston only for a tribunal to lay down a £136k repayment plan.

So clearly the manager, who has a reputation for talent spotting, had put together a good recipe, but the question is could they blend? It would appear so with 3 wins, a draw and a defeat to a side who dwarf the Imps budget. Two of those wins have come against Forest Green Rovers and Wrexham with budgets three times that of the Imps. So what is the secret to bringing a club back from the brink of relegation and extinction last season?

In a rousing pre-match battle cry to raise the heckles ahead of a game at Dartford that could put his side top, the manager describes the side as ‘Winners’ who “want to wear the shirt’ and are ‘ working their absolute stones off’.  As Simmo the steel City son who stood on the Kop says.

“I learned a while ago that the more you fill your dressing room with winners, the better chance you have of winning. These lads are working so hard for each other and they are getting their just rewards.”

Incredibly, Lincoln, has a bottom four budget for the division of just over £400,000. Only Nuneaton, Hyde and Braintree have less, with Alfreton and Tamworth overtaking us following their recent flurry, This despite our crowds being the eighth best in the division with more directors around our board table than most. Therefore the manager’s signings and ambitions are perhaps even more remarkable than the surge of season ticket sales that saw Lincoln Loco silently stoke up the steam pre-season. But then Colin Murphy’s Moral suggests miracles can happen every now and again if we Imps make a wish and believe.

Manager Gary Simpson
Formation 4-2-3-1 / various
Position 2012/13 16th in BSP
STMI Forecast Play-offs
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Away following 228

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The Imps play one of the hardest formations to mark, but when we meet 5 in the middle it will be as tough for us to brake sides down as visa versa.   The team is a passing one but they make space a premium as Wrexham, Forest Green and even Cambridge will confirm.  Therein lies another problem, come the winter and the poor pitch quality of the Conference clubs, the passing game struggles, just ask Luton, Forest Green and Grimsby.  That is when the Imps will need to mix it up and fund the purchase of a big target man if they are to crown a season of promise. The new grass may not start to come through until March and Lincoln will need results through a tough and, perhaps inclement winter, if they want to stay there or thereabouts.

IN Player From Pos Fee
24th July Luke Foster Preston Def Free
23rd July Ben Thomlinson Alfreton For <£7000
1st July Nick Wright Mansfield For Free
3rd June Nat Brown Macclesfield Def Free
23rd May Adi  Yussuf Burton For Free
23rd May Jon Nolan Stockport Mid Free
17th May Wade Fairhurst Macclesfield For Free
14th May Danny Rowe Stockport Mid/For Free
14th May Sean Newton Stockport Def Free
Loans None
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st July Vadaine Oliver Crewe For £25k(+ Ad)
Released Nick Draper No Club Keeper
Released Peter Gilbert No club (Dag?) Def
Released Frazer Cobb Free Def
Released Nicky Nicolau Chelmsford C Mid
Released Adam Smith FC Halifax Winger
Released Jamie Taylor Sutton For
Released Gomez Dali No club For

Lincoln’s 2013/14 squad. 

Click on any players name for a biopic. (dates in parenthesis relate to contract termination)

Goalkeepers

1  Paul Farman   (contracted to June 2015) 13 David Preece  (contracted to June 2014) 

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Defenders

Tom Miller  (contracted to June 2015)   3   Sean Newton   (June 2015) 5  Andrew Boyce   (June 2015)  15  Dan Gray,  (June 2014)  23 Nat Brown   (June 2014)   Luke Foster  (June 2014) 

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Midfielders

Todd Jordan  (June 2014)  6 Mamadou Fofana  (June 2014)  7  Wade Fairhurst   ( June 2014)  Alan Power  (June 2015) Danny Rowe  (contracted to June 2014)  12 Jake Sheridan   ( June 2014)  19 Jon Nolan   ( June 2014)  24 Karl Cunningham  ( Dec 2013) 

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Strikers

10 Nick Wright   (June 2014) 11 Ben Tomlinson  (June 2015)  14  Adi Yussuf   ( June 2014) 16 Conner Robinson   (June 2014)  20 Bohan Dixon  (June 2014)  29 Jordan Thomas  ( June 2014) 

Boyce Awaits Bishops Move

Andrew Boyce, a former Doncaster Rovers youth, interested Scunthorpe UnitedMansfield Town & Chesterfield FC until the Imps slapped a £25,000 price tag on him this summer and he is certainly showing his credentials.  Boycie has been brilliant so far this season with a man of the match performance at Cambridge.  He and Brown have formed a super central defensive partnership allowing Foster to act as a defensive midfielder along with Nolan to both shield the back four and allow the forward four to counter.

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Once dubbed Bank Beast Boyce, he has the genes of Goliath, Andy is showing his beautiful side. But Boyce will face Andy Bishop today, still in his prime and one of the lower two divisions of the  Football League’s most consistent and complete predators.  You have to fancy the youngsters chances and, the way he dealt with Andy Cunnington (last seasons top scorers in the BSP) on Saturday, suggests he is beginning to realise his huge potential this season.

Boyce merited a nine out of ten, against Cunnington to boot, to go with two 8’s and a 7 from his opening four games. It is not just consistent defending but his brave none-shall-pass attitude that is starting to catch the eye.

Well done Andy….. Bishops move then?

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
5 Boyce 4 0 360 0 0 1 0 9 3 1 0

 

Name                 Tot Ave
Boyce 8 7 8 9 32 8

Doncaster Young Gun’s Dream Double Début For Imps.

The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable given the competition we faced for the lad.  Rovers loaned him to Shrewsbury Town, Southend United & Hereford United.  Donny then released him and he opted to join Simmo at Macclesfield Town.  Waide turned down a bigger offer in the summer to rejoin his old manager at Lincoln and marked his debut with a winning double in a match winning display against big spending Forest Green Rovers.

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Having gone 1-0 down to a cross-cum-shot from Barry, on 19 minutes, Waide pounced on a cross from Newton to unnerve Stokes, cut inside him, them switched feet to slam home with his left. The goal machine was up and running just 25 minutes into his Sincil Bank bow,  Fairhurst was also denied by a brilliant save and fired wide on two occasions before he brought the house down.

With 5 minutes on the clock Newton  fed the goal machine again, Waide took a touch before hammering a hay-maker into the top corner to have the ground on its feet.  The 2-1 win lifts the Imps to 4th, level on points with next opponents Cambridge who top the Skrill Premier thanks to a superior goal difference of 3. The way Fairhurst is wading in their lead may not last for long.

A prolific youth striker for Doncaster Rovers, Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal, which showed faith in itself. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship following a meteoric rise, playing it has to be said, some princely passing football. They destroyed us in a cup game one Tuesday night.  Wade layed on an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich.

With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.  After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.

Well played Waide – 9 out of 10 for a match-winning performance. 

Imp Stats 2013/14

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Fairhurst 1 0 90 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

Macclesfield Stats 2012/13

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Fairhurst 1 0 90 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

Tale of the Tape

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Waide Simon Fairhurst
DATE OF BIRTH 7 May 1989 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 1 (2)

Fenton Now Training with The Reds

Former Notts County, Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Rotherham United Captain Nick Fenton looks to have chosen Alfreton Town over Lincoln City and Chester FC, as news reaches STMI Towers that he is now training with Alfreton.

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At 33, despite his experience and composure, perhaps he is seen as a bit of a gamble for the Imps, who have Luke Foster  on trial.  Nick Fenton does want to stay local to Mansfield, for post career reasons (as we suggested a week ago),  so Alfreton seem to be the logical fit.    Nick started out at Manchester City, progressed through the ranks and earned a 5 year first pro deal! He played 15 games for City, spending valuable loan time at Notts County, Bournemouth and then County again before they took the plunge with a £150k transfer fee and a four year deal.  He would play 147 League games, plus cup competitions, for County before moving onto Doncaster, a side very much on the rise. He played 61 games, netting 4 times in a 2004/5 and 2005/6 at the Keepmote that saw Donny finish 10th and 8th in League 1

Rovers let him go to Grimsby just 1 League and 1 cup game, against Rochdale, into the 2006/7 season (as a replacement for Big Ben Futcher) along with Ravenhill. Nicks absence from the heart of the defence did not improve ambitious Rovers as they finished 11th and would have to wait a further season before promotion to the Championship was reached. Big spending Rotherham then came calling and he played 3 seasons as Captain at the Millers through thick and thin. Nick has spent the last two seasons at Morecambe as he continues to finish the perhaps pivotal physio course in Mansfield. Alfreton’s new part-time status will also surely suit

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Leonard Fenton
DATE OF BIRTH 23 November 1979 (age 33)
PLACE OF BIRTH Preston,
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 12st 4lb  (78KG)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
YOUTH CAREER
1993–1996 Manchester City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
1996–2001 Manchester City 15 (0)
1999–2000 Notts County (loan) 13 (1)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 8 (0)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 5 (0)
2000 Notts County (loan) 8 (0)
2000–2004 Notts County 147 (9)
2004–2006 Doncaster Rovers 63 (4)
2006–2008 Grimsby Town 80 (6)
2008–2011 Rotherham United 115 (4)
2011–2013 Morecambe 73 (4)