Ok so one win against Wrexham does not mean all is right in Impdom, but, ahead of the FA Cup tie against FC Halifax, it gives massive grounds for optimism.
Thankyou for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
With Halifax set to bring at least 600 this Saturday, a decent response to the Dragon’s result should see at least 2000 Imps turn out. Add £12,500 in prize money and this could see the first match receipts of the season to match the 3,000 break-even figure. Even with the reduction in ticket prices, season ticket holders will have to pay to gain entry so what could really kick-start a revival in fortunes.
Halifax wont be easy, as they have a strong side with some decent ex-League players. They are also paying out some good money it has to be said. Reformed in 2010 they look good enough to join us in the BSP despite a 2-1 defeat, their first in seven, against Boston at the weekend. They host Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday, to leave them 5th with two games in hand over Oxford City who are a point ahead. Grant Brown is set to do some scouting, just as he did last Wednesday, when he picked apart Wrexham’s 3-2 win at Stockport. The midfield strategy on Saturday was superb, despite Morrell’s bad day at the office quote.
The FA Cup could yet boost the coffers ahead of January. Win this and a victory in Round 1 could mean another £18,000 in prize money. The live TV games also start from Round 1. There will be 3 of them with each side getting £67,500.
Prices for the game
Click on any of the images to enlarge to full size, away fans will be housed in the Co-Op
|Co-op Stand (Home & Away)||£12||£8||£5|
|Echo Stand (Home)||£12||£8||£5|
Alfreton sit two places below ourselves in the relegation zone and if Trapdoor Broughton was not albatross enough, they have an additional trio of suspensions to contend with. It was certainly rutting season against the Stags with both Greg Young and Anthony Wilson seeing red and Anton Brown notching his fifth yellow of the campaign.
But upbeat boss Nicky Law feels the Reds have turned a corner despite defeats against Mansfield (2-3) and Fleetwood (1-4).
“After the last two games, I really think we have turned the corner.
“For 33 minutes against Fleetwood you would not have known which team was challenging for the title and which one battling relegation.
“Then we lose Theo Streete through a moment of madness which sees him get sent off and it costs the team and the club.
“At Mansfield, we had Anthony Wilson and Greg Young sent off in the second half when we were well in control of the game at 2-0 up.
“It we had kept 11 players on the pitch we would have won that game comfortably.”
Law added: “Those two players have cost the club four, possibly six points and it won’t happen again.
“There is a little bit more belief there now and it is just a shame we didn’t get the win on Saturday to give us even more confidence.”
The Form Of The Foe
|Last 5 Home||5||1||2||2||7||11||-4||5||17|
|Last 5 Away||5||0||0||5||5||15||-10||0||24|
|Overall League Record 2011-12|
Highs & Lows
|Biggest Home Win||2-1 Barrow|
|Biggest Away Win||York City 0-1|
|Heaviest Home Defeat||1-6 Forest Green Rovers|
|Heaviest Away Defeat||Grimsby Town 5-2, Cambridge United 3-0|
|Highest Aggregate Score||1-6 Forest Green Rovers, Grimsby Town 5-2|
|Highest Gate||1232 Lincoln City|
|Lowest Gate||625 Fleetwood Town|
|Total turnstile clicks||7331|
Heroes & Villains