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Belief in Holy Trinity will Slay Those Wrexham Dragons

Wrexham will not know what has hit them if Gainsborough Trinity, to a man woman and infant soul have anything to do with it at the Northolme.  For this is a town and a community club on the rise. The Blues have great expectations and go into this one two goals down aiming to attack, attack, attack.  Will Stamp make his mark or will Barraclough continue to prove his Trinity pedigree, one that was long denied at Lincoln City under Holdsworth? Townsfolk have until an hour before kick-off to claim their golden tickets. Will belief become reality as the Northolme dares to dream of Wembley?

For the benefit of  Dragons and Trinity fans, who missed the first installment of this titanic tussle, click hereThanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Gainsborough V Wrexham  (1-3 agg) 

Andy Morrell is wary of a Trinity comeback, after his side turned around two and three goal deficits in the recent past, only to face disappointment.  That third goal certainly looked to have swung the tie but Trinity gaffer and guru Steve Housham will use that and belief as the Blues aim to turn the tide and make it an all-Lincolnshire affair at Wembley.

He told Look North and the Blues official site

“I am no Uri Geller, but I want everyone to go to sleep on Friday night whispering the word ‘believe’,” said Housham, whose side are vying for a showpiece final against either county rivals Grimsby Town or Dartford. And ‘believe’ should be the first word they repeat on Saturday morning. We need everyone to have that belief that we can turn this around. We were gutted to concede a goal right at the end last week to make it 3-1, but it’s just a two-goal lead at half-time and it is not insurmountable. I looked into the lads’ faces after last week as they got on the coach to come home and I can honestly tell you they believe they can do it. They were disappointed with how they played in Wrexham, the occasion probably got to one or two, but they truly believe they can turn it around. The first 15 or 20 minutes will be vital. We have to start well, without being gung ho, and if we can get an early goal, you never know, we may see Wrexham wobble.”

The Dragons will pack the away end with most of their 1200 allocation already sold. Trinity still have tickets available, which will be available up until 1pm today. Tickets are on sale today until an hour before kick-off, at The State Club, 23- 25 Church Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2JJ. Prices £11 and £7

No one should write-off the Blues, who gave as good as they got last week on a massive stage in front of the cameras. But an early set-piece could turn the game, with Yates, Harkness and Stamp a Holy Trinity who can unlock the Bank of England. Passion you feel can get Trinity through, but the delivery and execution has a quality that would not be out of place higher in the football pyramid. Dream and believe, because who dares wins in the Cup.

FA Spot on with Imps FA Trophy Postponement

The FA Trophy Replay at Carshalton Athletic has been postponed by 24 hours to Wednesday evening.   This followed an eagle eyed groundsman and some common sense from the FA following an impromptu pitch inspection at 7.00 p.m. yesterday evening.  At the time the pitch was found to he hard and unplayable, with clear skies likely to exacerbate matters.

The Robins duly ran with the accepted protocol, contacting  the FA and then the Imps last night, agreeing to move the match at the War Memorial Ground back  24 hours to a 7.45 kick off, weather again permitting.

Praise where praise is due to the FA, with the referee unable to get to the stadium until 5 p.m today it would have been too short a  notice period for the travelling fans and team coach to avoid not inconsiderable cost and inconvenience..  David Holdsworth was,  not unsurprisingly,  also in favour of the postponement.

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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

The Form Of The Foe: Carshalton Athletic

Carshalton are bringing  three coaches full of expectant fans for today’s big  FA Trophy fiesta at Sincil Bank. Manager, Paul Dipre to add sympathy and zest has labelled Athletic’s Trophy test ‘David against Goliath – and David has a limp’  but few have seen Sincil saviour Holdsworth showing signs of  injury and he is hardly blessed.


Dipre, Athletic’s saviour, owner and manager,  is naturally referring to his injury list ahead of the big game, although details not to mentions stats are sketchy for our opposition. This is no disrespect to the opposition, more a reminder of just how far our beloved Imps have fallen down football’s slippery pyramid.  Perhaps it is kidology on the part of the visitors manager, but then he and his brave amateurs, need any element of surprise they can muster, ahead of a cup final on a stage they will relish.  Take a look today Imps,  she is a lovely stadium, the serene green baize of Sincil Bank.


Four will miss the game –  Tony Finn is cup-tied,  Tom Davis & David Ray suspended and  Kennedy Adjei is injured – so you have to have sympathy for the manager.  Finn is the Robins best player and midfielder Tom Davis makes them tick.  If we get one early their penchent for keystone cops defending should see Conal the Conjurer and Power create havoc in the box for Smith, Taylor or Laurent if he is fit.


Possible Team & Scheme

Nick Hamann

Michael Kamara   Ricardo Joseph     Luke Pigden   Laurent Hamici

Justyn Roberts   Luke Nolan   Billy Crook   Paul Vines

Dean McDonald Sonny Ayres



Kennedy Adjei * Anthony Joseph * Kieran Murphy * Dean Lodge



Fourteenth in the Ryman Premier, two Leagues down from us, The Robins have not won in their last 6, with just two draws. Prior to that a 2-1 win over Horsham had been the last triumph since an emphatic 5-0 Trophy victory over Bishop’s Stortford that earned the plum tie at the Imps.

Pos   Ryman Premier Division P W D L GF GA GD Pts
14 club_logo Carshalton Athletic 25 8 6 11 29 37 -8 30

Blackburn Defender Set For Sincil Start on Saturday

On-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Matthew Pearson  is set to start for Lincoln City on Saturday in the FA trophy against Carshalton Athletic.  Rovers fans and staff will know him as a centre-back,  however an injury to Tony Sinclair will mean that Matt, here on a youth loan until April, will be filling in a right-back. He’s worth a Blue Square Bet  for a goal if starts too.

With Tony set to go under the knife this is a big opportunity for some regular football for a  big strong 18-year-old 6 footer with his head on his shoulders. Simon Russell deputised for Tony in a 0-2 friendly defeat against Gainsborough on Tuesday,  but the midfielder is unlikely to get the nod now.

Pearson is a quality player,  Matt has England youth pedigree and he is hungry and desperate  to prove himself after  a  leg fracture earlier this season that kept him sidelined until October.   Matt has been at Ewood Park since the age of 10 and progressed through the academy with flying colours to earn his first pro deal last August.


Don’t be surprised to see him on the score sheet either, a one-in-5 ratio for the Rovers reserves is pretty impressive given the company he would have to keep

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Season 2011 – 12
Competition Apps Goals
Reserves 2 (1 sub) 0
Lancashire Senior Cup 1 0
Academy 1 0
Season 2010 – 11
Competition Apps Goals
Reserves 17 (1 sub) 3
Lancashire Senior Cup 3 0
Academy 1 0
FA Youth Cup 2 0
Season 2009 – 10
Competition Apps Goals
Reserves 4 (1 sub) 1
Academy 13 (2 sub) 1
FA Youth Cup 1 (1 sub) 0

Carshalton Cup Climbdown sees £10 Trophy tickets


Following further discussions between both Lincoln City and Carshalton Athletic, the FA have decided to reduce the pricing set at the previous days adjudication.



The second round tie will now see the following pricing, although it should he noted that the upper section of the Co Op stand and the Stacey West will be closed for the game.


Admission prices will now be as follows:-
Adults: £10
Concessions*: £6
Juniors: £3

The Thompson & Richardson Executive Lounge will be £18 for all age groups.

* Concessions: 60+ / Students / Disabled

Colwyn Bay 1 Imps 3 Double Top Taylor Tames Ten Seagulls

After a couple of early scares the Imps took the lead thanks to Laurent who showed his strength, to beat and hold off three,  before playing in Tayler. The confident young striker, making his first start for a while took a touch before converting coolly to give us a very early lead.   It was perhaps hard on Colwyn as it had been our only shot in the game and Lloyd up front seemed to be getting far too much space and far too many opportunities for comfort.

McEvilly was then sent off for  disgracefully elbowing Laurent putting the brave Welshman on the back foot against an Imps side who would go on to turn on the style.  Power then stormed down the wing and centred for Platt who curled the ball home superbly.  Wonderful technique, this lad and Sheridan are certainly what we need to woo back the faithful.  It was one way traffic now and a pleasure to watch, as Platt roasted his man magnificently and centred for Laurent who saw his towering header saved superbly from Cudworth.

Two nil Imps at half time and well deserved too,  despite the one man numerical advantage.  Jamie Taylor was absolutely everywhere with one effort saved and another just over as the half drew to a close.

The hosts kicked off the second half and a lively end to end exchange saw Taylor have a goal disallowed.  A Platt thunderbolt was palmed for a corner by the impressive Cudworth. Lloyd then went wide in a rare effort as Taylor again continued to over every blade of grass.  Lloyd was denied by Anyon called into action for the first time and Newby shot wide as Colwyn enjoyed a purple patch.  Newby then beat Anyon only for the goal to be disallowed for of all things…. a penalty.  McLachlan did the honours with the penalty for 2-1.

This put a spring in the step of the hosts inspired by player manager Newby who had been a real handful up front second half.  Jamie Taylor then thumped home a thunderbolt a wonder-goal on the turn from the right-hand corner of the box to give us the cushion we needed.  It  certainly capped  a superb return and showed the pedigree we have been missing from an obvious natural goal scorer. Platt then beat everyone on the pitch to centre,  but Taylor on a hat-trick hit his easiest opportunity of the day wide.

Nicolau then replaced Platt, mindful of next weeks trip to Forest Green Rovers, as David Holdsworth looked to close the game out with a dozen minutes to go.  All in all a very professional performance from the Imps and a golden glimpse of the ghost of Christmas future from Jamie Taylor. Boston in the next round anyone? The draw is Monday lunch-time giving us a chance to add to todays £5,000 winnings.

Colwyn Bay 1 Lincoln City 3 (H/T 0-2)


Colwyn Bay Newby 62 (pen)
Imps Taylor 9, 71  Platt 32.

Ref Jeremy Simpson Att 383  ( 150 Imps)

The Teams, schemes , facts & stats

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Colwyn Bay 4-4-2


Denson, Lea, McEvilly ( R 19′ ), Hughes (Y),

McKenna, Evans, McLachlan, Hopley,

Newby, Lloyd.

Substitutions: Williams, Noon , Davey, King, Benson.

Substitutes Noon for Newby


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Lincoln City 4-4-2

1 Anyon

13 Sinclair 5 Gowling 2 Hinds 3 Nutter

8 Power 34 Thompson 15 Christophe 12 Platt

11 Laurent (Y) 7 Taylor

Substitutions Sheridan for Power, Russell for Laurent, Nicolau for Platt.

Substitutes Draper, 9 Perry, 17 Nicolau, 36 Sheridan 15 Russell


Colwyn Bay 42% Imps 58%

Shots on target

Colwyn Bay 3 Imps 9

Shots off target

Colwyn Bay 4 Imps 7


Colwyn Bay 6 Imps 2


Colwyn Bay 3 Imps 3


Colwyn Bay 4 Imps 4


Colwyn Bay 7 Imps 5


Colwyn Bay 1 Imps 1


Colwyn Bay 1 Imps 1

Imps Travel To Halifax or Colwyn Bay in FA Trophy

The Imps will travel to either Colwyn Bay or FC Halifax Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Carlsberg Trophy. The two meet tomorrow night at the Shay after a 0-0 draw on Saturday. Both sides play in the Blue Square North, one division below our good selves.

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Hasn’t the place changed since we last graced it with our presence?

The Imps were the fourth name out of the hat with the full draw as follows:-

Northwich Victoria or Ilkeston v Fleetwood Town
Colwyn Bay or FC Halifax Town v Lincoln City
Vauxhall Motors v Kidderminster Harriers
Stockport County v Stalybridge Celtic
York City v Solihull Moors or Ossett Town
Barrow AFC v Harrogate Town
Nuneaton Town v AFC Telford United
Guiseley AFC v FC United Of Manchester
Wrexham v Hinckley United
Droylsden v Mansfield Town
Grimsby Town v Darlington
Gateshead v Kettering Town
Worksop Town v Tamworth
Corby Town or North Ferriby United v Chester
Alfreton Town v Southport
Boston United v Hyde
Salisbury City v Lowestoft Town
Luton Town v Swindon Supermarine
Didcot Town v Basingstoke Town
Chelmsford City v Bath City
Banbury United or Wealdstone v Uxbridge
Gloucester City or Truro City v Ebbsfleet United
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Hayes & Yeading United
Carshalton Athletic v Bishop’s Stortford or Tonbridge Angels
East Thurrock United v Thamesmead Town or Welling United
Staines Town v Maidenhead United
Weymouth or Havant & Waterlooville v Chippenham Town or Eastleigh
Boreham Wood v Cambridge United
Brackley Town v Eastbourne Borough or Dartford
AFC Hornchurch v Farnborough or Bury Town
Newport County v Forest Green Rovers
Gosport Borough v Braintree Town