Former Walsall FC youth Richard Peniket chose Fulham FC ahead of Manchester United at 16 earning an initial two year deal and 6 Wales U19 caps. At 18 he got an additional two year deal to celebrate being named in the first team squad as well as an U21’s call up and debut . However he was not Martin Jol’s cup of tea and despite loan experience in the Football League he decided to join the Lambs in the summer after being released along with 11 others. He has bagged 3 so far and contributed to six more, suggesting he has something and at only 20 he looks set to shine.
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Since then the lad, who has been capped at every step of the Wales youth , has bagged 3 goals including a brace against Southport and another against Woking. At 6’3″ Peniket has the height and strength to go with a great technique and ability to shoot with either foot, and is keeping some other big names out of the big spending Lambs line-up.
Andrew Boyce, meanwhile, has managed to keep plenty of big reputations quiet so far this season and will be well up for the challenge of Peniket tomorrow evening. He like the rest of the Imps wants to get back in the play-off spots to ensure they get their weekly bonus He has been an inspiration in either box in every game since agreeing to be part of Simmo’s Sincil Bank revolution for the next two years. It will be an interesting tussle but one you would fancy the warrior to win.
This promises to be a battle between two strong sides with 42 yellow cards and 3 reds between them already this season. Foster and Baker in the middle will be fascinating as will the prospect of Nick Wright facing his old club. Nick, almost back to full fitness, bagged 27 goals in 79 appearances for the Lambs.
|Full name||Richard James Peniket
|Date of birth||4 March 1993 (age 20)
|Place of birth||Stourbridge
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
|2011–2012||Hereford United (loan)||7||(0)|
|2012||Kidderminster Harriers (loan)||11||(0)|
|2013||AFC Telford United (loan)||6||(1)|
The Lambs raided Nottingham Forest, Oxford Utd, Gillingham FC, Fulham FC, Crawley Town, Birmingham City, Bury, Barrow, AFC Telford and Accrington Stanley over the summer in an ambitious ploy this term. The huge Peniket (released by Fulham) and Lateef Alliyu from Crawley Town will be a handful up front armed by a very quick and capable midfield quartet but the six-foot soldiers will win this you feel with Wright, Tomlinson and Fairhurst all with points to prove.
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For a side with what has traditionally been regarded as a bottom third budget, manager Dave Belford and his chairman have certainly pushed the boat out and will surprise a few this season, not unlike Simmo’s Imps. Peniket and centre-midfielder Baker have hit the ground running with three goals apiece, but the side has understandably taken time to gel. The 1-0 defeat of Macc who had gone 3 without defeat suggests they are beginning to click with lightning rod Alliyu getting the winner as well as a booking.
The defence has enjoyed a complete rebuild, but in truth a tough spine runs down this team with 23 bookings and two reds on the board already. This one will be an incident filled battle with a few goals one feels, with the Imps and the Lambs far from shrinking violets. Peniket is huge and skilful, he will provide a very tough test for Boyce and Brown will be at full stretch to contain Alliyu. Miller and Newton (on 4 yellows now) will also have to deal with Wright and Todd, with Evans on the overlap too. The central midfield partnership has yielded 3 goals from Baker and a couple of assist from Kerry
|Position 2012/13||19th in BSP|
|STMI Forecast||Play-off fringes|
|Average Gate||968 (2012/13–993)|
|Away following||61 (2012/13–88)|
The potential Lambs team
Dale Belford 4-4-2
2 Evans 6 Richards-Everton 15 Courtney 19 Capaldi
27 Wright 8 Baker 7 Kerry 20 Todd
17 Peniket 26 Alliyu
The Heroes & Villains
The Summer Plans
Despite losing top scorer Cunnington, as well as Tate, to Cambridge and Marcus Kelly going to Forest Green the side is so much stronger this year. He brings his goalkeeping son in from Bury as a playing assistant and has assembled an admirable back four on paper. In comes Jack Evans from Gillingham, Matt Regan from Forest, imperious Jordan Rose from Telford and Tom Eckerslie from Accrington.
Richie Baker, from Barrow, is the only addition in midfield although the trio in his preferred 4-3-3, the loss of Kelly apart, were none too shabby anyway. Up front the improvement will take some stopping. Peniket from Fulham will plunder this division, Justin Richards certainly still has it in him and Ebanks from Birmingham is top draw. Let us not forget existing hit-man Darren Byfield who most Conference clubs would love to have in their team.
Belford finished 19th last season, after replacing Marcus Law who was relieved of his duties in January. The mission was accomplished last season to halt that alarming slide, but one gets the feeling the Lambs will be well into the top half and perhaps even pushing for the play-offs this time round.
|18th July||Richard Peniket||Fulham||For||Free|
|1st July||Jack Evans||Gillingham||Def||Free|
|25th June||Cameron Belford||Bury||Keeper||Free|
|24th June||Jordan Rose||AFC Telford||Def||Free|
|21st June||Tom Eckerslie||Accrington||Def||Free|
|20th June||Justin Richards||Oxford Utd||For||Free|
|24th May||Richie Baker||Barrow||Mid||Free|
|23rd May||Matt Regan||Nottm Forest||Def||Free|
|17th May||Deqwon Ebanks||Birmingham C||For||Free|
|9th May||Adam Cunnington||Cambridge Utd||For||undis|
|9th May||Richard Tate||Cambridge Utd||Def||undis|
|14th June||Michael Wylde||Alfreton||Mid||Free|
|17th July||Marcus Kelly||Forest Green||Mid||Free|
The Lambs Squad 2013/14
1 Cameron Belford, 23 James Wren, 31 Dale Belford,
2 Jack Evans, 3 Connor Gudger, 4 Tom Eckersley, 5 Jordan Rose, 6 Ben Richards-Everton, 14 Matty Regan, 15 Duane Courtney,
7 Lloyd Kerry, 8 Richie Baker, 11 Jake Jones, 18 Kaiyne Woolery, 24 Scott James, 30 Scott Lindsey,
9 Justin Richards, 10 Darren Byfield, 16 Stuart Hendrie, 17 Peniket, 22 Deqwon Ebanks, 26 Alliyu
Blackburn Rovers, soon to lose Paul Robinson to Fulham or Besiktas, are set to test Ipswich Town’s resolve as the bidding hots up in the race for Watford Keeper Scott Loach. This is fantastic news for hard up Lincoln City who have a sell on for their former youth keeper.
Recently relegated Rovers are looking to cut the wage bill and are subject to interest from Betsiktas and Fulham for Paul Robinson , however the additional cashflow lifeline of £48 million in parachute payments over the coming 4 seasons, suggest that Ipswich may not be able to compete if there is a bidding war.
Loach is an Ipswich fan, but Rovers signing on fee and albeit reduced wage structure could still be too much to stomach. Paul Jewel recently lost out to Bolton for Leeds United keeper Andy Lonergan, as the Trotters rubberstamped £200,000 deal that Ipswich were unable to match.
The Imps make 15% on any profit from a sell on. We have already received around £60,000, with a £40k up-front fee and appearance add-ons, so we really need the deal to head north to around £500,000 or more.
Adam Watts has agreed to part company with the Imps by mutual consent despite having 6 months left on his current deal. A native of Hackney, East London, the former Fulham FC youth, had been spending time back in the Capitol due to a family illness, now the word is Adam is signing for a league club which makes nearby Dagenham and Redbridge or Leyton Orient potential new employers.
Thanks Adam, good luck to you, although many felt you were never the same after the break against Grimsby, you had to learn fast in a struggling side at a tender young age.
David Holdsworth has made Gavin McCallum, Adam Watts and Ali Fuseini available for loan in order to fund his wish-list. The manager’s popularity appears to be growing and this is sure to please many Imps with one Lincoln City Banter humorist and ‘cabbie’ already offering to ferry them out of town for FREE
Maybe a bit harsh, but certainly they are luxury players that we cannot utilise or afford at the current time, if we are to continue to climb from the jaws of a crisis. All three can undoubtedly do a job elsewhere and perhaps even higher up the slippery pyramid that is the world of football.
McCallum has been a busted flush since arriving from the Bulls in 2010, making 53 League appearances and netting 6 goals. He is one of the highest earners at the club so any contribution would be a useful one. In the right side Gavin could be a great impact player even if he has struggled at the Imps.
|2006–2007||Dorchester Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|2007||Crawley Town (loan)||15||(5)|
|2008||Havant & Waterlooville||12||(2)|
Adam Watts arrived on loan from Fulham, before being signed by Sutton. After a serious and lengthy leg break in the derby against Grimsby, he has never been the same player in most Imps eyes. However the rough and tumble at the sharp end of League 2 and the BSP are not exactly conducive to the development of a young centre half. It has been a steep learning curve Adam and a parting of the ways would serve both parties you feel starting with a loan at maybe Barnet to resurrect a promising career.
|2007||Milton Keynes Dons (loan)||2||(0)|
|2009||Northampton Town (loan)||5||(0)|
|2009||Lincoln City (loan)||18||(0)|
Ali , 22, has been a massive disappointment since he signed for the Imps on a free transfer in January 2011. His release by Championship club Millwall turned from a dream to a nightmare as he struggled to get into games. He is most certainly a gifted player, one who could well come back to haunt us, but you cannot be a play maker unless you have the ball at your feet and Ali is not built to earn the right to play to be honest. Put a ball winner next to him however and you have a whole different ball game.