Managerial change at Stockport County (The Bogie-man has to be a concern) and the fine form of Nuneaton and Barrow have forced Simmo to set his Soldiers of Impdom an additional 3 point target for safety. When Gary took over he felt 12 points should do it, but now the breaking of the 50 point barrier has to be seen as a more realistic and safer bet, so 15 it is. That Stockport and Lincoln, two proud teams with such great and loyal support, are in such a position after leaving the league, is a tragedy in itself. But onward and upward – don’t look back in anger.
Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Simmo and Grant Brown were seen at the Braintree game last night, where our opponents, Alfreton, went down 2-1 despite a late and, hopefully energy sapping rally, that saw them pull one back. Be prepared, Cub Scout Imps, for this is further evidence of the 24/7 work ethic of the management duo. This approach has certainly filtered down and benefited the resurgent Imps. The Gaffer’s post match ‘ its scandalous that we are in a position like this after a performance like that’ comment shows he recognises the progress and heart that theImps are putting in. With mud in his studs he will defend and kick every ball with his team, Grant is learning fast, but is as Imp, as the little chap that bashed the bishop and escaped from the cathedral all those years ago.
Although the signings of Nat Brown, Todd Jordan and Tony ‘the brace with grace’ Diagne, have been inspirational, it has been the ability to work with what we have got that has seen the turn. Necessity is the mother of invention given the Imps resources and options at this stage of the season. The reality of being unable to get in better than we have, has seen the duo put arms round shoulders and engage and involve every member of the side, including the walking wounded. Vadaine Oliver, Tony Diagne and Jake Sheridan could also be doubts for the Easter period.
But the response of the players has been magnificent. Jake Sheridan, for instance, has played to his strengths and been a key architect in the two three goal salvo’s in the last couple of games that have yielded the Imps six precious points. Boyce, Miller, Brown and Diagne have contributed at both ends of the pitch, putting in brave full-throttle performances.
Team spirit is a big thing in football, as is preparation and the ability to get the best from what you have. There is a line in the sand mentality, that is refreshed every Monday morning, don’t look back in anger, but look forward and ‘want it’. Every able-bodied Imp will play a part and have a chance to be in the reckoning, if they want to grasp the nettle. Nearly all do, for there is belief, in truth faith, in the management team, flexible formations and the desire to contest every ball with a view to a fast counter has seen shot counts higher than at any stage of the season.
The Imps are beginning to get a bit of a reputation, with an in-your-face direct style, that is not uncharacteristic of the KA/Simmo era. The card-count is up, so are the points in the bag. The momentum is with us and, injuries permitting, Simmo will still be able to call on a magnificent spirit that should see win against Alfreton as well as Cambridge. STMI fancied 4 points from this week, but we got 6, with 6 goals from Taylor who finishes like a virtuoso violinist. But it is the work ethic leading up to those strikes, both on and off the pitch, that is the real watershed at Lincoln City.
The Imps have character, are playing to their strengths, brushing off the failures and moving on quickly, finding leaders all over the pitch. They are properly prepared for the up-coming job and have the belief in what they are being asked to do, knowing their mates and management will back them up. Simple things, common sense perhaps? But then how many ex-managers were either asking too much or trying to put square pegs in round holes?
We will get those points you feel, but in reality the positive path to change and success has already begun.
|Sat 30th||Alfreton Town||v||Lincoln City||15:00|
|Mon 1st||Lincoln City||v||Cambridge Utd||15:00|
|Sat 6th||Kidderminster||v||Lincoln City||15:00|
|Tue 9th||Luton||v||Lincoln City||19:45|
|Sat 13th||Lincoln City||v||Tamworth||15:00|
|Sat 20th||Hyde||v||Lincoln City||17:15|
BSP Standings 28/3/13
|24||AFC Telford United||41||5||16||20||49||69||-20||31|