Barnet FC, Luton Town, Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United, Braintree, Hereford Utd and managerless Forest Green Rovers are featured in the next round of BT Skrill Premier live matches but there is still no Christmas cheer for Lincoln City.
Vic Erzantartz smells something Fishy
BT have announced the latest round of matches to cover the festive period but there is still no room at the Inn for the Imps, despite two instalments of the Lincolnshire Derby. The Cambridge V Braintree Boxing Day classic is preferred, with Luton and Barnet getting the New Year nod as opposed to a fixture that attracted one of the highest gates in the division last season. The Sincil Bank fixture attracted 5,702 with the corresponding Jan 1st rubber seeing 7,405 willing to witness the Imps against the Fishy foe. The Imps have not been at their best in the last three weeks but this is beginning to look like a club snub.
Nuneaton Town beat Hereford Utd 2-1, Cambridge Utd drew 1-1 at Alfreton Town and Kidderminster won away at Tamworth 3-0 , but the Imps still sneak up to 4th thanks to a draw for Barnet, and defeats for Grimsby and Forest Green Rovers. It was another terrific team performance with Farman and Miller rating a 9 just behind Newton who edges it with a 10.
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To follow a combined stats on Wednesday, as ever lets get straight in ‘Boycie style’, starting with the match stats & table plus the normal player ratings, minutes, fouls cards and of course concise heroes & villains (goal machines, creators & card collectors count). The full blow by blow a view from the Stacey West Match report is available here – it shows the Imps superiority, even though Southport had more shots off target,
Tuesday 17th September KO 19.45
scorers 26′ Miller
Attendance 1879 (1848 Imps 31 Sandgrounders)
Ref Mr Kavanagh
The teams & Schemes
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Power Nolan Sheridan
71 Wright on for Tomlinson 80 Dixon on for Sheridan 90 Foster on for Power.
15 Gray, 27 Foster, 17 Dixon, 9 Rowe, 10 Wright
Wright goes 5-3-2
4 Akrigg 2 Smith 18 George
12 Challoner 20 Fitzpatrick
10 Ledsham (Y-14) 6 Brown
15 Hattersley 9 Tames
D/S 66 Almond on for Akrigg & Osawe for Hattersley 73 Milligan on for Irie-Bi.
7 Chalmers, 8 Milligan, 11 Almond 19 Stevenson, 21 Osawe
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
51% Ball 49%
4 Shots on 3
4 Misses 6
3 Saves 5
10 Corners 5
5 Offside 3
5 Fouls 4
0 Yellows 1
0 Reds 0
The Table 17/9/13
|6||FC Halifax Town||9||5||1||3||17||15||+2||16|
|8||Forest Green Rovers||9||4||3||2||20||12||+8||15|
|Sq No||Starts||Sub||Mins||Saves||Let In||C/S||YC|
(nb: St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards)
KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards.
Heroes & Villains
|Goal Machines||Card Collectors|
STMI Man of match awards 2013/14
STMI Average ratings.
As the season progresses STMI will detail up to the the last 7 appearances along with the Cumulative average and total.
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The Mighty Imps 2013/14 Squad & Contract Status
2 Tom Miller (contracted to June 2015) 3 Sean Newton (contracted to June 2015) 5 Andrew Boyce (contracted to June 2015) 15 Dan Gray, (contracted to June 2014) 23 Nat Brown (contracted to June 2014) 27 Luke Foster (contracted to June 2014)
10 Nick Wright (contracted to June 2014) 11 Ben Tomlinson (contracted to June 2015) 14 Adi Yussuf (contracted to June 2014) 16 Conner Robinson (contracted to June 2014) 20 Bohan Dixon (contracted to June 2014) 29 Jordan Thomas (contracted to June 2014)
Not so dark horses Euromillions AFC Newport stun the Stags and Luton are held by Gateshead. Wrexham beat new-boys Woking and Hereford Foyle big spending Macclesfield. Cambridge are also held at Forest Green, but as a nine goal thriller at Nuneaton suggests The Fleet are not sunk yet. Awesome opening day in a League that demands the right to 3 up 3 down. Welcome back to the STMI stat attack.
STMI’s synopsis goals and stats.
Luton had to come from behind twice in front of a fantastic 6,743 faithful. Hatch and Odubade put the heed two ahead before Shaw (had to be) and Fleetwood restored some pride against his old side. Mansfield suffered the same fate twice but did not have enough to level on the second occasion. Big-spending Cox must be starting to worry after some Keystone Cops defending saw Newport go two goals ahead twice, through Yakubu & James and then O’Connor and Jefferson Louis. Speight and Green got them level the first time but Speight’s 89th minute effort to complete his brace left it just too late to overcome an opening day humbling at the hands of the Euromillions club.
Wrexham were dominant with Ogleby (18) and Keates (41) putting them two up before Bubb got a 66th minute lifeline. Creighton (74) finished the job. Macclesfield’s new King was brought down to earth with a bump by crafty Foyle. Canham gave the Bulls the lead, Barnes-Homer got a penalty back on 59 before action Jackson restored the advantage on 66. The Imps stifled the Harriers and got a superb chip from Taylor, setting up a lively local affair against Smiths Cambridge who were stunned by a 90th minute penalty equaliser by Klukowski after Elliott gave them a first half lead.
The game of the day came at BSP debs Nuneaton as they narrowly went down in a 9 goal thriller against Ebbsfleet. Brown (8) gave the hosts the lead, before Walker (17) doubled the advantage. Phipp (20) replied and then Elder equalised. Ashikodi (32) then put the visitors in front with returning hero Enveer-Marum (50) making it 2-4. Thompson-Brown (56) gave the new boys some hope but Phipp (88) completed his brace for 3-5. Still Town would not lay down but Brown (90+4) brace left things just to late to even the spoils.
|Spencer (23 & pen 36)
Cunnington (40 & 76)
|Forest Green||1||–||1||Cambridge Utd|
|Klukowski (Pen 90)||Elliott (33)||1,128|
|Speight (48 & 89)
|Brown (8 & 94)
|Phipp (20 & 88)
|Grand (87)||Disley (74)||1,743|
|Friday’s Live game|
| Canham (15)
|Barnes-Homer (Pen 59)||2,139|
note an Imp in the top 6 / 38
|The BSP Muddy boot|
|1||Jake Speight||Mansfield Town||2|
|Andy Brown||Nuneaton Town||2|
|Tom Phipp||Ebbsfleet United||2|
all 1 game of them
|BSP Average Gates|
|9||Forest Green Rovers||1,128||1,128|
League table (surely you jest)
|13||Forest Green Rovers||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||1|
|16||AFC Telford United||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1|
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.