Thankfully we will not see Grimsby Town fans packing the Stacey West just yet as Scunthorpe beat them 3-0 in the last round of the County Cup. Then again with Mansfield Town this Saturday – in a Crikey Wingco its chocks-away opening League 2 fixture – there will not be too many Iron fans wanting to follow a weakened sortie to Imp Bomber HQ to bag the Lincolnshire FA county crown jewel (Its a nice trophy as it goes) . Mindful of Saturday’s derby (The Stags have sold all bar 400 tickets, with the Iron section also packed to the girders) Brian Laws looks unlikely to take risks, but will play a much stronger side than the one that lost 0-1 at North Ferriby Utd. He has to for prides sake, not to mention that play-off encounter from 2002/3 that must still eat away. As for we Imps, the chance to see us beat anything in a Scunthorpe strip, at £6 to boot, is too good to miss. Remember the kick-off is 7 pm for the young ones who also get in at £3 a go.
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Tues 30th July, ko 7.00 pm
An early evening matinee, with Panto players Laws and Simpson locking horns minus Big Keith of course. Laws oft the pantomime villain in Imps eyes, is back at the Iron helm, as is Simmo with both motivated by unfinished business at their respective home from homes, with pride the daily alarm clock for two true football men. Time for the boos…. for Scunthorpe will bring a weakened team for what is set to be their final friendly game of the season – well it is if we beat them to contest the Final. So they are beatable, (oh yes they are!!!) but you always have to take Brian Laws (he’s behind you) comments with a 5kg bag of salt.
Talking of which, the arrival of money man Peter Swann could also be a bitter pill to swallow, for those in red and white and pinstripe. The spat over centre-back Boyce perhaps ensured he could never come to Lincoln by choice. Boyce’s former Trinity partner, Luke Waterfall, will start tonight, next to Callum Howe, but forwards Chris Iwelumo and Andy Welsh are much less likely with Wooton and Winnall in. Goalkeeper James Severn, defender George Grayson and first year pro’s Luke Hornsey (an exciting central midfielder) look set to start. Laws loves 4-4-2 but goes with 4-3-3 as his second choice. If this is the case attacking midfielder Godden could come through from deep so Nolan beware. Should he go 4-4-2 then Dutch left-winger Esajas may come in and Dan Gray could be in for a torrid night.
The Imps all want a place on the park with Miller, Brown, Foster and Boyce eager to get a piece of the action. Should Fofana come back into the defensive midfield slot then Power could force young Adi onto the bench. It will be tough on him, but then the same could be said of Connor Robinson who looks also looks great in the same position. Tomlinson may start up top instead of Wright, who loves lurking from the left anyway. Where Rowe goes nobody knows but then that is the point for the epicentre of the advanced three midfield musketeers.
The Teams & Schemes
Gray Brown Boyce Newton
Yussuf Rowe Wright
13 GK Preece, 4 Foster, 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst, 12 Sheridan, 16 Thomas, 17 Dixon, 20 Robinson
Ribeiro Waterfall Howe Grayson
McAllister, Hornsey, Collins
GK Slocombe, Ribeiro, Nolan, Mirfin, Canavan, Hawkridge, Sparrow, Collins, Welsh,Burton, Iwelumo