After the Nuneaton Town under Daish, Southport FC under former Luton Town & Cambridge United manager Gary Brabin is not an enticing thought on a Tuesday night. Yes after the no show The Sandgrounders are another side who have appointed a new manager. STMI were the first to break the news last night and feared the worst – are we cursed? In truth we were also still gutted gutted that he had agreed personal terms so early in the day because Brabin can now call in favours from all his mates in the North-West (Gary’s born and bread in Liverpool so forget porridge because raw meat scouse and 4-4-2 builds football teams in these parts) and potentially have the cabs there for this afternoon. A manager with a 49.6% win rate in the non-League has clearly been waiting for the right job since Luton discarded him in 2012. He also waited a year before returning after Cambridge – and that was for the Luton job.
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Bring back Martin Foyle because Gary Brabin’s side will be bang up for it. They will be wanting to prove a point to the manager and Brabin will be wanting to prove a point to a Lincoln board that passed him by not that long ago. As to whether he can turn Southport who really battled back twice before going down 2-5 at home to Woking, well that is the big question. The Imps will be missing Anderson and Hamza, while MacDonald went off injured for ‘Port at the weekend.
Brodie and Luke Foster might also want The Imps to think they should have tried a little harder in recent years too. Challoner and Fitzpatrick are useful yet Newton and Miller can really get to grips with that back four. As to whether Brabin will revert to the 3-5-2 that got the smash and grab 1-0 at the Cods or go with his preferred 4-4-2 for his first game is anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure we play a part-time side that can pay more than we can, otherwise Mr Brabin would not have put his slippers in the oven and come out on a wet and windy Tuesday night. Then again they are his local club.
|Southport||8 April 2008||23 June 2008||7||5||0||2||71.43|
|Cambridge United||23 June 2008||13 July 2009||54||27||14||13||50.00|
|Luton Town||28 March 2011||31 March 2012||62||29||22||11||46.77|
What is being chewed over on the foes FANS Forum
Seating: Adults £15 Concessions £11 Under 19’s £5 Terrace: Adults £13.50 Concessions £10 Under 19’s £5 Under 11’s accompanied by an adult are admitted free.
The Potential teams & schemes
Gary Brabin goes 4-4-2
2 Challoner 6 Foster 5 Collins 3 Fitzpatrick
12 Lynch 4 Kay 8 George 11 Brogan
10 Brodie 17 Dyer
23 Sam-Yorke 11 Tomlinson 22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton 6 Diagne 5 Brown 17 Caprice
Simmo goes 4-3-3-
Statistical head to head
|Gary Brabin||Manager||Gary Simpson|
|4-5-1 / 4-3-3||Formation||4-2-3-1|
|Bottom half||Forecast||To half|
|n/a||Biggest win||2-0 v Macc|
|n/a||Heaviest defeat||1-3 V Gulls|
|5,817||Total Turnstile Clicks||20,007|
|1202 V Bristol R||Hi||5209 V Grimsby|
|730 v Woking||Low||2231 V Braintree|
Heroes & Villains
Current & Overall Form
Head to Head
|At Southport (33)||At Lincoln City (33)|
|On Neutral Ground (0)||Overall (66 matches)|
|Lincoln City||0||0.00||Lincoln City||28||42.42|
|Lincoln City||0||0.00||Lincoln City||129||1.95|
|Highest Aggregate||8||Southport||4 – 4||Lincoln City||1964/1965|
|Highest Southport score:||5||Southport||5 – 1||Lincoln City||1965/1966|
|Highest Lincoln City score:||7||Lincoln City||7 – 0||Southport||1931/1932|
|2012/2013||Sat 09 Mar||Lincoln City||1 – 0||Southport||(Conference) Premier|
|Tue 08 Jan||Southport||4 – 2||Lincoln City||(Conference) Premier|
|2011/2012||Tue 24 Jan||Lincoln City||2 – 0||Southport||(Conference) Premier|
|Sat 13 Aug||Southport||2 – 2||Lincoln City||(Conference) Premier|
|1975/1976||Wed 25 Feb||Lincoln City||6 – 0||Southport||Fourth Division|
|Wed 24 Sep||Southport||1 – 2||Lincoln City||Fourth Division|
|1974/1975||Mon 28 Apr||Southport||3 – 2||Lincoln City||Fourth Division|
|Wed 18 Sep||Lincoln City||1 – 1||Southport||Fourth Division|
|1972/1973||Sat 14 Apr||Southport||1 – 0||Lincoln City||Fourth Division|
|Wed 21 Mar||Lincoln City||3 – 1||Southport||Fourth D|
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Gateshead FC had Luton Town and Cambridge Utd in front of them last year and have Torquay United, FC Halifax and Barnet FC this. Can a terrific attacking side with some quality players and a canny manager go one better in the play-off final this season? Perhaps for The Head are stronger and more experienced and have not given the rest of the division the head start they did last year.
Sincil Bank Salivates…………..
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A very tough game indeed against a top four side who finished third last season and look destined to challenge again. For those who think we should be beating sides like this, think again. Last season the Heed attracted 8,144 to their play-off game with Grimsby. They have not kept hold of too many of those floaters but crowds are up 60% this season and almost three times the season before. This is a side on the rise, indeed we are like two ships going in the opposite direction. The Heed are ambitious with the ability to tie players to contracts and sell them on. Mills bagged 250,000 from Posh for Maddison which should go to at least £600,000 with add-ons.
They have players than can hurt us all over the park unless we are really on our game. Four years this fixture would not have been seen as a tough one. Now Gateshead have a budget more than double ours with a core support that is 60% of our own over the season. Good luck lads you are going to need it.
Potential Teams & Schemes
Tuesday 30th Sept
What are the Silman chatting about on their FANS Forum
Potential teams & schemes
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1
5 Miller 25 Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne
12 Mendy 14 Nolan
23 Sam-Yorke 5 Bencherif 10 Ledsham
14 Brown 8 Turnbull 23 Rodman 7 Oster 11 Finnigan
318 O’Donnell 6 Clark 5 Curtis 2 Jones
Mills goes 4-4-2
Statistical head to head…………
|Gary Simpson||Manager||Gary Mills|
|4-2-3-1||Formation||4-5-1 / 4-3-3|
|2-0 v Macc||Biggest win||4-1 V Telford|
|1-3 V Gulls||Heaviest defeat||1-6 v Grimsby|
|17,613||Total Turnstile Clicks||8,568|
|5209 V Grimsby||Hi||1782 v Grimsby|
|2231 V Braintree||Low||1093 v Telford|
Heroes & Villains + Recent Results
Current & Overall Form
Historic Tale of the Tape
|At Lincoln City (14)||At Gateshead (14)|
|On Neutral Ground (0)||Overall (28 matches)|
|Lincoln City||0||0.00||Lincoln City||17||60.71|
|Lincoln City||0||0.00||Lincoln City||55||1.96|
|Highest Aggregate||6||Gateshead||3 – 3||Lincoln City||2011/2012|
|Highest Lincoln City score:||5||Gateshead||0 – 5||Lincoln City||1936/1937|
|Highest Gateshead score:||4||Gateshead||4 – 0||Lincoln City||1938/1939|
|2012/2013||Sat 29 Dec||Lincoln City||1 – 1||Gateshead||(Conference) Premier|
|Mon 27 Aug||Gateshead||1 – 1||Lincoln City||(Conference) Premier|
|2011/2012||Sat 21 Jan||Gateshead||3 – 3||Lincoln City||(Conference) Premier|
|Tue 20 Sep||Lincoln City||1 – 0||Gateshead||(Conference) Premier|
|1951/1952||Sat 26 Jan||Lincoln City||1 – 0||Gateshead||Third Division (North)|
|Sat 22 Sep||Gateshead||3 – 1||Lincoln City||Third Division (North)|
|1950/1951||Mon 26 Mar||Gateshead||1 – 2||Lincoln City||Third Division (North)|
|Fri 23 Mar||Lincoln City||2 – 1||Gateshead||Third Division (North)|
|1949/1950||Sat 18 Feb||Gateshead||2 – 1||Lincoln City||Third Division (North)|
|Sat 01 Oct||Lincoln City||2 – 0||Gateshead||Third Division (North)|
Woking FC aka the Cards have Oxford Utd, Doncaster Rovers and Luton Town quality at their disposal and can keep it on the deck, however, with a referee named Rock, the Imps might fancy their chances.
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First the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Card at.
Teams & schemes
Saturday 6th September KO 3PM
Scorers 15′ Morgan 44′ Payne, 64′ Burrow, 73 Morgan
Attendance 2,160 (1880 Cards 280 Imps )
Ref Mr Rock
Potential teams & schemes
Hill goes 4-3-3
14 Lewis 6 Clarke 32 Arthur (Y) 5 McNerney
7 Payne 4 Ricketts 21 Jones
24 Morgan 9 Rendell 10 Sole
11 Tomlinson 15 Sam-Yorke 8 Power
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton 5 Bencherif 6 Diagne 17 Caprice
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1
Subs & substitutions
The Cards Bench: 3 Cestor, 20 Beckles, 22 Goddard, 31 Little 33 Arnold
Substitutions: 56′ Goddard on for Sole. 65′ Cestor on for Lewis, 82′ Arnold on for Arthur
The Imps Bench: 1 Farman, 7 Kabba, 10 Ledsham, 4 Jordan, 22 Marshall
Substitutions: 65′ Marshall on for Sam-Yorke 71′ Ledsham on for Power 76′ Kabba replaces Jake Caprice.
To the game fellow football fans to the game…………
The Cards kick off but the Imps win it early only for The Cards to surge forward but fortunately Paynes cross goes harmlessly across the box. The Imps win the first corner of the game Newton delivers, Diagne gets highest and heads a decent chance over. A great exchange between Burrow and Caprice almost gets Sam-Yorke in. The Imps are the ones pressing at the moment with the Cards looking to absorb and counter. Nolan is robbed Lewis roasts Newton, crosses only for Mendy to clear.
Tommo nearly gets Newton away as the positive Lincoln start continues. The Imps are denying a passing Woking side space with Bencherif clearing well and Diagne heading a decent Payne delivery behind for the corner. Townsend punches the set-piece for a throw. Tomlinson and Burrow combine well with the latter trying an audacious lob that goes well over. Sloppiness costs City when Caprice tries to take on Rendell, fails and delivers a poor ball back to Townsend. The attempted clearance goes to Sole. He heads to Morgan who waltzes round two and finishes coolly in the corner for a 15th minute lead.
The Cards passing and movement is on a par with Barnet, Rendell, in particular, is quality, acting as the fulcrum. The Imps are still very much in the game, disrupting the play when we can, but the final ball is poor. Sam-Yorke and Burrow are gambling but the delivery is letting us down. Mendy Nolan and Caprice exchange neatly with the latter beating two before again failing with the final ball. Tomlinson gets in front of Lewis, who just about does enough to unsettle him ensuring his lob is off target. Bencherif is superbly marshalling Rendell. Nolan has a dig sending a decent drive from distance wide.
Woking almost get a second, but, a superb run and shot from Rendell, is fortunately given offside. Rendell gets away again, thankfully, this time Caprice picks his pocket at the expense of a corner. The cards waste it with no one challenging the in-swinger at the far post. Tomlinson holds and plays to Newton but the cross unfortunately goes to waste. His next finds the pacey Sam-Yorke , he rises well but heads wide. A Newton corner finds Bencherif at the near post. Hamza heads on to Burrow who tragically fluffs his lines and heads wide. Key moment that, at 1-1 the Imps would kick on, the miss suggests the football fates will have a last laugh with half-time looming.
Morgan almost makes us pay with a glorious drive across the goal and wide of the right-hand post. Woking threaten again. Morgan sets up Rendell, a brilliant headed clearance from Bencherif seems to end the danger, then Power fouls Josh Payne to set up a chance from 20 yards. Up steps the former West Ham and Oxford man, sees Townsend to the left of his goal and duly punishes the Imps curling a low one just inside the right-hand post for the second. A late cavalry charge as Sam-Yorke earns a corner. Newton Hamza rises supreme to agonisingly head high. The Imps have certainly shown some spirit, shading possession, but, at two down against a confident unbeaten side, surely it is game over?
The Imps race from the traps Newton delivers and Sam-Yorke heads wide. Another good move, Burrow nods down and Nolan warms the keepers gloves. Such an end to end open game suggests a goal at either end will change it or end it if the Cards deal us a third. Morgan sets up Payne, thankfully he shoots wide. Townsend saves superbly from Rendell before Sole makes way for Goddard. The Imps are playing some decent football, albeit leaving ourselves stretched at times. Arthur handles under pressure from Tomlinson, but you never expect penalties from those away. Tomo has developed a long throw that could even put Newton to shame as Mendy’s header is well saved by Howe. Power has a dig from Distance that is also held well.
Indeed if we can make the pressure count we could still be back in this. We do thanks to a scrambled effort, Newton’s corner is nodded in by Burrow, although initially there is a debate as to whether the ball crossed the line. A result from an official for a change? Indeed as the linesman flags so ‘The Rock’ gives it. 2-1 game on.
Marshall is introduced for Sam-Yorke who doesn’t look sharp or fit on this showing. The 280 Imps are in full voice. Marshall beats his man but is denied a penalty shout. The Imps scramble away a set-piece, but in truth the visitors are now in the ascendancy with Marshall determined to make a point. Power (Newton gets the armband) is also replaced by Ledsham with Kabba, also warming up so desperate to stake a claim.
Woking respond. A soft goal. A Rendell effort is initially saved by Townsend but with three queuing up Dean Morgan completes his brace from four yards. Lincoln go 3-4-3 as Kabba replaces Caprice, leaving Jones the chance to counter and blast an effort wide. Marshall woefully misses the target to get City back in the game. Newton crosses superbly for Burrow to head over. Four on four its hearts in mouths time until Arthur fizzes the wrong side of the left-hand upright. Another sweet Payne corner and Rendell beats Diagne and Hamza in the air to put it wide.
Marshall wins Lincoln a corner allowing all the big lads to go up. Howe double fists for another corner that Clarke heads clear leaving Lincoln two on three at the back until Marshall gets back to stop Payne in his tracks. Woking move third, deservedly so, a solid side with too many options in the attacking third for the Imps on the day. Lincoln a third defeat on the bounce with the Fishy Foe (won 2-0 against basement boys Welling to go 8th) to come on Tuesday, slip to 14th. Then again a win against the Fishy foe would put us 5th – in the play-offs and this Simpson team is good enough to be there or thereabouts.
Stats & Table
Note: shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
50 % Ball 50 %
8 Shots on 5
7 Misses 7
4 Saves 6
8 Corners 4
4 Offside 4
12 Fouls 10
1 Yellows 0
0 Reds 0
|2||FC Halifax Town||7||6||0||1||15||5||+10||18|
|11||Forest Green Rovers||7||3||3||1||8||5||+3||12|
|23||AFC Telford United||7||0||2||5||8||16||-8||2|
We thought we would miss Luton Town but Bristol Rovers, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town, Chester City and Lincoln fans take a bow! Although Torquay United, Aldershot Town and Forest Green Rovers sit not too far behind. Welcome to the first Vanarama Conference attendance of the 2014/15 season
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What a healthy set of statistics we have after 5 games with Bristol Rovers against Grimsby attracting 7,019, Wrexham attracting 4,068 against Gateshead and FGR enjoying a bumper 3,781 for the West Country derby against Bristol Rovers. The Mariners managed 3,710 at home to Nuneaton but the Imps look likely get into the top two when they entertain the Mariners early next month. Grimsby look set to bring 1800 and, with both the Lincolnshire giants flying a massive crowd is assured.
The People’s Premiership may not have the cash of the top tier but you can get a ticket and experience traditional football full of thrills and spills in the flesh. So to cut to the chase then fellow football fans.
|Team (League position)||Pld||Total||Highest||Average|
|1||Bristol Rovers 16||2||12469||7019||6235|
|3||Grimsby Town (8)||3||10877||3710||3626|
|5||Lincoln City (5)||2||4829||2598||2415|
|6||Torquay United (14)||3||6027||2135||2009|
|7||Aldershot Town (12)||2||3970||2006||1985|
|8||Forest Green Rovers (3)||3||5820||3781||1940|
|9||Kidderminster Harriers (10)||3||5616||2304||1872|
|10||Gateshead FC (6)||2||3547||1782||1774|
|11||Halifax Town (1)||3||5169||2369||1723|
|13||AFC Telford (20)||3||4695||1655||1565|
|16||Macclesfield Town (11)||2||2716||1407||1358|
|19||Dover Athletic (18)||2||2108||1321||1054|
|21||Nuneaton Town (23)||2||1798||935||899|
|22||Alfreton Town (24)||2||1529||916||765|
|23||Braintree Town (13)||3||2244||800||748|
|24||Welling United (22)||2||1245||634||623|
With Lee Gregory of Halifax Town and Andre Gray of Luton Town well clear of Brett Williams of Aldershot Town and fellow Hatter Paul Benson in the goal charts; Ben Tomlinson of Lincoln City still has a rather elusive milestones to reach. STMI also wish Luton congratulations – we said Still was the man to take you back to the promised land – the Conference will be much the poorer without you and your hordes at the turnstiles.
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Hopefully the fitness doubts that robbed the Hatters of Gray’s prowess against Braintree will enable him to make up the one goal deficit to crown a superb season for the goal machine and the Hatters. Gregory got back to scoring ways, after two without a goal, to edge ahead with a goal in the 4-0 romp at Barnet.
No one should bet against either to break thirty goals to take the honours, but Gregory has to be the favourite. Prior to the short barren spell he had plundered seven in four games, including a brace against Alfreton and a treble at the well tanned Hyde. Gray has just one in his last six games, although he bagged 5 in 3 including a treble at the Bulls in a seven nil rampage. Williams of Aldershot (21) and fellow Hatter Benson(17) look too off the pace to trouble the top two crackshots.
Tomlinson, in 5th meanwhile, has just three games to bag the two goals he needs to break the twenty goal barrier and emulate Simon Yeo (21 almost a decade ago). Currently on 18 goals in all competitions STMIs tip for 20 this season has been sidelined by a three match suspension thanks to 15 yellow cards, but who would bet against a passionate talismanic figure hitting an elusive target during another frustrating season for a club of the Mighty Imps stature? Imps can click here for the hoped-for goal machines of 2013/14.
Top 20 Skrill Premier Goal Machines
|2||Andre Gray||Luton Town||27|
|3||Brett Williams||Aldershot Town||21|
|4||Paul Benson||Luton Town||17|
|5||Ben Tomlinson||Lincoln City||16|
|Scott Boden||Macclesfield Town||16|
|James Norwood||Forest Green Rovers||16|
|John Akinde||Alfreton Town||16|
|Connor Jennings||Grimsby Town||15|
|11||Louis Moult||Nuneaton Town||14|
|12||Luke Guttridge||Luton Town||13|
|Dan Fitchett||Salisbury City||13|
|Dan Holman||Braintree Town||13|
|16||Yan Klukowski||Forest Green Rovers||12|
|Luke Berry||Cambridge United||12|
|19||Michael Gash||Kidderminster Harriers||11|
Luton Town, Chester FC, Cambridge Utd, Lincoln & Grimsby Town still top the Away stats, with Wrexham FC, Barnet FC, Aldershot Town, FC Halifax and Kidderminster Harriers all still above the 200 mark.
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The Hatters hordes continue to raise the bar with an unbelievable take to Tamworth – 1199 (and that is/was some round trip). Aldershot also took a credible 193 to Impdom, with Grimsby taking 285 & 272 all the way to Salisbury & Aldershot respectively, to move within 10 of the Imps average away support. The Lincoln legions topped the Fishy foe however with 483 to Nuneaton.
Cambridge are travelling well too with 331 at Chester who continue to confound their League position with 220 at Alfreton. The League leaders also took 239 to the Fishy foe on a Tuesday night.
The second highest for the month was the Hatters once again with 840 trooping down to Aldershot. Barnet mustered 358 for Welling, with 260 Shaymen at Luton and The Harriers also took 259 to Chester.
Outstanding support as ever with every regular traveller deserving a medal for what they shell out financially and emotionally for the cause. Here is the table in full, please feel free to put a link on your forums to ensure STMI get the reads. Our prof is a sad so and so but he his harmless really.
|Total turnstile clicks||Away-days||Average|
Luton Town, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town and Cambridge United all top 3,000 with Lincoln, Chester FC, Aldershot and Kidderminster Harriers all averaging over 2,000 home gates in the Skrill Premier League so far this season.
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The Luton Town effect has seen them not only pitch in with a seventh of the total turnstile clicks for the SPL (just under 352,000 with an 1826 average), but also feature in seven of their counterparts seasonal highs (we will cover the away crowds separately later today). Lincoln City have featured in four, which is incredible given our mid-table position.
Home stats (to Oct 31 3013)
|15||Forest Green Rovers||8,397||1,199||1858|
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.
Luton Town and Kidderminster trail Cambridge United while Salisbury City ended Grimsby Town’s Hurst inspired renaissance with a 1-0 win as they continue to astound. STMI takes a look at our pre-season tips to return to the football League. For Lincoln ‘mind the gap please’ comes to mind.
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At the beginning of the season the STMI Big Fat Conference preview saw the title as a four horse race with the remaining play-off spot going anywhere in a Division where anyone could beat anyone. With fifteen match-days completed how are Cambridge, Luton , Grimsby and Kidderminster doing and currently Salisbury look like nicking the Imps wild card?
So, the Hatters double six clicks, indeed, it appears to be going the one step beyond the non-league’s super-club needs. Luton, under John Still – going for a seventh promotion have won five and drawn two in an unbeaten seven match spree. The Hatters have only lost twice all season beating The Harriers 2-0 at Aggborough as well as holding Cambridge and Grimsby 0-0 at home. In those last seven The Hatters have scored 4 goals and three goals on three occasions. With Andre Gray back with a hat-trick last week you feel the Hatters are coming to the boil. With Tamworth, Gateshead, Southport, Braintree and Chester to come the Hatters could be celebrating Christmas a month early.
Saturday’s opponents, Kidderminster Harriers, look set to continue with a young strike force against the Imps, but in truth they have goal creators and takers all over the park. The Harriers are unbeaten in five, with just the one defeat in nine, suggesting last seasons fantastic run, that saw them just fail go win the title, has started ominously early. If the Imps get a point on Saturday we should get the flags out, against a side that has an embarrassment of riches in every department even if Dance will miss this week and next in the cup. With Lincoln, Barnet, Woking, Macc and Wrexham to come, they only need a United wobble to pounce.
Cambridge have the most balanced and in-depth squad in the division, with old sage Money able to rest or rotate to beat the big or the passing sides in the division. His resting of Cunnington and Sam-Yorke in the 0-0 at Chester, still sees the Black and Amber gamblers remain unbeaten and six points clear with 4 strikers more than able to come in, Despite the embarrassment of riches up front, the U’s are not big scorers, perhaps due to the policy, with just the one sufficient on most occasions, but they are a hard working side with great experience running through the side. Whether that will be sufficient to avoid the inevitable wobble is anyone’s guess. Little Salisbury will test that tomorrow, with Southport, Macc, Aldershot and Barnet to follow.
Paul Hurst’s Grimsby do look better without ‘Mr pointy and shouty’ even if successive 0-1 defeats against Cambridge United and Salisbury brought a free-scoring three match run to an end. The Mariners certainly have quality and strength in depth too; the strike force boasts Hannah, hit-man-Hearn, Cooke and John Lewis, with a terrific midfield that will outplay most teams, but those defeats to top clubs and a 0-0 with Luton suggests the 4-4-1-1 may not accommodate all their strengths sufficiently to be anything but play-off contenders again. The Mariners will beat Forest Green but Woking and Welling are useful, before Tamworth and Barnet come to Town.
|12||FC Halifax Town||15||6||4||5||25||25||0||22|
|15||Forest Green Rovers||15||5||3||7||28||26||+2||18|
|23||Aldershot Town (-10)||15||6||4||5||18||15||+3||12|
Kidderminster Harriers raided Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town, Luton Town and Cambridge United to strengthen an already enviable squad, that went from bottom to top last term with that 21 game hot streak to fall at the last in the play-offs. The Harriers, currently second, can hurt anyone in the Skrill Premier Division. The goals and assist distribution throughout the side suggests they will be a threat all over the park tomorrow. Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson could perhaps be forgiven for parking the team coach in front of our goal and putting a padlock on the hand-break and putting the key in his pocket until half-time at least.
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But Simmo’s Imps have a team spirit and work ethic that can not only frustrate but also come away with at least a point against the injury hit Harriers. Lincoln have been facing insurmountable odds ever since the Sincil Bank computer spewed forth a budget that is laughable for the expectations of a City and fan base that screams Football league status. We make the cut for the Monopoly board but the Bank and the station is anything but able to do big business. Yet a side has been built that has surprised us, to the extent that we are now bemoaning the fact that we are a target man and winger short of the play-offs with 100’s of the faithful following pied piper Simmo and his six-foot soldiers on their Impquest.
Fowler, the Doncaster recruit and non-League steal Lolley are going great guns even if Dance is missing through suspension with Tolley (in from Mansfield) on the bench and Gash still out. Both Blissett and Lolley scored and soared in the 2-1 win at Southport so Steve Burrs young forward line is hardly a weakness with battering ram Morgan-Smith at its apex. Ex-Imp Gowling and successful trialist Grimes are composed but they won’t fancy Tomlinson if Newton can get beyond Lee Vaughan on their right. Left-back Jackman is no slouch either, but he is beatable if Miller has the free-time given Blissett and cultured Byrne will keep him and his midfield pinned. It looks tough with a set-piece our best chance one feels.
Saturday 19th Oct KO 3PM
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|Position 2012/13||2nd in BSP|
|STMI Forecast||Title Contenders|
|Average Gate||2123 (Total 14,862)|
|Away following||202 (1214 Aug/Sept)|
The Potential Team
Steve Burr 4-3-3
23 N Vaughan
2 L Vaughan 15 Grimes 30 Gowling 16 jackman
8 Fowler 7 Byrne
21 Lolley 13 Blissett
22 Morgan- Smith
The Heroes & Villains
|6 players on||1||Morgan-Smith||2|
|5 players on||1|
The Summer Plans
With just Briggs and Collins released manager Steve Burr just keeps on making the Harriers stronger. Leading BSP goal machine Gash has made the loan deal from Cambridge permanent, although 20 year old young gun Joe Lolley has also joined after banging in 88 goals in 83 games for Littleton in the Midlands Combination. As if the midfield was not blessed enough Fowler comes in from Doncaster, Tolley from Mansfield, Dance from the Hatters and another unknown, winger Dior Angus a whippet with a wicked cross. Grimes has also come in as back-up to a defence that has ex-Imp Gowling, Dunkley,Demetriou and Vaughen.
Burr rode out the storm, added Josh Gowling – who was no good for the Imps – then only tinkered with a well oiled machine when injury or the odd tactical change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 was required. Fair is fair, Kiddy deserved to go up last year, the football was sublime, but two results near the end cost them. They did not choke, so lets not look back in anger, because this quality side is unlikely to need to make up that much ground again.
|31st July||Joe Lolley||Littleton||For||Undis|
|25th July||Jamie Grimes||Trialist||Def||Free|
|19th June||Lee Fowler||Doncaster Rov||Mid||Free|
|17th June||Dior Angus||Solihull||Winger||Undis|
|10th June||Jamie Tolley||Mansfield||Mid||Free|
|6th June||James Dance||Luton||Mid||Free|
|1st May||Michael Gash||Cambridge U||For||Undis|
|Released||Keith Briggs||FC Halifax||Mid|
Harriers 2013/14 Squad
1 Daniel Lewis, 23 Nathan Vaughan
2 Lee Vaughan, 3 Mickey Demetriou, 6 Cheyenne Dunkley, 15 Jamie Grimes, 16 Danny Jackman, 30 Joshua Gowling,
4 Kyle Storer, 5 Jamie Tolley, 7 Jack Byrne, 8 Lee Fowler, 11 Marvin Johnson, 14 Dior Angus, 17 James Dance, 18 Callum Gittings,
9 Michael Gash, 10 Anthony Malbon, 13 Nathan Blissett, 19 Ryan Rowe, 21 Joe Lolley, 22 Amari Morgan-Smith