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Nick Wright Has Worcester in His Sights.

Mansfield Town misfit Nick Wright opened his account at old haunt Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday to end a couple of years of tough times for a pacey goal-machine who is absolutely unplayable when his tail is up.  But once this lad gets on a run and teams start playing to his strengths he is a goal machine possessing electric pace and panache.  The rutting season has begun for the ex-Stag and Worcester are in his sights.

Rose Tinted’s heart is a flutter

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Despite being 6′ 3″ Nick is not the best in the air, preferring a ball to feet so that he can roast his man and hammer home with aplomb. Yet Mo Fofana’s elegant out-swinging peel – with the outside of his foot no less – saw him get a rare headed goal to open his account for the Imps.  If the two can take that into the Worcester game the Imps should bury a team at the same stadium that saw many of us crying into our delicious pies yesterday.  Despite the result Nick’s strike has come at just the right time for the player and the Imps who could not buy a goal of late. Lincoln had 14 shots yesterday, 1 goal, 7 others on target plus 6 further efforts going anywhere but the goal. Nicks 80th minute effort brought a 260 minute goal drought to an end.

Next week is the perfect game for Nick who got 27 goals in 79 games for Tamworth and 23 in 82 for Kidderminster before Cox signed him for the Stags off the back of a 15 goal season.  The Former England C hitman could not get past Green and co grabbing 1 goal in 5 starts plus 3 assists suggesting there is plenty more to Nick’s game. The former Lamb and England C forward is best served to the left or right of a trio.  

Impstatz 2013/14

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
10 Nick Wright 5 5 414 1 4 5 0 3 4 0 0

Mansfield 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 5 14 531 1 7 5 3 1 0

Kidderminster 2011/12 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 23 20 2330 15 21 35 3 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)/ 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
Current gig in the game
CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER n/a
YOUTH CAREER
2001-2005 Birmingham City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan)
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012–13 Mansfield Town 17 (1)
International Appearances
2008– England C 1 (0)

Nick Knows The Sweet Smell of Lambs’ Success

Nick Wright tasted success at Tamworth FC before Mansfield Town and Kidderminster Harriers came calling, firing them to promotion to The Conference Premier, then Blue Square Premier.  Now close to fitness he is set to renew acquaintances with his old club and is determined to get off the mark.

Rose Tinted wishes Nick Wright well!

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Nick signed for the Lambs upon his release from Birmingham in 2007 and bagged 13 in his first and 10 in his second season at the club. He was a massive part of the promotion side that made it back into the BSP in 2008/9 delivering as many assists as he did goals. The first season back was a steep learning curve  with Gary Mills leaving him out of the Tamworth side before transfer listing him at the end of the 2009-10 season.

To the horror of the Lambs faithful local rivals Kidderminster stepped in and Nick would go on to rub salt into the mint sauce by bagging 8 in 2010/11 and 15 in 2011/12, despite  half of his appearances coming from the bench. It was of some surprise to Harriers fans that Cox was allowed to take him to Mansfield at the beginning of last season on a free too. Again he was used as an impact player with 1 goal in 5 starts and just 531 minutes to impress, with 9 short cameos from the bench.

Come on Nick destiny awaits –  tuck in son and feel free to ask for seconds and thirds! Nicky Wright! Wright! Wright!

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
CLUB
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER n/a
YOUTH CAREER
2001-2005 Birmingham City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan)
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012– Mansfield Town 17 (1)
International Caps
2008– England C 1 (0)

Oh Dear Wright’s Gone Wrong Then?

Nick Wright our new signing from Mansfield Town (formerly of Bristol City, Northampton Town, Tamworth and Kidderminster) looks to be out for a couple of weeks after his hamstring clearly went against Macclesfield last night. Both Sportin Hortin & Tommo remarked on the event. Wright chasing a delicious dink from Rowe, pulled up 10 minutes before half time as he looked away and in with a chance of doubling our lead.

 thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Nick really is unplayable when he is on fire, pouncing from either flank or feeding off a target man in a supporting striker role. Although he failed to break into the first team squad at Birmingham, they saw he had something, so Nick saw loan deals with the Lambs, Northampton Town, Ashford and Bristol City.   He signed for the Lambs upon his release from Birmingham in 2007 and bagged 13 and 10 respectively in his first two seasons. He was a massive part of the promotion side that made it back into the BSP in 2008/9 delivering as many assists as goals.

Local rivals Kidderminster stepped in and he bagged 8 in 2010/11 and 15 in 2011/12, despite  half his appearances coming from the bench. It was of some surprise to Lambs that Mansfield’s Cox was allowed to nick him at the beginning of last season. Again he was used as an impact player with 1 goal in 5 starts and just 531 minutes to impress, with 9 short cameos from the bench.

It is still too early to tell as to whether the injury is a tweak or a pull although his swift removal and replacement by Dixon saved further damage. Nick has already bagged a hat-trick at Harrogate in pre-season and will be missed on Saturday against Forest Green. Although it is a blow for Nick the Imps do have fleet of foot Bohan Dixon and Ade Yussuff to replace him. TMI wish Nick a speedy recovery as his pace will certainly terrify more than a few teams this season.

Mansfield 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 5 14 531 1 7 5 3 1 0

Kidderminster 2011/12 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 23 20 2330 15 21 35 3 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
CLUB
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER n/a
YOUTH CAREER
2001-2005 Birmingham City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan)
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012– Mansfield Town 17 (1)
NATIONAL TEAM
2008– England C 1 (0)

Forest Eye New Stag Clucas – Bulls Could Benefit

Nottingham Forest are interested in Mansfield Town’s Sam Clucas, who beat off Crewe Alexandra for his signature recently. The cast-off Imp was a star at Hereford United – who could end up with a slice of any fee with a sell-on as they offered the youngster a deal – last season scoring 5 goals in his last 6 games.   Sam got a brace for The Stags against Peterborough United in a  4-2 win last week, so he is continuing where he left off.  Sam never got an opportunity at Lincoln, spending his time running around a field along with the late Richard Butcher, before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy and then the Bulls.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The Hereford United midfielder and player of the year last term, Sam may have failed to make the grade at Leicester City after 6 years as a youth, but never gave up, choosing instead to study Sports Development at Lincoln college, funded by a job at Debenhams, before being signed by Jacko at Lincoln. He then spent most of his time at the Imps running around a pitch with Richard Butcher, never given a reason for becoming a Chris Sutton outcast, before moving on to Hereford to become Captain at just 21.

Sam’s 9 goals from 44 appearances for the Bulls, 5 in the last 6 games including a beautiful brace at Telford on the final day, was a tremendous, thoroughly deserved triumph last year. At just 21, he had kept the faith, harnessed his frustration and delivered. Sam, a box-to-box midfielder, played mainly on the wing last term, takes his chances and has a shot that reminds one of a now departed player, who was there when he needed someone, to keep his flickering football candle burning.  A move to Crewe will further unlock his undoubted technique, but when it comes to determination he is out on his own, well almost…….

The late Richard Butcher had plenty of pearls of wisdom for the young lad, as the two were cut off from the main squad and forced to endlessly run around the training ground. He kept the young lads spirits up at a time when the harsher side of football life threatened a driven lads career. Signed by Jacko, who described him as ‘a real find’, the ex-Lincoln College lad, was destined to become little more than a publicity stunt, facing the ‘moving on’ process despite not being given a chance to show his ability.  His choice to turn down a scholarship in the States for Lincoln, appeared to be a wrong one.

With Sutton keen to free up the budget, the endless runs and isolation from the squad is a time honoured psychological way to force a player out. This would ensure a player either elects to move to another club or  commit a breach of contract that would benefit the club. Fines of up to two weeks wages or the ability to negotiate a reduced severance deal allow the club to save money, needed to fund loans or even a new signing. People will think Sutton harsh, but in truth he was following the tricks of the trade.

Sam managed just 63 minutes for the Imps in the Trophy against Darlington, this was Jackson’s last game in charge. The team was in revolt at the management’s tactics, giving the directors little option but to relieve them of their posts just half a dozen games into the new season. Effectively missing the cut at Lincoln was as rough as the decision to axe him at the Foxes, after 6 years, despite making it through the Leicester City Academy during the previous 5.  He and Richard actually found out about being transfer listed via the grapevine over the weekend and things came to a head on the Monday morning. The management team asked everyone how their weekend had gone, to which Richard replied, ” Fine other than finding out that I had been transfer listed thanks to a on my mobile from a rival manager”.

Sam was a determined lad who was keen to hone his skills. Neither breached their contracts, with the two forming a brother-in arms bond. Richard also shared the skills he had learned, with the lad keen to build on his strength and stamina as well as passing, movement and shooting, key elements for a box-to-box midfielder player.  Richard rated Sam’s natural fitness and technique things, he himself, had been singled out for when Sutton first arrived at Lincoln.  He was also impressed with the lads drive and keenness to stay beyond the required time, in what was to all intents and purposes a training regime designed to move both players on.

Sam spent a little time at Lincoln Moorelands before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy. Here he continued to learn, under the stewardship of  Nigel Spackman, Graham Rix and Dave Beasant, getting outings for Jerez Industrial in the Primera Andaluza League. The club had escaped bankruptcy thanks to £160k loan and the signing of a 5-year deal with The Glenn Hoddle Academy.

Sam signed for Hereford in 2011. The club were relegated but, despite struggling financially the Bulls finished 6th, one place and 10 points off the play-offs.  Sam like many of the players put their careers before their pay-packets as the wage-run was missed in March and April.  Sam commanded a compensation fee as he had been offered a deal by Martin Foyle who rates him highly, suggesting the hard-up Bulls could cash in through add-ons if the Stags agree to sell. Foyle made him an ever-present in the side last year and turned him into the winger that everyone else seems to have missed.

Good luck Sam, you have always earned your right to play.

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Samuel Raymond Clucas
DATE OF BIRTH 25 September 1990 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Lincoln, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Hereford United
NUMBER 18
YOUTH CAREER
2001–2007 Leicester City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2009 Nettleham n/a (?)
2009–2010 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2010 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4 (?)
2010–2011 Jerez Industrial 12 (?)
2011– Hereford United 62 (9)

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Cambridge & Stevenage Pip Imps For Captain Cod & Macc Man

Gary Simpson has been pipped by Stevenage FC and Cambridge United, thwarting a raid on Grimsby Town for their ex-captain, as well as another Macclesfield Town star it has emerged. Despite the signing of Brown and Miller his search for defenders continues, with Boyce still trying for a gold laden gig at Mansfield Town or  Scunthorpe United  it would seem.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Seasoned 29 year-old Ian Miller captained the Fishy foe to fourth. He is a no nonsense central defender, but he can also play at right-back, which may come in useful with Jonathan  Thorpe leaving the Abbey. That said the 20-year-old was never first choice and spent last spring on loan at Tamworth and is considering going part-time  as he looks to get a University degree. Miller’s decision to return to his roots and link up with old pal Jez George must also have been down to financial reasons, given he will have to move house, in order to fulfil a two year deal. Cambridge are spending some money again this year and look to be a threat with the best part of a new team already aboard.

Stevenage pipped us to Sam Wedgbury, who would have completed our midfield and made it one of the best in the division.  Although employed as a right midfielder last season under King,  Simmo also played him as a defensive midfielder. Sam shields the back four on his own or as part of a duo, with an engine that allows the creative midfielders to flow. That is not to say he cannot thread a pass or deliver a decent set-piece. This is a cracking signing for Stevenage, Sam, still just 23, will easily step up to League 1 and has it in him to play in the Championship in the next year or so.

Nottingham Forest & Mansfield Look Good to Make NG Postcode Fashionable.

Nottingham Forest and Mansfield Town appear to be gearing up to put their county and East Midlands football back on the map if the early signs are anything to go by. The Stags target is to get into the championship over the next 2-3 years whilst Forest finally look to have shaken off the debt hurdle that has held back a club that were once the neutrals favourite underdogs.  Both sides have great managers, Cox stayed calm and kept the faith, as the Stags came good last season, after many of us had written his managerial obituary.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Billy Davies is a canny chap, driven perhaps by the motto ‘third time lucky’, who can deliver a return to the Premiership.  He deserved better than that cruel contract termination in June 2011 after taking Forest to the play-offs twice. McClaren, his replacement, got nowhere near him, ensuring, now deceased Chairman Nigel Doughty, failed to get a just return on the reported £100,000,000 he ploughed in before his death. In July 2012 the Al-Hasawi family, from Kuwait, purchased the club but, Sean O’Driscoll and then 40 day wonder Alex McLeish failed to deliver.  Frank Clark and others were also dismissed as the shambles continued.

Enter Billy Davies,  just 20 months after his exit, who duly guided Forest to 8th after 11 games without defeat. Armed with a decent war chest you can bet he will deliver this season, building on a side that had already started to click. Leeds will take some stopping but Forest are the dark horse bet to go straight up (third favourites at 9-1).  Expect a  move for free agent Eric Lichaj (ex-Villa left sided player) and a double swoop for Adam Le Fondre and Billy Sharp to get the goals. Davies will have to wait for a decision on Billy Sharpe, with the striker not set for talks over his Southampton future until June 10th. but Reading do look set to cash in on Adam Le Fondre after relegation despite rebuffing Forest’s biggest bookies rivals for the crown, Leeds United.  Rob Hulse (released by QPR) is also doing the rounds, but Davies is a patient calculating chap. He will have plenty more irons in the fire to ensure he finishes his quest.

The Stags, will fancy their chances after going up as Conference Champions, following in a long line of clubs who have achieved back-to-back promotions. Out went Paul Bolland, Jamie Hand, Shane Redmond, Gary Roberts, Jamie Tolley, Andy Owens, Exodus Geohaghon and Nick Wright, whilst Chris Clements, Colin Daniel, James Jennings, Adam Murray, George Pilkington, Godfrey Poku and Jake Speight are all under contract.  Ross Dyer, Ritchie Sutton, Matt Rhead, Lee Stevenson and Lindon Meikle, Lee Beevers and Anthony Howell have all signed new deals too, although Luke Jones has decided to try his luck at Stevenage.

There have been three new faces so far, defender Paul Back (Oldham & Tranmere) has joined along with central midfielders Keiran Murtagh (Macc Town) and Jamie McGuire (Fleetwood). Cox is still looking for half a dozen new faces, but the clubs ambition may change the mind of want away striker Matt Green. He was quality again last year, but the trial with Birmingham City has come to nothing and the Huddersfield rumour has been quashed.  Keep him then add another winger, central defender and striker, then the Stags look good to go straight up.

Let’s Do The Maths Shall We?

When Stockport got a last gasp equaliser at Gateshead, thanks to Cirak’s 93 leveller, it left the Hatters needing to beat Kidderminster Harriers away  to have any chance of survival. Mansfield will want them to get a result too. as the Stags play Wrexham – a side that came from a goal down to beat them 2-1 recently. Tamworth drew at Ebbsfleet on Tuesday, to leave the Lambs and the Heed just a point behind the Imps and two clear of Stockport.

So The Hatters travel to Kidderminster who could still pip The Stags for promotion. But they will have to hope that the Imps lose by at least three whilst they win by at least two clear goals. Any less and the Imps would stay above them thanks to goals scored.

Should Stockport win at Kidderminster and Tamworth draw against Woking, they will still survive as both have a minus 15 goal difference going into the final day. If Gateshead get a point they will be safe as they are ten goals better off than the Hatters and Lambs.

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Saturday’s Day of Reckoning
AFC Telford v Hereford 17:15
Alfreton Town v Forest Green 17:15
Barrow v Braintree Town 17:15
Dartford v Nuneaton 17:15
Gateshead v Ebbsfleet United 17:15
Grimsby v Newport County 17:15
Hyde v Lincoln City 17:15
Kidderminster v Stockport County 17:15
Macclesfield v Cambridge Utd 17:15
Mansfield v Wrexham 17:15
Southport v Luton 17:15
Tamworth v Woking 17:15

 

BSP Standings 17/4/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 45 29 5 11 91 52 39 92
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 45 27 9 9 78 40 38 90
3 down 3 Newport County AFC 45 25 10 10 85 57 28 85
4 up 7 Wrexham 45 22 14 9 74 44 30 80
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 45 22 14 9 67 38 29 80
6 down 6 Hereford United 45 18 13 14 69 63 6 67
7 down 7 Dartford 45 19 9 17 67 62 5 66
8 up 13 Forest Green Rovers 45 18 11 16 62 47 15 65
9 down 9 Braintree Town 45 18 9 18 62 72 -10 63
10 down 10 Woking 45 18 8 19 72 79 -7 62
11 down 9 Luton Town 44 16 13 15 65 61 4 61
12 down 12 Macclesfield Town 45 16 12 17 63 69 -6 60
13 down 3 Cambridge United 45 15 14 16 67 67 0 59
14 down 14 Alfreton Town 45 15 12 18 67 73 -6 57
15 down 15 Hyde FC 45 16 7 22 62 70 -8 55
16 down 16 Nuneaton 45 13 15 17 54 63 -9 54
17 down 17 Southport 45 14 12 19 71 83 -12 54
18 down 18 Lincoln City 45 14 11 20 61 72 -11 53
19 up 1 Gateshead 45 12 16 17 56 61 -5 52
20 down 4 Tamworth 45 14 10 21 53 68 -15 52
21 down 21 Stockport County 45 13 11 21 57 72 -15 50
22 down 7 Barrow 45 11 13 21 45 82 -37 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 44 8 15 21 55 85 -30 39
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 45 6 17 22 52 75 -23 35

Mansfield or Harriers + The Gowling Factor?

Ex-Gillingham and Lincoln star Josh Gowling has been the bedrock of the Harriers climb from bottom to top of the BSP. Mansfield may have the games in hand and the edge but Kidderminster Harriers have found the midas touch, for since joining his new team they have won 23 games, drawn 8 and lost  4, to have a record comparable to that of Manchester United and Barcelona. Then again the Stags have become invincible winning their last 5 home and 5 away games. The Cox blending process has not been without Just-in-time refinements along the way, but it is certainly coming good on the home straight.

STMI gives a run-down on Josh and the games to go before the BSP sends a fresh face to the Football League (who will more than likely turn down 3 up 3 down this summer)

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

Josh Gowling moved to the Imps from Gillingham, initially on loan before signing for Tilson permanently. He would endure relegation, criticism and more misery and turmoil, which he took in his stride before being rescued by Kidderminster at the end of the transfer window. The Harriers had lost all 5 games and were already adrift at the bottom, so frome the fying pan to the fire seamed apt. But it would be the Imps, eager to cut the wage bill and stay within a mean budget, that would struggle whilst the Harriers went on an unbeaten run of 8 games, from the day he made his début.

Manager Burr, had the talent in the side and the backing of an ambitious chairman, but they leaked goals.  Since those initial 8 games the form has got better and better with 20 more wins, 3 more draws and just 4 defeats.  Josh has quietly and consistently gone about his job becoming an important part of the furniture.  It is nothing more than one comes to expect of a consummate pro and a genuine bloke.

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BSP Standings 28/3/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 12 Kidderminster Harriers 41 23 9 9 69 37 32 78
2 up 7 Mansfield Town 38 24 5 9 75 46 29 77
3 up 8 Wrexham 38 20 12 6 69 36 33 72
4 down 4 Newport County AFC 38 21 7 10 74 53 21 70
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 38 18 11 9 56 32 24 65
6 up 15 Forest Green Rovers 39 17 10 12 57 40 17 61
7 down 7 Macclesfield Town 38 16 10 12 55 52 3 58
8 down 8 Hereford United 39 15 11 13 59 57 2 56
9 down 7 Luton Town 38 15 10 13 55 49 6 55

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The STMI last 5′s summary
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Relative Rank in BSP
Overall 5 4 1 0 14 6 8 13 2
Home 5 4 1 0 15 8 7 13 2
 Away  5 4 0 1 9 5 4 12 2

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March
Sat 30th Kidderminster v Braintree Town 15:00
April
Mon 1st Luton v Kidderminster 15:00
Sat 6th Kidderminster v Lincoln City 15:00
Sat 13th Wrexham v Kidderminster 17:15
Sat 20th Kidderminster v Stockport County 17:15

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With the Easter double-headers upon us, Mansfield certainly seem to hold all the aces.  The in-form Stags are a point behind with 3 games in hand and have won their last 5 home and away. Invincible you feel, with the title likely to be their’s.  Ambitious Chairman John Radford will see the desired return on his investment you feel, one that has seen the ground repurchased for the fans to boot.  Ahead of a fixture pileup between now and 9th April

 

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The STMI last 5′s summary
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Relative Rank in BSP
Overall 5 5 0 0 11 3 8 15 1
Home 5 5 0 0 11 2 9 15 1
 Away  5 5 0 0 9 4 5 15 1

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March
Sat 30th Tamworth v Mansfield 15:00
April
Mon 1st Mansfield v Gateshead 15:00
Thu 4th Wrexham v Mansfield 19:45
Sat 6th Barrow v Mansfield 15:00
Tue 9th Mansfield v Macclesfield 19:45
Sat 13th Braintree Town v Mansfield 15:00
Tue 16th Hereford v Mansfield 19:45
Sat 20th Mansfield v Wrexham 17:15

STMI Prediction: It looks like one less Derby for the Imps, although Kidderminster will be firm favourites to follow them, albeit via the play offs.

Shocking Facts & Stats That Shamed City This Week

Mansfield Town visit on Tuesday, we should charge them double as they would not miss this party for the world and it looks like it will be the last for a while. Gainsborough next Christmas anyone? OK Many will say Grant has only had a few days with the players, but the fact is he has been working with them since October. Tactically we were inept today, but, shock, gasp, horror, instead of going to see Barrow on Tuesday, the focus appeared to be on Nuneaton. Surely you scout the upcoming opposition personally on a Tuesday night if you are not playing, given the 6 point nature?

STMI, were as ever, not allowed at the game,  so please forgive our view from a good 50 yards behind the now all but dead Stacy West. 

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Saturday  6th October K.O 3 pm

Before we get to the facts and figures, please humour us, even though we are respectfully and humbly mindful of those we do not have the financial ability to expose. Given things were not working in the opening 15 minutes, why not change the formation to get three in the middle to stop Barrow bossing the midfield? They were pinging it about whilst we had to go long ball to  Taylor and Larkin who are hardly capable of beating Sodje in the air. Power was ineffective out wide yet, to put icing on the cowpaddle pat, had two first half shots  to Larkin’s one which was off target. In the second half the Imps had one shot from Larkin, which at least forced a save from Hurst. The visitors had about treble our shot count, on and off target, in both periods.

STMI are banned from games so we cannot run a match report. Yet we knew enough about the opposition before the game to suggest that the Imps would need to bully Barrow in order to stop them playing. Had Boyes played we would have been hammered by a side third from bottom, who still outplayed us in our own back yard. We also failed to score against a side that ship goals on their travels at an alarming rate.  Unless there is  a big change and quick, the BSN is odds on.

Grant is a fantastic servant, but is he really up to a job that will need to save Lincoln City from oblivion.  Given that only 1780 Imps were inspired enough to turn up to witness the latest change and the proposed on the cheap start of his stewardship, the omens are not good for the future are they? In some ways we are pleased to be spared the sight of the Stags dancing on our graves. It was £11 at Trinity today. They never gave up and beat Wrexham having despatched Barrow in the last round and Tamworth, our conquerors, the round before that.  The Dragons are top of the BSP, Wembley bound and have a board that have the confidence to take a chance.   In an entertainment business you need to invest in the cast. Yes there can be failure but Impdom’s fate looks set to be the continuation of our slow death by a thousand cuts. Oh almost forgot in enforced silence.

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Saturday  6th October K.O 3 pm

 Att 1830 – Imps 1776 Bluebirds 54

Stats

We have left the teams and schemes, for one there were none and secondly the players do not deserve to be put in positions anywhere near the Lincoln City crest 

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

 

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52% Ball 48%

 

3 Shots on 8

 

1 Misses 7

 

8 Saves 3

 

3 Corners 4

 

2 Offside 5

 

Fouls 9

 

3 Yellows 1

BSP Bad Boys – Ada leads the Rutting Stags, Mardy Mariners, tough Hydes, Hatters,Dragons & Bucks

Take a bow Ada of Ebbsfleet who is keeping Mansfield’s Roberts – rutting stag extraordinaire – from the top of the bad boys league. Grimsby Town have two in the top ten, as do Mansfield although Beevers has amassed four yellows, one of which counted as red. It is nice to see that Wrexham’s fire breathing  Dragon Jay Harris has not lost his touch too. As we say in Lincolnshire a toast to the art of the pheasant pluckers who ensnare with flair.

Welcome to the BSP Bad boys Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

A tough challenge is part and parcel of the people’s game,  very much in the eye of the beholder. Or should that be beholden as many, on a serious note, are left to count the cost.  The officials do not help, some collect cards like confetti whilst others miss more than a sack the juggler keeper wearing Teflon gloves. Their consistency is as fickle of that of a fan, who well smile when justice is served for, but be out of their seat when the case goes against.  But the BSP would miss the midfield marauders, the old school full-backs and the centre-half hard-men chiselled from stone.  So let us take a look at the runners and riders in the race for the BSP hob nail boot award.

Player Team Yellow Red Card Count
1st Patrick Ada Ebbsfleet United 3 2 7
2nd Gary Roberts Mansfield Town 4 1 6
3rd Liam Tomsett Hyde 3 1 5
  Jay Harris Wrexham 3 1 5
5th James Marwood Gateshead 2 1 4
  Aswad Thomas Grimsby Town 4 0 4
  John Nolan Stockport County 2 1 4
  Phil Trainer AFC Telford United 4 0 4
  Lee Beevers Mansfield Town 2 1 4
  Derek Niven Grimsby Town 4 0 4

STMI count a red as two yellows. On this basis there are 15 players just one yellow off of the top 10.  Looking at the familiar faces below, it wont be long before one of the anything but angelic assassins launches themselves into the top ten.

11th Liam Bellamy Ebbsfleet United 1 1 3
  Shaun Pearson Grimsby Town 3 0 3
  Nathan Rooney AFC Telford United 3 0 3
  Johnny Hunt Wrexham 3 0 3
  Andy Pearson Hyde 1 1 3
  James Owen Barrow 3 0 3
  Omar Koroma Forest Green Rovers 1 1 3
  Lloyd Kerry Tamworth 3 0 3
  Matthew Green Mansfield Town 1 1 3
  Theo Streete Alfreton Town 3 0 3
  Richie Baker Barrow 3 0 3
  Sean Marks Braintree Town 1 1 3
  Tommy Wright Tamworth 1 1 3
  Kieran Charnock Macclesfield Town 3 0 3
Dean Keates Wrexham 3 0 3