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8-Goal Duffy Is Back – Former Oxford, Mansfield & Imp Striker Back in Business

Rob Duffy scored goals aplenty at Oxford United and Mansfield Town, as well as pitching in with 9 at Grimsby Town. An injury at the start of the 2011/12 season for The Imps, saw him him needing an operation for Rob to have any chance of continuing to earn a living from the game. When he left City the pay-off was understood to see the caring Imps foot the bill for the operation. STMI  takes a look at the career of another quality player that saw the fates deny him a chance to prove his undeniable ability…. or have they?.

No they haven’t it seems for Rob Duffy has overcome that career threatening injury and rewarded Ilkeston manager Kevin Wilson’s faith on two counts so far this season. Not only has he rammed home eight goals in eight games, but, he has also rejected an offer to join Goole AFC. Lincoln City were good enough to stretch to an operation on an ankle injury, allowing the 31-year-old to make a slow but sure comeback at Kings Lynn last season before Wilson signed him for NPL rivals Ilkeston at the start of the season.

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In two seasons he cracked 25 goals in 60 appearances for Oxford despite two months out with a broken arm. The Stags almost missed him, trialling him before The Exiles stepped in. However in the January of that season they came to their senses and brother Dean Holdsworth allowed David to take him on an eighteen month deal. David gave him a two year deal where he bagged 28 League goals in 81 BSP appearances, that effectively saved the Stags who were hanging on by their antlers that year. Grimsby, awash with money as ever, came in with an undisclosed fee in the winter window and offered terms that the Stags were unable to match at the time. The deal was completed three days before the January window closed.

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Rob – a hero at Oxford United and Mansfield has had some tough knocks in the last couple of years. Mariners’ chairman John Fenty even tagged him as a ‘mistake’ – the Mariners are looking for a striker too after all up front have reported to sick bay.  But David Holdsworth always rated him as a lad with ability, who had the track record and hunger to prove the doubters wrong. His strike rate – 9 goals in all competitions or 1 every 140 mins – as a bit part-player a The Mariners, suggested Rob was indeed the landmark signing in 2011/12 for Lincoln along with miss-firing mercurial Adam Smith.

Under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town, the striker had duly helped to steer them away from relegation at a time when the club had no cash. Rob certainly looked to have the pedigree and the prowess we needed at 6′ 2″ and 13 stone 10lb. The former Wales U21 may have a laid back style but he is still the composed and quiet battler. He failed to dislodge hit-man-Hearn and Elding at Grimsby, despite 9 goals from his 19 starts and 20 substitute appearances. Alas just 3 games in after a decent start next to Taylor, he was forced off with an ankle injury just 44 minutes into an away game at Newport. Rob, one of the highest earners at the club, was destined to become a financial albatross during a frustrating season as that  early doors ankle injury in the 2011/12 season appeared to end his career.

STMI Biopic
Full name Robert Duffy
Date of birth 2 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ilkeston
Youth career
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 30 (1)
2005 → Stamford (loan) 2 (2)
2005 Cambridge United 9 (0)
2005 Kettering Town 4 (1)
2006 Gainsborough Trinity ? (?)
2006 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006–2008 Oxford United 56 (24)
2008 → Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Newport County 21 (1)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 78 (28)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 52 (8)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 3 (0)
2013-2014 King’s Lynn Town 7 (6)
2014– Ilkeston 8 (8)

 

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Miller Set For Blackburn Rovers Strikers Challenge

Southport FC’s new addition from Blackburn Rovers, striker Osayamen Osawe, will pose another test for Tom Miller tonight.  Miller too has Rangers FC, Norwich City and Newport County credentials on his CV but the 20-year old wonder-kid has already impressed at Southport and is blessed with electric pace and an eye for an early but lethal strike with either foot.  Then again Miller has recovered from the cruciate injury that wrecked his Rangers dream.

 

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Tuesday 17th September KO 19.45

Osawe rose through the youth ranks at Blackburn  and had been loaned to Hyde and Accrington before making the switch to Southport on August 8th this year. He was 20 last Friday the 13th but his shot accurasy suggests he is anthing but lucky or a flash in the pan. So far he has scored two, got 7 more on target with just two misses.  Tom needs to get in early because it will be an interesting duel down their left and our right, tonight, with Osawe scoring the winner against Aldershot, then getting one against Tamworth coming from the left. he also had a stormer in the 2-2 draw with Welling.

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Miller 4 0 360 0 0 0 0 4 6 1 0
3 Osawe 5 2 460 2 9 2 3 5 4 1 0

But Miller is not one for names and reputations.  In his post match interview on Saturday he, like the rest of the Imps squad feels Lincoln should fear no one, as long as we keep it tight. The counter-attacking style might frustrate some but 574 happy punters, who made the long trip to North London, appreciate that patience is a virtue.

He may have a point. Nuneaton beat The Sandgrounders with two long throws, Tom’s speciality, suggesting he could have a pivotal part to play tonight.   Tamworth hurt them with set-pieces in another 4-1 defeat on the road.  If Tom and co can keep Osawe and Fitzpatrick quiet down our right, to starve Hattersley, we could be in for three points tonight.

Newport lead Macc & FGR concede, Luton & Wrexham draw Blanks

Newport lead Macclesfield, Forest Green Rovers, Wrexham and Luton, with Dartford now just outside the play-offs and Mansfield climbing fast. Hereford United have conceded 9 goals in two games at part-time opposition suggesting all is not well at the Bulls.

Welcome to the BSP results, table, average crowds, creative influences and leading scorers. Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Newport  beat Barrow, thanks to goals from Evans (44) and a brace from Crow (70 & 77),to move above Barrow to the BSP summit.  Hopefully their Euromillions chairman will keep the faith as the new consortium have decided to pull out.  The spend,spend,spend Silkmen had to come from 3-1 down to draw with new boys Nuneaton. Brown (6) and an Armson (Pen 13) put the Boro 2-up. Murtagh (70)  pulled one back before Sleath (77) made it 3-1.  Barnes-Homer (90) and Mendy (91)  completed a late fight back to get a point.  Will Macc sign Heskey or will the financial wheels in fact fall off the cart for a club that seems to be operating well beyond its means?

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Cambridge also spent big in the summer to celebrate their centenary.  Alas just 1962 turned up to see them draw 2-2 with Telford and drop to 17th. Shaw (10) put the amber gamblers ahead before Jones (57) replied. Pugh (70) and Gash (75) seemed to have put things beyond doubt for the hosts, before Davies (83) and Spray (87) proved the underdogs point.   Big spending Forest Green were also held at home by part-time Alfreton.  Klukowski (10) gave FGR an early lead but the reds never gave up and got a Bradley penalty at the death (92).

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Two of the BSP’s big-boys, Luton and Wrexham shared a stalemate to remain 5th and 4th respectively.  Dartford are just two points behind after inflicting a second humiliation for Hereford. Hayes (6), Rogers (47),Harris (76) and Wallis (89) completed the 4-0 rout.  The Bulls have conceded 9 goals to part-time opposition in the last two games. High spending Mansfield bucked the BSP giant killing trend, by burying  high-flying Braintree 2-0, through Stevenson (42) and Speight (86).

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There seems plenty of proof that anyone can beat anyone in this league, but that beggars a question or two. Are the smaller sides playing up or are the footballing sides being dragged down? It is certainly too early to question whether the divisional average of 1904 is markedly down,  but Luton, Cambridge, Mansfield and Lincoln are all down on last season’s average gates. The loss of Hayes who were lucky to beak 300 last season is also perhaps masking the trend.

Saturdays games

Cambridge Utd 3 3 AFC Telford
Shaw (10)
Pugh (70)Gash (75)
Gash (75)
Jones (57)
Davies (83)
Spray (87)
1,962
Barrow 0 3 Newport County
Evans (44)
Crow (70 & 77)
802
Dartford 4 0 Hereford
Hayes (6)
Rogers (47)
Harris (76)
Wallis (89)
1,601
Forest Green 1 1 Alfreton Town
Klukowski (10) Bradley (Pen 92) 1,072
Gateshead 0 2 Tamworth
sent off Marwood (74) Cunnington (Pen 36)
Marshall (51)
622
Kidderminster 0 0 Grimsby
1,811
Lincoln City 3 2 Hyde
Larkin (pen 43 pen 67)
Oliver (88)
Spencer (pen 64)
Jevons (70)
1,745
Luton 0 0 Wrexham
6,675
Mansfield 2 0 Braintree Town
Stevenson (42)
Speight (86)
2,049
Nuneaton 3 3 Macclesfield
Brown (6)
Armson (Pen 13)
Sleath (77)
Murtagh (70)
Barnes-Homer (90)
Mendy (91)
939
Southport 1 0 Ebbsfleet United
Lever (pen 92) sent off Ada (89) 872
Stockport 1 2 Woking
Kenyon (15)
sent off Nolan (81)
McCallum (24)
Pires (65)
3,151

BSP Table 17/9/21

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Newport County AFC 9 6 1 2 18 9 9 19
2 Macclesfield Town 9 6 1 2 20 15 5 19
3 Forest Green Rovers 9 5 3 1 16 8 8 18
4 Wrexham 9 5 3 1 13 5 8 18
5 Luton Town 9 5 2 2 16 11 5 17
6 Dartford 9 5 0 4 16 11 5 15
7 Gateshead 9 4 3 2 14 10 4 15
8 Mansfield Town 9 5 0 4 17 18 -1 15
9 Grimsby Town 9 3 5 1 11 6 5 14
10 AFC Telford United 9 3 4 2 15 11 4 13
11 Tamworth 9 4 1 4 13 12 1 13
12 Hereford United 9 4 1 4 15 19 -4 13
13 Woking 9 4 0 5 17 18 -1 12
14 Southport 9 3 3 3 11 15 -4 12
15 Braintree Town 9 3 2 4 12 14 -2 11
16 Alfreton Town 9 3 2 4 13 18 -5 11
17 Cambridge United 9 2 4 3 15 17 -2 10
18 Lincoln City 9 2 3 4 12 14 -2 9
19 Stockport County 9 2 3 4 11 13 -2 9
20 Nuneaton 9 2 3 4 16 22 -6 9
21 Ebbsfleet United 9 2 2 5 14 20 -6 8
22 Barrow 9 1 4 4 8 15 -7 7
23 Hyde FC 9 1 2 6 11 17 -6 5
24 Kidderminster Harriers 9 0 4 5 6 12 -6 4

Blue Square Goal Machines

1st Aaron O’Connor Newport County 7
Stuart Fleetwood Luton Town 7
Adam Cunnington Tamworth 7
4th Matthew Barnes-Homer Macclesfield Town 6
Adam Walker Nuneaton Town 6
Bradley Bubb Woking 6
7th Tom Elliott Cambridge United 5
Andy Brown Nuneaton Town 5
Harry Crawford Dartford 5
10th Phil Jevons Hyde 4
Jake Speight Mansfield Town 4
Chris Holroyd Macclesfield Town 4
Matthew Green Mansfield Town 4
Kieron St Aimie AFC Telford United 4
Paul Clayton Alfreton Town 4
Scott Spencer Hyde 4
Danny Whitehead Stockport County 4
Dan Holman Braintree Town 4
19th 14 players are on following 3

Creative influences

1st Steven Leslie AFC Telford United 5
Josh Gillies Gateshead 5
3rd Danny Crow Newport County 4
Nathan Arnold Alfreton Town 4
James Norwood Forest Green Rovers 4
Elliot Bradbrook Dartford 4
7th Scott Rendell Luton Town 3
Joe Howe Ebbsfleet United 3
Philip Turnbull Gateshead 3
Matthew Barnes-Homer Macclesfield Town 3
John Kissock Macclesfield Town 3
Kyle Perry Nuneaton Town 3
Scott Spencer Hyde 3
Daniel Sparkes Braintree Town 3
Jake Thomson Newport County 3
Ryan Hayes Dartford 3
Danny Rowe Stockport County 3
Andre Gray Luton Town 3
19th 28 players are on following 2

The Average Crowds & Total Turnstile Clicks

Team Total Average
1 Luton Town 31,783 6,356
2 Wrexham 14,211 3,552
3 Stockport County 17,080 3,416
4 Grimsby Town 13,432 3,358
5 Newport County 12,341 3,085
6 Cambridge United 11,507 2,301
7 Mansfield Town 11,342 2,268
8 Hereford United 7,585 1,896
9 Kidderminster Harriers 9,248 1,849
10 Lincoln City 9,114 1,822
11 Macclesfield Town 7,008 1,752
12 AFC Telford United 6,979 1,744
13 Woking 6,319 1,579
14 Dartford 6,630 1,326
15 Tamworth 4,860 1,215
16 Southport 5,320 1,064
17 Ebbsfleet United 4,229 1,057
18 Nuneaton Town 5,029 1,005
19 Forest Green Rovers 4,861 972
20 Barrow 4,323 864
21 Hyde 3,361 840
22 Alfreton Town 3,324 831
23 Gateshead 3,515 703
24 Braintree Town 2,289 572

Newport, Hereford, Tamworth, Macc & The Heed, Lead, But Cambridge & FGR are There or Thereabouts.

Newport, Hereford, Tamworth, Macclesfield Town and Gateshead occupy the top five although Cambridge and Forest Green are also very much in the play-off groove.  Telford defeated Luton at home 1-0 to take 8th. Mansfield are on the move but Stockport were gouged by the Bucks. 

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Newport boast the divisions only 100% record after coming from behind at Braintree.  Quinton (53) put the anything but pub side from Essex ahead, before Porter (69) and Yakubu (84) maintained the BSP status quo.  Hereford beet the Fleet in a 4-2 thriller. Watkins (27) and  Canham (37) put them two up
before Bellamy saw red to make a comeback look impossible. Carruthers (49) made it 3-0 before Ashikodi (50) pulled one back.  Bowman (89) settled any doubts before Howe (93) restored a little pride.

Tamworth also remain unbeaten after a 3-0 win at Southport. A Cunnington penalty (36) got them under-way, Collins (45+3) finished things in injury time and Wright (49) rounded off the rout.  Super Macc, inspired by Kissock beat the Imps 3-2 to go fourth. Fairhurst gave the Silkmen the lead (12) before BSP hotshot Taylor (31) replied.  Barnes-Homer (77) finally finished off a penalty before Holroyd (87) appeared to put the matter beyond doubt.  Boyce (89) blasted home a bullet but  the Imps now sit 18th with just one win against calamity club Kidderminster.

Gateshead will have to play the Imps without Donaldson after he saw red with eight minutes to go. In Fridays TV game Connor (34) gave Stockport the lead to the joy of the Pop side but second half goals from Donaldson (55) and Cummins (66). The Heed are now fifth.  Cambridge shared a 2-2 at Nuneaton. Elliott (52) put the visitos ahead before Walker (53) got a quick reply. Armson (92) got what appeared to be a last gasp penalty but Jennings (94) grabbed a point.

The Forest Green fantastic forward four are getting into gear.  Visitors Woking went ahead  through a Betsy penalty on 43, but Vieira (62) and a brace from Taylor (92 & 94) saw them comfortably through in the end. Telford defeated Luton at home 1-0 to take 8th, thanks to St Aimie (42) in a game that saw three reds in a fiery last 10 minutes. Two for the Bucks Preston (79) and Reid (83) sandwiched Henry (82).

The Stags kept a clean sheet against a tough Hyde thanks to good old Green (07) settling the nerves early doors. Wrexham and Grimsby shared a 0-0 stalemate in the late one. Grimsby have only lost one and drawn three but without hit-man-Hearn they languish in 17th.  New boys Dartford beat hapless Kidderminster 1-0 thanks to Burns (36).  Barrow lost at home to Alfreton 1-3.  Town went three up thanks to Clayton (28 & 71) and Tomlinson (51) before Boyes (77) got a late consolation.

Alfreton jump seven places illustrating the fragility of tables four games in. Mind you try saying that to Grimsby, Hyde, Barrow, Nuneaton, Southport and Kidderminster, who still have yet to win.  A worrying trend indeed.

Saturday  25 th August K.O at 3 pm

Saturday’s Games 25/8/12
Wrexham 0 0 Grimsby
sent off Harris (88) 3,127
Barrow 1 3 Alfreton Town
 Boyes (77) Clayton (28 & 71)
Tomlinson (51)
798
Braintree Town 1 2 Newport County
 Quinton (53) Porter (69)
Yakubu (84)
611
Dartford 1 0 Kidderminster
Burns (36) 1,068
Forest Green 3 1 Woking
Vieira (62)
Taylor (92 & 94)
Betsy (Pen 43) 979
Hereford 4 2 Ebbsfleet United
Watkins (27)
Canham (37)
Carruthers (49)
Bowman (89)
sent off Bellamy (45+2)
Ashikodi (50)
Howe (93)
1,906
Lincoln City 2 3 Macclesfield
Taylor (31)
Boyce (89)
 Fairhurst (12)
Barnes-Homer (77)
Holroyd (87)
attendance 2,009
Luton 0 1 AFC Telford
sent off Henry (82)  St Aimie (42)
sent off Preston (79)
sent off Reid (83)
5,970
Mansfield 1 0 Hyde
Green (07) 2,203
Nuneaton 2 2 Cambridge Utd
Walker (53)
Armson (Pen 92)
Elliott (52)
Jennings (94)
1,175
Southport 0 3 Tamworth
Cunnington (Pen 36)
Collins (45+3)
Wright (49)
1,014
Friday’s TV game
Stockport 1 2 Gateshead
Connor (34) Donaldson (55)
Cummins (66)
sent off Donaldson (82)
3,213

 BSP Table  Sunday 26/8/12

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Newport County 4 4 0 0 12 5 7 12
2 Hereford United 4 3 1 0 11 5 6 10
3 Tamworth 4 3 1 0 9 4 5 10
4 Macclesfield Town 4 3 0 1 8 4 4 9
5 Gateshead 4 2 2 0 9 5 4 8
6 Cambridge United 4 2 2 0 7 4 3 8
7 Forest Green Rovers 4 2 2 0 7 4 3 8
8 AFC Telford United 4 2 1 1 5 2 3 7
9 Luton Town 4 2 1 1 6 4 2 7
10 Stockport County 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6
11 Woking 4 2 0 2 6 7 -1 6
12 Mansfield Town 4 2 0 2 8 10 -2 6
13 Wrexham 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 5
14 Ebbsfleet United 4 1 1 2 8 10 -2 4
15 Alfreton Town 4 1 1 2 6 8 -2 4
16 Braintree Town 4 1 1 2 4 7 -3 4
17 Grimsby Town 4 0 3 1 2 3 -1 3
18 Lincoln City 4 1 0 3 5 7 -2 3
19 Dartford 4 1 0 3 3 6 -3 3
20 Hyde FC 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 2
21 Barrow 4 0 2 2 2 6 -4 2
22 Nuneaton 4 0 2 2 6 11 -5 2
23 Southport 4 0 2 2 4 9 -5 2
24 Kidderminster Harriers 4 0 0 4 2 7 -5 0

 

 Leading Scorers

Goal machine/club Goals Pens Total
Elliott (Cambridge United) 5 0 5
O’Connor (Newport County) 5 0 5
Clayton (Alfreton Town) 4 0 4
Cunnington (Tamworth) 3 1 4
Fleetwood (Luton Town) 4 0 4
Canham (Hereford United) 3 0 3
Fisher (Gateshead) 3 0 3
Green (Mansfield Town) 3 0 3
Taylor (Lincoln City) 3 0 3
Watkins (Hereford United) 3 0 3

 Average Home Crowds

(League Ave so far 1924)

Home data only
Team Total Average
1 Luton Town 12,713 6,356
2 Wrexham 7,215 3,607
3 Grimsby Town 6,765 3,382
4 Stockport County 6,661 3,330
5 Newport County 5,670 2,835
6 Mansfield Town 5,127 2,563
7 Cambridge United 4,550 2,275
8 Lincoln City 4,121 2,060
9 Kidderminster Harriers 4,045 2,022
  Hereford United 4,045 2,022
11 Macclesfield Town 3,788 1,894
12 Woking 3,219 1,609
13 AFC Telford United 3,106 1,553
14 Southport 2,757 1,378
15 Tamworth 2,535 1,267
16 Dartford 2,438 1,219
17 Nuneaton Town 2,263 1,131
18 Forest Green Rovers 2,107 1,053
19 Hyde 1,939 969
20 Barrow 1,839 919
21 Ebbsfleet United 1,700 850
22 Gateshead 1,332 666
23 Alfreton Town 1,252 626
24 Braintree Town 1,209 604

Newport & Hatters Top, Stags Flop, Heed, Luton, Bulls & Lambs Rising

Newport crushed Nuneaton 4-0, Stockport County won 2-1 at Grimsby. Luton Town won 2-0 at Kidderminster. Mansfield crashed again 1-4 at Gateshead, with Beevers seeing red. Hereford United and Tamworth shared a 2-2 thriller to peep the Bulls well and truly up and amongst the BSP best china shop window.

Vic Erzantarz brings you the STMI synopsis, goals and stats.

Newport, our opponents Saturday ravaved new boys Nuneaton.  An O’Connor (13 & 52) brace sandwiched Jefferson Louis’ (20) second in as many games before Evans (86) wrapped things up. Stockport are in second on goal difference. Pond (69) put the Mariners in a great position before Rowe (81)
Whitehead (92) took the points in front of the highest crowd of the night (3670). Mansfield’s nightmare start continues as they lost 1-4 at Gateshead who move third. Hatch (11) gave Heed the lead, but Jones equalised (18). The defence gave way again second half with a brace from Fisher (56 & 86) split by Bush (71) with the Stags down to 10 after Beevers saw red for a second yellow. Angry Cox is set to ring the changes as an embarrassment of riches continues to under-perform.

Luton beat contenders or should that be pretenders, Kidderminster in their own back yard thanks to a stylish brace from Fleetwood (22 & 30). Route one saw Watkins (09) give the Bulls and early lead before Jackson was sent off on 24 for a rtaliatory kick.  Despite this they doubled their lead through a    Pell penalty (35). The Lambs capitalised on their numerical superiority  with an early second-half Wright(48) but left it late as  Cunnington (88) made it 3 goals from 2.  Braintree move seventh after Davis (70) got a late one at Ebbsfleet in a fiery contest. Ada saw red on 51 for a professional foul on Marks, who joined him in the showers after a second yellow on 92.

Cambridge move to eighth after two great goals from Elliott (03) and Moke (81)  either side of a Boyce equaliser (43) from the resilient Imps who had one cleared off the line at one each.  Macclesfield are up to ninth, Fairhurst (10) gave them the lead before  Mendy (76), who has been the target of a 30k Orient bid, wrapped things up.  Woking got off the mark against ten man Dartford thanks to a late Sole penalty (82). A moral boosting 1,846 saw their BSP debut. Noble saw two yellows within 5 minutes to hit the showers by the 35th minute.

Southport drew 3-3 at Alfreton in a thriller. Clayton (06) put Town ahead before Whalley (31) equalised for the visitors.   Tomlinson (Pen 61) restored the lead then Almond (68) ensured parity. Clayton (85) completed his brace but Tames (91) clawed Port back for a third time.  Hyde and Barrow shared a 0-0 draw.

Tuesday’s matches
AFC Telford 1 2 Forest Green
Blackburn (40 og )
Rooney (60)
Racine (05) 1,582
Alfreton Town 3 3 Southport
Clayton (06 & 85)
Tomlinson (Pen 61)
Whalley (31)
Almond (68)
Tames (91)
562
Cambridge Utd 2 1 Lincoln City
Elliott (03)
Moke (81)
Boyce (39) 2,546
Ebbsfleet United 0 1 Braintree Town
sent off Ada (off 51) Davis (70)
sent off Marks (off 92)
857
Gateshead 4 1 Mansfield
Hatch (11)
Fisher (56 & 86)
Bush (71)
Jones (18)
sent off Beevers (off 84)
801
Grimsby 1 2 Stockport
 Pond (69) Rowe (81)
Whitehead (92)
3,670
Hyde 0 0 Barrow
798
Kidderminster 0 2 Luton
Fleetwood (22 & 30) 2,275
Macclesfield 2 0 Wrexham
Mendy (76)
Fairhurst (10)
2,368
Newport County 4 0 Nuneaton
O’Connor (13 & 52)
Louis (20)
Evans (86)
2,646
Tamworth 2 2 Hereford
Wright (48)
Cunnington (88)
sent off Jackson (off 24)
Watkins (09)
Pell (Pen 35)
1,265
Woking 1 0 Dartford
Sole (pen 82) sent off Noble (off 35) 1,846

Leading scorers

Player Team Goals
1st Aaron O’Connor Newport County 3
Stuart Fleetwood Luton Town 3
Adam Cunnington Tamworth 3
4th Liam Hatch Gateshead 2
Jefferson Louis Newport County 2
Jake Speight Mansfield Town 2
Tom Elliott Cambridge United 2
Paul Clayton Alfreton Town 2
Scott Spencer Hyde 2
Nathan Fisher Gateshead 2
Andy Brown Nuneaton Town 2
Tom Phipp Ebbsfleet United 2
13 47 players inc Taylor & Boyce 1

 Crowds

All of 1 game each giving a League average of 2068

AUGUST 14, 2012
Team Total Average
1 Luton Town 6,743 6,743
2 Wrexham 4,088 4,088
3 Grimsby Town 3,670 3,670
4 Stockport County 3,448 3,448
5 Mansfield Town 2,924 2,924
6 Newport County 2,646 2,646
7 Cambridge United 2,546 2,546
8 Macclesfield Town 2,368 2,368
9 Kidderminster Harriers 2,275 2,275
10 Hereford United 2,139 2,139
11 Lincoln City 2,112 2,112
12 Woking 1,846 1,846
13 Southport 1,743 1,743
14 AFC Telford United 1,582 1,582
15 Dartford 1,370 1,370
16 Tamworth 1,265 1,265
17 Forest Green Rovers 1,128 1,128
18 Nuneaton Town 1,088 1,088
19 Barrow 1,041 1,041
20 Ebbsfleet United 857 857
21 Gateshead 801 801
22 Hyde 798 798
23 Braintree Town 598 598
24 Alfreton Town 562 562

Table (surely you jest)

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Newport County 2 2 0 0 8 3 5 6
2 down 2 Stockport County 2 2 0 0 3 1 2 6
3 up 17 Gateshead 2 1 1 0 6 3 3 4
4 down 2 Luton Town 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 4
5 up 11 Tamworth 2 1 1 0 5 4 1 4
6 down 6 Hereford United 2 1 1 0 4 3 1 4
7 down 7 Braintree Town 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
8 up 2 Cambridge United 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
9 up 12 Forest Green Rovers 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
10 down 10 Macclesfield Town 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 3
11 up 11 Ebbsfleet United 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
12 down 1 Wrexham 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
13 down 13 Lincoln City 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
14 down 14 Woking 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
15 down 15 Southport 2 0 2 0 4 4 0 2
16 down 16 Hyde FC 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
17 down 2 Barrow 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
18 down 18 Alfreton Town 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 1
19 down 19 Grimsby Town 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
20 down 20 AFC Telford United 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
21 down 21 Dartford 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2 0
22 down 9 Kidderminster Harriers 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0
23 down 14 Mansfield Town 2 0 0 2 4 8 -4 0
24 down 24 Nuneaton 2 0 0 2 4 9 -5 0

20 Tom Miller

Tom Miller the former Norwich City, Rangers and Newport County midfielder come defender has been pivotal in the Imps battle to beat the drop.  His award for away player of the season 2012/13 is therefore well deserved. STMI gives a brief bio on the lad’s career and season.

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A brief bio then………….

Tom was spotted in the local Cambridgeshire Sunday minor Leagues via the legendary Canaries scouting network (club legend and former Imp coach John Deehan has long been recommending lads to a veritable conveyor belt of talent). Tom joined at 14 and progressed through the ranks at the Colney Training centre to become Norwich City Academy player of the season, in 2008. But it was not to be, in then manager Glenn Roeder’s eyes. as a first year pro deal failed to materialise.

Jim Duffy, the then assistant manager, contacted Rangers when it was evident that Tom would not get what many felt should have been a deserved opportunity in the game.  He was flown up to Ibrox and had an outstanding trial game, making a telling contribution all over the pitch in a 5-1 win. Rangers gave him a two year contract to the delight of his proud father Ray. The Rangers side of the time was still a tough nut to crack, suffering financially, after the Souness overspend.

With big changes imminent, he was paid up in February 2010, moving across the water to Dundalk.  Irish football is a tough baptism to say the least, but Tom got one goal and, cards and accreditations in equal measure, in 32 appearances before Newport signed him in January 2011 before being released a year later with the Imps waiting in the wings.

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Tom is a true utility man. He has played at full-back and centre-back this season even though he is a defensive midfielder by trade. His one goal two assists and 9 yellow cards show the tenacity and none shall pass mantra that has been evident since inspirational desplays in the wins against Hayes (2-1 click4report) and Tamworth (4-0 click4report) last season. How fitting that his award came before the Lambs game on Saturday (see GREAT ESCAPE 2012/13).  As ever he was brilliant making 3 last ditch must win challenges that ensure we are still in with a fighting chance this week, instead of down and into the BSN abyss.

Brilliant Tom, take a bow son

Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 20 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 37 0 1 2 13 38 32 3330 9 0

 

Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 35 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 8 0 1 2 3 11 6 720 2 0

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Tom Miller’s Exiles stats 2011/12
Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 20 4 0 0 14 21 21 1565 6 0
FULL NAME Thomas William Miller
DATE OF BIRTH 29 June 1990 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ely,
HEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 8 lb 75.54 KG
PLAYING POSITION DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER TBA
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Norwich
CAREER STATS
2011-2013 Lincoln C……………………45/2
2011-2012 Newport ……………………24/0
2001–2005 Dundalk …………………….0/0
2008–2009

9 Rob Duffy Profile

Rob Duffy scored goals aplenty at Oxford United and Mansfield Town, as well as pitching in with 9 at Grimsby Town. Brother Dean let David have him after a poor time at Newport County, back in his native Wales.  He may have a relaxed style on him but this lad can be our number 9. He is strong, good in the air and has a nose for goal on him that should a realistic tarket of 15 breached. No one fancied Simon Yeo, yet he was the last Imp to knock on the 20 goal club door. If Adam Smith and Mills can supply him with the bullets his accuracy is excellent for our level.

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In two seasons he cracked 25 goals in 60 appearances for Oxford despite two months out with a broken arm.  The Stags almost missed him, trialling him before The Exiles stepped in. However in the January of that season they came to their senses and brother Dean allowed David to take him on an eighteen month deal.  David Holdsworth gave him a two year deal where he bagged 28 League goals in 81 BSP appearances, that effectively saved the Stags who were hanging on by their antlers that year.  Grimsby came in with an undisclosed fee in the winter window and offered terms that the Stags were unable to match at the time.  The deal was completed three days before the January window closed.

When we ran the story that rivals Grimsby Town and Lincoln City had failed to agree terms over out of favour Robert Duffy back on Jan 27th this year we got some abuse.   That was mild compared to the swipe from  Mariners’ chairman John Fenty,  who Tagged him as a mistake. So we not only have a lad with ability, but one who is eager to prove people wrong.  His strike rate – 9 goals in all competitions or 1 every 140 mins – as a bit part-player, suggests the bar is already somewhat higher than we have come to expect from a Sincil striker for some time.

David Holdsworth has however always remained a big fan and vowed to go back for him at the end of the season after we failed to get him in the January window.  This lad has the ability we need and has to be seen as a marque signing

Under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town,  the striker duly helped to steer them away from relegation at a time when the club had no cash.   He can certainly do the job we need at 6′ 2″ and 13 stone 10lb.  The former Wales U21 is a real battler but still failed to dislodge hit-man-Hearn and Elding,  despite 9 goals from his 19 starts and 20 substitute appearances.  He certainly has a pedigree at this level as his stats below show,

2011/12 stats (all as a Mariner)

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
9 Rob Duffy 19 20 1262 9 38 14 4 8 0

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Duffy playing for Grimsby Town in 2011
PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Robert Duffy
DATE OF BIRTH 2 December 1982 (age 29)
PLACE OF BIRTH Swansea,
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 13st 10lb (87kg)
POSITION: STRIKER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 9
YOUTH CAREER
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 35 (4)
2005 Stamford (loan) 2 (2)
2005 Cambridge United 9 (0)
2005 Kettering Town 4 (1)
2006 Gainsborough Trinity n/a (?)
2006 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006–2008 Oxford United 56 (25)
2008 Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Newport County 21 (9)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 81 (28)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 56 (11)

RB – Paul Robson

Paul Robson, the former Newport County, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace Baltimore and Doncaster Rovers youth product will continue as our right back next season after signing a 44 week deal until next May.

 
Here are Paul’s  Impstats for 2011/12
with a full historical analysis and pen pic to follow.

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Paul Robson’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 26 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Right back BSP & cup 18 0 0 1 6 11 6 1617 2 0
Paul also made 7 appearances for Newport last season.
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PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Paul Robson
DATE OF BIRTH 4 August 1983 (age 28)
PLACE OF BIRTH Hull,
HEIGHT 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 8lb
POSITION: LEFT OR RIGHT BACK
CONTRACT Non contract basis
NUMBER 26
YOUTH CAREER
1999–2001 Doncaster Rovers
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2004–2005 Bridlington Town 0 (0)
2005–2007 Long Island Rough Riders 36 (0)
2008–2011 Crystal Palace Baltimore 58 (0)
2011- 2012 Newport County 7 (0)
Having served us on a non-contract basis after leaving Newport,  Paul grew during the latter part of last season and deserved a new deal. His is competent and capable in both a traditional full-back and wing-back role. With support from his midfielder – to avoid 2 on 1 – you feel he will deal with most on the overlap even though he is not blessed with supreme pace.  Offensively he is useful although he must vary his crosses a little more. For one with a good array of passing – 2 to 3 thirty-yarders to feet last season were magnificent – he always seems to go near post with his crosses.  For the money we will get few better, Paul has the desire, determination and technique to have a great season   as long as he gets the support he needs to allow him to get forward to turn defence into attack. However if the side struggles let us hope he does not go back into his shell.
 Good luck Paul,

Who Has Most Expensive BSP Season Ticket price?

Post early bird, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town,  Cambridge United, Newport County, Grimsby Town and Lincoln City have the highest full priced BSP adult season tickets.   AFC Telford are the cheapest, followed by Kidderminster Harriers, although it has to be said that Macc are the cheapest when it comes to pay on the day terrace entrance fees.

Clearly the proximity to London will have an affect on Luton, not to mention the quality and depth of their squad.   The two Lincolnshire clubs however, are only £30 behind despite the fact that the earning capacity is amongst the lowest in the UK and,  in Lincoln’s case the playing budget is amongst the lowest in the League.   Newport Fans (4th highest) are in uproar at the price rises this season following a move to Rodney Parade that sees a rumoured 2,000 break even figure,  now that bar sales and even much of the advertising revenue,  are out of their hands.

Telford are the cheapest at £266 for seating, although nine clubs come in at £280 or under, with Hyde a fiver behind.  Fourteen clubs are £300 and over although you can get to every game at 7 of the BSP sides for £250 or less if you go for terracing or lower category seating.

The figures certainly suggest the clubs are eager to test the fans loyalty, given the recession. As to whether the gates will hold up is anyone’s guess. Form of course is the key determinant of value for money.

Team Hi/low Hi/low Hi/low
AFC Telford 266 209 114
Kidderminster 274 169 99
Woking 275 160 85
Southport 276/248 202/184 55
Nuneaton 280/240 240/199 88/40
Tamworth 280/240 180/140 70/40
Gateshead 280 165 165
Dartford 280/250  140  80
Mansfield Town 280/250 150 70/25
Hyde FC 285/239 175/129 115/69
Hereford 300/260 230/185 75/50
Braintree 304/285 209/190 46/23
Barrow 310/290  245  120
Alfreton 310 206 206
Ebbsfleet 310/287 205/195 46
Wrexham 325/250 200/100 100/75
Forest Green Rovers 325/280 225/180 130/60
Stockport 325/290 184 60/free
Lincoln City 335/290 220/185 70
Grimsby 336/294 210 15/90
Newport 340/300 260/220 95/60
Cambridge Utd 360/270 250/185 125/75
Macclesfield 365/275 275/50 30
Luton 365/325 230/100 110/50

BSP Clubs Ground Guide 2012/13

Luton Town, Grimsby Town, Stockport County,  Hereford United, Mansfield Town, Lincoln and Wrexham will take loads to Alfreton, Telford, Barrow, Braintree, Cambridge, Dartford, Ebbsfleet, Forest Green, Gateshead, Hyde, Kidderminster, Macclesfield Town, Newport Co, Nuneaton, Southport, Tamworth and Woking next season.  But how to get there to make those vital turnstile clicks and what is it like when you pays your money and takes your chance.

Hat’s off to Duncan Adams guide to our neighbours and their grounds complete with contact details, capacities, pubs & grub, pitch dimensions and even a picture of the away end.

 

Thanks Duncan, even Lincoln City Banter is not always the place to be on match days.