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Skrill Premier Goal Machines – Imps 9th & 21st

Barnet FC’s Jake Hyde and Nuneaton Town’s Louis Moult, on 5 strikes each, are a goal ahead of Cambridge United marksman Adam Cunnington along with 5 others. However Forest Green Rovers apart, the names and the marksmen show just how close this League could be again this year.

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Hyde (5) and Marsh-Brown (3) will come face to face with the Imps mean defence next week and enjoy a shoot out with Ben Tomlinson (3), who sits joint 9th with the Barnet man and Waide Fairhurst, who is knocking on the door of the top 20 and just a goal behind in 21st position. Ben & Keanu share 3 goals and 9th with the 10 others who  make up the top 20 hotshots.

Pos Goal Machine Team & Strikes
1 Jake Hyde Barnet 5
Louis Moult Nuneaton Town 5
3 Gavin Williams Woking 4
John Akinde Alfreton Town 4
Andy Brown Nuneaton Town 4
James Norwood Forest Green Rovers 4
Lee Gregory Halifax 4
Adam Cunnington Cambridge United 4
9 Ben Tomlinson Lincoln City 3
Tom Shaw Alfreton Town 3
Scott Boden Macclesfield Town 3
Kevin Holsgrove Halifax 3
Luke Berry Cambridge United 3
Keanu Marsh-Brown Barnet 3
Ross Lafayette Welling 3
Danny Wright Forest Green Rovers 3
Daniel Bradley Alfreton Town 3
Liam Tomsett Hyde 3
Marcus Kelly Forest Green Rovers 3
Tom Collins Hyde 3

Imps To Go 3rd As Cambridge and Barnet Profit From Curse?

Cambridge Utd, Barnet FC , Nuneaton Town and Salisbury City  stand between Lincoln City and top spot tomorrow night. With Southport, Forest Green and Hereford breathing down our necks three points and the continuance of the 100% home record is vital.

Vics verdict on the Saturday fixtures.

 

Top-dogs Cambridge must be favourites to stay there, travelling to Hyde who lost 2-3 at busy bees Barnet last week.  They have had a tough start, but managed 2-2 draws against Wrexham and Hereford after crashing 8-1 against Forest Green on opening day. Hyde. with just 2 points on the board, only escape bottom thanks to Aldershot’s 10 point deduction. Cambridge, with Berry and Co, look set to dish out another hiding.

Barnet go to Halifax, the side that lost 3-1 to tomorrows opponents Salisbury, after going down to 9 men.   The Bees have scored three in their prvious two games yet still United’s goal difference denies them top spot. Byrne, Hyde and Marsh-Brown got the goals in the 3-0 demolition of Braintree and Byrne and Marsh-Brown got the goals again against Hyde with Crawford finishing things off. Halifax manager Neil Aspin was not a happy man last week with 2 sendings off ending a 4-match unbeaten run.  Everyone is due a bad day at the office, the previous week they beat 5th placed Southport 1-0.  A draw could well play into the Imps hands.

Nuneaton manager Kevin Wilkin bears the manager of the month curse and opposite number Andy Morrell will take anything he can get at the moment. Wilkin inspired successive 2-1 wins over Kidderminster Harriers and Grimsby Town, suggesting home advantage could see the same again.  For Wrexham this is the watershed, with defeat not an option for the manager or a side that plays the game the way it should be.  The Dragons will get a result here giving the Imps the chance to move up at least another place.

To do that we must beat Salisbury who lost their first three only to strengthen and go three unbeaten.  With Fairhurst and Miller fit you would fancy us with the 100% home record.  But this one will be close, the weather will play a part along with a set-piece decider methinks with either side capable of getting it. The Whites are a quick, strong powerful side who will raise their game on an ex-League stage.

These are the games that will show whether we have what it takes to challenge for the play-offs, because plenty of top sides drop points at the supposed underdogs in this league.  Mind you with our budget we are one of the ones punching above our weight so any slip could let in Southport (at improving big spenders Tamworth) and Forest Green who will not fancy the trip to Braintree.

 The Table 31/8/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Cambridge United 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
2 Barnet 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 14
3 Nuneaton Town 6 4 2 0 10 5 +5 14
4 Lincoln City 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
5 Southport 6 4 0 2 7 6 +1 12
6 Forest Green Rovers 6 3 2 1 15 5 +10 11
7 Hereford United 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
8 Grimsby Town 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
9 Braintree Town 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
10 FC Halifax Town 6 3 1 2 10 12 -2 10
11 Luton Town 6 2 3 1 5 2 +3 9
12 Kidderminster Harriers 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9
13 Alfreton Town 6 3 0 3 10 11 -1 9
14 Welling United 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8
15 Salisbury City 6 2 1 3 6 7 -1 7
16 Dartford 6 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
17 Wrexham 6 1 2 3 8 12 -4 5
18 Tamworth 6 1 2 3 3 8 -5 5
19 Gateshead 6 1 1 4 8 12 -4 4
20 Woking 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 4
21 Macclesfield Town 6 0 3 3 5 8 -3 3
22 Chester 6 1 0 5 4 12 -8 3
23 Hyde 6 0 2 4 7 18 -11 2
24 Aldershot Town (-10) 6 2 1 3 6 5 +1 -3

MOTM: Wilkin pips Money, Davids & Simmo

Nuneaton boss Kevin Wilkin beat off the Cambridge Utd, Barnet FC and Lincoln City managers to claim the manager of the month award after a 2-1 win at Grimsby Town. He and Simmo have defied massive budget disadvantages to take early play-off positions with  just a point between the two.

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Money, or lack of it  was rightly part of the decision making process as part-time triumphed in the face of adversity, otherwise the Cambridge duo of Jez George and Richard Money would have just about pipped it. Many will also say the anti-media buzz is still costing us, sour grapes there, but Wilkin has earned this accolade, complete with the customary poison challis that sees a defeat or two in  the following month.  The Boro  opened with a 1-0 victory at Macclesfield Town, beat last season’s runners-up Kidderminster and drew with pre-season favourites Forest Green Rovers, a side the Imps beat. Away from home saw a draw at Barnet rounded off by that 2-1 win at Grimsby Town on Saturday.

The player of the month goes to Luke Berry of Cambridge, his outstanding strike separated the two sides when the Imps travelled to the Abbey on the Tuesday, but his Brace against Tamworth was class as the Black and Ambers finished the week top.  Sean Newton, Andrew Boyce and Thomlinson have been outstanding in every game, but the boy Yussuf is the STMI nap for next month.

Luton 3 Imps 0 Stills Double 6 Clicks As Trapdoor Creaks For Imps

Luton responded well and showed a long overdue quality, that could yet save their players skins. Ditto The Imps and Barrow, for our sins,  after Nuneaton  and Alfreton wins. Mmmmm the sun is out, draw up a chair readers, Stockport Hatters included, time to reach for a bucket of Pims with extra extra Gin.

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For the benefit of  the Hatters, some visiting the site for the first time, first the  score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Hatter  at  Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Luton Town – Lincoln City

(H/T  20)

Scorers

Martin 41 & 72 Gray 43  

Att 5,393

Ref: Whitton

Hatters 5,220 Imps 173   

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The teams & Schemes 

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John Still favours 4-4-2  

(aka the double 6)

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1 Tyler

25 Henry 12 Ainge 5 McNulty 37 Griffiths 

7 Lawless (Y-66)  23 Robinson

18 Martin                                                  24 Smith

27 Gray  9 Shaw

*****

 Substitutions
 
76 Rendell on for Walker, 81 Wall on for Shaw,  90 Walker  on for Gray 

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The bench 

38 McFarlan2-Barnes (GK), 2 Rowe-Turner  (DF) , 10 Rendell (STR),   26 Wall (STR), 29 Walker (STR)

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4-3-3

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1 Farman 

15 Gray  25 Brown    5 Boyce (Y-66)  20 Miller

   37 Fofana  4 Jordan  35 Turnbull      

 10 Taylor  23 Hobson 12 Sheridan

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Substitutions

 56 Power on for Jordan  67 Vadaine on for Hobson 76 Dali on for  Taylor

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The Bench 

31 David Preece (GK), 6 Garner (DF),  8 Power  (MF), 14 Oliver (STR) 36 Dali

 *****

 

But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….

In the face of a budget 5 times our own the Imps sought a scalp or two from the off.  Fofana tests Brill, who spills, but gathers at the second attempt. Andre Gray gets the better of two but Dan Gray clears his centre. A delicious drive from Taylor forces Brill to palm over the bar. Robinson clears Turnbull’s corner and the Hatters counter with a slick 4 man move, that sees Brown clear Robinson’s effort from the left channel.  Lawless and Robinson are dictating the middle with the latter getting through to drill just wide. Martin is also starting to get into things and sends a twenty yarder just over.

Farman is forced to punch a Lawless free-kick for a corner but Robinson fires the set-piece wide. The Hatters pressure is relentless. Farman saves a free-kick from martin and A Gray roasts Miller to cross for Robinson who shoots wide.  A smooth move from Lawless who also centres, sees the off-side flag saves us as an effort from Martin is thankfully ruled out.  The Imps get a second wind as a battle attrition in the middle stems the one-way flow. A D Gray long throw finds Turnbull but his half-chance cannons off a fellow Imp for a goal-kick.

Lawless sends a scintillating drive just wide. It is end to end now with Griffiths blocking a Turnbull effort at one end before sending a long-range effort wide at the other. Nat Brown then makes a magnificent last-ditch challenge to pick A Gray’s pocket just as he is about to pull the trigger, with Jordan heading the lose ball for a corner.  Lawless 42nd minute corner causes confusion allowing Martin, hovering just inside the area, to blast an unstoppable rising drive into the top left-hand corner. Just two minutes later the Hatters deservedly double their advantage.  Smith beats his man and threads a perfectly timed and judged through ball to Gray who pounces, rounding Farman to slots home from 15 yards.   The game had turned 3 minutes before the interval, to give Simmo an interesting half-time team talk.

Second half.

The Imps go for it and are unlucky not to get a penalty, presumably deemed ball to hand, but then you don’t expect to get those away.  The Hatters counter, but Shaw’s, optimistic, long-range effort is not that far wide. A Gray is caught off-side as the Imps leave gaps in order to salvage something.  A glorious Sheridan effort is parried by Brill who pounces to end the danger. On 56 Jordan is replaced by Power, thanks to an injury sustained after Robinson left his foot in. A Miller long throw is punched behind by Brill, in fine form this evening. A rather useful Turnbull corner is cleared by Smith, alert to the presence of the six foot soldiers.

On 66 the Luton ask and Tamworth task got an awful lot harder, from a defensive point of view. Lawless, who had slid in on Farman a moment or so before, clashed with Boyce in an off the ball altercation, that saw yellow for both men. Boyce’s tenth caution of the season will see him sit out the Tamworth and Hyde games, with a two game ban.  Oliver is brought on for Hobson in a last throw of the dice. Two terrific corners from Lawless force a clearance by Fofana and a confident claim by Farman. Good work by Sheridan sees the Imps win a corner as Griffiths deflects behind. Power takes, Boyce rises, but the slim Imps chance has gone as the towering effort goes wide.

Sods law – a rule of the turf – Luton immediately shut the door on any remote hopes of a way back in. On 73 a quick free-kick sees McNulty find Gray, his inch perfect pass into Martin’s path allows him to complete his brace, side-footing home from 6-yards, From the centre Sheridan has a 35-yard lucky dip that clears the bar. With Saturday in mind Simmo takes Taylor off, with Dali getting a chance to stretch his legs. A Nat Brown shot is saved by Brill for another City corner. Boyce heads Powers delivery over. Luton also appears to take their foot off the gas, sacrificing Shaw and Lawless for Wall and Rendell respectively.  That said Rendell is denied by Boyce at the expense of a corner and Ainge heads just wide. A decent Wall effort is saved by Farman before a Robinson effort goes wide to bring down the curtain on a very entertaining game. One that sees a much needed positive reaction for the Hatters and a vital pause for thought for the Imps.

Synopsis

The Imps find ourselves just one point from the drop zone after Nuneaton won 2-0 at Gateshead to rediscover their form. It could have been worse, Barrow lost 4-0 at Alfreton. That leaves then 4 points behind us with just 2 games to play and 6 points on offer. Stockport, who are now just the one point behind us with a game in hand, did not play, they get their Tuesday get out of jail opportunity next week against Gateshead. In our hearts, the April roadmap was always going to bring it down to the last two games. Tamworth at home on Saturday is just as vital as Aldershot was, because Hyde will be no mugs. They ground out a 1-0 win against a desperate Ebbsfleet last night to all but Sink the Fleet.

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Luton Town – Lincoln City

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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50% Ball 50%

10 Shots on 4

10 Misses 5

4 Saves 4

9 Corners 6

5 Offside 2

10 Fouls 6

1 Yellows 1

0 Reds 0

BSP Table 10/4/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 43 28 5 10 88 49 39 89
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 44 26 9 9 76 39 37 87
15 down 15 Alfreton Town 43 14 12 17 64 71 -7 54
16 No Change Tamworth 42 14 9 19 51 62 -11 51
17 down 17 Nuneaton 44 12 15 17 51 62 -11 51
18 down 18 Southport 44 13 12 19 70 83 -13 51
19 up 1 Gateshead 43 12 14 17 54 59 -5 50
20 down 20 Lincoln City 44 13 11 20 59 71 -12 50
21 down 21 Stockport County 43 13 10 20 56 70 -14 49
22 down 7 Barrow 44 11 13 20 44 80 -36 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 42 8 14 20 53 81 -28 38
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 44 5 17 22 49 74 -25 32

Simmo: Get Down & Give Me 5 Imps You Deserve Em!

Managerial change at Stockport County (The Bogie-man has to be a concern) and the fine form of Nuneaton and Barrow have forced Simmo to set his Soldiers of Impdom an additional 3 point target for safety.  When Gary took over he felt 12 points should do it, but now the breaking of the 50 point barrier has to be seen as a more realistic and safer bet, so 15 it is. That Stockport and Lincoln, two proud teams with such great and loyal support, are in such a position after leaving the league, is a tragedy in itself. But onward and upward – don’t look back in anger.

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Simmo and Grant Brown were seen at the Braintree game last night, where our opponents, Alfreton, went down 2-1 despite a late and, hopefully energy sapping rally, that saw them pull one back.  Be prepared, Cub Scout Imps, for this is further evidence of the 24/7 work ethic of the management duo. This approach has certainly filtered down and benefited the resurgent Imps.  The Gaffer’s post match  ‘ its scandalous that we are in a position like this after a performance like that’ comment shows he recognises the progress and heart that theImps are putting in. With mud in his studs he will defend and kick every ball with his team, Grant is learning fast, but is as Imp, as the little chap that bashed the bishop and escaped from the cathedral all those years ago.

Although the signings of Nat Brown, Todd Jordan and Tony ‘the brace with grace’ Diagne, have been inspirational, it has been the ability to work with what we have got that has seen the turn. Necessity is the mother of invention given the Imps resources and options at this stage of the season.  The reality of being unable to get in better than we have, has seen the duo put arms round shoulders and engage and involve every member of the side, including the walking wounded.  Vadaine Oliver, Tony Diagne and Jake Sheridan could also be doubts for the Easter period.

But the response of the players has been magnificent. Jake Sheridan, for instance, has played to his strengths and been a key architect in the two three goal salvo’s in the last couple of games that have yielded the Imps six precious points. Boyce, Miller, Brown and Diagne have contributed at both ends of the pitch, putting in brave full-throttle performances.

Team spirit is a big thing in football, as is preparation and the ability to get the best from what you have.  There is a line in the sand mentality, that is refreshed every Monday morning, don’t look back in anger, but look forward and ‘want it’.  Every able-bodied Imp will  play a part and have a chance to be in the reckoning, if they want to grasp the nettle. Nearly all do, for there is belief, in truth faith, in the management team, flexible formations and the desire to contest every ball with a view to a fast counter has seen shot counts higher than at any stage of the season.

The Imps are beginning to get a bit of a reputation, with an in-your-face direct style, that is not uncharacteristic of the KA/Simmo era. The card-count is up, so are the points in the bag.  The momentum is with us and, injuries permitting, Simmo will still be able to call on a magnificent spirit that should see win against Alfreton as well as Cambridge. STMI fancied 4 points from this week, but we got 6, with 6 goals from Taylor who finishes like a virtuoso violinist. But it is the work ethic leading up to those strikes, both on and off the pitch, that is the real watershed at Lincoln City.

The Imps have character, are playing to their strengths, brushing off the failures and moving on quickly, finding leaders all over the pitch. They are properly prepared for the up-coming job and have the belief in what they are being asked to do, knowing their mates and management will back them up. Simple things, common sense perhaps? But then how many ex-managers were either asking too much or trying to put square pegs in round holes?

We will get those points you feel,  but in reality the positive path to change and success has already begun.

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March 
Sat 30th Alfreton Town v Lincoln City 15:00
April 
Mon 1st Lincoln City v Cambridge Utd 15:00
Sat 6th Kidderminster v Lincoln City 15:00
Tue 9th Luton v Lincoln City 19:45
Sat 13th Lincoln City v Tamworth 15:00
Sat 20th Hyde v Lincoln City 17:15

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
14 down 14 Hyde FC 40 14 6 20 56 64 -8 48
15 up 1 Tamworth 39 13 9 17 47 55 -8 48
16 down 16 Alfreton Town 39 12 12 15 56 66 -10 48
17 up 3 Gateshead 39 11 13 15 47 50 -3 46
18 down 18 Lincoln City 40 12 10 18 57 65 -8 46
19 down 19 Southport 40 12 10 18 63 76 -13 46
20 down 20 Stockport County 40 12 9 19 51 65 -14 45
21 down 21 Nuneaton 40 10 14 16 44 59 -15 44
22 down 7 Barrow 39 11 10 18 42 70 -28 43
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 37 8 12 17 50 73 -23 36
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 41 5 16 20 49 69 -20 31

Holdsworth’s Last 5 Imps Trials – The first By TV.

Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Wrexham FC and Stockport County follow the FGR Friday TV match. After wins against Hyde FC and Nuneaton, draws against Ebbsfleet and AFC Telford, losses against Alfreton and Tamworth; Forest Green Rovers are arguably the toughest of the seven games, that many felt would define Holdsworth’s Imps.

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The Imps sit 15th, having garnered eight points from a possible 18 so far, with the next three points a tough ask and the next four games nothing short of a mountain to climb. The Chairman stated that we need to give him a chance at the anticlimactic meeting with the 8 fans representatives. Just 1486 die-hards did on Tuesday, suggesting the fans have just stopped caring, trusting little of what seems to be doing the rounds, via The Boardroom Blog, the media and the forums.

We seem to need sides to just role up at Sincil Bank and hand us three points, although divine intervention seems to have helped where it can. Yet Ebbsfleet should have been a win, as should Telford who are just two places and two points above us. We lost to Alfreton who are level on points with us, two places below us, albeit with a game in hand.  The 1-0 defeat at Tamworth, may be excusable, but an 8 point haul against these sides is not. Especially with the next 5 fixtures coming up on the horizon.

Whatever the excuses, for the missing thousands to venture a return any time soon, at between £16 and £18 pounds, the team need to win. We have certainly blown the easier chances, now comes the really tough questions.  The history with the Stags, the Wrexham and Luton challenges, plus Gannon’s County, suggest none of the above will be rolling over for us. This month is massive. To stay alive, we must not only get results but inspire against these five.  October is the key  to the future destinies of both Lincoln City and David Holdsworth. Whether Bob wants rid or not.

Is this the biggest challenge in our history, one that will pave the way on and off the field for our club? Or will, poor and uninspiring Lincoln City Football Club, be  on  our way to the unthinkable all over again.  Because Bob will not go, Lincoln City Holdings will not come cheap and David Holdsworth looks like he will outlive us all.  Remember how he stated he would never bankrupt a football club?  We may well have enough to avoid going down without any points deduction complications, but perhaps his tenure might still see that come to pass after all.  Because without enough fans, who are the lifeblood and the raison d’etre of a Football Club. The sums will simply never add up.

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The September Seven
Sat 01st Lincoln City 1-1 Ebbsfleet United
Tue 04th Lincoln City 1-2 Alfreton Town
Sat 08th AFC Telford 1-1 Lincoln City
Sat 15th Lincoln City 3-2 Hyde
Sat 22nd Tamworth 1-0 Lincoln City 15:00
Tue 25th Lincoln City 2-1 Nuneaton 19:45
Fri 28th Forest Green v Lincoln City 19:45

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October’s Games
Sat 6th Lincoln City v Luton 15:00
Tue 9th Mansfield v Lincoln City 19:45
Sat 13th Wrexham v Lincoln City 15:00
Sat 27th Lincoln City v Stockport 15:00

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  P W D L GD PTS
Newport 11 8 1 2 12 25
Forest Green Rovers 11 7 3 1 10 24
Wrexham 11 6 4 1 11 22
Grimsby 11 5 5 1 11 20
Luton 11 6 2 3 3 20
Dartford 11 6 1 4 7 19
Macclesfield 10 6 1 3 4 19
Tamworth 11 5 1 5 1 16
Woking 11 5 1 5 0 16
Mansfield 10 5 1 4 -1 16
Hereford 11 5 1 5 -3 16
Gateshead 11 4 3 4 0 15
AFC Telford 11 3 5 3 2 14
Southport 11 3 4 4 -5 13
Lincoln City 11 3 3 5 -2 12
Braintree To 11 3 3 5 -4 12
Alfreton Tow 10 3 3 4 -5 12
Stockport 11 2 5 4 -2 11
Cambridge 11 2 4 5 -6 10
Nuneaton 11 2 4 5 -7 10
Barrow 11 2 4 5 -8 10
Ebbsfleet 11 2 3 6 -8 9
Kid’minster 11 1 5 5 -4 8
Hyde 10 1 3 6 -6 6

Luton Held, Stags Felled & Dragons dethrone The Silkmen King

Not so dark horses Euromillions AFC Newport stun the Stags and Luton are held by Gateshead. Wrexham beat new-boys Woking and Hereford Foyle big spending Macclesfield.  Cambridge are also held at Forest Green, but as a nine goal thriller at Nuneaton suggests The Fleet are not sunk yet. Awesome opening day in a League that demands the right to 3 up 3 down. Welcome back to the STMI stat attack.

STMI’s synopsis goals and stats.

 

Luton had to come from behind twice in front of a fantastic 6,743 faithful. Hatch and Odubade put the heed two ahead before Shaw (had to be) and Fleetwood restored some pride against his old side.  Mansfield suffered the same fate twice but did not have enough to level on the second occasion.  Big-spending Cox must be starting to worry after some Keystone Cops defending saw Newport go two goals ahead twice, through Yakubu & James and then O’Connor and Jefferson Louis.  Speight and Green got them level the first time but Speight’s 89th minute effort to complete his brace left it just too late to overcome an opening day humbling at the hands of the Euromillions club.

 

Wrexham were dominant with Ogleby (18) and Keates (41) putting them two up before Bubb got a 66th minute lifeline.  Creighton (74) finished the job.  Macclesfield’s new King was brought down to earth with a bump by crafty Foyle.  Canham gave  the Bulls the lead, Barnes-Homer  got a penalty back on 59 before action Jackson restored the advantage on 66.  The Imps stifled the Harriers and got a superb chip from Taylor, setting up a lively local affair against Smiths Cambridge who were stunned by a 90th minute penalty equaliser by Klukowski after Elliott gave them a first half lead.

 

The game of the day came at BSP debs Nuneaton as they narrowly went down in a 9 goal thriller against Ebbsfleet.  Brown (8) gave the hosts the lead,  before Walker (17) doubled the advantage. Phipp (20) replied and then Elder equalised.  Ashikodi (32) then put the visitors in front with returning hero Enveer-Marum (50) making it 2-4. Thompson-Brown (56) gave the new boys some hope but Phipp (88) completed his brace for 3-5. Still Town would not lay down but Brown (90+4) brace left things just to late to even the spoils.

 

 

Saturday’s Games
Barrow 0 0 AFC Telford
1,041
Braintree Town 2 2 Hyde
Sheppard (47)
Quinton (90)
Spencer (23 & pen 36)
sent off Pearson (46)
598
Dartford 2 3 Tamworth
Bradbrook (45+3)
Crawford (79)
Till (27)
Cunnington (40 & 76)
1,370
Forest Green 1 1 Cambridge Utd
Klukowski (Pen 90) Elliott (33) 1,128
Lincoln City 1 0 Kidderminster
Taylor (39) 2,112
Luton 2 2 Gateshead
Shaw (61)
Fleetwood (71)
Hatch (25)
Odubade (35)
6,743
Mansfield 3 4 Newport County
Speight (48 & 89)
Green (50)
James (13)
O’Connor (56)
Louis (66)
Yakubu (10)
2,924
Nuneaton 4 5 Ebbsfleet United
Brown (8 & 94)
Thompson-Brown (56)
Walker (17)
Phipp (20 & 88)
Elder (23)
Ashikodi (32)
Enveer-Marum (50)
1,088
Southport 1 1 Grimsby
 Grand (87)  Disley (74) 1,743
Stockport 1 0 Alfreton Town
 Hattersley (36) 3,448
Wrexham 3 1 Woking
Ogleby (18)
Keates (41)
Creighton (74)
Bubb (66) 4,088
Friday’s Live game
Hereford 2 1 Macclesfield
 Canham (15)
Jackson (66)
 Barnes-Homer (Pen 59) 2,139

Leading scorers

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The BSP Muddy boot
Player Team Goals
1 Jake Speight Mansfield Town 2
Scott Spencer Hyde 2
Andy Brown Nuneaton Town 2
Tom Phipp Ebbsfleet United 2
Adam Cunnington Tamworth 2
6 Jamie Taylor Lincoln 1
32 more Various 1

 Crowds –

all 1 game of them

BSP Average Gates
Team Total Average
1 Luton Town 6,743 6,743
2 Wrexham 4,088 4,088
3 Stockport County 3,448 3,448
4 Mansfield Town 2,924 2,924
5 Hereford United 2,139 2,139
6 Lincoln City 2,112 2,112
7 Southport 1,743 1,743
8 Dartford 1,370 1,370
9 Forest Green Rovers 1,128 1,128
10 Nuneaton Town 1,088 1,088
11 Barrow 1,041 1,041
12 Braintree Town 598 598
13 Woking 0 0

League table (surely you jest)

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

Nuneaton Town in Focus

After 3 promotions in 4 years Kevin Wilkin has brought in 11: 4 defenders –  Stephen O’Halloran (Carlisle Utd), Tom James (Watford), Gavin Cowans (Gainsborough), Delroy Gordon (Corby Town) ; 3 midfielders –  Danny Sleath (Boston UTD) Ben Ford (Kettering) & Jon Adams (AFC Telford); 3 strikers – Robbie Thompson-Brown (Kidderminster) Kyle Perry (Lincoln City) & Danny Newton (Hinckley); plus Australian keeper Ben McNamara.  After leading the club back from the dead, having been liquidated in 2008, can one of non-league football’s shrewdest bosses pull off the unthinkable?


thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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STMI takes a look at The Boro, another side on the rise.  Here are Ticket prices for all BSP Away supporters prices , the BSP ground guide is here and please feel free to bookmark our  Blue square zone for when you are playing the Imps – HERE. The guide will start with the pre-season results, transfers in & out, plus the released and new deals list. Then we will have a glance at the  summer sound-bites (most recent to last) and finally the current confirmed squad as at 8th August. 

Badge of Nuneaton Town Pre-season friendlies

Blyth Sp 2-3 Nuneaton
Nuneaton 1-0 Coventry
Solihull 1-0 Nuneaton
Nuneaton 3-2 Leamington
Nuneaton 1-3 Leicester 

Badge of Nuneaton Town Transfer dealings

IN- Striker Robbie Thompson-Brown from Kidderminster.
IN- Defender Stephen O’Halloran from Carlisle
IN- Keeper Ben McNamara
IN- Defender Tom James from Watford
IN- Striker Kyle Perry from Lincoln City.
IN- Midfielder Ben Ford from Kettering
IN- CH Gavin Cowans from Gainsborough
IN- Defender Delroy Gordon from Corby Town.
IN- Midfielder Danny Sleath from Boston
IN- Striker Danny Newton
OUT- Guy Hadland to Barwell FC
IN – Jon Adams released from Telford
OUT- Gary Mills to Lincoln City

New Deals – 1 year deals for Sim Forsdick,  Neil Cartwright, Mark Noon,  Eddie Nisevic,  Gaz Dean,  Adam Walker, James Armson, Andy Brown,  Neil Collett,  Wes York
Offered – Mark Albrighton, Guy Hadland (opted for Barwell FC). 
Released – Danny Glover

Badge of Nuneaton TownSummer sound-bites

(Most recent first) 

Make that 11 as Republic of Ireland international defender Stephen O’Halloran joins following his release by Carlisle United and forward Robbie Thompson-Brown also signs. Australian goalkeeper Ben McNamara is ninth new signing of the summer. Released Grimsby Town midfielder Anthony Church was a trialist in the defeat to Solihull Moors on Tuesday night.

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Lee Hughes will not be joining. Dean will take over as captain after Noon breaks leg at Brackley. Watford defender Tom James becomes eighth signing. Kyle Perry joins and Neil Cartwright signs a 1 year extension. Midfielder Ben Ford signs after turning down a deal from Kettering. Gainsborough’s captain and former favourite Gavin Cowans joins for another stint.

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Former Mansfield Town assistant boss Micky Moore joins as Kevin Wilkin’s new number two.  Three in as Hinckley United striker Danny Newton, Boston United midfielder Danny Sleath and Corby Town defender Delroy Gordon sign. Right-back Neil Cartwright turns down latest contract offer. Wilkin no rush to appoint new no2. Assistant manager Fen Gillard joins Crystal Palace Academy coaching staff.

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The Boro Squad

Goalkeepers

1 Neil Collett 19 Ben McNamara

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Defenders –
21 Stephen O’Halloran 16 Ben Ford, 2 Neil Cartwright, 14 Simon Forsdick, 15 Delroy Gordon, Mark Albrighton, 5 Gareth Dean, 18 Tom James,

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Midfielders –
7 Wesley York, 11 Jon Adams 13 Danny Sleath, 3 Eddie Nivesic, 4 Gavin Cowan,
12 James Armson, 8 Mark Noon, 6 Adam Walker,

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Strikers –
9 Kyle Perry, 10 Andy Brown, 17 Danny Newton, 20 Robbie Thompson-Brown, Lee Moore,
Chris Dillon

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.