Sean Newton showed just why Lincoln City need to get him signed up to a new contract with a hat-trick against Alfreton Town last night. Indeed in the two FA games he waded in with four goals plus an assist as his form continues to get better and better. Stockport County fans were gutted when Simmo picked the bones of their relegated side two years ago. The Hatters had honed him to England C standard.
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The risk is that he will go for peanuts in the January window or for free in the summer. Class left-backs have been few and far between at Lincoln and Newton’s assist rate has been second to none ever since he went to Stockport, becoming the Captain and an intrinsic part of the team. He left them for free upon relegation to join the Imps, who are risking the same after failing to deliver a new deal in the summer.
Newton has scored ten goals in sixty-nine appearances for the Imps with a trademark free-kick and is unplayable on the counter week in week out. Not a bad return for a full-back, but then he has also pitched in with 8 assists this season and 17 last, in league and cup competitions.
|Full name||Sean Michael Newton|
|Date of birth||23 September 1988|
|Place of birth||Liverpool|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2009–2012||AFC Telford United||110||(4)|
|2012||Stockport County (loan)||7||(1)|
Since Sean Newton arrived from Stockport County and Tom Miller has been converted to right-back by Simmo, the Imps have discovered the best and most exciting full-back combination since the days of Keith Alexander’s wing-backs.
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Both men are eager to get up the flanks to devastating effect, with Tom also possessing a long throw that is as good as any corner or free-kick. Sean supplies those corners along with Alan Power ensuring our set-piece potency is revered throughout the division. So far the duo’s assist count stands at seven – Newton (5), Miller (2) with Captain Power (3) also well and truly in the frame. Miller has also bagged two goals, including the sublime chest down and half-volley against Nuneaton on Saturday.
The defensive side of their game is none too shabby either with both men getting back to clear their lines and seemingly never knowing they are beaten. The card-count is of some concern with Newton on four and Miller on two, with the former just one caution away from a one match ban that could weaken the defence. Todd Jordan could step in or Dan Gray who has to feel unlucky at getting so few opportunities of late.
The consistency of Sean and Tom is as inspiring as their bravery and desire to turn defence into attack. Both players enjoy an average rating of 8.3 and, although Newton has more man of the match awards than any other player, with four, he is closely followed by Miller currently one behind on 3.
Tom Miller is joint second goal scorer and both feature highly in the assists charts (Newton is top) as well as the card collectors. Here is a better illustration of the two heroes overall contribution to the team.
(nb: St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards)