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Are The Imps Safe or Northern Premier league Bound?

There are bound to be mixed views amongst Imps after the draw against part-time AFC Telford. This is only natural given  on-loan striker Kyle Perry came back to haunt us, plus the yield of just 1 point as opposed to the 3 on offer against one of our rivals at the wrong end of the table.

We are actually on our longest unbeaten run so far this season – three draws to be exact – but 3 points from 9 is borderline relegation form in most divisions in England’s football pyramid.

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They do say the table does not lie, particularly by this stage of the season. Our problem as ever is home form,  with the divisional rank at Sincil Bank (17th) comparable to our away escapades (18th).  Given two games to come against Hayes plus games against all our rivals we must start to take maximum points from our home games at least. One win  may only be three points on paper but nick a draw in the next one and the confidence will rise almost as fast your League position at the wrong end of the table. Stockport apart none of our biggest threats got a result on Saturday.

The Imps BSP Breakdown
Lincoln City F.C. badge.png G W D L F A GD GOAL AV(F) GOAL AV(A) PTS AVE Pts Rank
Home Record 17 5 6 6 21 21 0 1.24 1.24 1.24 21 17
Away Record 17 3 3 11 15 29 -14 0.88 1.71 0.71 12 18
Overall Record 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 1.06 1.47 0.97 33 17

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Although we are on our longest unbeaten run of the season – 3 draws – with just one defeat in 5, we also have just the one win going into the short trip to the Stags. As well as being a local derby the Holdsworth homecoming will lead to a very passionate affair with hundreds of Imps set to travel.  We then face Alfreton at home and Bath away, two must win matches.  The subsequent home game against Newport and away trip to Hayes also need to see at least 4 points because the home games against Tamworth and Cambridge will be very tough. We will then travel to the resurgent Stockport County,  play Darlo at home and Fleetwood away.  Hayes will be our last home game of the season with Ebbsfleet away very much the last throw of the dice.

Current form – Last 5′s
Lincoln City F.C. badge.png G W D L F A GD GOAL AV(F) GOAL AV(A) PTS AVE Pts Rank
Last 5 5 1 3 1 7 6 1 1.40 1.20 1.20 6 14
Last 5 Home 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 1.40 1.60 1.00 5 20
Last 5 Away 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 1.40 1.60 1.00 5 10

BSP Relegation Rumble as at 25th Feb 2012

POS TEAM P W D L F A GD PTS
15 up 7 Ebbsfleet United 34 10 10 14 52 59 -7 40
16 down 16 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33
17 down 17 Lincoln City 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 33
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 33 7 11 15 33 48 -15 32
19 down 19 Stockport County 35 6 14 15 39 57 -18 32
20 down 20 Darlington * 34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28
21 down 21 Alfreton Town 33 7 7 19 41 72 -31 28
22 down 16 Kettering Town 34 7 7 20 34 76 -42 28
23 down 6 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27
24 down 24 Bath City 34 3 9 22 31 68 -37 18

Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin

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When we look at our month-by-month form, the appointment of David Holdsworth is clearly proving to be a step in the right direction and one that statistically appears to be upward.  We are 5 points above the relegation places as the previous table shows with Bath are pretty much down. The three remaining places sees four teams separated by just a point, so it is tight and 4 points from the six against 23rd placed Hayes would do everyone a big favour. The Jim Gannon effect has also seen Stockport open up a 4 point gap on the bottom five. The Hatters are now just two places and 1 crucial point behind our good selves.

Month-By-Month 
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August 6 1 2 3 7 10 -3 1.17 1.67 0.83 5 17
September 6 1 1 4 2 6 -4 0.33 1.00 0.67 4 20
October 6 2 1 3 7 11 -4 1.17 1.83 1.17 7 14
November 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 1.25 1.25 1.50 6 9
December 4 1 1 2 4 4 0 1.00 1.00 1.00 4 13
January 5 1 1 3 6 9 -3 1.20 1.80 0.80 4 16
February 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 1.67 1.67 1.00 3 13

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png The Seasonal stats so far

Highs & Lows
Longest winning Run  1 Game
Worst losing streak 4 Games
Longest unbeaten run 3 Games (we are currently on it)
Longest winless streak 5 Games
Biggest Home Win 3-0 Ebbsfleet United
Biggest Away Win Alfreton Town 3-1, Forest Green Rovers 2-0
Heaviest Home Defeat 0-2 Kettering Town, 1-3 Fleetwood Town, 0-2 York City
Heaviest Away Defeat Tamworth 0-4
Highest Aggregate Score 3-3 Braintree Town & Gateshead

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PERFORMANCE
Highest Gate 5506 Grimsby Town
Lowest Gate 1587 Gateshead
Average Attendance 2396
Total Turnstile Clicks 40736

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Imps 1 AFC Telford 1 Perry Pounces to spoil the view from the Stacey West

The Imps and AFC Telford shared the spoils from a game dubbed a relegation dogfight six-pointer at Sincil Bank. Kyle Perry proved that point we half suspected with a decent strike it must be said, undone by a Blackburn own goal, but there was oh so much more in this far from poor draw that leaves both sides looking over their shoulder as we move to the business end of the season.

For the benefit of the visiting Bucks, first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you would care to shake an Imp or Buck at. 

Thanks for taking the time to read Neil Gentleman-Hobbs view from the Stacey West, the home from home  of Lincolnshire’s largest choir.

The Teams & Schemes 

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Lincoln City 4-4-2

1 Anyon 

26 Robson 4 Williams 5 Gowling 3 Nutter

31 Bore 8 Power 34 Thompson 30 Almond 

16 Pacquette 10 Louis

Substitutions 81 Taylor on for Pacquette 82 Rodney on for Almond 90 Christophe on for Bore

Substitutes 21 Draper, 17 Nicolau 27 Christophe 7 Taylor 32 Rodney

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AFC Telford 4-4-2

1 Young

23 Valentine 18 Blackburn 6 Killock 3 Newton

27 Smith 15 Rooney 29 Jones

9 Perry 22 Brown 25 Sharp

Substitutions: Brooke on for Sharp 82 Davies on for Smith 85 cain on for Perry

Substitutes 32 Robinson 16 Preston 20 Davies 28 Cain 21 Brooke

But to the game footy fans to the game………………………

With Bore, the former Grimbarian from the northernmost outreaches of the Lincolnshire empire, pushed forward to wide right and  twinkle toed tangerine Almond on the other flank,  the 4-4-2 formation looked a tasty solution with cousins Pacquette and Louis free to plunder.  Kyle Perry, the artist formerly known as our on-loan number 9, acting as the fulcrum of a 4-3-3 facing ex-friends and now perhaps forever foes, the fatty chants from ex-fans filled the air.  His first minute miss- hit  in front of the baying Stacey West amused. The chants went up an octave as  Jefferson Louis was denied at the other end by a brave block from Newton. Telford are a plucky if not aesthetic side with a ferocious Smith  drive deflected but a foot wide of the home end goal.

Power, industrious and eager to please hacked away a corner at one end before feeding Almond who was denied by a superb save from Young.  Thomson fizzed over from a good 30 yards and Pacquette unleashed the exoset only for Young to deny him a worthy opener.  Valentine roasted all and sundry delivering a peach of a cross that caused havoc, deflecting off Gowling at the far post before nestling in the safe hands of Anyon who again earned his money today.

It was end to end stuff, low on quality but plenty of exciting huff and puff. Louis fired just wide before Perry wrote the script we had all feared.  On 24 minutes Valentine again tore us to shreds down the flank, delivering deep for the unmarked on-loan portly villain to take a touch before hammering a humdinger that crashed home off the bar.  The jeers were music to Perry’s ears as he rubbed a belly that could hold the best part of a barrel full of beer just yards from the madding crowd.

The fans continued to get behind the Imps during a scrappy next eight minutes that showed we too were capable of evening the score.  Power was fouled, up stepped Nutter and Almond with the former pulling rank as captain. The 25 yard miss-hit grass cutter cannoned in off the hapless Blackburn giving the thus far impressive Young no chance. From tears and jeers to cheers for the unfairly chastised pot bellied Perry’s former peers and there was still 20 percent of the half to go.

Pacquette could not believe that Young made himself big enough to deny another goal-bound thunder bolt, likewise Almond, though he miscued into the arms of the thankful keeper.  Jefferson Louis was showing a touch that shone like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside, acting the unselfish link man for both efforts.

The second half saw the Imps attack the vociferous faithful from the off, Almond a tad adventurous with a 25 yard curler.  Robson, far better than Bore on the overlap,  sent over a peach perhaps a foot too much for both Louis and Pacquette to convert.  Almond went for glory when Louis was far better placed to give us the lead.  Power then shot wide after a fantastic forty-five yard ball from the at last roasting Robson.  Pacquette, alas his luck clearly out today, sliced wide after a goalmouth scramble that the IMPassioned home end   failed to suck home.  Oh the joys of the boys coming at us with a spring in their step.

Penalty box bouncer Brooke, last weeks hero for the Bucks in the 1-0 win over Braintree, came on for a rather blunt Sharp and turned instant villain, fowling Gowling. Perry was denied by a fabulous full length save from Anyon, clearly he had glue on his gloves.  Bore then showed a flash of what he is capable of roasting, giving and then receiving only for Young to again block when one on one, as destiny and a certain winner beckoned.

The game got physical with Smith and Thompson both terriers in the tackle for their respective sides.  Tireless Tyrone seemed alone against a three man midfield at times as Bore snored and Power pirouetted out near the Echo Stand hinterlands, allowing the plucky Bucks to buck the trend and force two corners.  Forget who ate all the pies, the discomfort in the home end was all to apparent as the discomforting bowl movements from the half time repas of many came home to roost ‘neath the Stacey West roof.  Perhaps forewarned of the perils of sitting deep Holdsworth made a double change with more forward prowess produced from the bench, Taylor replacing Pacquette and Rodney on for Almond. Telford put Davies on for Smith who had certainly earned his wedge today. Though his style was not for the feint hearted in these parts we poachers tend to admire such a pheasant plucker.

Sound the Sincil cavalry charge then. Jefferson Louis fired a ferocious piledriver a whisker wide before Robson’s long throw clearly bounced up – ball to hand perhaps – to communal screams for a penalty. Louis again glanced wide from  eight yards falling to the floor head in hands, for he knew that was a golden if not last chance at the Sincil saloon. But oh contraire,  as route one Anyon found Gowling, who flicked on to Taylor, a whirling dervish, but to ‘oohs and arghs’ his cross goal drive flew a fivers breadth wide of the face of the post. Again Jamie, a name that conjures fond memories hereabouts twisted and turned to win a corner.  All but Anyon were up as Gowling headed agonisingly wide.  Telford the part-timers had half tamed the fully pro Imps, with Perry bagging the prize before our very eyes. Fair play Kyle you clapped every stand professionally and we’ll excuse that deserved smile.

Lincoln City 1 – 1 AFC Telford (H/T 1-1)

Scorers

Imps – OG Blackburn 32

Bucks Perry 24

Ref: Scott Duncan

Attendance 2438 ( 2296 Imps 142 Bucks)

Possession

Imps 53 % Bucks 47%

Shots on target

The Imps 4 Bucks 3

Shots off target

The Imps 8 Bucks 1

Saves

The Imps 2 Bucks 3

Corners

The Imps 4 Bucks 7

Offsides

The Imps 0 Bucks 3

Fouls

The Imps 11 Bucks 6

Yellows

The Imps 0 Bucks 0

BSP Standings 25th Feb 2012

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Fleetwood Town 34 24 7 3 80 37 43 79
2 up 9 Wrexham 33 23 5 5 60 21 39 74
3 down 1 Luton Town 33 17 11 5 62 28 34 62
4 down 4 Southport 34 17 7 10 53 56 -3 58
5 No Change York City 33 15 12 6 65 36 29 57
6 up 7 Kidderminster Harriers 34 16 9 9 60 46 14 57
7 up 2 Mansfield Town 33 14 13 6 54 38 16 55
8 down 8 Grimsby Town 32 16 6 10 64 45 19 54
9 up 11 Gateshead 33 15 9 9 53 48 5 54
10 up 5 Barrow 34 15 7 12 53 48 5 52
11 up 10 Forest Green Rovers 34 12 13 9 47 33 14 49
12 down 2 Cambridge United 31 13 10 8 40 28 12 49
13 down 13 Braintree Town 34 13 7 14 56 60 -4 46
14 up 2 Tamworth 33 11 8 14 41 52 -11 41
15 up 7 Ebbsfleet United 34 10 10 14 52 59 -7 40
16 down 16 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33
17 down 17 Lincoln City 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 33
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 33 7 11 15 33 48 -15 32
19 down 19 Stockport County 35 6 14 15 39 57 -18 32
20 down 20 Darlington * 34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28
21 down 21 Alfreton Town 33 7 7 19 41 72 -31 28
22 down 16 Kettering Town 34 7 7 20 34 76 -42 28
23 down 6 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27
24 down 24 Bath City 34 3 9 22 31 68 -37 18

Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin

Hone’s Not Home Alone Thanks To Barrow Extended Loan

Barrow FC will keep Danny Hone  on loan until the end of the season. Despite being one of just three to be offered a new deal last summer, Hone did not get a look in after playing a big part in the Imps start to the season and now will not be part of DH’s plans either.

Hone’s is an all action style which although it finds favour with fans, will more often than not see them found out by managers and opposition centre-forwards alike.   Darlington took him on loan last season, but despite 24 appearances they did not follow up with a deal in the summer even though Danny was out of contract.

Danny has featured in 7 league & cup games since his mid November emergency loan switch, a deal that had been due to finish on January 8th. His solid partnership with Phil Bolland has been popular with fans and David Bayliss, half of the Barrow management duo, rated the Hone approach in a recent interview with BBC Radio Cumbria.

“He does his job nice and simple, he heads it, defends when he has to, he’s got a big future in the game but hasn’t had a chance at Lincoln.”

The Imps were the only suitor for the local lad last summer , let us hope Barrow will want to give him a future at the end of this.   Cheers Danny and good luck.

Danny Hone
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STMI Biopic
Full name Daniel Joseph Hone
Date of birth 15 September 1989 (age 22)
Place of birth Croydon,
Height 1.942 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 78kg 12 st 4lbs 
Contract: 1 year deal concludes June 2012
Current club On loan at Barrow
Number 22
Youth career
2006–2007 Lincoln City
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– Lincoln City 100 (4)
2010–2011 Darlington (loan) 24 (1)
2011- Barrow (loan) 7 (0)

2011/12 stats

Barrow Aps 5, Yellows 2 Goals 0 

Imps – Aps 9 Goals 1 

Who Is Wing-Wizard Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick

 

David Holdsworth clearly has an eye for talent, returning to Colwyn Bay for Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick, the whirlwind wideboy from our 3-1 FA Trophy tie victory.

 

 

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Danny, who  can play out wide or down the middle, was a constant threat in a ten-man team against us and also IMPressed DH’s  scouts who positively purred over his hatrick against Droyleden this month.  Danny has jumped at the chance to ply his trade on a bigger stage, agreeing terms until the end of the season at least.   The former Southport youth spent last season on at Chorley and then Skelmersdale before Colwyn bay offered terms.

 

So Sincil Bank is seen as another big step in the mesmerising wee wing wizard’s career with former manager Jon Newby philosophical about things. “It is a huge blow to lose Danny, but it is a chance of full-time football for him and we couldn’t stand in his way.”

 

Let us hope Danny will be spending time in the middle if not it could signal the end of either Conal Platt or Jake Sheridan’s career at the Imps.

Real name Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick
Age 20 (Born 03 Dec, 1991)
Height  5′ 7″
Weight

 

Teams & Schemes Lincoln V Grimsby Town K.O. 1p.m

Salutations,  and seasonal sentiments ahead of two sides seeking   salvation, in a Sincil showdown that is sure to split local and family festive relations.  Yes indeedy,  the lip licking Lincolnshire’ Derby, from the bosum if not bread-basket of Britain on Boxing Day,  sees Lincoln City lock horns with an 1800 strong  Grimsby Town team and throng oh so full of song, eager to  ensnare their poaching cousins in the great Grimbarian net, not once but twice. With both on a bit of a hot  streak, it is clearly time to fish or cut bate on this far from festive fishy date.

The Teams & Schemes 

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David Holdsworth, wants continuity, keeping faith with a winning side that will be spearheaded by  Laurent and Taylor up front.  This suggests 4-4-2 again with Power and conjurer Conal Platt out on a wing and a prayer,  unless Thompson and Christophe can defeat captain Disley & Panther  in the centre.  Without wishing to temp the fates the consistent case for the defence is a strong one,  although 15-goal Hearn and  8-goal ex-Imp Elding,  will undoubtedly cross examine Gowling and Hind.  Nutter and Sinclair will certainly need some help down the flanks with winger Coulson & Wood and Townsend & McCartney respectively,  capable of running amok down  the flanks.

Lincoln City 4-4-2

28 Farman

13 Sinclair 5 Gowling 2 Hinds 3 Nutter

8 Power 34 Thompson 15 Christophe 12 Platt

11 Laurent 7 Taylor

Substitutes 1 Anyon, 15 Russell, 17 Nicolau, 36 Sheridan, 32 Medley

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Rob Scott and Paul Hurst will be unlikely to tamper with a winning side,  even if Duffey is free from suspension and vying with Elding to see who will partner 15-goal Hearn.  The management duo expect a fiery encounter  with The Mariners sent here  to win it. Cap’n  Craig Disley and Manny Panther will be looking to dominate the middle early doors,  to  get  the creative and capable Coulson and McCartney,  flying down the flanks.  Fulbacks Wood  and Townsend, on loan from Hull, will also be constant threats on the overlap. Centre-half Antwi may be on his way back to Luton after this one , but he and Lanson will be worthy adversaries for Laurent and Taylor.

Mariners 4-2-2

13 McKeown

19 Wood 28 Antwi 26 Lanson 22 Townsend

7 Coulson 8 Disley  23 Panther 25 McCartney

10 Hearn     39 Elding

Substitutes 15 Pearson 2 Silk 18 Makofo 11 Artus 21 Thanoj

STMI Presents: Grimsby Town The Form Of The Foe

The Lincolnshire Derby sees Grimsby Town and 1800 Mariners travel to Sincil Bank for the first of two festive duels.  Bragging rights aside, huge tests indeed for David Holdsworth’s Imps and perhaps even a defining one for our ever decreasing circles Chairman’.  Could it be, in a season of sea-change, shambles and shame; that our fishy neighbours hold the mangers straw, perhaps tinsel,  that threatens to break the camels back?

It has been a really strange December if not decade for Grimsby. The Mariners looked to have found the answer to Lincolnshire football’s perplexing downward path until recently jettisoning club captain Kempson in the process. Unbeaten in 10 with just a home replay with Salisbury between them and a juicy FA Cup 3rd Round tie at former rivals Sheffield United, they lost 2-3 in extra time.

After  rousing 4-3 win over Ebbsfleet, after leading 3-0 (the score we beat them by),  the Mariners remain unbeaten in the Conference since October with four good wins amongst them (Stockport 7-0, Darlo 3-0,) Prior to the 4-3 win and that 2-3 cup reverse,  the defence had enjoyed 5 clean sheets and just the one goal conceded in 6 unbeaten games.

Although winger Green is out for the count, Town have plenty of players who can hurt us including flying left back Conor Townsend on loan from Hull.  Ex Imp Anthony Elding has already bagged 8, with Connell replacement Liam Hearn already on 15 League goals. Michael Coulson Craig Disley and Frankie Artus, if he starts, will give Tyrone Thompson a real test against his former team-mates.

So, without further ado here you go, the weekly look at the form of the foe.  Sincil salivates.

The Mariners 2011/12 so far
BSP G W D L F A GD Goal Av(F) Goal Av(A) Pts Ave Pts BSP Rank
Home Record 13 7 2 4 32 19 13 2.46 1.46 1.77 23 5
Away Record 11 2 3 6 9 19 -10 0.82 1.73 0.82 9 20
Overall Record 24 9 5 10 41 38 3 1.71 1.58 1.33 32 15
The Mariners Current form
BSP G W D L F A GD Goal Av(F) Goal Av(A) Pts Ave Pts BSP Rank
Overall Last 5 5 3 2 0 15 6 9 3.00 1.20 2.20 11 3
Home Last 5 5 2 2 1 13 6 7 2.60 1.20 1.60 8 10
Away Last 5 5 1 1 3 7 10 -3 1.40 2.00 0.80 4 13
2011 -12  Highs & Lows
Biggest Home Win 7-0 Stockport County
Biggest Away Win Forest Green Rovers 0-1, Kettering Town 1-2
Heaviest Home Defeat 1-3 Wrexham
Heaviest Away Defeat Braintree Town 0-5
Highest  Score 5-2 Alfreton Town, 5-2 Barrow, 7-0 Stockport County, 4-3 Ebbsfleet United
Ker-ching £££
Highest Gate 4061 Fleetwood Town
Lowest Gate 2254 Stockport County
Average Attendance 2889
Aggregate Attendance 37565

Heroes & Villains

2011/12  Goal Machines

Hero Assist
Liam Hearn 15
Anthony Elding 8
Michael Coulson 5
Serge Makofo 5
Robert Duffy 5
Tyrone Thompson 1

2011/12 Creative Influences

Hero Assists
MichaelCoulson 11
Craig Disley 4
Robert Duffy 4
Jamie Green 3
Liam Hearn 3
Robert Eagle 2

2011/12 Christmas Card Collectors

Villain Yellows
Bradley Wood 8
Michael Coulson 7
Robert Duffy 5
Shaun Pearson 4
Craig Disley 3
Serge Makofo &Conor Townsend 33
Only former captain Darren Kempson has received a Red card thus far.
Keeper Corner – James McKeown
James, the talented 22-year-old ex-Boston keeper the Imps could and should have had,  stands 6′ 2″ and is one of the best shot stoppers in the BSP. He has 8 clean sheets so far in all competitions and has been capped for the Republic of Ireland at U17’s, U18’s, U19’s & U21’s
Pld Saves Shutouts
27 125 8

Christmas Crackers Imps 2 Grimsby 0 Schofield’s Sincil Tinsel

The Imps would become the 3 Christmas Derby Kings in 2006 beating Grimsby on the 18th December, Posh (2-1) on the 23rd and Boston on Boxing day by two goals to one at a packed Sincil Bank

Oh happy times.

Imps 2 Codheads 0 – A view from the Stacey West.

“We smell Fish! We smell Fish!” Welcomed the biggest and best choir in Lincolnshire.
Ah but what of the first the team & scheme Santa?
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Imps 4-4-2
Marriott
Eaden   Brown   Morgan    Beevers
Amoo   Frecklington  (Y)   Kerr   Nicholson  
Gritton   Forrester 
substitutions74 Hughes on for Nicholson. 85  Moses on for Brown
SubsRayner, Mettam, Birley,  Moses. Hughes. 
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The Visiting Mariners 4-4-2
Barnes
Pulis   Whittle    Rankin   Newey 
Bore Ravenhill Paterson Hegarty
Croft  (Y & R)  Jones (Y)
substitutions  57 Harkins on for Bore 61  Reddy for Heggarty
subs: Murray, North, Boshell,  Reddy, Harkins
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To the game footy fans, to the game……………..
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With Christmas a week away  and this the first of three Christmas derbies, quite a few were still moaning, not about the dazzling flowing football from Schofield’s passing princes, oh no ho ho ’twas the unexpected impaired view from the big bright light from the other end. No it wasn’t the Christmas star or even the Imps dazzling passing game that kept us warm during this one but the unexpected December sun. The warm greeting amused our illustrious neighbours even less than their fall from grace as top dogs of Lincolnshire football.  An unbiased view (not that we are of course), based on today’s performance, would liken these two sides to trains going in opposite directions.

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Oh yes the future is almost as bright as Saturdays sun for the Imps chugging up hill in some style in their Pullman carriages. The Mariners meanwhile are going uncontrollably downwards in runaway grim coal trucks. Ex Imps manager and lover of crab football Alan Buckley likes it to be played on the ground, mmm but obviously the Bank isn’t one of them. As the Stacey West reminded him his outlook is almost as bleak as his son’s, shame he didn’t get the same Judge as our other errant neighbour Steve Evans.

 

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Normally Derbies are tense dire affairs and a battle of attrition. Talk before the game on the forums in the press and SW had been that the two Johns might have to compromise the passing game in order to compete after an earlier reverse at Boscum and the 4-1 defeat last week. We needn’t have worried as both the two Johns and a shell-shocked Marriott put that one down to getting all our bad luck in one game. The Imp personified, Jamie Forrester was back too with Gritton available for the hopeful up field punts. None came as Mazza decided to throw the ball starting move after move as the Imps dominated with possession football.
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Kerr the diminutive Vierra and Frecklington in the Scholes mould, snapped into the tackle to stop those who dared and low the free flowing football cometh. Frecks sadly picked up a fifth yellow of the season for a rather firm challenge midway through the first half. This will regretfully break up arguably, the best centre midfield unit in League two. Kerr too was up for a bit of handbags as he squared up to Rankin after playing through the man exquisitely.
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Riley had actually been watching this part of the game and gave them a talking to unlike Paterson’s salmon leap of a penalty appeal Riley confounds his critics and still remains a top referee, as he was to miss two penalties for us during the course of the game. Refusing the farcical Cod penalty shout and the sending off of Jones who plays most of his football with his elbows does put this as an above average performance in the SW’s biased opinions.
*****
Those questioning both Mazzas commitment and confidence couldn’t fail to be impressed by his response to last week. From his jocular pre match autograph session to his three saves and intelligent distribution throughout the game, few could fail to be impressed by the character of this great long serving ambassador of the club. A one on one typified this as he made himself big to deny a certain goal in the 16th minute.The best time to score is in injury time and just like with Bristol we did it again, although to be fair (????) we could have had another as well before the break.
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This will be number one said a SW regular Frecklington duly obliged aiming a perfect in swinger beyond the far post onto the head of an unmarked Morgan. A cushion header return into the six-yard box saw supreme Forester batter the cods with his fourteenth of the season. The ground erupted. The massed showl fell silent perhaps unnerved by the nearby celebrations of the Imps chief predator. Safe to say Jamie was about as popular as Captain Birdseye with the three Santa Codsmasses near the front.
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The second to finally calm the nerves saw Eaden’s throw flicked on by Gritton and there was Frecks still with it all to do. Bergkamp world cup stylee he controlled with one foot then hammered home with the other from a tight angle at the far post. Goooaaalll! Queue mayhem all around the ground. The rupturing of the Grimsby net saw the trawler housing the massed amphibians and tiddlers; lurch as they all leapt into the Sinsil for the short swim home. Midstream a scaled fellow was overheard to sob, “We’re gutted!” We’re the pride of Lincolnshire rang around the ground, Co Op included before we all trooped out to Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.

Facts & stats

Lincoln City 2 Grimsby 0 (H/T 1-0)
Scorers

Imps Forrester 44 Freckington 73
Ref: Riley Att 5,919 (4396 Imps & 1523 visitors)
Possession
Imps 58% Mariners 42%

Shots on target
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Matt Carmichael Feels Christmas Crunch At Imps

Matt Carmichael has been given the Christmas boot by Lincoln City, as the cost cutting measures continue ahead of crunch cashflow talks in January.  Scunthorpe United and Darlington fans would know him well, but it was the Imps who bought the Singapore PE instructor out of the army.

Matt’s career spanned 13 years, most of the Football pyramid  and the entire length of the field;  as the 6′ 2″ scorer-come-stalwart played both centre forward and centre half. As big Keith said you can never have too many centre halves.  His career  effectively started and finished in Lincoln with City and United respectively. He was big Keith’s first transfer deal – outbound – as he was swapped for Scunthorpe United’s  Dave Hill.

Matt bagged 24 goals that season for The Iron and set a club record scoring in 8 successive matches.  He would go on to make 249 league appearances with 48 goals scored and countless stopped literally throwing his body and soul into it at either end.  The committed fellow was rewarded with a Wembley play-off defeat against Plymouth Argyle (0-1)

Matt had been the club kit-man for years until Steve Tilson entrusted him with the pre-season and then in-season training.  Travelling to Lincoln every day was clearly a chore for our richly rewarded London based management duo. Strange though, that there were so many questions over fitness,  given MC’s experience as an army fitness instructor. Kit men may not be a neccesity in these times some might feel? Then again it is a full time job and only part of what Matt did for very little reward.  At times you do have to question loyalties true cost.

Our thoughts are with you Matt, we know what you are going through and wish you luck in whatever you decide to do.

Matts Stats

SEASON CLUB ALL COMPS
APPS GOALS
1989/90 Lincoln City 32 6
1990/91 Lincoln City 30 2
1991/92 Lincoln City 45 7
1992/93 Lincoln City 47 5
1993/94 Scunthorpe United 47 19
1994/95 Scunthorpe United 24 3
1994/95 Barnet 3 0
1994/95 Preston North End 10 0
1995/96 Mansfield Town 2 0
1995/96 Doncaster Rovers 29 5
1995/96 Darlington 13 2
1996/97 Aylesbury United ? ?
1998/99 Boston United 34 20
1999/00 Grantham Town 10 0
TOTALS: 326 69

Peter Jackson Carpet Tiles, Cancer and A Big Shirt 2007/8

Peter Jackson, the former Huddersfield Town & Bradford City legend  was about to face a double challenge at Lincoln City both on and off the field. A veteran of the Bradford fire Jacko knew the value of life and the importance of football to the fans well,  but his choice to put football  before his own health seems forgotten somehow…………

 

 

Jacko paced around his tileless office.   Our chirpy but croaky, charismatic manager craftily  eyed his calendar,  for February was the month that would really make or break our season. Despite the horrific home debacle, by two goals to one to local rivals Mansfield on  January 29th we had thankfully gained 7 points from a realistic 12 with the beatable sides, as Jacko reasoned,  to come and soon . It was certainly a big psychological blow though. We were 21st on 25 points, three ahead of the Stags in 23rd and they had two games in hand, so we were well in the relegation mix. An ever confident Jacko also fancied Manager of the month and publicly said so ahead of the Shrewsbury Town game.

The addition of Ridley, a loan signing and Ben Wright apart; what could the Jacko  factor do against the big spending high flying Shrews who had hammered us 4-0 on opening day. More to the point Steff Wright was only going to give him one carpet tile per point. Dodds gave us the lead with a fabulous thirty yard free kick to settle the nerves. It wasn’t pretty after that but we held out until the 76th minute, when a Davies free kick evened things up. The Imps responded as if their lives depended on it with the Artful Dodger hammering home a thunderous volley. As we danced all day at the house of Imp  Jacko made a beeline for the chairman in search of those first three carpet tiles.

Now in 20th on 28 points the Imps won again on the Tuesday night away Macclesfield Town. A sensational  finale saw Dany N’Guessan & Jamie Forester score in the last 10 minutes with Evans replying  on the whistle. Ok so it wasn’t Brazil, but our new found determination saw us reach the teens and a rather respectable 18 place. Those tiles now stretched from Jacko’s door to the left hand corner leg of his desk.  Jamie the poacher and homespun Hone heroically helped us to overcome Rochdale 2-1 in an inspired, albeit rugged performance, at the Bank. But 9 points in a week was more than Schoeys Imps had mustered by October, and we now sat just 16 short of the 50 points safety barrier.

Stallard, Wright and Beevers ensured we hammered Accrington 3-0 away, to keep the fantastic run going before it happened.  Then on Valentine’s Day of all days, Peter Jackson called a news conference to explain that croaky throat affliction. We feared the worst when told it was cancer of the throat, our very own John F Kennedy moment.   Surely every Imp remembers where they were & what they were doing the day they heard of the plight of our saviour, Peter Jackson, the Lord of The Imps

It inspired the impossible. Yep we came from behind to beat Maccs at home this time and by three goals to one,  with Lenny, Jamie and Danny giving us adrenalin rushes for the last half hour.  It was high octane stuff on a day of high emotion.  Now 14th the Imps were top of the current form table going into the Rotherham United game.  Louis ‘The artful Dodger’ Dodds curled a jaw dropper into the top corner from 25 yards, to open the scoring. The Millers then got 3 past a defence that wilted like a Cadbury’s caramel in the crease of a bakers backside,  before Wright and Dany combined sublimely as The Swan got the goal of the game.

Jacko was given the manager of the month and deservedly so. Whether it was for the run, his personal bravery or an unselfish desire to see us through who knows. A week later , we presented him with a giant shirt prior to the game. But we did not part company before he saw his mission accomplished, thanks to a clinical finish from Dodds. That 1-0 win over play-off contenders Wycombe Wanderers, saw us move to 14th,  within 7 points of mathematical safety. Job done thought the fans who would carry a Lord of the Imps banner with us, signed by the Great one, from that day until his triumphant return.

Predictably Chesterfield aka Lesterfield, had a field day and hammered us 4-1 with Wright getting one in reply. Forrester then got the only goal in the all important away win at nervous Notts County.  Now 4 points shy of the bull we could start to enjoy things. We lost at Stockport, yes still our familiar foe, 1-0 then criminally caved in 5-2 at Barnet. Wright was only on for 15 minutes but bagged a brace in the snow and another defensive set-piece no show.

Still 14th we were 13 points clear of Mansfield Town, with 2 games in hand but the Imps were on the blink and very much edging towards the brink. Next up, high flying Hereford United.  When captain Scott Kerr was shown an early red, we feared the worst but rallied magnificently. Young Pembleton starred on his debut, diminutive he may be, but he had the heart and strength of Atlas. Dany the red flare – le fusee rouge –  got a breakaway sol effort and though they equalised on the hour; justice was done with a penalty. The Red Flare – the gorgeous Gallic Gassman glowed a setting sun saw Sincil Bank all red sky at night shepherds delight as we walked out to ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ .  Those three points were a terrific bonus and money in the bank ahead of a  trip to Posh. They naturally hammered us 4-0, having ‘done’ our only decent defender early doors.

Not surprisingly the Franchise (MK Dons) beat us 2-1, in a very close game that deserved a draw. The fact that we were 2-0 down prior to Wright finish did not stop a rampant second half display from the Imps. We then went on a run. We wiped the grin off Chesters faces 2-1 with all 3 goals coming in 3 minutes. Forrester bagged our two and the points in the 20th and 22 minute. The 3-1 win over Brentford saw fearless flowing football. King got a deflection, before Forrester and Freck finished things.

We then stunned the critics with a 2-1 win at Morecambe. Over 500 Imps partied at the seaside as Wright and Green got gems. Could we finish in the top half to cap our come back? Nope. In true Imp style at the Theatre of the Absurd, we stunned the critics again, going down 4-2 at home to already relegated Wrexham. Wright got one but the joke was on Steve Evans. Beavers punted a 50-yard clearance into the Wrexham box, huge centre-back Steve Evans was under no pressure bar the attentions round the back of inch high Forester, but alas he sent his header over the advancing Ward.

As for those tiles they had to post the last 9 though his office window to complete the jigsaw on Jacko’s return – and the return of a not so magnificent 7.  But that’s football, heroes to zeroes thanks to choices over teams and schemes that either end in dreams or screams.

Sincil Saviour Jamie Taylor?

Jamie Taylor, Lincoln City’s lethal Long bow will be 29 on Friday, reaching what Arsene Wenger described as ‘the peak’ when referring to Dennis Bergkamp.  Like Dennis and so many other quality forwards he does get some knocks with first a back and then a knee injury restricting his appearances to just 3 starts and 7 substitute appearances prior to yesterday.

Jamie Taylor

In the style of a coiled spring he certainly made up for lost time, giving us a glimpse of what we have been missing. coiled spring made up. Covering every blade of grass he put travelling Imps in mind of another Jamie – bow now for we refer to the Forester – as he and Platt became the hub, nay creative spark as they made hay while the sun shone at the Seagulls nest.   Taylors brace comprised a caressing touch with a crisp half volley followed by  a thunderbolt on the turn from the right-hand corner of the box to give us the cushion we needed to see out the tie.

So double top Taylor tames ten Seagulls then? Surely we are expecting too much of him to  live up to the twenty goal tag with half of the season still gone and some tough games to come.  Perhaps not but he will run it close this season and possibly next for he has a non-league pedigree and not unlike unlike ex King Cod Connell at this level, he will deliver.   Undeniably, a Jamie Taylor, would in the right side, fire us to the promised land and Holdsworth knows it,  the only doubt is can he finally go one step beyond and do the business in the Football League?. If he can keep him protected from his own bravery Platt, Sheridan and Russell can and will supply the bullets.

Back to that pedigree.  Jamie found the non-league knack in the 2000-1 season with Broadbridge bagging 17 before moving up a notch to Horsham hammering 35 in 37 appearances. Aldershot stepped in but he rarely got a look in grabbing 1 in 3 before being loaned back to Horsham for a month. He sparked a promotion push while he was there averaging a goal a game although another loan at Carshalton did not suit his style. The stats range from a wee 5′ 6″  – more descriptive of his aerial prowess –  to 5′ 9″  with a solid 12 stone frame for a whippet with glue on his boots.

AFC Wimbledon took him on and were rewarded with ten goals in 25 starts and promotion to the Isthmian First Division before he then returned to Horsham followed by a move to Woking and then Dagenham.  Again it seemed a step to far as he managed 2 goals in 15 starts as against 9 in 16 when loaned to Grays Athletic who he subsequently signed for.  Eastbourne stepped in after a season as Jamie went on to bang in 25 goals with 15 of them coming in last years relegation season from the Conference.

The Imps are a big deal for Jamie –  and Sincil Bank is clearly a dream stage for the lad.  As he told BBC Radio Lincs Sportin Hortin,  when he joined us

“I’ve played here once and I’ve just walked into the ground and it looks even bigger. I can’t wait,”

Bring it on Jamie the Cods on Boxing Day awaits & Sincil Salivates………….

Jamie Taylor
Jamie Taylor
2011/12 – Games 11 (7 sub) Goals 2 Shots 17
Date of birth 16 December 1982 (age 28)
Place of birth Crawley,
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 77.1 kg 12st 2lb
Playing position Forward
Club information
Contract Details July 2009 – June 2013
Number 7
Senior Stats (Lge & Cup)
Duration Team Apps (Goals)
2000 –2001 Broadbridge Heath 28 (17)
2001–2002 Horsham 37 (35)
2002–2004 Aldershot Town 3 (1)
2003 Horsham (loan) 4 (5)
2003 Carshalton Athletic (loan) 7 (1)
2004 AFC Wimbledon 25 (10)
2004–2006 Horsham ? (?)
2006–2007 Woking 11 (1)
2007–2008 Dagenham & Redbridge 15 (2)
2008  Grays Athletic (loan) 16 (9)
2008–2009 Grays Athletic 18 (3)
2009–2011 Eastbourne Borough 88 (25)
2011– date Lincoln City 11 (2)