Writer: Jamie Earls
Date:Thursday January 2 2014
Lincoln City began the new year with a hard earned point at county rivals Grimsby Town, as they battled for 70 minutes with ten men to gain a morale boosting point at Blundell Park, that was more reminiscing of the team that flourished earlier in the season.
After saturdays crushing defeat in Halifax, most assumed confidence would be low. That wasn't the case though as city's midfield marshalled by Jon Nolan got on top of the game from the off and a smart save from Grimsby keeper Mckeown was required to deny Nat Brown in the opening minutes.
City continued to press and were soon ahead after a dangerous Sean Newton corner was planted into the Mariners net past his own keeper by Aswad Thomas, with the Imps players running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the travelling faithful.
Lincoln were cruising and in control, but their dark side was soon to surface again and two late tackles from Bohan Dixon in a matter of minutes resulted in the Imps being reduced to ten men for the third game in a row. Whether the second was a yellow I couldn't tell as it was at the far end of the pitch, but when you've just been booked you shouldn't put yourselves in that position, although as we would later see, this isn't something only Imps players don't grasp.
Grimsby began to take control of the game and were nearly ahead through a couple of dangerous set plays, with Nat Brown saving the Imps winning one excellent header when a goal looked certain. Sean Newton was then denied from distance after smashing a shot from thirty yards on the break as Grimsby pressed for an equaliser.
That equaliser wasn't far away unfortunately and Craig Disley rounded off an interchange down the Grimsby left when his intelligent run allowed him the time and space to slot past Paul Farman. The city keeper probably should have done better, although in Farman's defence there may have been a slight deflection. City then kept it tight for the remainder of the half to give themselves a fighting chance within the tie.
The second half began with Lincoln the brighter of the two team with Danny Rowe, Jon Nolan and Sean Newton all having chances to put City ahead. The mariners though had seen enough and began to control the game and their patient build up looked like it would yield a winner with chances falling to a variety of players.
City were hanging on by a thread but were dealt a massive boost when ex Imp Lenell John-Lewis, who didn't learn from Bohan Dixon in the first half, committed two idiotic tackles and was dismissed with twenty minutes to go. City could smell three points and pushed for a winner.
Unfortunately the 50 minutes of ten men had taken their toll and as the minutes ticked away, so did the energy left in the players legs. Grimsby had chances in the final few minutes but the City back line wouldn't be breached though with Tom Miller and Luke Foster both clearing off the line to keep Lincoln level. Kegan Everington replaced an exhausted Conner Robinson for his senior debut, as the Imps hung on and a vital point was secured in Cleethorpes.
With Luton Town visiting Sincil Bank on Saturday, Gary Simpson will be pleased with the level of performance that was delivered at Blundell Park with excellent performances from all of the 10 men that battled for a point.
Todd Jordan a player who has received a lot of criticism in the past for his performances from a lot of Imps fans, myself included, covered every blade of grass today and was my man of the match just shading his midfield partner Jon Nolan. In my opinion Jordan has begun to progress fairly well in recent weeks as a player and seems a lot more viable option at the minute than Mo Fofana.
His partner Nolan was truly excellent and drove forward at every opportunity easing the pressure on the impressive Imps back line, against a strong Grimsby Town midfield, although in fairness any Imps player could have picked up the champagne today.
If Simpson can get the majority of that team out each week, with some additions for the remainder of the season, City should begin to pull away from the drop zone in the coming weeks. As was demonstrated after City's goal the starting players today genuinely seem to care and with a bit of quality added things may start to look up come February.
Date:Thursday January 2 2014
Stats: Alfreton Town v Lincoln City (Saturday March 8 2014)
Skrill Premier Results: 8/3/14 (Saturday March 8 2014)
Today's Teams: Alfreton Town V Lincoln City (Saturday March 8 2014)
Imps Sign Bright (Saturday March 8 2014)
Alfreton V Lincoln: UPDATES RIGHT HERE! (Saturday March 8 2014)
Skrill Premier Fixtures: 8/3/14 (Friday March 7 2014)
Robinson Signs New Deal (Friday March 7 2014)
Preview V Alfreton Town (Friday March 7 2014)
Fairhurst Leaves (Thursday March 6 2014)
Current Form + Past Results: Alfreton V Lincoln (Thursday March 6 2014)
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