Imps 1 Port Vale 0 Looks Like Gannons Numbers Are Up.

By Neil Hobbs
Last updated : 30 January 2011

 

The Imps edged The Valiants in a battle of attritution  with a late moment of brilliance from Grimes, possible only after spoiler and chief dog of war and Jolly Green Giant Geohaghan; had left the field of play. The huge figure will stop anything but cannot pass especially if confronted with Kerr and O'keefe with the bit between their teeth.

On came Pope on 70 as the game opened up thanks also in part to those tiring but thus far supreme defencive legs.  Heavenly intervention ensured the Pope fluffed his lines in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral, whilst the Imps found space and favour thanks to Jarrett  and an unshackled O'Keefe. It was 'oh my gosh Josh who fashioned a wonderful thirty  diagonal defence splitter that absolutely Ashley smashed into the opposite corner.  That's 8 in 8 for goal machine Grimes.

The Mighty Imps now look upwards with games in hand and a hatrick of victories behind them. Storm clouds are gathering in the Vale with Jim Gannon winless in five games.

Here is the match in stats starting with the teams & schemes, then the tale of the tape and finally a  warm gloat at the league table

 The Mighty Imps

4-4-2

 

24 Carson

 

16 Kelly (Yellow) 6 Hone 4 Watt 23 Hunt

 

15 Howell (Yellow)  11 Kerr 14 O’Keefe 9 McCallum

 

18 Facey       29  Grimes

Substitutions - Jarrett replaced McCallum 69, Broughton replaced Facey 90+1, Hoyte replaced Grimes 90+2

Substitutes 1 Anyon, 5 Swaibu, 19 Clapham, 28 Hoyte, 17 Jarrett, 10 Broughton, 27 Hutchinson 

 

The Valiants

4-5-1

 

1 Martin

 

2 Yates 14 Taylor 5 McCombe 15 Collins

 

16 Haldane 4 Griffiths (yellow) 19 Geohaghan 22 Roberts 3 Taylor

 

11 Richards

 

Substitutions -Owen replaced Taylor 46, Loft replaced Haldane 78, Pope replaced Geohaghan 69

Substitutes -   24 Johnson, 6 Owen, 21 Sutton, 7 Loft, 10 O'Shea, 27 Brown, 29 Pope

 

 Lincoln City      1-0       Port Vale (HT 0-0)

 Scorer Grimes 86

 

Ref: Woolmer

Att: 3,370 (3018 Imps 352 Valiants)

 

Possession

Lincoln City 50% Port Vale 50%

Shots on target

Lincoln City 4 Port Vale 1

Shots off target

Lincoln City 5 Port Vale 0

 Saves

Lincoln City 2 Port Vale 3

Corners

Lincoln City 3 Port Vale 4

Fouls

Lincoln City 14 Port Vale 8

 Yellows

Lincoln City 2 Port Vale 1

 

 

Npower League 2 Table

 CLUB             P          W        D         L          GD       PTS

Chesterfield      26        15        8          3          23        53

Wycombe        25        13        7          5          9          46

Rotherham        26        12        8          6          15        44

Crewe          26            11        8          7          18        41

Bury             25            11        7          7          13        40

Port Vale          26        11        7          8          6          40

Gillingham         27        11        7          9          4          40

Shrewsbury      27        10        9          8          9          39

Oxford Utd      27        11        6          10        1          39

Cheltenham      27        10        8          9          0          38

Southend          26        10        6          10        4          36

Stevenage         24        8          9          7          9          33

Torquay           24        8          9          7          7          33

Aldershot         26        8          8          10        -7         32

Accrington        24        7          10        7          -2         31

Northampton    25        8          7          10        -7         31

Bradford          27        9          4          14        -10       31

Morecambe      25        8          6          11        -5         30

Lincoln City      24        8          4          12        -12       28

Macclesfield     24        7          6          11        -11       27

Burton Albio     21        6          7          8          2          25

Hereford          24        6          7          11        -13       25

Barnet          28            6          7          15        -18       25

Stockport         28        5          9          14        -35       24

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