Oxford Spires Send Sincil Shivers through Imps Spines

By Neil Hobbs
Last updated : 30 April 2011


The latest capitulation at Oxford, complete with a red for Hone makes things nice and straight forward at the bottom with just Barnet and ourselves now involved. So its simple then we beat Aldershot and whatever happens at Underhill against Port Vale is irrelevant. The trouble is we are terrible at home, through this game away and have drawn 2 and lost 9 in the last 11.


The Imps went ahead with our first attack of the game Hughton racing beyond his man to meet McCallums cross. The pace merchant did what he was good at then promptly did little for the rest of the game although Howell did hit the bar and Fuseini the post (second half) as the Imps continued to play a counter offensive strategy throughout. Oxford were struggling to get their passing game going against the resilience of the Imps 5 man phalanx and the 774 travelling Imps,  in magnificent voice.



Hone and Constable were having a few run ins and the Imps got lucky when Parish was deemed not to be the last man as he brought down Craddock clean through on goal. He had Captain Green to thank for that yellow, as he made for the posts to stop an inevitable goal.  The Imps just about deserved our lead at half time although Oxford looked good for more than a draw if got the breakthrough.



Second half Oxford were full of energy and winger Alfie Potter was starting look the part.  On the hour a calamity, as usual at a corner, let them back in as Parish did a sack the juggler and Asa Hall fired down the middle. Ineffective full-back Bat was then replaced by Purkess as the U’s went 4-4-2 with Potter dropping back to exploit the entire channel. Hughton and McCallum could not track back if you shoved compasses up their backsides and this left Anderson and Green exposed despite a quintet in the middle in front of them. Potter  showed great feet to lay on Craddock who cracked home the winner from inside the box.


Trouble was the manager did not see it, maybe this is why he is looking at his third successive relegation. The championship stadia of May 2009, changed to League 1 grounds in May 2010 and now in 2011 League 2 looks set to become Blue square.  It really guts us as well as you Tilly.  Trouble it is never decision makers fault at our club as there is always someone else to blame.  We are guided by the misguided – the ones who never want to put their hands in their pockets to really back us.


774 went today, 3,104 went to Bolton hoping that the cup run money would be given to Sutton. Yet time and again we are let down – by those without the ambition and vision to take our magnificent club forward. Three things need to happen at Lincoln City. First we win next week. Second the shame faced board stand down, they put nothing in so they really won’t be missed. Thirdly we the fans get a board on our Trust that inspires us and takes control until a true Money man comes in, as opposed to two fans representatives that do nothing to stop the paralysis that besets our club. They have done absolutely nothing to champion us or tell us what is going on with our stadium, the access which was supposedly simple.


Will the board come good on anything or would relegation next Saturday be mission accomplished?


LCM – Mad by name 100% Imp in Nature

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