Love is in the air this week and for Lincoln City and their supporters a chance to put behind them the little tiff that was the Northampton game and start to work on the lasting relationship desired by new manager Steve Tilson.
The players have certainly done their bit with back-to-back wins against Nuneaton in the cup, a creditable performance considering the Imps were down to ten men after Clark Keltie was sent off for a second bookable offence, and an excellent away win at Morecambe.
Keltie was suitably contrite in the local paper where he revealed he had apologised to players and management and wanted the fans to know of his regret at what happened but vowed to continue his combative style despite the sending off.
The midfielder could have more lasting concerns though as King of the comebacks, Scott Kerr slotted in to the vacated midfield position and put in his usual full shift and will hope that he has impressed the manager as much as he impressed most of the fans who were very pleased with his performance.
For the moment, Keltie should regain his place in the side as Luke Howell has sustained a cut ankle and has returned to parent club MK Dons for treatment. Whether Keltie will live to regret his rash tackle is another matter as Kerr has shown before that he is no shrinking violet when it comes to fighting for a place in the side.
He found himself out in the cold after the appointment of Chris Sutton and again with Tilson, but he regained it with a vengeance before and will hope to do it again. If the rumour mill is to be believed the manager has his feelers out for another midfielder so, if that turns out to be true there will be competition for midfield slots once again
We now enter a very interesting phase of the season which could have a huge bearing on the way things will pan out. City entertain Hereford this Saturday at Sincil Bank and then play the Bulls again, at Hereford in the FA Cup the following weekend.
Bury at home is sandwiched in between. Hereford swapped places with Lincoln following last Saturdays fixtures and a home win, whilst not necessarily meaning the corner has been turned might mean at least it is in sight.
A victory in the cup could produce revenue that would come in very handy for a club like City, on an even keel financially but not exactly awash with cash. Defeat in the league game or both league and cup may leave the Imps and their fans bickering over the breakfast table again which would be a shame after two sterling efforts which have largely banished the memory of the Cobblers capitulation.
Steve Tilson met with the press as usual on Thursday and was in very jovial mood, joking with the assembled hacks. Tilson was quizzed about reports that Josh Gowling was to be recalled at the end of his initial loan period, a widely trawled rumour on Thursday. Tilson begged to differ,
“I don’t know where you’ve got that from because I haven’t been told that yet. I’m still hopeful that they (Gillingham) will get another centre back in and we’ll be able to extend it.”
Tilson looked forward to delivering a good home performance in front of what is expected to be a big crowd with the club offering entrance for £5 once again.
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