Hutchinson got a deserved standing ovation this time. (©PAphotos)
Imps boss Steve Tilson wrote to all season ticket holders in the week and asked them to bring along a friend to Sincil Bank. The club continued with their reduced price entry promotion which will be in operation for the forthcoming game against Bury.
This correspondent took along his neighbour, a Hibernian fan who was surprised at the standard of football on offer. So was your correspondent.
In just a month, Tilson and assistant boss Paul Brush have turned Lincoln City from a relegation-haunted bag of nerves into a side capable of putting on the sort of show that must surely eventually result in greatly increased attendances at the Bank and the prospect of moving to loftier heights in the table.
The key expression here is ‘capable of ‘ because City supporters are not so naïve as to think this kind of performance and this result are necessarily going to be repeated time after time, but for the moment this winter warmer was pleasure enough.
One player that encapsulates City’s travails this season is Ben Hutchinson who has had what can only be described as a torrid time so far at Lincoln, although a second half performance and goal at Wycombe showed what this player is capable of.
The trouble is many Imps’ fans thought they were getting Davide Somma mk II. Somma was a footballer who came to Sincil Bank to resurrect a career that had gone in to hibernation. Chris Sutton applied the jump leads and he was off straight away scoring the goals that many Lincoln supporters believe saved City’s scalp.
For their part the crowd were behind the team from the start and Hutchinson was no more and no less part of the team and the player responded with the sort of performance the fans had been hoping for. With Delroy Facey, finally, City had a front pairing that was determined, focussed, potent and most importantly played as a partnership.
No wonder Tilson took Hutchinson off with moments to go so the fans could show their appreciation. They did. To list the players who had a good game would mean naming each and every one of them. Hutchinson capped his with a goal as did Facey. Long may this continue.
The manager was delighted but pragmatic as ever. He said: “We can still improve on it but we’re getting there. To score from two crosses; Delroy and Ben Hutchinson was pleasing.”
City must now prepare for a Tuesday home fixture and if they are to progress will need to negate the not inconsiderable threat posed by Bury, 3-1 victors away to Burton Albion last Friday. This fixture may indicate whether Lincoln have yet another season of toil and trouble ahead or maybe, once more, fans can read the lower reaches of the league two table with interest as opposed to concern.
With City apparently due to announce a substantial loss the current largesse of much reduced prices cannot continue particularly if the take up only results in a gate of 3,888 so bargain hunters and Scots with an eye for value are advised to be at Sincil Bank this Tuesday. On Saturday's evidence it will be money and time well spent.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.