Earlier in the week your correspondent suggested that the midweek fixture v Bury would be worth attending. It was if only for an object lesson in pass and move, work rate and deadly finishing.
Bury surely didn’t need the now customary gifted first goal and went on to record an emphatic victory with some superbly taken strikes. If Imps supporters needed any reminders that the recent good form is only a welcome relief from the recent slump rather that a sign that the team is fit for purpose then they had it here.
City fans had enough doom and gloom earlier in the season however and seemed philosophical on the social networks on Wednesday morning so we move on now to the forthcoming FA Cup second round tie at Hereford, themselves thumped on Tuesday night. It will be interesting to see how each team responds to the mauling they have had.
City fans regard anything other than round one of the cup as fairly unfamiliar territory, the second round is usually a chance to get the Christmas shopping done, so will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of drawing a big name out of the bag should the team progress, unlikely though that prospect might seem after Bury.
Lincoln were buoyed in the week with the news that Arsenal starlet Gavin Hoyte is set to extend his loan as is Luke Howell and Ashley Grimes but Josh Gowling will have to go back to Gillingham at least for the moment.
It is no secret that the manager would like to get the player back to Lincoln, a sentiment echoed by many supporters who have been impressed by the defender. It is believed that no Lincoln players will be going out on loan.
Steve Tilson will be without Delroy Facey, away on interntional duty again and confirmed that losing Josh Gowling is somthing he could have done without.
“What can you do? There’s nothing we can do about it, he’s their player they want to call him back it’s as simple as that," he said.
"Of course it will be a blow because he’s done a fantastic job for us and he probably wants to stay because he’s playing and he’s playing well but they’ve got the final say and they want him back.
“We’ll just have to keep our eye on him and see what happens in January”
Tilson told the Lincolnshire Echo that he had been hoping to sign a defender on loan but does not seem to have been successful but confirmed that there are defenders at the club who have not yet had a chance to show what they can do.
He added: “We’ve got Kern Miller, I certainly wouldn’t be scared to put Kern Miller in the frame he’s done ever so well since I’ve been here and I’m sure he can do the job”
The boss confirmed his delight at securing the services of the three loan players for a further period, commenting: “Grimes is a very clever, bright goal scorer, Gavin’s come in and he’s done a fantastic job for us and Luke Howell before he got injured he’s given us a lot of energy in there and spiced up competition for places.”
On to Edgar Street for the re-match against Hereford. Lincoln City and their fans would be very pleased with a repeat performance of last weeks heroics, and after that?
“Manchester United away,” said Tilson
“Not at home?” asked BBC Lincolnshire
“No away, only because the chairman gets more money and I can get some players.”
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