Last week this correspondent attempted to have a bit of fun at Stockport’s expense, hoping that they might catch a cold at Sincil Bank. In the end it was Lincoln City in need of a tonic as the two sides played out a goalless draw.
It was said that it would be good to have a game to watch after all the off field activity as indeed it was, it’s always better to witness a match than to talk or read about it.
New management team Steve Tilson and Paul Brush have had very little time to affect anything play wise and in the absence of a signing or two to freshen things up, have had to rely on their powers of motivation and organisation to affect the way the team performs.
City defended much higher up the pitch. It has been a feature of the Imps rearguard that the back four gradually retreat during a match when defending a lead or even a point, to the extent that they are virtually getting in the goal keepers way.
That has been addressed and City now look more purposeful and resolute at the back. Jamie Clapham, in at left back again, richly deserved his sponsors man of the match award for another virtuoso display. Furthermore, for this observer, Clark Keltie gave an influential performance.
Unfortunately there was no goal to get the fans on their feet on this rapidly cooling afternoon, with the two strikers working hard but offering little in way of meaningful chances.
Messrs Tilson and Brush were introduced to the crowd with much fanfare and the people of Lincoln showed that they are still interested in the fortunes of the club with 4,809 in attendance, although there was a sizeable following from Stockport.
Whether those extra fans will come without the carrot of reduced ticket prices is another matter but those that were in attendance showed a willingness to get behind the team and the management.
In the absence of a surplus of money the currency which must be made available by the club and by the fans is time and Sincil Bank must become the place where the players want to be, where the supporters want to be but where the opposition do not. A start has been made.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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