Snow caused the cancellation of Lincoln Christmas Market, it’s getting the blame for the downturn in the economy and it certainly derailed Lincoln City’s season before Christmas when tundra like conditions decimated the fixture list and left the Imps unable to even train properly.
Some of their rivals managed to carry on and when the thaw came Lincoln stuttered to defeat after defeat. Well, it’s always darkest just before dawn and with difficult fixtures against Stockport County and Cheltenham Town away to negotiate Imps fans were wondering if they would ever see the team win again.
Not any more. In a remarkable four day period City have garnered six points and moved out of the relegation spots, at least for the moment but yet another tough game is on the horizon, Port Vale.
Steve Tilson and Paul Brush have been working hard to bring in the necessary new faces to freshen up the squad but it was the bonding factor that pleased the boss most about the upturn in form and the latest win.
"It was a fantastic result and great performances from the lads. What I liked more than anything was the team spirit showed and the feeling of togetherness,” Tilson enthused.
"The game showed there is a bit of spirit in the camp now, where we were lacking that before, but we are getting there."
The fans will share the manager’s delight in coming away from a difficult venue with all the points and will dream that, in time, Tilson might bestow on the long suffering supporters some of the success he had at Southend but for the moment the boss is concentrating on the matter in hand.
“We defended really well, they had about two shots in the entire game and we on the other hand created about seven or eight good chances," he said
"I was disappointed to go in only one goal ahead. I felt we created some good chances and we could easily have been further ahead at half-time."
"It's about us, I'm not bothered about the other teams or looking at other results. If we keep getting three points we will be doing what we need to do," he said.
Once again, no clean sheet but the management will be heartened by the way the team defended their lead right the way through the second half, something they have largely been unable to do previously where they would have slipped to a draw or lost the game.
Defence clearly is still very much in mind and Tilson has made centre half Patrick Kanyuka his first permanent signing but he may need to wait for his debut as he will need international clearance. Further personnel are expected, in the form of another central defender and midfielder.
The manager is well aware that in order to generate extra income for team building, attendances are going to have to increase, he wants to give the fans something to look forward to;
"The win on Tuesday should give the team a lot of confidence," said Tilson.
"I thought the fans who turned out to support us at Cheltenham were fantastic.
"They were different class for the whole 90 minutes.
"It was a long journey and we were delighted with the turn out.
"But we've now got to go and improve the home form.
"We've got to give our crowd at Sincil Bank something to watch. They want to see us winning and get points at home."
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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