Merse - at times you do talk some garbage. If Nicholson is too slow for league 2 football, why then did we sign Camara. The fact that Macklin is going back to Swindon is not unlucky it is good news because he is crap. Slightly better today than he was against Cheltenham,Bideford and the other home match in which he was awful - but still crap just the same. Good riddance. Injury hit Lincoln were terrible but still managed to win. Nine games to go and you want a realistic view of how many we are going to win - bugger all thats how many.
Ok stef, let's wait til this one's over and have another stab in the dark. If we end up with 12 i'll be quite happy with that and it would make my 15 demand.......er......less ridiculous?
Nine points in the end then which makes me with 12 and franfurt with 6 equal first! Makes you last this time round with your 15 DTG but better luck next time. Try changing your manager
I'll go first this time then to make it easier for you (but don't forget to factor in that I am one of lifes optimists!
Morecambe Away 1 point Shrewsbury Hone 1 point Northampton Away 0 points Rochdale Home 3 points Aldershot Away 3 points Grimsby Away 3 points
Total = 11 points. Result = League status intact.
Notice how the confidence in the team built after a superb display against Rochdale! (Roy of the Rovers was one of my favourite comic characters ).
Am happy for you to forecast 15 again DTG and for us to get 15 or 18 so if that happened I'd be delighted for you to come first and me last (I've already extended my managers contract though) ;D
My apologies DTG I hadn't noticed that you had already had a go in the middle of the night! Your entry is 3 points from the next 6 games then. Probably end up with 7 half way between my optimistic and your depressingly pessimistic!
Really, so dressing your insults up in french is intelligent and decent? Pretentious.......moi?
Actually, I speak 5 languages including English. The fluency levels usually depend on how much wine I've had to drink, though French is my second language and remains reasonably fluent. I guess you speak standard Thai by now? An interesting language is Thai. A lot of words are taken from Sanskrit, Khmer and Pali. There's even five different distinct versions on Standard Thai. Street Thai, Elegant Thai, Rhetorical Thai, Religious Thai and Royal Thai. 5 rather good names for Thai Restaurants. Although I'll conceed that Religion and food doesn't usually mix that well. It might be scientifically possible to feed 5 thousand on Five loaves and two fish but its obvious that a muesli bar will fill you up more even if you do miss out on a little Omega 3.
Anyway, if I was being really pretentious I'd make sure all my points were in bold!
nico is and has been the highest quality player at the club for the last three years. it is nothing short of a disgrace that he as beeh left on the sidelines for the last three months and we have endured inferior players in his place. ok he was left wanting in a couple of games earlier in the season by quick wingers but i recall that he had no support from anyone in front of him. imo he more than makes up for any lack of pace with his positional skill and using his brain. talking to derek harrison ,gulls centre half, early 70s, in the gulls nest. his opinion was that nico had just about the best left fot outside the top divisions and his delivery and distribution was as good as you get in this division. i implore mr buckle to eat humble pie and reinstate nico to the team to fight off this horrible relegation battle.
Finding a good parking space I was a little early & the bleak weather didn't entice me to leave the car so I spent a while reading the Western Morning News. The inside back page caught my eye with the headline 'Branston eyes Lincoln'...& what did the big Guy tell us ? ......
"It's a lovely part of the world, down here by the sea,and I am enjoying every minute of it,training and playing,you name it - it's all good. I like to think I've brought some experience to the team and some banter into the changing room as well. Bucks and the lads have been as good as gold and you want to repay that by going out there and giving it your best and that's what I try to do,each and every time I play".
Also printed is the League table, I note that our goal shy team has scored 14 more than Lincoln and conceeded one goal fewer. With everything clearly in our favour I made my way to the ground thinking back to the last time I saw us play Lincoln...an opening game of the Season, a lovely sunny August day probably five or six years ago, a big contrast with todays murky bleakness.
I enquired of the turnstile operator as to whether they'd all been issued with photofits of Dave...just incase he tried to sneak onto the Popside & jinx our unbeaten run. "Oh no need for that" I was told.. "Bucks is so confident even 'lucky charm' LRT isn't starting".
A few pics of the warm -up, just to put Merse's PC through it's paces.
and now one that really caught me out. I assumed this guy was a new signing we'd not been able to register in time for the game. As you can see the composure & technique is first class, the very qualities we often lacked during the match. Imagine my surprise on learning he wasn't the new £50,000 striker I imagined but actually one of the ground staff !
Lincoln took to the field wearing shirts as grey as the afternoon sky, but colour and warmth was provided by the Lincoln fans large red & white 'We Are Imps' banner and the smile from Keith Alexander whose image covered a sizeable proportion of the away end back wall.
Less than 10 minutes had elapsed when the blue booted Somma drilled a free kick goal bound, big Scott managing to do no more than fumble the slippery ball away for a corner. The ball is shortly back at Somma's feet and he rifles it home from an acute angle.
This wasn't in the script at all and early murmourings about frogmarching a certain 'DR' off the Popside could already be heard.
A timely challenge from our own blue booted star Adam Smith got the ball out to Muzzy who cut inside before laying the ball square to Wroe who smashed it home from somewhere near the edge of the area. Plenty of congratulations for Wroe but Branston headed straight to young Smith praising his contribution & giving him a well earned pat on the head.
Branston & Muzzy played particularly well in the first half. Predominently right footed Muzzy (playing on the left) cut inside more often than not which didn't matter as he either laid the ball off simply & intelligently or got in a decent shot from distance which was no bad idea on a slippery surface. Plus, of course, if Muzzy does skin his man on the outside the resulting cross is invariably dreadful. If he could cross like Jake Thomson what a player we'd have on our hands, but then the same could be said if we had a 'pacey' Kevin Nicholson...if those missing attributes could be added they'd never have ended up at Torquay.
The 50/50 was probably claimed by the holder of ticket number 08772, I didn't look up to check as I had found two colour pictures (pages 12 & 40) of Emma Butterworth (Emma Butterworth Dental) in the programme Also worth a mention is the magnificent centrespread of...sadly not Emma...Wayne Carlisle. A great example of stunning sports photography that is possible with modern day equipment and a skilled exponent behind the lens.
The Somma show continued in the second half. A bit of a poor mans Berbatov I thought, with his gloves & dislike for anything resembling a 50/50 challenge, but give him the ball at his feet & he had the close control to skip past opponents. His skill played a major part in Newcastle Manager Chris Hughton's son Cian lashing the ball home from close range for Lincoln's second.
Four minutes later the desperately unlucky Ellis lost his footing and the blue boots were through..toe poking it past the advancing Bevan before cooley ushering it into the net for Lincolns third.
Keith Alexander's grin seemed to get wider, "3-1 to the mighty Imps" was the refrain from the away end...whereas a chorus of " We want Davey out" was all that the Popside could muster as the 99% turned on DR aiming a selection of boiled sweets in his direction.
The lean tall Chris Sutton looked suitably pleased with things while our two 'imps' Buckle & North looked ..erm.. perplexed. Time for Ellis & 'Silly Billy' to exit stage left to be replaced by fans favourite Macklin...plus Kevin Nicholson.
A few words on the Nico debate. He did one thing defensively..tried to head it back to Bevan but put it out for a corner. As for the rest of his play, it isn't too big an exaggeration to say it was like having a Premier League player making a guest appearance for us. Yes I agree that if you play a formation that doesn't give Nico adequate cover & a speedy winger is allowed to run at him you'll have problems. But you miss out on the crosses,the shots, the passing, the throws, the free kicks all of which are of a most impressive standard. Just watching Nico's ability to deliver the ball on a sixpence has to be admired. Defensively one on one he does struggle against pace, but there has to be a way to incorporate that sort of ability into your side somewhere.
Zeb pulled a goal back but that was the end of the scoring. Nicholson hit a trademark thunderbolt that would have topped off his afternoon nicely if it had gone in, but it produced an equally superb save by Burch.
I put the tin lid on my afternoon by scraping the alloys of my pride and joy on the high kerb as I pulled away, desperate to get back to a fridge of beer & drown out memories of our defeat at the Battle of the Somma.
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2010 12:05:35 GMT by Alpine Joe
Anyway, if I was being really pretentious I'd make sure all my points were in bold!
Not pretentious Chris, just my way of trying (in vain) to assist the sufferers of Attention Definciency Syndrome, Village Idiot Syndrome and no doubt sufferers of mourning for the passing of Heathfield Aerodrome who constantly fail to debate on what I HAVE posted rather than what they reckon I posted...................a long lost battle I'm afraid!
Only commenting on what I have seen on TV highlights and by way of reading the excellent reports on here.................
With "defending" as displayed by muppets like Mansell and Ellis yesterday, Barcelona would be fighting a battle against relegation!
Right, that's it for the afternoon from me because the battle between my RAM deficient 'pooter and the combined might of Timbo, Budleigh and Alpine's pictorial bombardment is one only destined to end one way.
Great piece AJ and a pretty fair reflection on events with a nice smattering of good humour. Every word you have written with regards to Kevin Nicholson I completely agree with and why he has been just tossed to one side for the bulk of the season is a mystery to me. Pure class and back with a hunger to prove a few people wrong perhaps. What a waste though I remember many critics on both fan sites saying he wasn't good enough for league football and was far to slow. In those early games he was undoubtedly shown up by some genuine pace but he was by no means alone on that score. Whether Buckle listened to the cries for his exclusion is another matter but Nico, unfairly ended up as the scapegoat for our poor results and consequently we have suffered as a result and until yesterday I thought that Buckle had dug his stubborn heels in with regards to his selection. He was indeed a breath of fresh air as was Mussy who looks to have taken his chance well though you do wonder if he will be selected again this season so strange is his position at the club . A huge talent with the ball at his feet, as good as Thomson who seems to have vanished into thin air, but inevitably mercurial. Next week he could be just as awful as he was brilliant this week. Personally I love this type of player, the Marmite of the lower divisions and its why I go to watch a game , to be entertained. What it does show up is the very fact that Buckle has been unable to attract better all season and is still struggling to improve the squad with Zebs being the only real step up and basically we have the same squad as last year trying to keep us up despite all the loans and youngsters introduced. Its going to be tight tcome the end and another weekend like yesterday will have us tearing our hair out though there will be plenty of twists and turns to come over the remainder of the season I just don't want any last day dramas of previous seasons after witnessing them all and Colchester stands out for me with everything in our favour to survive we cocked it up. Role on the Cricket season.
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