|pre game chips and curry|
Last week i missed city's match at Newport as i was at Doncaster races. Although the Imps lost, the reports that i read and various tweets indicated that after going 2 down early, City bossed the game for all of the second half and were unlucky to come away with a 2-1 defeat. I meanwhile, was having a much better time of things and successfully managed to select and back four winners from the eight races ran. This resulted in a healthy profit that meant a previously unplanned curry at the Gurkha restaurant in Retford later on in the evening and went someway to purchasing the new Imps away kit this afternoon.
Anyway enough about last week, lets focus on today's game. Or in other words from thoroughbreds at the top of their game to Donkey's asses and mules who are at the the other end of their sport.
After being on the back foot for the last 15 min's or so in the first half, Macclesfield came out all guns blazing in the second and it seemed only a matter of time before they took the lead. Paul Farman in the Lincoln goal was doing his best to keep the visitors out with a string of fine saves, as City struggled to deal with Macc star man Kissock who managed to annoy both the City players and fans with his diving antics. When Macc did finally retake the lead there was an element of fortune about it.
The aformentied Kissock and city centre back Andrew Boyce were chasing for the ball about a foot outside of the penalty box, which led to Boyce taking him out with a crunching tackle. Now as we sit pretty much in line with the line i can honestly say that it was outside the box. The ref however (and his is the only opinion that counts) pointed to the spot. Farman then pulled off not one but two fantastic saves before being beaten at the third attempt as the Lincoln defence was slow to react both times. I was more pissed off with the defence's laziness than the ref's poor decision. We can't do anything about crap decisions, but we can do something about not being alert in certain situations.
|best view in the house of the "Penalty" incident|
As i said earlier the scoreline flatters the Imps somewhat. We were second best for much of the game as our midfield struggled to hold onto the ball, thus struggling to relieve the pressure on the makeshift back line. I was a fan of Mark McCammon last season but he hasn't really had a pre-season this year and he looked a little rusty. However i am sure that with more games he will be leading the line again and bullying defenders. A few Imps fans have questioned the absence of Josh Gowling from the squad but i dont think he would have changed the result had he played.
This is Lincoln's third defeat on the trot and it was by far the worst one. On the plus side there is always another game just around the corner in English football and there is a bucket load of games for us in September with four of the games being at Sincil Bank as the below poster shows.
See you all at the Bank fellow Imps