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0 - 2


Test of character for Cards

Brian Caffarey
8:47pm, Sun 2nd Dec 2012
Lincoln City v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 4 December 2012

Football managers often say that, after a bad result, the best thing is for players to get out on the pitch again as soon as possible in order to get it out of their system. Well, Garry Hill’s side will barely have had time to get in the front door after their 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Hyde on Saturday before they set off again on the long haul to in-form Lincoln City. Cards fans will be fervently hoping that their side can stop the rot before they get dragged deeper into the relegation area.


The Cards’ defence has been porous all season but no one foresaw a seven-goal humiliation. Even allowing for the fact that Brett Johnson got sent off shortly before half-time, it’s hard to believe that Garry Hill’s side caved in so completely. The result was all the more surprising, of course, since in the previous game the Cards had put seven past Farnborough without reply and must have approached Saturday’s game full of confidence.

Garry’s options will be restricted on Tuesday night by the suspension of Brett Johnson and the fact that John Nutter will not be eligible to play against his parent club. Let’s hope that the players who do make the starting line-up play with real guts and determination.


The Imps started the season poorly, winning only one of their first eight league games but it’s been a different story in the last couple of months. After losing 2-1 at home to Luton on 6 October they’ve been unbeaten in their last 11 league and cup games, including an excellent 3-2 away win at Walsall in an FA Cup replay. On Saturday they drew 3-3 at home to Mansfield Town in the Cup, with the winners of the replay earning a mouthwatering home tie against Liverpool.

Lincoln now lie in 12th position in the table with 26 points from 19 games. At home in the league they’ve won five, drawn two and lost three, having scored 20 goals and conceded 16.

Manager David Holdsworth, who formerly managed Mansfield, was the BSBP ‘manager of the month’ for November. October’s ‘player of the month’ was former Card Jamie Taylor, whose goal on Saturday was his 12th this season. Another ex-Card, on the bench on Saturday, is Nicky Nicolau. The Imps have a large, strong squad, with plenty of options for Holdsworth if he wants to give any of his recently settled side a rest. Familiar names include caption Gary Mills.


Sincil Bank Stadium

By coach

The Cards Trust’s coach leaves Kingfield at 2pm. The cost is only £16 for members and £21 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop or email to book your place.

By car

Exit the A1 at sliproad Lincoln A46. Follow the A46 into Lincoln(which leads onto the High St) and the ground is indicated from there. If you follow the signs for 'away coaches' then this leads you onto the A158 South Park Avenue, where there is plenty of street parking to be found (although it is a ten-minute walk around to the ground.

By train

It’s not possible to do the round trip the same day, so going up by train would involve an overnight stay.

The nearest station is Lincoln Central, which is a 15-minute walk from the ground. Trains from KX involve at least one change. The 15.30 (via Peterborough) would get you to Lincoln at 17.51, whilst the 15.48 and the 16.33, both via Retford, would get in at 18.06 and 19.07 respectively.

Check out or for more details.


Lincoln City have reduced admission prices for this game to only £5 for all spectators.


The Cards have a very attractive (and important!) home game next Saturday against Stockport County. Come and show your support for Garry Hill’s side. The following Saturday (15 December) Woking are at home to Welling United in the FA Trophy (with reduced admission prices).

Come on, you Cards!

Cards in credit at Sincil bank

Ray Avards
6:43pm, Wed 5th Dec 2012
Lincoln City 0 Woking 2
Blue Square Bet Premier
4th December 2012

Woking turned greater poise and possession to account as they deservedly took all the points and kept a sheet clean for only the second time in the league this season, registering their third away win of the campaign. Some relief also by creating breathing space in a crowded mid table, whilst the bottom half of Conference National ‘concertinas’ from below.

The Cards reverted to a five-man midfield with Kevin Betsy and Bradley Bubb the wide men, left and right, with licence to attack. John Nutter, loaned from Lincoln, made way for Mike Cestor and Jayden Stockley for Bubb in the revised formation.

The Imps struggled to raise their game, sandwiched as this match was between an FA Cup Second Round draw with Mansfield Town and the lure of a replay next week with the winners to face Liverpool.

Woking refused to be impressed once they had settled and had the fillip of a goal after 5 minutes from the spot giving them all the encouragement they needed. Brett Williams drifted into the left-hand side of the penalty area with nowhere to go and lured a rash trip after just 5 minutes of an edgy opening for the Cards. Kevin Betsy smoothly planted his penalty the other way to keeper Paul Farman and confidence began to ooze back into the Woking ranks in the wake of Saturday’s mauling at Hyde.

A Brett Williams’ attempted one-two was foiled by a heavy touch in the next attack. Lincoln were nearly back in the game as a trademark long diagonal ball from the right found Taylor skipping round Howe’s dive and hastily withdrawn hand only for the forward to run the ball out of play.

A Taylor shot was easily saved by Howe and from his punch out at a corner the reply was ballooned over his bar. Despite these flurries the Cards were beginning to stack up against Lincoln as Woking closed their opponents down and made better use of possession. Billy Knott’s curler had been wide of the left-hand post, but Betsy intercepted on halfway and fed Knott for Williams to be blocked by a last-ditch tackle.

Gary Mills got round the side of the Woking defence but the tight angle was shut by Adam Doyle for a corner. From that City got the ball back in a second time but Boyce had to stretch for his header from around the penalty spot and it was soft.

Knott fed Bubb, who raced away on his own but could only shoot into the side netting with nothing else on. Gilbert’s pass back was too short for keeper Farman, who had to dive into the tackle outside his area with Williams, hurt briefly by his brave challenge.

Lincoln's striker Bassele, ‘helping out’ in midfield, succeeded only in blocking Garner’s clearance to Bubb, who raced away again but Sawyer could not connect with his lay-off and the chance was headed clear.

Bassele and Taylor probed for Lincoln and twice chipped crosses from right and left nearly unlocked Woking in the Imps’ best spell when they found what space there was beyond midfield.

In first half stoppage time Lincoln’s Scott Garner was penalised with a yellow card for holding his opponent as Woking pressed again. They could not prevent a neat counter-attack and free-kick bent in by Taylor at an often fatal time for the Cards, but it was headed clear despite Aaron Howe’s misjudging his position.

Half-time: Lincoln 0 Woking 1

Bassele made way for Oliver as a half-time Lincoln substitution and he was quickly in the action, sweeping in a diagonal cross from the left that Howe dived and pushed away on the floor for a corner. The resultant corner caused consternation for Woking and they were fortunate that Oliver’s hook shot facing the wrong way narrowly missed the far post. Later, Morgan tried his hand from long range but he was wide of the left-hand post and, later, Taylor’s shot was tame.

For Woking, Betsy had countered with Bubb to feed Sawyer, whose shot was blocked by two defenders on the edge of the area. This was brief respite for City. Sawyer skilfully dispossessed his man on halfway and his 25 yard pass bisected City and Bradley Bubb raced upon it to slide right-footed inside the left-hand post to make it 2-0.

Immediately Colin Larkin joined the fray in place of Morgan for the hosts. Free-kicks came against Woking and long throws landed from Dan Gray. Jamie Taylor slipped round Mike Cestor on his inside and on the edge of the area and he too was carded for holding. Alan Power’s free-kick was cleared.

Garry Hill shuffled his pack and made a double substitution: Jayden Stockley for Brett Williams, who had ploughed a lone furrow at times up front, and Gavin McCallum, for Bubb, against his old club, to get ‘the bird’ for his pains.

The two linked well to set up Knott almost immediately and his curled shot inside the area was clawed away by Farman at full stretch. Power nearly set up Gilbert coming in from the other wing but he could not connect with the cross. Dean Sinclair relieved the hard-working Sawyer inside the last 10 minutes and he enabled Knott to get forward again only for his shot from even closer in to be blocked last ditch by Boyce.

Gavin McCallum was wide with an effort and Gary Mills, having fired wide a little earlier, headed over in stoppage time after a set-up from Gray.

The Cards celebrated by starting their warm down within shouting distance of their loyal fans.

Sufficient to say that the expected return to a midfield five worked and the dividends reaped were clear to see.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer (Dean Sinclair 83), Billy Knott, Kevin Betsy, Bradley Bubb (Gavin McCallum 74), Brett Williams (Jayden Stockley 74)

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Loick Pires

Goals: Betsy (5) Bubb (66)

Cautions: Mike Cestor

Lincoln City : Paul Farman, Andrew Boyce, Scott Garner, Dan Gray, Peter Gilbert, Gary Mills, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan (Adam Smith 84) David Morgan, (Colin Larkin 70) Jamie Taylor, Aristede Bassele (Vadaine Oliver 46)

Unused subs: David Preece, Peter Bore

Cautions: Scott Garner; Jamie Taylor

MotM: Lee Sawyer who showed superb close control, gritty tackling and vision with a defence-splitting pass for the decisive second goal.

Attendance: 2,526
Lincoln City LINEUP
1Paul Farman
15Dan Gray
5Andrew Boyce
6Scott Garner
30Peter Gilbert
4Gary Mills
35David Morgan ('70)
19Aristide Bassele ('46)
12Jake Sheridan ('84)
8Alan Power
10Jamie Taylor
7Adam Smith ('84)
14Vadaine Oliver ('46)
18Peter Bore
34Colin Larkin ('70)
31David Preece
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
11Kevin Betsy
24Billy Knott
4Mark Ricketts
15Lee Sawyer ('84)
14Brett Williams ('75)
9Bradley Bubb ('75)
18Sam Beasant
17Dean Sinclair ('84)
19Gavin McCallum ('75)
25Jayden Stockley ('75)
7Loick Pires

Lincoln City 0 - 2 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Adam Newton Interview

David Holmes
12:10am, Wed 5th Dec 2012
Interview with birthday boy Adam Newton, following Woking's 2-0 win at Lincoln City tonight.

Adam Newton:

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