Test of character for Cards
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 Hillâ€™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 Cardsâ€™ 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, itâ€™s hard to believe that Garry Hillâ€™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 Saturdayâ€™s game full of confidence.
Garryâ€™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. Letâ€™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 itâ€™s been a different story in the last couple of months. After losing 2-1 at home to Luton on 6 October theyâ€™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 theyâ€™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 â€˜manager of the monthâ€™ for November. Octoberâ€™s â€˜player of the monthâ€™ 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
The Cards Trustâ€™s coach leaves Kingfield at 2pm. The cost is only Â£16 for members and Â£21 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
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.
Itâ€™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 www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com for more details.
Lincoln City have reduced admission prices for this game to only Â£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 Hillâ€™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!