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Friday, 13 January 2012

Carshalton’s beanstalking us in the cup.

Cannon and Ball are hoofing it up at the Theatre Royal so it’s still officially panto season and our FA Trophy opponents, Carshalton Athletic are certainly taking it seriously - oh no they’re not- oh yes they are!

Carshalton’s chairman, Frank Thompson was on BBC Lincolnshire this morning saying this is their biggest game for years. A glance at the club website reveals, oh dear, “On Saturday 14 January The Mighty Robins Travel to, wait for it, Lincoln to face the BS Premier Giants Lincoln City FC. All that’s missing is a banana skin. Roll on five and lets hope we can live up to the billing.

Fans fears that all the comings and goings at Sincil Bank will result in a de stabilising effect seem to have been borne out and City now sit on a three game losing streak. In theory tomorrow is a good chance to put all that behind them and get back to the halfway decent form the team were in previously.

Today brings the news that Paul Robson, formerly with Newport, has signed as cover for the fragile Tony Sinclair. One would imagine that he will have plenty of opportunities to show what he can do from now to the end of the season. The City boss has revealed the Sinclair has been playing through the pain barrier but cannot train, a situation unacceptable to Holdsworth.

In other news, as they say, it has been revealed that David Holdsworth does not have a contract, a situation he regards as beneficial:-

"I don't have a contract, I have an agreement," he said. "But I'm enjoying it here and that doesn't bother me.

"At Mansfield I had a price on my head and couldn't take the chances which came my way, but I've not come here with any thought other than giving 100% commitment.

"It cuts both ways. It's no good me saying it about the players then not doing it myself."

Whilst not decrying the managers confidence Imps fans will be heartened that there will be no expensive pay off with no success to show for it should the manager fail. Let’s hope that’s mis placed pessimism.

Talking of failure, the manager was forthright on the matter of players contracts:

"The most disconcerting thing for me is that there are people who are very happily draining this club of money without pulling up their sleeves and getting stuck in," he added. "They have no desire and that bugs me.” He told BBC Lincolnshire.

Players must be willing to have success-related contracts. When they're not successful they should take a pay cut.

"If clubs don't put in clauses for when they get relegated, more fool them.” Precisely.

So, to the cup, I should be grateful we have survived to face mighty Carshalton but, like you will be happy to be able to say of the cup tie “ Its behind you!”

I certainly wasn’t going to miss out on that one.

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