Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Lincoln City have been on a decent run of late, unbeaten in six games and the fans will really be looking for the team to kick on from the recent good form and start to put some distance between themselves and the pack down at the bottom of the league.
Where better to make a start in this quest than to put Braintree Town, one place below the Imps in the table, to the sword at the 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium tonight?
After Saturdays excellent display against Walsall, City will, presumably hope and indeed expect to continue in the same vein and treat their supporters to another entertaining display, this time hopefully garnering all three points on offer.
Of course it’s not always as easy as that, no doubt Walsall expected something of a more straightforward progress to the second round of the cup but were swiftly disabused of that notion. Every victory has to be earned but after the run the team has been on and after that performance last weekend, for me the Imps have shown they are now ready to start to make some progress on the long journey to recovery of our pride. The foundations seem to have been laid now.
Braintree manager, Alan Devonshire spoke of his disappointment at losing two games to a waterlogged pitch, one of which was to be a televised money spinner and told the Braintree and Witham Times:-
“We trained after the game was called-off on Sunday and the mood was a bit sombre, but we have to focus on a really important game coming up now.
“We had them doing some running, but it’s definitely not ideal preparation, especially at this level.
“With us being part-time, I really don’t like us missing games.
“We’ll put the postponed game put of our minds and be professional about going to Lincoln.
“It’s a big game for us now.
He went on
“We haven’t played for a couple of weeks and we need to get down and work hard in this one.
“I’m not worrying about where we are in the league as one win could take us up six or seven places.
“It’s a very tight league so I’m not going to put pressure on the players by going on about it.
“We just have to make sure we get a result to make sure we don’t drop into the bottom four.
City’s job, which they’ve shown themselves capable of doing, is to ensure that is exactly what happens. I do hope I don’t read this tomorrow morning with a rueful look.