Tuesday, 8 October 2013
There was a time not long ago when our annual mid September sojourn to Catalonia was a convenient excuse not to put myself through the emotional wringer that was Sincil Bank for a couple of weeks. How times have changed.
Whilst I was absent Stewart, my co sufferer told me he went along as usual to the Hyde game expecting to sit in splendid isolation as had become the norm in the Echo Stand only to find a few old familiar faces venturing back and plenty of fans to discuss the now resurgent Imps with. He did however say the first half was fairly dire though but City got their act together in the second half to dispatch the basement boys with relative ease, as well they might if they are to do anything this term.
After Hyde it was the not inconsiderable obstacle of Nuneaton away where City led with not too long to go before surrendering a share of the points to a soft goal as perhaps a rather too gleeful Steve Thompson told us on BBC Radio Lincolnshire this morning. Still, it’s a measure of the confidence around both club and fans that a point gained at a club second in the league should be greeted with such dismay where we all would have been delighted this time last season.
On to another winnable game tonight as we welcome Tamworth, described on said radio this morning as more concerned with staying in the league than anything more ambitious. Well we know all about that don’t we?
Manager Simpson warned it will be a stern test nevertheless and to expect an uncompromising opposition:-
“They are physical, they have two big centre halves, we know they have two massive long throws that they pin you in with and a couple of good strikers.
"They have had some tough fixtures against a lot of the top teams so we are expecting a tough game.”
Sounds like Tamworth play the way I was expecting City to this season. Wrongly as it turns out. There again I wasn’t expecting us to be challenging for a place in the play off spots either.