Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Imps defeat the Iron to gain first league win.
No, not that Iron and not that league come to think of it, City maintained their unbeaten start and good form against Braintree Town last night to record their first league win, away in typical City style having drawn at home in the match against Cheltenham.
Not having been there myself (see earlier article) I believe a home draw against recently relegated league opposition and to come from behind to boot was a decent result. City followed up last night with an expected (by some) away win to get off the mark nice and early and hopefully set the tone for some probably hopelessly optimistic cheerfulness.
Chris Moyses is a happy manager after these opening skirmishes and of course this is his make or break season, it’s his team, his selection and his players:-
“When we went to the Army camp in pre-season they talked about being robust," said Moyses. "They talk about become hard to break down and I think that is where we are. The lads put their bodies on the line and they are a great group of men.
"The experience in the side helps the young lads along, they are learning how to win games of football and the team becomes stronger.
"It is early days, but we wanted strong characters in the team and we certainly have got plenty of them.
"The backline have been resolute and more importantly, as a back four, there is a lot of good talking and communication, which makes life as a defender a lot easier."
What of the game The Echo asked :-
"Matt Rhead had a great game," he said "He led the line like he does. He wins headers, causes problems and brings players into play – that's what we got him for.
"It was an instinctive finish for the first and came from a great ball from Craig Stanley. It was really well played.
"There was no arguments about the penalty. The defender had to bring him down otherwise Rhead would have scored and then it was topped off by Stanley's goal."
"I wish we had put the first penalty away and they were slightly fortuitous with their goal, as it took a deflection, but it turned out okay."
There’s a long long way to go but the lengthiest trek starts on your own doorstep and City are starting to get a bit of distance travelled already. Long may it continue.