Wednesday, 10 August 2016
City fans stunned at start to home campaign-so you could imagine what Ferriby thought.
It was a quiet contemplative crowd who disappeared in to the night after City’s 6.1 win against North Ferriby, many pausing to take a photo of the scoreboard on their mobile phones. Supporters must have been wondering if it was all a lovely dream as City swept aside the team many, myself included, believed would pose a real threat to a winning start at Sincil Bank.
If Imps were left gasping one can only imagine what was going through the minds of those with Ferriby connections. They have got used to upsetting the odds although it has to be said, reading what the Villagers were saying, they were expecting a tough season. Now they know they’re going to get one. I sit near the director’s box and the North Ferriby contingent were sat very near me. They were looking at each other in disbelief as City raced into the lead and in truth the game was won in the first few minutes. Of course we did get our customary reminder of vulnerability when North Ferriby got one back in their first, maybe their only real attack, just for old times’ sake.
If last night was anything to go by fans had better not hang about over the final pint and will need to be in their seats early. Danny Cowley said on the radio afterwards that the plan is to blitz the opposition for as long as they can at the start of the game. They certainly did that. On a cautionary note it has to be said that we will go a long way before we see another such poor showing from opponents. Whether that means Ferriby are in for a long hard season or City are really good we shall have to wait and see. I can’t believe that this was the team that disposed of a decent Boston side in last season’s playoffs and of course it wasn’t. They have lost their manager and key players so let’s not get too carried away.
On the other hand the Imps have scored nine goals in two games, shipping two in the process. Cowley will be focusing on that following the players richly deserved day off.
Everyone was delighted with the gate, not all that far short of 4000 for the first game of the season when a lot of people are on holiday, as well they might be. Clearly the supporters have bought into the vision the new management team have brought, hoping this will herald a real renaissance for the club and better times ahead for us all. The trick will be keeping that enthusiasm going once the honeymoon is over. Opponents will not be slow in finding ways to blunt City’s tactics but for the moment let’s just enjoy the unaccustomed joy of life at the top of the table.