Andrew Abbott's Blog

Monday, 5 September 2016

A word of warning for Imps fans, not that you need me to tell you.

So, the unusual pleasure of watching the Imps on the box and a win too, not that it looked like it was going to turn out like that as City laboured against a sprightly Torquay. The Imps took an early lead through a penalty, how many have we had? The practice has done Matt Rhead some good as he slotted it away like a good ‘un although it was hardly in the corner accuracy. Torquay though far from gave up the ghost.

The win underlined the management teams philosophy of fitness that lasts the whole game. Torquay gave as good as they got for most of the game but City’s specific game fitness told in the last phase of the match and they really looked the part and secured the win well into injury time. I was glad to have the benefit of action replay as it underlined what a good and accurate finish it was from Rhead and demonstrated he’s more than a battering ram centre forward. Much more.

It was so good to hear City not described as the poor relations on TV. Mention was made of City’s superior budget. In terms of preparation, managers demeanour at interview, the way City played, the players we have, the way we looked generally we looked a top level side. Therein lies the caveat. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Cowley brothers are not going to stop at Lincoln City. The best we can hope for is that City get promoted and then persuade the management team more can be done to enhance their reputation by staying a little longer, hopefully laying the foundations for an improved situation, post Cowley. It won’t be long before the Notts County’s and Peterborough United’s of this world sit up and take notice.

In the meantime what a pleasure it is to be an Imp, the run goes on, the crowds go up. A good result against Tranmere and I can see the next home gate nudging the 4000 mark. I hope so as it will underline to the management team that there is more to come from the supporters. The Cowleys are hot on doing their homework. Hopefully they will be aware that in the play-off years City often managed to just about fill the stadium. If we can engender that kind of support we will have demonstrated the interest is there and the board can hopefully be persuaded that with the right management now in place the investment can be provided to move the club well away from the lowly position we have been occupying for far too long.

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