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Friday, 17 March 2017

The calm before the storm?

It’s two games a week from now on for the Imps but it feels quite calm at the moment. I have no idea how ticket sales are going for tomorrows deciding FA Trophy second leg but at least the frenetic queueing seems to have quietened down as far as I’m aware. I do hope there’s a good gate at least from home supporters after the York public’s lack of enthusiasm for their team’s chances in the first encounter.

Mind you they made plenty of noise considering and those that weren’t there missed seeing their team record a rare win against the Imps. It doesn’t sound like there’s going to be a full house at Sincil Bank but it’d be nice if it was.

Hopefully things have simmered down a bit since the fiery encounter last Tuesday although it’s bound to be a high pressure affair with a day out at Wembley for the winners. York can’t seriously be satisfied with their single goal lead and City will be disappointed and concerned that they are not at least level but judging by the last home game against the Minstermen no one in the City camp will be taking anything for granted.

I heard one or two voices stating once again that the league is the overriding priority, which indeed it is but having got this close to Wembley and having had such a marvellous day out in North London last weekend few would welcome being knocked out at the semi-final stage but no one will be under any illusions as to how tough it will be.

Still, whatever the team put out City know how they have to approach the game having given York the run around with a fast tempo game in the first half only to be hauled back in the second. We learned in the week that the Imps have the use of facilities at Robert Pattinson School in North Hykeham for the rest of the season and the management will have surely been concentrating on who is the most fleet footed of the squad, on a similar surface to Sincil Bank not that they didn’t know the answer to that already.

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