Saturday, 15 April 2017
Lincoln City on the brink after the Mother of all comebacks.
I gather that BT Sport appeared to believe they were in the presence of the champions elect as they presented their football show from Tranmere Rovers Prenton Park but it was the Imps who took all the headlines in a remarkable turnaround as they dominated but failed to capitalise against Torquay United yesterday at Sincil Bank.
Backed by a impressive 188 supporters, Torquay weathered City’s storm and appeared to be going south with all three points as it seemed the Imps long unbeaten home run was coming to an end. Despite BT Sports belief, that wouldn’t have been the end of the world for City as Tranmere, continuing their catastrophic latest home form were battling out a ding dong scrap for the top ultimately gaining just the one point from their encounter with Aldershot leaving City still in the driving seat and with a game in hand. Tranmere’s run in was the easier declared the experts but I really don’t understand how the pundits came to that conclusion when their opponents, Forest Green Rovers and Aldershot had such a vested interest in the league still. Home advantage counts for nothing if you can’t win.
It was City however that upset the apple cart, facing defeat with just five minutes to go, albeit with a hefty additional time added for stoppages due to Torquay’s delaying tactics as super sub and birthday boy Adam Marriott conjured up a late late equaliser forced in by the equally influential Anderson. Pandemonium wasn’t an adequate term for the celebration that followed from a massive, by non league standards, gate of over 9000 but it wasn’t over yet as the crowd had barely re taken their seats before Marriott had again instigated an opportunity for City, tripped just outside the box in perfect range for Sam Habergham who duly obliged with a looped free kick that shot into the Torquay net to leave the Imps on the edge of the championship.
It had been another poor show from the Imps yet in that finale they showed why they prevail, they are the very essence of never say die attitude and left the field, once again in scenes not far short of delirium. You had to feel some sympathy for Torquay, it must have been a long long journey home yet the table doesn’t lie. No team finishes at the wrong end of the league by accident and no team wins a championship by default. Barring complete meltdown it looks this morning like that is City’s reward for a season that they have dominated ever since that other remarkable turnaround, at Forest Green Rovers.