Andrew Abbott's Blog

Monday, 22 January 2018

Lincoln City not good enough for a start.

I don’t suppose we should be too surprised at Saturdays draw at Barnet especially after City to all intents and purposes failed to get off the bus till half time. A team suffering defeat after defeat, a change of manager, The Bees fortunes were bound to pick up sooner or later and at least the Imps emerged with a point for their troubles. The problem is, whilst City don’t lose many there haven’t been that many wins lately and they are slowly sinking in the table.

Probably no better time then for a distraction in the form of the much maligned Checkatrade Trophy to take our minds off the league and instead entertain thoughts of a Wembley appearance, a first Wembley appearance.

I’ve enjoyed this competition and have been to all the home games and will be at Sincil Bank tomorrow. I don’t think it will be quite so sparsely attended either, in fact I know it won’t as the club announced on Friday they had sold 4500 tickets. Peterborough United chipped in that they had shifted 400 so it should be a gate of at least 5000 which will again be one of the biggest in the competition. They won’t be on their own either I suspect as the prospect of a trip to North London becomes a possibility.

It certainly won’t be easy although Posh may be distracted with an FA Cup tie coming up shortly but will nevertheless not want to be rolled over by their neighbours. Out of the two though the FA Cup will take precedence I’m sure.

We seem to have a bit of a relationship these days despite Barry Fry’s reputation as a wheeler dealer, and I don’t see anything wrong with that, its football not the stock market. City may well field three former Posh players who will want to give a good account of themselves if they play. City have mixed it up a bit in the Trophy but at this stage of the competition Danny Cowley will want to progress if he possibly can.

Peterborough like a bargain, don’t we all but I think they have shown themselves to be a decent club to know and we certainly are feeling privileged to have Michael Bostwick and Harry Anderson in our numbers, they didn’t have to let us have them. Another way of looking at it is if these players are surplus to requirements what must the rest of them be like?

All will be revealed tomorrow.

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