Andrew Abbott's Blog

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Bridesmaids dress. Barely worn. Genuine reason for sale.

Yes, that’s right. Put that broom down Cinderella, get out your sparkliest ballgown. Lincoln City are going to the PARTY!

Last night at Sincil Bank the Imps made all their supporters dreams come true. In a commanding performance City barely let their illustrious if junior opponents out their own half. To a man the Imps bested Chelsea under 21’s players. Whilst many of these boys will no doubt go on to earn big money and have high profile careers last night they were dumped out of the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties. Hopefully there was genuine pleasure from our fellow league one and two toilers and, presumably a sigh of relief from on high.

Bozzie and Matt Rhead stood out for me winning everything in the air and when Luke Waterfall headed the Imps ahead would Chelsea’s heads drop? To their credit no although had Danny Rowe finished with only the keeper to beat maybe they would have done but he didn’t and they didn’t so it was on to penalties.

That’s that then surely? No, emphatically. Given that Sam Habergham’s effort probably crossed the line City gave an exemplary display of penalty taking and Chelsea couldn’t. As my Scottish mate observed, years of watching England fail at penalties didn’t stir the blood but we needn’t have worried, after Sam they all went in with Lee Freckingtons encapsulating the night. Brought on by the skin of his teeth to take a penalty, one kick all game boom!

City players and fans celebrated as if they were doing so on behalf of every fan that ever stood on the Sincil Bank terraces or elsewhere, in red and white this last 133 years. However, we are Wembley bound and you ain’t seen nothing yet.

For the moment though, once again Imps felt pure joy. When will this roller coaster ride end? Not for a long time hopefully.

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