Game 11 in the league brings us another local derby in the form of our old county rivals Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. We haven’t played them since they were promoted out of the National League in 2016 via the play-offs. Indeed, our last meeting was at Blundell Park on 28 December 2015 in which the home side ran out 2-0 winners. Our last win there was exactly one year earlier, 28 December 2014, by a 1-3 scoreline. Who can forget that wonder strike from Charlee Adams?
We go into the game on the back of a 2-1 home win against Barnet, a scoreline which I feel doesn’t truly reflect the domination we had in the first half, whereas Grimsby had to rely on a very late Jones penalty to secure a point at home to Colchester. Their back line has an average age around the mid-thirties so I am hoping that Danny Cowley will play his two fastest wide men, Harry Anderson and Josh Ginnelly, with the pacey pair of Matty Green and Ollie Palmer up front. I was very impressed with Palmer on Tuesday and he certainly had his best game in the red-and-white stripes that I have seen so far. He fully deserves a start tomorrow.
The only other dilemma I think Danny has is who to play in goal? I believe that Josh Vickers did enough to keep the number one spot, leaving Paul Farman to keep the bench warm. I reckon that Luke Waterfall will stay on the bench, too. I would also like to see Nathan Arnold given a run out from the bench, against his old club, always assuming he is now fit again.
There has been a lot of discussion on the various message boards about the attendance on Saturday. I am sure that the usual number of home fans (averaging about 3,500+) will be boosted by others who are attracted by the atmosphere of a local derby but, even with 1,800 City fans, I doubt that the gate will reach the 7,000+ that some have suggested; more like 6,500 maximum.
One thing we Imps fans have gotten used to in recent times, certainly since the Cowleys appeared on the scene, is a team that will never give up and I passionately believe that we will return home with the three points. As we were unable to obtain tickets for the game itself, we will be at Sincil Bank instead to soak up the atmosphere in front of the big screens; certainly a first for me! I believe that we will have more fans inside Sincil Bank for this so-called ‘beamback’ than will be present at either Crawley or Forest Green.
Next up, my wife’s hometown club Chesterfield at home, and yet another local derby.
Up the Imps!
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City FC for the photograph.
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) September 29, 2017