Frightener yesterday eh? But fear not fellow Imps for there is always someone far worse off than ourselves to laugh at.
So let`s start the relegation review by really scraping the barrel. Yep, bottom club Wrexham are in it up to their necks. Indeed another couple of games like this and the dragons` fire will be extinguished, replaced by the odd exhalation of even more brown stuff. Barnet skipper Ismail Yakubu scored on the stroke of half-time heading in Nicky Nicolau’s left-wing free-kick. Thomas doubled Barnet’s lead after the break before Drewe Broughton threw Wrexham a lifeline within 4 minutes with a header. A Nicolau strike on the hour extended Barnet`s lead before the Dragons second 4 minute reply. This time it was a Simon Spender strike that threatened to make a game of it. Things are looking glummer by the game; The Dragons are still on 33 points with only 8 games to go yet still 8 points adrift. The Bees on the other hand are buzzing. This and last weeks snowball fight against the Imps has them sitting 16th, one place and one point behind the Imps.
The week`s biggy, watched by 10,027 saw Mansfield take 3,300 to Notts County. This was key for both sides. A Stags win would see then within 4 of County. Defeat would almost certainly finish them after a week in which mooted takeover joy was neutered with a potential name change to Harchester United; . They threw everything at County and really played for the shirt. Magpies Keeper Russell Hoult was superb; indeed his supporting cast couldn`t even muster a shot until the 70th minute! The nil nil draw didn`t exactly do Mansfield any favours leaving them 7 points behind their Derby foes. Magpie manager McParland might have got some sleep last night but I wouldn`t be surprised if P45`s figured in his dreams after another awful show.
Dagenham felt the point of the crooked spire as Chesterfield came & conquered 3-0.
Jamie Lowry set up Ward who volleyed home via a deflection to break the deadlock in the 37th minute. Then a sack the juggler moment as Ward doubled his tally just a minute after the break as his shot squirmed through goalkeeper Tony Roberts` Teflon gloves. He didn`t exactly cover himself in glory for the third, as Steve Fletcher’s header looped in. Daggers in 21st are just one point ahead of Notts County now. One place and one point above them, calamity club Chester. Apt that a club drowning in almost every department, should have their Stockport derby called off due to rain.
KA, now master of the Maccs, and ever the keen gardener, sprouted sapling Shaun on Saturday. Brisley duly scored a double top on his debut. The 17-year-old, brought up 400 yards from the Moss Rose (I use the term loosely) stadium, opened the scoring after hooking in from 10 yards. Accrington equalised when Shaun Whalley found Ian Craney who picked out the far corner from 15 yards. Brisley`s brace to make it 2-1, came from a far-post header. Naturally Stanley were reduced to their customery 10 men after 70 minutes when Aswad Thomas threw the ball in the face of Brisley. Accy thump are now only 2 places and one point above Maccs and saving hard with their gates to pay the fine. As for their minus 32 goal difference well that is a case for the defence all of its own. While Maccs sit 19th on 44 points, Shrews are 18th having lost 1-0 at home to Bury. Bury got the winner on 71 minutes when Elliot Bennett beat three men in a brilliant run and laid the ball off to Adams, who curled in from 25 yards. It could have been more with Bishop fluffing two one on ones with goalie Garner. Bury now swap places with the Imps on, surprise surprise, goal difference.
Though many would argue the Imps are safe Mansfield at home to Wrexham on Tuesday night could do with being a draw. Only football could throw up such a corker on April Fools Day