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Lincoln 1 Ebbsfleet 1 - full-time

By LeighCurtis  |  Posted: September 01, 2012

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A goal from Ebbsfleet substitute Liam Bellamy denied Lincoln City their second home win of the season as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank.

An early goal from Nicky Nicolau had  given the Imps perfect start when he struck a low shot past Preston Edwards at his near post.

Lincoln had hoped to find a second goal, but Ebbsfleet slowly came back into the contest and Paul Farman was required to tip over a Neil Barrett header.

David Holdsworth's side then wasted a great chance when a poor back pass from Paul Lorraine let in Power, but instead of passing to an unmarked Jake Sheridan, he opted to shoot but it was blocked.

City should have taken the lead early in the second half when Jamie Taylor prodded straight at Edwards, while Colin Larkin also fired over.

But Bellamy levelled for the visitors when from a Lincoln corner, Lanre Azeez burst past two challenges and set-him up for a clinical finish.

Lincoln tried to summon a winner, but could not find one as they were forced to settle for a second successive draw

Lincoln: Farman, Nutter, Hutchison, Boyce, Gray, Nicolau, Power, Mills, Sheridan, Nicolau, Larkin, Taylor. Subs: Robson, Oliver, Bore, Robinson, Turner

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  • nigelsparky  |  September 06 2012, 11:13PM

    Mattyimp Yes he did technically resign, however it is my understanding that pressure for his resignation came from the powers that be at the club.

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  • eatmygoal  |  September 05 2012, 11:54AM

    Was odd that his comment came off the website as well, must be the PR elves of Lincoln City who battle against the truth.

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  • Numb_Chumpy  |  September 05 2012, 9:23AM

    "I may be many things Georgey boy but a many alias PR company is not one of them." A somewhat ironic accusation, wasn't it? http://tinyurl.com/9jlfrzc http://tinyurl.com/9n2ll58

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  • eatmygoal  |  September 04 2012, 4:17PM

    Bang on N_pton Imp, people prattle on about mismanagement etc when really everything boils down to that relegation. Nothing against Rob Bradley and love reading his articles and book now, but would he have been held in the same esteem had he not happened upon Keith Alexander who worked absolute miracles with a budget similar to now? Bradley had appointed Buckley who nearly took the club down. Then due to the ITV crisis Bradley had to approach Keith due to finances. This is not to undermine what Bradley did to save the club, I only mention it because in footballing terms he got lucky with Keith. Had Steff Wright or now Bob Dorrian chanced upon Keith Alexander, as the punt with Sutton was almost attempt at doing, then perhaps we would be talking about Dorrian in more glowing terms. And how the two who got kicked off the board keep getting praised as if they would be our saviours when they were on watch when Keith went on Gardening leave I do not know. When we were winning the city got behind the club and for two days in a five year period a quarter of the city upped sticks and moved to Cardiff. Now we are left with the hardened thousand because of Tilson, a man people wanted in. And to be fair had we won one of the last 10 games we would still be playing league football. We can complain that Dorrian was a fool to try and keep Tilson but that was with a fresh start in non league and probably to avoid the cost of laying him off. Besides, what is it people always say about a vote of confidence from the board?

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  • mattyimp80  |  September 04 2012, 3:45PM

    " Nigel Sparky " Chris Sutton resigned from this club because he couldn't handle the pressure, he was never sacked.

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  • Npton_Imp  |  September 04 2012, 3:42PM

    I am with you Nigelsparky - I would have kept Sutton and never ever saw the appeal with Tilson at all. But eatmygoal is right - I bet 90 to 95% of fans thought it a great decision at the time, before any hindsight. Which means the board made a good decision at the time in the eyes of most supporters!!

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  • Sweepclean  |  September 04 2012, 3:22PM

    Why are all these minus markings appearing again for some reason

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  • nigelsparky  |  September 04 2012, 3:17PM

    Eatmygoal I agree, however with your job and the one I had, whereby I was also commuting, and as you say at the end of your post, " our business as long as we got to work". Very difficult to train your squad when working from home, as Tillson was for around 3 or 4 days a week. Also, just as a footnote, I wasn't one of those who sang Tillson's praises, I would have kept faith with Sutton.

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  • Sweepclean  |  September 04 2012, 2:58PM

    All this moaning we are all doing as to what should and what shouldn't be done for the benefit of our club will not do anything or make anything better for our team and club unless these ideas are amalgamated by someone and given to a Board member or a Trust member on the Board dare I say, for them to bring it up at the next Board meeting. And then for the Board or Board member to come back and say if they agree or disagree with the proposals us supporters have sent in. Instead of leaving us guessing as they normally do.

  • eatmygoal  |  September 04 2012, 2:57PM

    On here everyone was singing Tilson's praises, finally a real football man with experience and who had got promotions. Odd what hindsight does to people... As for long distance management, when Peter Taylor was manager of Hull he was commuting from near Dover. It is not unusual and there are plenty of other stories similar. I tend to agree but only in so much as the manager should immerse himself in the culture of a city and at least get a feel for it. Problem is, how is a board meant to know that a manager is lying when they say they will move to the city? I took my job in London while I was still living in Lincoln and working in Boston and could have just lied and said I would move here. But similarly they are not allowed to make it an issue as I could commute in and that is my business as long as I get into work.

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