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Lincoln City 0 Dartford 0: Match report

By MWhiley_LE  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

Alan Power did his best to get the Imps going in the second half

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Lincoln City have been held by relegation-threatened Dartford following a forgettable Skrill Premier clash at Sincil Bank.

The Imps were second best in the first half and could have fallen behind on more than one occasion.

However, to their credit, Gary Simpson’s side improved after the break. Luke Foster, Alan Power, Sean Newton and substitute Koby Arthur all went close to breaking the deadlock, but a goal-less draw was probably the right result.

The Darts carved out the only clear-cut chances in the first half. Jim Stevenson had the first opportunity inside the first 10 minutes, but his stinging volley from close range was met by a wonderful reflex save from City keeper Nick Townsend.

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Former Boston United Mikel Suarez was a handful to the City defence. He saw a long-range effort fly well over while a header was comfortably held by Townsend.

The best chance of the half fell to Stevenson on 37 minutes, but he put his close-range header over when he should have at least hit the target.

Lincoln failed to get going as an attacking force, with strikers Kris Bright and Jake Sheridan forced to feed off scraps.

The Imps’ only effort of note came from midfielder Jon Nolan, but his long-range drive cleared the bar by some distance.

But City improved drastically in the second half and within a couple of minutes of the restart, Luke Foster almost turned home a dangerous free-kick from Sean Newton.

From another set-piece, Newton went for goal, but his curling effort flashed inches wide.

Alan Power then set up Jake Sheridan, who had just Alan Julian to beat, but his drive was beaten away by the Dartford keeper.

The introduction of Koby Arthur gave Lincoln another threat going forward. One mazy run by the Birmingham loanee set up Power in space on the edge of the box, but the City skipper rushed his effort and sliced well wide.

Power was in the thick of the game and saw a first-time volley beaten out by the increasingly-busy Julian.

Then, with the final kick of the game, Arthur curled an effort just wide from the edge of the box.

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  • redimps1  |  April 07 2014, 1:41PM

    Well im sorry its a no from me to renew my season tkt from four seasons ago! I see a club sadly with a board that have run out of ideas with a ridiculous three year plan and a manager who is to old school in tactics which is boring to watch!sadly that means over time lower crowds and eventually relegation!Sadly with a holding company i think the board have made it more difficult to sell the club and were heading also for a new scunny box of a ground as well! Also the stupid £2 discount has returned again!reduce prices to £16 an put it up to £18;when in top ten!

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  • TheOracleof  |  April 07 2014, 11:31AM

    Right Etgran. I try and support where I can but don't get to as many games as in my youth. Everything these days is about the premiership but it is the local clubs that struggle. My local team have gone busy a reformed since relegation and now back in the league. Needed the community to get behind them

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  • Etgran  |  April 07 2014, 10:39AM

    Agree or disagree with Gary as manager he is here for at least part of next season, we as supporters can have an opinion but I for one will be renewing my season tickets, at less than £8 and £3 for me at times good entertainment. The city needs to get behind the club (ignore all the premiership clubs) and push on, we are where we are, look at the mess Hereford are in, we gave averaged over 2300 for league games this season, another 250 would bring in in excess of 100k to spend on better players, on showing would not offer Bright a contract probably get rid now and put one of our youths on.

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  • TheOracleof  |  April 07 2014, 10:34AM

    And yet despite being weak we are pretty much bar the shouting, safe. It is more that I only ever see you putting down and not praising. It may have escaped your attention but Lincoln are taking time to adapt and are certainly not alone in that respect. How long were Luton, Cambridge, York, Mansfield, Wrexham, Kidderminster etc in or still in this league from relegation? And where are Stockport, Darlington and Chester CITY now? I think Gary Simpson has done a great job of steadying the ship and getting us back on track. Is he going to take us up? Not sure. He has earnt the right to have a go at that though. Not sure how moaning about any bad result helps though.

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  • Camboimp  |  April 07 2014, 10:10AM

    oracleof, I have given praise where due but I really think Simmo is not the man we need, Our chairman is weak and a weak manager is the worst possible combination. I still think we are heading towards a relegation scrap again through complacency. two games against bottom clubs and no goals scored and a clean sheet only gained through a loan keeper, It was a blessing in disguise that Farman got injured or I really do think we would be in more trouble than we are now. We need to be realistic and realise that this grand old club is a non entity in the City at the moment.

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  • TheOracleof  |  April 07 2014, 9:19AM

    You have disproved my theory. Ha ha, sarcasm is hilarious isn't it? Disappointing game, and a boring listen on line. It had all the hall marks of a game where there is nothing to play for, perhaps struggling for our survival is more entertaining. Simpson out for doing this to us.

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  • camelherder  |  April 07 2014, 7:55AM

    To season ticket or not to season ticket that is the question? The answer is quite simple after that last showing.Jjust glad my grandson is a member and we both get in for a tenner and that's for the next four seasons.

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  • Camboimp  |  April 06 2014, 3:10PM

    @oracleof, this was a great city performance , just what all of the under two thousand supporters paid hard earned money to watch. Looking forward to the last few games looking over our shoulders at the relegation battle. Simmo is the best manager ever. Is that what you want to read oracleof ?

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  • snoddy  |  April 06 2014, 2:30PM

    As for Kris Bright he owe's city big time for getting him back into English football. His performance yesterday was dire. At six foot two he only managed to get his head on 3 or 4 balls. Listening to Simmo post match he had the audacity to blame the wind for a bad performance.

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  • snoddy  |  April 06 2014, 12:45PM

    Nothing more than a complete soul destroying game. The game itself summed up the season in total. We were lucky to come away with a point. Not that we needed any points at all. To season ticket or not to season ticket that is the question? Well I am sick to the back teeth of watching football that can only be put down to inept training, inept tack ticks. I have got six unused season tickets including 22 and 23. Good Friday well I think I will just watch some paint dry. The last game with the kick off at 5.30pm on a Saturday night I think I will put the second coat on and watch it dry.

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