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Lincoln City loan keeper Nick Townsend relishing chance to prove himself

By DMarshall__LE  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

Lincoln City's on-loan goalkeeper Nick Townsend

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Goalkeeper Nick Townsend says his loan spell at Lincoln City will provide a great chance to prove himself.

The 19-year-old Birmingham City stopper now appears set for a lengthy run in the side due to the injury of Gary Simpson’s regular number one Paul Farman.

And Townsend, who has had an impressive start in Imps colours, could be at Lincoln City until the end of the season.

Farman suffered a knee injury in the Skrill Premier clash with Hyde, with defender Sean Newton having to don the gloves for the final 15 minutes of the game.

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It is still unclear how long Farman will be out of action and teenager Townsend is determined to be a worthy replacement.

“Obviously being a keeper, there’s only one spot in a team, so it means either waiting for an injury or proving yourself to everyone,” said Townsend. “I realise Paul Farman’s injury is bad for the club and bad for Paul, but I have to look at it as a positive for me.

“I believe my loan will go until the end of the season now, depending on how things go. I want to be playing as many games as I can at this level. It’s a friendly club and there is good banter here to be fair, they have made me feel very welcome.

“It helps a lot having Charlee (Adams) here as well. Obviously he has been here a few more weeks so he helped me to get settled in and start talking to the lads and that. It’s great to have goalkeeping coach David Preece here as well. I have been working one-on-one with him which has been really good.”

Townsend has impressed new boss Simpson with good performances in his two Skrill Premier outings against Kidderminster and Chester FC. A clean sheet on his debut was followed by an unfortunate deflected goal for Chester in the 1-1 draw last Saturday.

However Townsend played down his role, insisting the City back four in front of him have been a huge help in his transition to competitive league football.

“I think you have to be confident as a keeper and the back four in front of you have to have confidence in you as well,” Townsend added.

“They need to know if they mess up in any way, you are there to help them out. The defence has been great. I haven’t really had a lot to do. If you look at the games I have only really had about four shots to save. So I am glad to have an experienced back four there in front of me.

“I think my form has been good considering I haven’t really played in competition games so I am happy with my performances so far and I want to keep that going. Hopefully we can keep this unbeaten run going and try and get into the top half of the table and we’ll see from there.”

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  • Mikecadwel  |  February 28 2014, 6:01PM

    If he keeps a clean sheet against Aldershot tomorrow, he'll do for me ! Regards Mike Cadwell

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  • cycott_99  |  February 28 2014, 2:26PM

    yea right - can he play up front ?

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