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Tamworth 3 Lincoln City 1 - full-time

By LeighCurtis  |  Posted: November 25, 2012

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Lincoln City's 10-game unbeaten run came crashing to a halt this afternoon after Marcus Kelly's hat-trick sealed Tamworth a 3-1 victory in the FA Trophy.

The Imps had taken the lead in the 40th minute when Alan Power crashed in at the second attempt after his first effort rebounded into his path.

But Tamworth fought back after the break and levelled in the 71st minute when Kelly lashed in from just inside the box.

He then scored a second in the 85th minute with a similar strike before rounding off the win in stoppage time with a clinical finish.

Lincoln: Farman, Bore, Miller, Garner, Gilbert, Morgan, Fofana, Smith, Bassele, Power, Larkin

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  • nigelsparky  |  November 28 2012, 2:12PM

    Hi spilsby, I'm afraid I have to disagree with you .Conquering the champions league is a very difficult nut to crack, as many top draw teams have found, so it comes as no surprise to me that Man City have found it difficult. Even Barcelona have not exactley dominated the competition. With regards to Ferguson keeping everyone happy, he's not exactley managed that any better than anyone else has he. Beckham, Van nistlerooy, Rooney threatened to leave, Berbatov, Pique, Rossi, Andersen, and many more have been shown the door the minute they have moaned about not being played. I suspect here will be plenty of his current squad making noises about not being played too. It will always be difficult to keep everyone happy, but when you consider they play something close on 70 games a season, they need the big squads as players will suffer from fatigue if they play in all of those games for sure. With regards to your last point, that really depends on the management and coaching staff to decide, which will always depend upon who the opposition is and the importance of the game.

  • Sweepclean  |  November 28 2012, 7:53AM

    Hi Manchester Imp It looks like they rested a few Manager Paul Cox made six changes to the side that drew with the Gladiators last Saturday as Roberts, Andy Todd, Matt Rhead, Daniel, Anthony Howell and Jake Speight were all recalled to the Stags XI. Midfielder Adam Murray, along with Matt Green, were named on the substitute's bench, whilst Louis Briscoe, Lindon Meikle, Ben Hutchinson and Chris Clements were omitted from the squad altogether.

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  • ManchesterImp  |  November 27 2012, 9:50PM

    Just seen the Matlock Town v Mansfield result on the Matlock page on the BBC. Mansield lost 2 - 1 Did they rest players for Saturday does anyone know?

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  • Spilsby  |  November 27 2012, 8:20PM

    Nigel - all the teams you quote have massive and impressive squads. And does it really work for Man City - Tevez must be due a sulk, and their form in Europe is very very poor. Which is why I quoted Man U - Ferguson does not seem to have unhappy players around his squad. To my mind it was a gamble - and a gamble I would not have taken because winning is a habit. And this has put added pressure on the team for this week. "Guys this game is much more important" Of course your dead right Nigel in the fact we may have lost on Saturday keeping the same starting XI - nobody knows. One more point - should squad rotation not be minimal change, instead of half the team?

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  • ManchesterImp  |  November 26 2012, 8:18PM

    Yes the Mansfield game has the potential of providing the Imps with the potential of a Jackpot winning Lottery ticket in the FA Cup Third Round. Prior to the Tamworth game I was speculating about what would happen if the Imps drew the Trophy game at Tamowrth and had to replay on Tuesday. Mansfield, on paper at least, should have cruised through against Matlock Town but have to face a tricky replay away in Derbyshire tomorrow. Could they now face additional injuries and suspensions ahead of the Lincoln game on Saturday? The plot thickens as they say. Let us hope that the weather does not force either game to be postponed.

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  • eatmygoal  |  November 26 2012, 3:24PM

    Can't agree. Mansfield is a one off game for a lottery ticket, the trophy is a series of games that could get in the way of the league.

  • Isambard_KB  |  November 26 2012, 2:50PM

    I'm with Spilsby. Any decent side in the BSP has a chance of Wembley through the Trophy. Newport got there last season which has proved a springboard for this. Getting to Wembley ought to be a priority for us given that we've never managed it. I might point out that had Taylor not been senselessly booked in the first 2 games of the season for "kicking the ball away" then he wouldn't have been on 4 yellow cards and 1 away from a ban. So now he missed this game and another when he eventually gets banned. Effectively a 2 game ban due to those 2 daft yellow cards. Players get booked for mistimed tackles, for over competing and for other things which I have no problem with. Getting booked for time wasting, taking your shirt off and dissent are just unprofessional. Up the Imps

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  • sfocata  |  November 25 2012, 11:27AM

    I don't think what Lincoln do is "squad rotation"... it's just the time-honoured tradition of "giving some of the reserves a bit of a run-out".

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  • nigelsparky  |  November 25 2012, 10:16AM

    No team will win every game they play, and we will lose more games during the course of the season. We just have to make sure it doesn't become a habit again. Spilsby think you need to look into the "rotation" subject a little more deeply. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Man City I could keep going but would be here all day, basically every top side will rotate their squad. Aston Villa under Martin O'Neill, was a classic example of a side who played pretty much the same eleven week in week out, collapsed around end of Jan because players began to suffer from fatigue.

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  • Spilsby  |  November 25 2012, 9:20AM

    I think people disrespect and misjudge the importance of the FA Trophy. More important to Tamworth - why? I'd take a Wembley appearance just as much as a 3rd round FA Cup tie. And however good the current run is, the play-off's are a tough ask too. I understand why 5 players changed, but has anyone ever got squad rotation to work outside of Alex Ferguson?

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