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5th april 2002 


  • Lincoln City (home ko 3:00pm)

    The season is starting to draw to a close now with only three games left to go and it's Lincoln here at Aggborough tomorrow.

    We had high hopes of getting back into the play-offs over Easter but they seem to have been dashed with the game at Bristol when the referees interpretation of the Rules of Football didn't match the one's in his handbook.

    We need to win all our remaining games and for the others in the race to lose theirs, that's looking very unlikely.

    There is one game tomorrow that could help in our quest and that's the game between Scunthorpe and Rushden. If Rushden lose and we win then that closes the gap a little, the crunch will come next Saturday when we travel to Nene Park.
    A win for us there will put us into 7th place with 77 points and leave Rushden with 75.

    This game is as important as the one in our promotion year and a similar result would be ideal, so get your tickets (only 600?) and get over there.

    First we have to get past Lincoln City.

    City have slumped to second from bottom of the table over Easter and things aren't looking too rosy at Sincil Bank.
    They have severe financial problems and are one of the sides that could go out of business because of this ITV Digital affair.

    They are surviving with money lent to them by a finance company and were unable to bring any players in on deadline day last week because of this.
    They did try to bring in loan players from Grimsby and Wigan with those clubs continuing to pay the said players wages. That was a non-starter!

    The fans are also calling for manager Alan Buckley's head on a plate after a very disappointing season and some not very exciting football.
    If he does go lets hope he's not on our wanted list.

    Lincoln have gone eight matches without a win, drawing just two.
    In that time they have scored only three goals, one in Easter Monday's 2-1 home defeat against Shrewsbury.

    They last won at home to Carlisle on March 2nd when they rattled three goals past them and their last away win was even further back on February 23rd when they won 2-1.

    They will be without Kingsley Black and Paul Morgan for their visit, Kingsley with a calf strain and Morgan with a hamstring injury.
    Also missing with long term injuries are Paul Smith (hamstring), Mark Bailey (achilles) and Steve Holmes (knee).

    Ian Hamilton will make his return from injury after missing the Shrewsbury game with a neck strain.

    Lincoln (from):
    Marriott, Barnett, Brown, Bloomer, Gain, Mayo, Black, Camm, Walker, Sedgemore, Buckley, Thorpe, Battersby, Cameron, Hamilton, Bimson.

    As mentioned earlier we will be looking for maximum points from Lincoln and should be back to a full turn out with the return of Colin Larkin after his recent neck operation.

    Also back will be Stuart Brock who has now finished his two match ban and played in last nights Cup game at Moor Green.
    Gary Montgomery has now returned to Coventry because of a goal keeping crisis at Highfield Rd.

    Richie Appleby should be regaining full fitness by now too and should be able to complete a game tomorrow.

    The only worry will be Bo Henriksens mental state after being subbed early in his last two games. It's no good worrying about his future now that Jan has gone, if he doesn't pull himself together he'll have no future anywhere.

    Dean Bennett got the only goal of the game at Lincoln back in November and he must be hoping he can grab another tomorrow. He hasn't scored a goal, home or away, since we beat Hartlepool 3-2 on March 2nd.
    He's due another one soon.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Danby, Joy, Stamps, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Ducros, Williams, Appleby, Davies, Henriksen, Broughton, Shilton, Bennett, Larkin, Foster, Bird.

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