Saturday, 23 August 2014

Two Minutes With... Lincoln City

Lincoln were the visitors to The Hive last Saturday – Lucy Rogers (@lucerogers) answers the questions in this instalment of Two Minutes With.
Saturday 16th August 2014
Barnet 1-2 Lincoln City
                  Burrow ’15
                  Bencherif ’22
Marsh-Brown ’56
How did you get to the game?
By car – a nice journey down to A1 in the sunshine!
What did you make of The Hive?
The Hive is a ground which has a lot of charisma. After visiting last year I was impressed and especially liked all the new facilities which we aren’t normally used to!
If you went to Underhill, how did The Hive compare?
Underhill was a ground I visited on a number of occasions to watch Lincoln. It was a ground I always looked forward to visiting. The slope was the best part about it!
The Match
What did you make of the game?
The match for me was the best away performance in many years. All in all, it was a very good game. It was a shock performance from us after a good start and was something no one in the Lincoln end was expecting! Both teams could have had more than a handful of goals each.
Who (from either side) impressed you?
For us, it’s the same player every week: Sean Newton, the left back. His left foot and cross is out of this world! He set up Lincoln’s first goal of the match and every cross he whipped in was threatening. Also, our goalkeeper, on loan Nick Townsend – he really should not be playing in this league. He was tremendous, pulling off saves that helped us on to the win.
For Barnet, I would have to say a player who always impresses me: Keanu Marsh-Brown. He is a very talented player and will go on to bigger and better things. There are a lot of big names at Barnet including John Akinde, Sam Togwell, Curtis Weston
Who (from either side) could have done better?
For us it would have to be Nat Brown, the centre half. He made a few mistakes which could have been costly. Another one for us would have to be Ben Tomlinson. Having scoring 20 goals last season he has currently not shown us anything of the sort. He is the type of player who is never in the game, then he comes in and nicks you a goal, something which he isn’t doing for us at the minute.     
For Barnet it is hard to say really. Someone who didn’t really impress me is John Akinde. He didn’t really do anything and we kept him under wraps.
Was the score line a fair reflection on the game?
I think the score line was a fair reflection in the end. Being 2-0 up so early on in the game is very daunting and is a horrible score line, especially away from home because you expect the home team to come at you. Once Barnet got the goal back after half time, it was heart in mouth moments constantly! Barnet were very poor first half allowing us lots of space and we were able to pass the ball about a lot. However, second half they came out fighting and were impressive but just couldn’t find the other goal. For me it was an amazing result, a very good game to watch and a great advert for Conference football.
Who do you play next and how do you think you’ll do?
Braintree at home. I am hoping and praying for a win. It’s teams like this that we always slip up against but it would be very nice to keep the unbeaten run going. We do tend to beat Braintree though, home and away! Another clean sheet would also be nice. It won’t be an easy game though, and we must not think that either.
Price of match day ticket
Purchases made at the ground
Quality of football
Overall experience
Total - 47/50

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