Lincoln City v Tamworth
Blue Square Premier
Saturday, March 31st 2012, 3pm
By Scot Rowland
1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Having lived in Lincoln for two years and not living far from Sincil Bank I always hoped that they would drop into the Conference for the opportunity to see Tamworth face them, and although I now live in Ipswich I was still looking forward to visiting the city again and the ground.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:
My journey from Ipswich was as I expected. I left Ipswich at 05:30 on a rail replacement coach to Stowmarket, then the train to Peterborough and after a quick change arrived in Lincoln at 10:01. Finding the ground was easy for me having lived in Lincoln but its pretty much a straight run using either of the very good directions on the guide, although you don’t pass any pubs using the Sincil Drain route.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy. Home fans friendly:
Before the game we went to The Ritz Wetherspoons on the High Street just five minutes walk from the station and then to the Walkabout which is on the High Street walking in the opposite direction from the stadium, which is good for a quiet drink as its quiet early in the morning. Then we headed for the Brayford Waterfront and The Square Sail which is a Lloyds Bar that is always doing a good trade and has the added bonus of having a very nice view of Brayford Pool. We also took in the two Uni bars The Shed (very apt for us as we stand in The Shed at The Lamb) and Tower Bar which are located on the main University campus and are very cheap. We didn’t come across any Lincoln fans on the day.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and other sides of the ground:
Having been to Sincil Bank on a few occasions I lost out on that new ground feeling. But the first thing you notice is the size of the Lincolnshire Co-op Stand, It is quite large and towers over the rest of the stadium, away fans are located in this stand and it does have very good views of the action. The rest of the stadium is a bit of a miss match, The Lincolnshire Echo stand straddles the half way line and looks a bit worn and has Poachers Corner a small covered family stand next to it. Behind the near goal is the GoCar Stand with few rows of seats in front of a row of executive boxes. Opposite that is the Stacey West Stand a fair size seated stand, the ground does have a certain charm to it with the Tamworth fans. It’s somewhat of a Marmite stadium; some hate it and some love it.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets ect..
Lincoln dominated the game from start to finish, and the result never looked in doubt. Tamworth struggled from the off and Lincoln took the lead after only 7 minutes when Bore fired in after Tamworth failed to clear. Lincoln continued to press and got a second when Danny Thomas diverted a cross into his own net. Scotty Barrow tried his luck from distance for the Lambs but apart from that we had no real chances of note.
The second half continued in the same vein and Lincoln were awarded a penalty and Power smashed it home. The Imps continued to press and completed the rout when Thomas deflected another cross in for his second own goal of the afternoon which summed up Tamworth’s performance and fortunes. The atmosphere was ok in parts the Lincoln fans tried to make a bit of noise and had their obligatory air raid sirens, the Tamworth fans tried to rally their team for large parts to no avail. The stewards were fine and the space around the food outlet and toilets are good allowing easy passage. The food served was average but not great and a tad pricey.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Having managed to endure 80 minutes we left early so getting away from the ground was fine, although I could see with a decent crowd it could get a bit manic in the small streets around the stadium.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I love Lincoln as a city it’s a nice mix of the old and the new under the backdrop of the Cathedral. The day was fantastic with some very good bars and real ale pubs with a good atmosphere but as has been the case Tamworth blotted the day with an inept display. I’d recommend a visit to Lincoln and will definitely return I just hope that The Lambs can put in a better performance.
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