Sunday, November 4, 2012

Are we on the verge of a cup run?

Hello all

After defeating the self-proclaimed "massive club" Halifax, the Imps came within minutes of getting past League One side Walsall. The Imps had controlled most of the match and more than outmatched their loftier opponents, that was until the Saddlers launched a rare attack and scored with what was pretty much their first effort on target just before the end of the 90 minutes. It had ended what had been a brilliant Imps performance in disappointing fashion.

The game now goes to a replay and will face the winners of another replay, Slough vs Mansfield. Although we won't do what Halifax did and start looking forward to the next round before we have actually beaten the  opponents we have in the replay, but if the replay goes anything like the first game, then the Imps have a great chance of making the third round.

We are familiar with Mansfield Town after our visit there last month (video below), and we were hardly overawed by one of the pre-season favourites for promotion, and Slough Town are one of the lowest ranked teams left in the competition, currently playing in the Evostik South League Division One Central, the equivalent level to Lincoln United. Slough sit midtable in their division but due to their FA Cup run have played at least two games less than anyone else in their division.

If the Imps can get past Walsall then we have a great chance to get through to the third round and draw a big side. However, we shouldn't just assume that we are going to beat Walsall simply because they were crap yesterday (and I would go as far as saying one of the worst sides we've played this season). They are still two divisions above us and despite their recent form, are still more than capable of beating us....afterall, they can't be any worse than they were on Saturday.

But anyway, hopefully we can have a decent cup run again.

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