City have gone four points clear at the top of the table this evening with a fine 1-0 win at Solihull Moors in front of over 1,000 travelling supporters.
Many fans believed a point away at Moors would be a good result given our games in hand, but if you want to win the title you have to be bringing three points home. Jack Muldoon’s goal early in the second half ensured we remain in pole position for a swift return to the Football League.
If any fans deserve league football at the moment, it is Lincoln City’s. 1135 of the attendance tonight was Imps fans further demonstrating the huge potential when the club are playing well. Solihull will be rubbing their hands with glee at such a big turnout, but from a City perspective it signals the continuation of a journey that shows no signs of slowing.
City had to hang on towards the end, five minutes of injury time turned into seven, and a late scramble in the penalty area looked like it might rob us of three points at the death. As we know by now though, this club fights for every ball, for every single minute of every single match. Spirit like that wins you not just games, it wins you titles.
I’m delighted for Jack Muldoon tonight, recalled in the absence of Theo Robinson. Robinson missed the game due to ‘personal reasons’, but was later seen in the ground glued to his mobile phone. Muldoon found himself starting, and he took advantage with a good strike to give us the 1-0 win. Jack has worked tirelessly, and despite being on the fringes his attitude has always been exemplary. Like Alan Power before him, I’m always pleased when a player with the right attitude gets himself back into contention.
Lincoln now have 61 points, four clear of Forest Green in second and still with a game in hand. That figure represents our total for last season, with three months still to play, and with us into the last sixteen of both the FA Trophy and the FA Cup, life couldn’t be much better. Tranmere did win at Woking tonight, but if we keep winning our games it isn’t going to matter at all.
I feared another FA Cup hangover, but Danny Cowley’s teams know how to bounce back from defeats. They know what is required to perform not just in front of big crowds and TV cameras, but also on cold nights at obscure grounds.
I was heading to bed early tonight, but Kevin Cooke’s cryptic comments about possible transfer news in the coming hours has ensured I stay up until at least eleven o’clock. I know transfer deadline day is busy for the ‘real’ media, but if there’s some news to bring you it’ll be something like my tenth blog in two days!!
There’s not much more to write now though, is there? We know we’re on our way, we shouldn’t expect anything less than the performance we have tonight. I think having been burned time and time again over the past decade or so, we are half expecting the wheels to come off somewhere. I’m just beginning to think that this time is going to be different.