Theo Robinson opened his City account with a brace tonight to secure an FA Cup first round place for City.
It’s been said City aren’t a good FA Cup team but once again we’ve negotiated the 4th qualifying round once again, having only failed to make the first round proper once since coming down.
It was a feisty and exciting encounter against Guiseley with a superb goal, some nervy moments and the obligatory cup red card. The important fact of course is the win and progress to face Altrincham on November 5th.
Theo’s goals signalled his arrival on this stage, and as I’ve always maintained he is far too good for this level. He’s here on a non-contract basis to put himself in the shop window and unfortunately as a non-league club we have to accept that as a fact of life. If he plays well clubs will be alerted, and I would imagine he’ll be interested in a move to the Football League. If he plays badly then there’s no benefit for us either.
In reality we have to enjoy Theo while he is here, and tonight he looked to work well with Matt Rhead. As an experienced striker used to playing off a big man I think he has the experience to score a lot more goals for Lincoln, especially if he continues to work with Rheady. It’s okay having pace and finishing ability but in order to realy have an advantage you need intelligence, and having played at Championship Theo has it.
Theo isn’t the only massive plus for Lincoln at the moment. Even though Arnold is injured it is the other wing where we are benefitting – Harry Anderson looks absolutely superb. He had a quiet spell and sat a couple of games out, but since then he’s been a revelation and keeping him and Theo on form is going to be crucial in the coming weeks.
We have an intense looking fixture list now, with Eastleigh, Boreham Wood,Chester and Chester all coming up in the space of ten days. It’ll be a real test of the whole squad, and I wonder if by the time we get to the FA Cup match against Altrincham we have a significantly different looking squad? Certainly Taylor Miles should be approaching fitness by then, and I’m informed there could be two new faces joining us as some point in the next few days.
The Imps will need to utilise their whole squad and a few more bodies won’t go amiss as we enter a season defining spell. Not only do we have those games coming up but also a that massive clash with Forest Green. Once we’ve negotiated that spell I think we’ll have a clear idea of exactly where we are as a team, and what our realistic expectations are. Without getting carried away, deep down I think we all believe that this might just be our season. How much would a good cup run help that momentum?
Whatever happens if Harry Anderson and Theo Robinson can maintain their form then we have every chance of heading towards Christmas with a second round tie to look forward too, and an exciting race at the top of the table. It’s a good time to be an Imps fan, make sure you enjoy it.