Last night’s win in the EFL Trophy against Mansfield Town demonstrated the sort of depth we have in the squad, with several ‘fringe’ players getting game time and impressing.
Theo Archibald was one player who hasn’t featured much in the league, but who had a strong night at Field Mill. Another was likeable attacker Remy Howarth, who helped create the first goal and could have added one late on for himself.
I caught up with Howarth before the game for the club programme this weeek, where he told me about his journey from Blackburn Under 23s to Sincil Bank. Be sure to order it from Ignition Media here, to get a great insight into his journey.
Aside from the programme, we also spoke a little about the atmosphere at the training ground and, full of enthusiasm, Remy explained how the lads gee each other up if the tempo drops even a tiny bit.
“The atmosphere around the place is quality. Nobody has taken their foot off the gas, everyone is still right on it. The lads are still coming in early, doing little bits after training and stuff like that.
“The tempo is still great too, if there are any signs of it dropping we have a word with each other and we pick it up straight away again. We’re always on it.”
We look forward to welcoming Bristol Rovers this weekend, a game which on paper looks like a form side against a team trying to find their way, but 23-year-old, who has moved to Lincoln with his partner, doesn’t believe any game can be classed as easy.
“This league doesn’t bring any matches which you can look at and say ‘yeah, we’ll be sound here’, every game is a big game and every one is competitive. Anything can happen, but that’s the level you want to be playing at, testing yourself every week.”
Remy is certainly testing himself after a journey that has seen him go from Blackburn U23s to Skelmersdale, then to Ashton United before moving to Cefn Druids. From there, he’s wound up at Sincil Bank purely through his own desire and determination.
What really struck me when chatting to Remy was how instantly likeable he is. We spoke a little about walking and I found myself recommending walks out near Louth to him as if he were a mate I’d known for ages. He is definitely a people person, brimming with enthusiasm and obviously loving every minute of his life.
That’s why I was chuffed to see him get 90 minutes later in the evening and turn in a decent performance as well. I’m sure it won’t be long before his journey takes him to a Football League debut and hopefully, beyond.