A 2-0 win against the BSP’s bottom side was the minimum Steve Tilson’s men could get away with on Saturday and the duly delivered, dominating a poor Bath team from start to finish.
As so often this season Imps number 8 Alan Power was the engine room, tireless in the 30 degree heat. But it was Gavin McCallum who would play a key role in both goals. City’s first, on just 19 minutes, saw a McCallum cross from a quickly taken throw find the head of Sam Smith. Ten minutes later McCallum again surged down the left, cut into the box and smashed the ball past the helpless Bath keeper for his first of the season.
After the break things settled down, City appearing to fade slightly in the heat after a lively opening half. But if there was a team against whom they could take their foot off the pedal, it was Bath. Winless this season with just three points they offered little threat to the Imps. Their only real sustained period of pressure came towards the end of the game when they had a sequence of corners, but Lincoln’s back line proved more than equal to it. And by that time, it was far too late.
Moment of the match: Gavin McCallum charging along the wing on his way to bagging City’s second goal.
The opposition: Which cliché would be best here? “You can only beat what’s put in front of you”? “A win is a win”? Both true, this isn’t the season changing win we’re all hoping for, Bath lacked in every department. The tone was set in the first minute when Ali Fuseini was allowed to waltz through the whole Bath team and have a pop at goal. It was obvious from that point that they shouldn’t cause us any trouble.
Their only bright spot was midfielder Marley Watkins who at one point performed a perfect Zidane turn, but was bafflingly withdrawn from the game after just 55 minutes.
For Bath fans there’s plenty to be concerned about, not least a troubling lack of team spirit. When Lee Phillips went down injured the only people interested in if he was alright were Lincoln players, and when he was carried off the field it was by Josh Gowling and John Nutter rather than his own teammates. When players don’t care about the physical wellbeing of their own teammates…you have big problems.
Man of the match: Gavin McCallum was a decent shout from the sponsors, crucial role in both goals. Alan Power was excellent as always, though.
Possible nicknames for Bath City we made up during the boring bits of the second half: The bubbles, the taps, the mats, the showers.
Game in a sentence: Almost good enough Tilson, almost.