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2011/12 to Present : Return to non-league


By Kate Jackson
July 18 2013

After relegation from the Football League in 2011, City had to cope with the non-league against and we are still there at the time of writing. It's been an interesting mix so far.

2011/12 - The return to non-league was a deep learning curve for the Imps. It had changed a lot since our last visit to the non-league and the club didn't cope entirely well. Despite recruiting a good squad on paper, Steve Tilson was soon sacked and replaced by David Holdsworth, the former Mansfield manager. 

Consistency throughout the season saw the Imps struggle to get away from lower midtable and there was also an embarrasing exit from the FA Trophy to Carshalton Athletic, a side who were three divisions below the Imps. The form does start improving at the right time though and the Imps do end the season with a run of 5 wins in 9, with a draw away at eventual Champions Fleetwood in the mix.

Fleetwood and York were promoted to the Football League, whereas Bath, Hayes and Yeading, Darlington and Kettering were all relegated.

2012/13 - The league form was again largely unconsistent during the season but the Imps did enter the top 10 of a division for the first time since the early stages of 2009/10 after a run of 10 games without defeat in all competitions. The run also included a memorable 3-2 win away at League One Walsall in the FA Cup. It was the first time that the Imps had beaten a side from two divisions above them in the League structure.

The Imps ended the 2012 section of the season relatively well, but a run of facing all of the top sides in January left City in shocking form before late decent form again saved the Imps. Despite recording more points, goals and a higher league position than the previous season, City only avoided the drop on the final day of the season with a memorable 5-1 away win at Hyde.

Mansfield and Newport were promoted to the Football League. Stockport County, Barrow, Ebbsfleet and Telford were all relegated.

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