Lincoln City on verge of a new era, says chairman Bob Dorrian
Bob Dorrian believes a resurgent Lincoln City are finally on the dawn of a new era after five years of "trials and tribulations" at Sincil Bank.
The Imps are currently bursting with confidence ahead of Saturday's home clash against Hereford after stretching their unbeaten run to nine games with a 3-2 win against Walsall in their FA Cup replay.
Tuesday's extra time victory was considered a major first round scalp having overcome the League One Saddlers, who are 44 places above them in football's pyramid.
With City on their best run since the Keith Alexander era, Lincoln fans can sense their club is showing shoots of recovery after relegation from the Football League.
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Lincoln chairman Dorrian accepts there is still work to do to heal the pain of the last five years, but believes the club is beginning to turn the corner.
"After the trials and tribulations of the last five years, Tuesday night was something very special," he said.
"As I have said many times before, the football club has continually let down the fans.
"Allied with the economic climate, people have stayed away because they know they are not going to be satisfied or happy after the game.
"We have had some exceptionally hard times, but I firmly believe we are now starting to turn the corner.
"We still have quite a lot to do and some way to travel, but it is starting to look very promising indeed.
"Tuesday was a clear indication of that and who knows it could be one of those nights we look back and say 'it all started from there'.
"Hopefully the fans will acknowledge how well the team is doing, will start to come back and we will then press on from there."
Dorrian said Tuesday night's victory, which earned Lincoln £18,000 in prize money, was his most memorable experience since he took over as chairman two years ago.
But rather than concentrate on himself, he instead showered praise on manager David Holdsworth who was subjected to some fierce criticism in September and became a target for abuse.
But the Lincoln chief was serenaded by the supporters at the Banks's stadium and Dorrian said he was thrilled to hear the supporters finally chanting his name.
"The board always had faith in David," he said.
"We were confident he would pull it all together and there is no doubt he has brought in some excellent players.
"It was just a question of sticking with him through the bad patch and the board never wavered in their support for him.
"Now we are starting to see what we hoped might happen if we stayed true to David.
"I am so pleased for him too because he has taken an awful lot of stick from here there and everywhere.
"It was great to hear the fans finally chant his name from the stands. It was a big night for David and I am delighted for him."