Lambs make a point
29 March 2014After three consecutive away defeats, The Lambs returned home to face The Imps who had never won on their travels against Tamworth and featured former Lamb Jake Sheridan in their line up.
Dale Belford made two changes to the side that suffered defeat at Chester in midweek with Matthew Barnes-Homer returning back to Cambridge and Justin Richards taking a spot on the bench as David Morgan returned to the side along with Richard Baker.
Lincoln got the game underway with Tamworth attacking the Meadow Street End in the first half and an early freekick from Newton was headed away by Evans.
Sheridan was released down the right on 6 but dragged his shot wide of the right hand upright.
A shot from baker came from the edge of the box on 8 and it was easily taken by Townsend.
A long throw by the visitors from in front of the clubhouse on 11 was headed back past the near post by Foster.
Baker forged a chance for himself on the edge of the area on 12 but lifted his shot over the bar.
A strong run by Peniket fed the ball to Morgan on 17 and a corner was the reward for the deflected shot but the flag kick was wasted. Morgan clipped the cross bar with a long range cross come shot that Townsend got a finger tip to but the corner failed to test the keeper.
On 30, Sheridan briefly got the better of Richards-Everton at the back and forced Belford into a point blank save at his near post to keep the scoreline at 0-0. Baker and Foster tussled on the floor and both received yellow cards for their efforts along with Newton for his protests directed towards the official. Imps captain Brown brought Baker down 35 yards from goal on 41 and Tamworth were given two chances to take the freekick but Thornton was booked for taking it too quickly and the second effort struck the wall.
A corner was forthcoming on 40 following a quick Lambs break up field but it was taken at height by Townsend and booted quickly down field for Belford to gather.
Foster pulled the trigger at the far post following a long throw from the right wing in two minutes added time but cleared the bar from 8 yards and Richards-Everton required treatment on the field shortly before the half time whistle blew.
Tamworth got the second half underway kicking towards the Castle End and there were encouraging early signs as The Lambs kept the ball heading in the direction of the visitors goal in the opening exchanges.
A corner on the right on 52 was headed down towards the far post by Peniket but Baker couldn’t divert the shot goalward and it went round the post for a goal kick.
Caprice got in the way of a shot from Newton on 54 and the long throw from Miller came back out to Newton who tried his luck from 25 yards but Belford was happy to watch it out over the bar.
At the other end Townsend collected a high ball after Evans got a glancing header to a right wing cross. Peniket struck from distance on 55 and the ball was well saved by Townsend but Kerry couldn’t mop up the rebound to give The Lambs the lead.
Evans forced a corner with a left sided low shot but the corner came to nothing and on the hour Forster appeared to tangled with Peniket in the area when The Lambs striker was shaping to shoot but the referee was having none of the appeals for a spot kick.
Belford saved well from Sheridan on 63 and Peniket’s header from a 66th minute corner was won well but directed over the bar.
The Lambs changed formation to 4-4-2 with Baker alongside Peniket for the remaining 20 minutes and there was an increased sense of urgency about the side and at the back Caprice worked hard to deny the run of Sheridan into the box.
Thornton made space and tried a chip from the right of the box on 74 but it cleared the bar. Lincoln put some pressure on the Labs defence around 75 and forced a left sided corner which was heralded by drums from the 385 travelling fans but Power’s shot is best left forgotten.
Baker’s tenacity in the bottom corner by the clubhouse won a corner on 79 and although the initial ball was cleared the ball back in was headed by Peniket straight at Townsend.
Thornton hit a low shot at the left corner on 80 but Townsend was equal to it again and on 87 Richards-Everton picked up a yellow card for a foul in front of the main stand. The Lambs pushed hard into the final third and Thornton forced yet another flag kick by the clubhouse but Peniket was unable to get anywhere near the ball.
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and the visitors won a corner right at the death.
Belford, Evans, Richards-Everton, Kerry, Baker, Thornton, Caprice, Peniket, Mahon (c), Morgan, Keane
Subs: Hoban, Richards, Wollery, Batis-Cande, Haworth
Lincoln City Team:
Townsend, Miller, Newton (Gray 66), Jordan (Power 39), Rowe (Dixon 83), Sheridan, Nolan, Brown, Mandy, Adams, Foster
Subs: Arthur, Preece
Man of the Match: Belgrave S&S chose Richard Peniket
Referee: Mr. P. Rees