Lincoln 2 Middlesbrough 1 Tomlinson Makes Boro Pay The Penalty

Let us hope the style and smile of the six-foot soldiers impressed the Middlesbrough management as much this 2-1 win over their development side deserves.  Alas under 500 were hear to see it, but they missed a side that purred in the last third with Nolan showing his class time and again.  Both these sides can clearly play, but this was to be Lincoln’s day in a friendly that had the flare and fire in equal measure to inspire – we could do with that both in terms of potential future loans from Boro and a few more through the gate on Tuesday night.

For the benefit of Boro visitors, first the teams & schemes & then the match report thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 1/0

Att 493 ( 479 Imps 14 from Boro)

Scorers Yussuf (38)  Sirrell 60 Tomlinson (pen 89)

The Teams & Schemes

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Gray Brown Boyce   Newton  

Power Nolan

Yussuf  Rowe Tomlinson    




H/T Foster on for Brown, Fofana on for Boyce 65 (x3) Sheridan on for Rowe, Fairhurst on for Wright & Dixon on for Yussuf 70 Robinson on for Power

The Bench 

13 GK Preece, 4 Foster, 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst, 12 Sheridan, 16 Thomas, 17 Dixon, 20 Robinson

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2 Bennett, 5 Welledji, 6 Jackson, 3 Callaghan

7 Brobbel, 4 Halliday, 8 Morris, 11 Sirrell

9 Jones, 10 Main




40 Waters on for Callaghan 42 Fewster on for Morris 70 D/s Kneeshaw  & Perier on  

The Bench 

GK  Coddington, 12 Fewster,  14 Kneeshaw, 15 Perier, 16 Rhoden, 17 Fowler, 18 Waters, 19 Burn


With Bordeaux’s finest on the menu at home, the visitors could perhaps be forgiven for keeping the fine wine for the palette of the patrons down by the Riverside.  But the Beaujolais Nouveau from the development side and, for that matter, the scintillating six-foot soldiers of Sincil Bank suggests feasts aplenty for both sides in the coming months and years. This was bubbly, brimming with bouquet & body and aroma aplenty,  yet perhaps the price and a lack of a good nose, alas saw under 500 sample the fayre

But To the game fellow fans, to the game…………………..

The Imps flew from the traps, in continental 4-2-3-1 formation, keen to play a passing game of pace and flamboyance.  Nolan was a marked man throughout the game, indeed, an early challenge from Morris was worthy of a warning from the referee. Nolan and Rowe, at the centre of things defensive and creative, fed Yussuf who took it in his stride to shoot wide. Power gave Yussuf a second opportunity but again, despite beating roasting his man for pace, he shoots just the wrong side of the upright.

Boro get their second wind 15 mins in and start to show their quality with the Imps back 6 absorbing the pressure and snuffing out two or three counters. The visitors have clearly been told to get stuck into a very big Lincoln side with Nolan wondering what has hit him on 3 -4 occasions.  Farman is also tested twice, dealing with a long-range Morris hay-maker and a smothering a low drive from Brobbel, cutting in superbly from the right to get off a goal bound effort.

Rowe  is unable to finish a fine move involving Power, Nolan and Tomlinson. With all the big lads up for a Newton corner Brown rises supreme to head powerfully over the bar. Sirrell, a skilful dervish, leaves two in his wake but fizzes wide after a great run. Boro counter from a corner with Sirrell, rampant again, before sending over a terrific cross, but Jones’ bullet header crashes back off the crossbar.  Nolan feeds Wright and he is away showing a phenomenal turn of pace.  He cuts back to Yussuf who reads it and times his run  superbly to confidently fire home.

Boro send on Waters on for Callaghan and Fewster for Morris, eager to level things with just 5 minutes of the half to play. Rowe cutely plays in Wright who rounds the keeper (who has narrowed the angle) but Welledji brilliantly gets back to hack his goal-bound effort off the line.

Second half.

During the interval a protective Simmo rests Boyce and Brown for Foster and Fofana at the heart of the defence.  Boro are a different side this half and Main gets beyond the new central pairing but thankfully thunders wide. Fewster then forages from deep, outwits Fofana and  levels with a super strike that gives Farman no chance.

The Imps are on the back-foot now, but Foster leads by example to get his head to a corner. Its a typical gung-ho pre-season friendly, although the passing and movement from both sides is first rate. A sweeping Imps move against the run of play earns a corner, Foster, for it is he, connects but his header balloons over. Foster is having a fabulous game and picks Main’s pocket with a telescopic tackle at the last.

Simmo makes a triple substitution to try to win it with Sheridan on for Rowe, Fairhurst on for Wright & Dixon on for Yussuf. We ride our luck, in fairness Nolan’s first error, when Sirrell and Fewster cleverly combine but fortunately the the latter flashes narrowly wide, with Farman beaten.

The game is a flowing end to end affair now and eager to win it both sides make changes, with Robinson on for Power and a double substitution from Boro. Foster makes another heroic last ditch block to keep the scores level, he has been man of the match these last two games against quality forward lines.  The Imps have chances of our own, perhaps even show-boating but Tomlinson is denied by keeper Ripley.

Another stunning double save from Ripley denies Dixon again. His, Sheridan and Robinson’s introductions have clearly added to the options and illustrates the Imps embarrassment of riches in the attacking third. Another flowing move sees a probing Sheridan delivery strike a hand for a perhaps deserved penalty.  Up steps new goal machine Tomlinson, stroking home from the spot. It is nice to see him pay back the first instalment of his transfer by grabbing a goal on his debut. In added time Ripley makes another double reaction save from Dixon before Robinson fires the rebound against the bar. Boro still had time for one last effort too but the Imps were not to be denied.

Posted on July 27, 2013, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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