Lincoln 1 Boston 0 Newton’s Hay-maker settles it!
Boston gave it everything against Lincoln but perhaps did not get the breaks their energy and endeavour deserved. A moment of quality would settle it from Newton but let us not get too ahead of ourselves or we will tell the tale before it has begun. For the benefit of Boston readers, first the stats, then the teams & schemes and finally the closest we can get to an unbiased match report.
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Sat 3rd Aug 2013
Att 1008 (892 Imps from 116 Boston)
Scorer Newton 87.
The Teams & Schemes
2 Miller 5 Boyce 23 Brown 3 Newton
8 Power 19 Nolan
14 Yussuf 9 Rowe 10 Wright
25 Fofana for Yussuf, 70 D/S Foster for Brown & Dixon for Power
13 GK Preece, 27 Foster, 4 Jordan, 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst, 12 Sheridan, 15 Gray 16 Robinson 17 Dixon, 24 Cunningham, 29 Thomas
5 Garner, 6 Piergianni 3 Sansara
2 Bore 7 Ross 4 Galinski 8 Marshall 11 Milnes,
10 Newsham, 9 Miller
73 D/S Weir-Dayley for Bore & Fox for Sansara, 78 Reed for Galinski, 83 D/S Faiclough for Ross & Sanders for Miller, 90 Vince for Timms
13 Vince (GK) 12 Sanders, 14 Fox, 15 Reed, 16 Weir-Dayley, 17 Fairclough,
But To the game fellow fans, to the game…………………..
The Pilgrims went close in the opening minute when Marshall’s delightful dink put Ricky Miller beyond the flat-footed Imps back four. The whippet illustrated the need for speed and not haste by flashing wide.
Imps responded immediately when Wright rounded Tims only to shoot into the side netting from the angle. Wright again showed a tremendous turn of pace conjuring a cross for the pacey Yussuf but his poor header failed to trouble the keeper.
The Pilgrims were certainly making a game of it and had their chances. Tricky Ricky Miller hit a ferocious drive forcing Farman into a fantastic reaction save that just cleared the crossbar. Bore out to prove a point got beyond his man to deliver to Sensara but Farman was there again to pick his pocket.
With 10 bodies in midfield both sides looked to width when it was possible to get through the tough challenged flying in from both sides that is in a far from friendly but admirably contested affair. An injury to Yussuf changed the flow of the game for the better from an Imps point of view. Fofana came on for Adi, with Power moving forward as Mo partnered Nolan in the heat of battle . It freed the Sincil Soldiers spirit, Boyce put in a massive challenge on Milne to deny the winger bearing in on goal.
Newton looked lively on the overlap, leaving two in his wake before crossing cutely, but the ever alert Wright turned it just the wrong side of the post. Rowe had a go from all of thirty-yards but alas, an early contender for goal of the season, whistled narrowly wide of the post. He had another effort at a corner but sent a thunderous effort over the bar. Boyce rose superbly to meet another Newton corner, but alas the contact was somewhat poorer and another chance was lost. Miller, keen to chase even the lost cause, was a constant threat, although he overstepped the mark when clattering into Farman.
The Pilgrims continued to show their own pre-season promotion aspirations and shaded the opening. With both sides passing the ball superbly the visitors were the ones capable of conjuring the all-important ball but not the finish. A slick exchange between Newsham and Milnes saw the former beat Farman but his goal-bound side-footer was cleared off the line by Nat Brown.
Beauty followed from Boston. A glorious Premiership peel – all of fourty yards – Ross found Ricky Miller who Cruyff turned Brown before rounding Farman. He held his head in his hands as Brown deflected his effort wide, having recovered to guard his keeper. Ian Ross, probing from deep earned a free-kick. His thunderbolt looked like the opener until Farman flung himself full stretch to palm it round the post. At a corner,
Tomlinson, showing his desire to compete in the air throughout the game, saw his header beaten away by Timms. The Imps were knocking it about now with Power Nolan and Rowe eager to be at the heart of things but Boston’s back four stood firm.
That was until Dixon picked substitute Fox’s pocket and undone by his strength and pace he had no choice but to bring him down before he pulled the trigger. With just three minutes on the clock, up stepped Newton, as lethal from a set-piece as he is with his eye for an assist, to thump home an unstoppable 25-yard free-kick to settle it. Piergianni then had a headed equaliser ruled out for a push on Boyce.
On this showing Boston look to be in with a play-off shout this season, their packed midfield and pace certainly saw them shade the chances. However the Imps also had enough chances to win it before Newton’s quality finish carried the day. Lincoln kept the faith, rode their luck at times and continued to try to pass it, with comradeship and a desire also at the forefront throughout.
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