Lincoln 1 Macc 0 Rowe Puts Imps 8th!
Rowe was to make his competitive Sincil bow against Macclesfield with over 2300 Imps salivating on a very wet Tuesday. He would pile on the style in the first half and make our Sincil dreams come true. Both sides would have a goal disallowed, but let us not get too far ahead of ourselves.
For the benefit of Macclesfield fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Silkman at thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Attendance 2386 ( 2313 Imps 73 Silkmen)
Ref Mr Handley
The teams & schemes
Gray Brown Boyce Newton
Power Rowe (Y-71) Wright
35 Dixon on for Wright, 73 Fofana on for Rowe.
31 GK Preece, 6 Fofana 7 Fairhurst 12 Sheridan, 17 Dixon,
J Askey (4–3–3)
3 Andrew 5 Bolton 12 Williams (Y-16) 2 Connor (Y-66)
25 Kay 23 Whittaker 15 Lewis (Y-90)
19 Boden 9 Holroyd 8 Jennings (Y-71)
86 Macreth on for Bolton
No GK, 7 Mackreth 10 Kissock, 11 Winn, 14 Gnahoua, 17 Green
To the game fellow football fans to the game………………….
The Silkmen are first to settle and force the early play but cannot carve out a clear chance. Power plays in Wright but he scuffs his effort. Macc quickly counter but two silkmen comically collide to end any danger. Rowe plays two decent balls but the greasy turf thanks to the heavy pre-match rain is not helping the players to get the ball under control.
The Imps begin to settle and Tomlinson looks away but is fouled allowing Newton to have a dig from distance. He takes two strides but cannons a 25 yarder over the bar. Macc are exploiting the flanks well but no one can get to Lewis’ inviting cross. As are Newton, Gray Wright and Power who are giving the sub six-foot keeper some problems against Simmo’s 6-foot soldiers..
A beautiful curling drive from Thomlinson is tipped over by Taylor for a corner. Power sends in a beauty that the keeper (not the tallest) puts behind. Newton’s corner sees a Brown header saved by the keeper for a fourth corner. This time Boyce gets up but a free-kick is given as Bolton hacks off the line.
Tomlinson chests to Power who plays to Rowe who touches to Gray on the overlap but he shoots wide. Rowe then decides to take it on his own, runs at the defence cuts inside onto his right and slams home a beauty. Rowe then puts Wright away but the keeper superbly saves a powerful drive that eludes the follow up of Wright and Power.
A beautiful back-heel from Wright to Tomlinson sees him crowded but its another example of the blend of football starting to blossom at the Bank. A glorious ball from Rowe looks set to put Wright away but his hamstring goes to end the danger. On comes Bohan Dixon to replace Wright and immediately wins a header. A fabulous chip from Rowe puts Thomlinson through but Taylor saves again. Thommo’s work-rate and movement has been superb this evening but the keeper has been his equal so far.
Given the conditions both sides have played some great football, but only the Imps have really delivered any end product thanks to Foster, Nolan, Boyce and Brown acting as a huge central phalanx that allows the full-backs to roam. A cross from Lewis is missed by Farman but fortunately Jennings gets nowhere near it. Dixon blocks a Whittaker effort and Power has to go off for a blood injury after blocking a Boden effort. With the Imps down to 10 Andrew send over the corner Gray clears to the feet of Lewis but Farman is equal to his firm strike.
Both sides keep the faith and Macc press with the offside flag ending any danger. Foster then wins a 50/50 to stir the spirits. A glorious half volley from Andrews is tipped over by Farman and Dixon imperiously head the corner clear. The Imps are slow out of the traps but Newton gets forward and sends over a beauty but Andrews reads it and clears well.
The Silkmen continue to boss the game. A Whittaker cross is blocked by Newton for a corner that the Imps clear comfortably. Whittaker plays a great 1-2 then feeds Holroyd who curls a decent effort wide. Tomlinson is penalised for cleanly using his strength to end the first passage of passing football for the Imps this half. The referee misses an elbow to the face of Dixon, consistent with his officiating this evening.
Full-back Andrew flashes a great ball across the Imps 6-yard box but Holroyd and Jennings fail to capitalise. Gray plays in Thomlinson who is away and promptly grounded, yet incredibly the referee waves away the penalty claims. Rowe plays in Dixon who turns smartly again and Connor takes a yellow for his team. A great throw from Dan Gray finds Rowe but his header comfortably clears the bar. Thomlinson is fouled again this time by Whittaker.
Boyce fouls Whittaker and squares up to his man but cools his blood just in time. The game is getting ‘niggly’ now; half Macc’s frustration at fruitless superiority and half Lincoln being unable to get back into their passing game. Rowe is booked for a foot up on Kaye with Jennings also seeing yellow as the handbags come out for a moment. Power plays to Rowe who flicks to Thomlinson but his cross is deemed ball to hand as Connor blocks. A decent ball from Nolan gives Gray the chance to fizz one over the bar. Fofana replaces Rowe with 16 minutes to go.
The Imps get lucky as The Silkmen finally find the cutting edge that has eluded their approach play. A long-range effort from Holroyd is flapped at by Farman but the offside flag saved his blushes as the forward scores. Brown clears another Andrews centre, bar a slip that he recovered well from, Brown has done well tonight and for once the sponsors get their man-of-the match award about right. A brilliant run from Dixon finds Nolan who shoots just wide. Andrews gets another cross in but Holroyd fluffs his lines. A Newton corner finds Dixon who is denied a goal thanks to a curious offside flag.
Two cynical challenges unpunished, one a body check by Williams on Dixon could have earned a second yellow for red. This is Newton’s distance and the ground hold their breath as the fireball is bravely blocked by Lewis. Lewis booked for his umpteenth foul on Thomlinson then goes up the other end and almost scores until Farman parries to keep the lead intact. A wonderful ball from Power puts Fofana away but he comically falls over to end the chance and the game.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
54 % Ball 46 %
6 Shots on 4
6 Misses 6
3 Saves 7
7 Corners 5
8 Offside 4
16 Fouls 13
1 Yellows 4
0 Reds 0
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