Barnet 1 Lincoln 1 Last Gasp Nolan Stings The Bees
Barnet would go ahead with a glorious goal but Simmo’s six-foot soldiers would cling on and get their just rewards with the last kick of the game. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves because this was another brave performance against a side who look to be going places both on and off the pitch.
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Saturday 14th September K.O 15:00 pm
scorers 56′ Marsh-Brown. 95 Nolan
Attendance 1913 (1339 Bees 574 Imps)
Ref Mr Whitton
The teams & Schemes
2 Yiadom 5 Acheampong (Y-77) 30 Stephens 3 Johnson
4 Weston 8 Byrne
7 Marsh-Brown 10 Crawford 11 Gambin
71 Abdulla on for Hyde, 81 Louisma on for Gambin, 90 Mengerink on for Marsh-Brown.
13 Jupp, 6 Sackville, 14 Abdulla, 16 Mengerink, 19 Villa
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Power Nolan Sheridan
69 Wright on for Jordan, 83 D/S Dixon on for Tomlinson & Rowe for Fofana
15 Gray, 27 Foster, 17 Dixon, 9 Rowe, 10 Wright
To the game fellow football fans to the game……………
The Imps do look by far the bigger side and kick-off. A flamboyant opening from both sides sees Acheampong play to Yiadom but Sheridan intercepts and shoots wide. All the Big lads go up for a free-kick but Acheampong heads for a corner. Power plays in Nolan but his shot is charged down as Lincoln continue to shade the early chances. Barnet are passing well, Weston plays to Gambin but Miller gets across to rob him.
Crawford lays a cute ball to Marsh-Brown but Newton is again quickly into a challenge. Nolan gives Tomlinson an opportunity, his drive is charged down but an alert Power curls one wide. Miller fouls Gambin one one flank before a fierce challenge from Newton clatters Marsh-Brown on the other. Barnet are playing some pretty stuff but the Imps are into the challenges just quick enough to deny them any scoring opportunities. Jordan and Fofana are working particularly hard. Marsh-Brown roasts Newton but Brown heads clear.
Gambin gets Miller back with a tough challenge. that he is still struggling to run off when Hyde is caught off-side to end a promising passing Bees move. Byrne gets forward but a poor first touch makes it hard for him to get his shot anywhere near the target. A great four man passing move cuts our centre asunder until Boyce intervenes to clear. Davids does not seem happy with his side’s progress against the dogged Imps, then again Stephens appears equal to anything in green coming within sniffing distance of the Bees 18 yard box.
A fantastic challenge from Nat Brown denies Marsh-Brown and from the corner the Imps clear, break at pace, then Sheridan finds Tomlinson who fizzes wide. Barnet’s football though dangerous and exceedingly pleasing on the eye is leaving gaps for the Imps to exploit. A lovely dink from Nolan is inches from the toe of Tomlinson. A terrific run from Marsh-Brown looks dangerous until his poor delivery undoes his great work, leaving Hyde salivating for service.
Brown first heads Marsh-Brown’s corner clear then does the same from Gambin, as the Imps hold on grimly. Acheampong is also reigning supreme in his box heading Newtons corner clear. Stephens and Power are spoken to after one of umpteen tasty challenges, particularly between Gambin and Miller. Safe to say both sides good approach play is being undone by the final ball plus Brown at one end and Stephens at the other. Newton’s corner finds the head of Boyce but his effort cum flick goes wide.
A terrific overlap and cross from Yiadom sees Brown just about get above Hyde to clear. Power’s corner leads to another after a scramble on the line. Newton plays short to Power but his shot is woefully high and wide. Hyde also hits one wide from distance, only the second in a shot-shy half, but it fails to trouble Farman. Fofana plays to Newton who crosses, only for Power’s acrobatic overhead kick to deflect over the bar. Barnet get a late corner, Byrne takes an out-swinger and Gambin miss-kicks for a goal-kick.
Barnet have the edge on possession again with the Imps snapping at their heals. Hyde, well shackled thus far, handles to end another decent 6 man move. The Bees are busy but somewhat over-elaborate at times allowing the Imps to just get that all-important challenge in. Tomlinson has been tireless again but he is getting little joy with Newton’s crosses meat and drink to Stephens and Acheampong. The entertaining game is end to end, played to the backdrop of some decent noise by both sets of fans in a stadium that lends itself well to atmosphere.
Then a game changing moment. Tomlinson is denied a penalty shout at one end, whilst the ball is worked to Marsh-Brown who waltzes wonderfully down the left. He twists and turns leaving 4 Imps in his wake before turning onto his right before unloading a glorious drive just inside the post. Fabulous goal, worthy of winning any game. The Imps do not wilt and Power gets one in the chops, requiring him to leave the field for treatment. The healthy Lincoln support is with them again, but the final pass is failing to live up to the passing approach play.
Two Byrne corners force, first Brown to clear and, then Farman to punch, but the game is almost going into a lull. Thus Simmo brings on Wright for Jordan to inject some urgency and pace. A Newton cross finds Brown but his header just clears the bar. Abdulla comes on for Hyde. The Imps continue to press but are failing to hurt Stephens who has been superb and he can hit long with accuracy too Marsh-Brown gets free again but his off-target shot is irrelevant thanks to an off-side flag.
Acheampong then earns a card for a foul on Fofana, but, Power’s free-kick is poor and cleared by the energetic Byrne. Gambin then goes off for Luisma just before Simmo gambles with 10 minutes to go. Dixon comes on for Tomlinson & Rowe for Fofana. The momentum increases noticeably as Newton roasts and centres but Rowe’s header goes over. Nolan plays out to Wright but his cross eludes everyone charging in at the far post. A great run and cross by Miller is just begging for someone to get on the end of it, but alas there is no one there except for Byrne who clears.
Its end to end now, Brown slips but Marsh-Brown fortunately fires wide. Another game changing moment, if he’d scored there would have been no way back. The Imps sense this too, with a scramble leading to a clearance by Stephens after a probing Miller long throw. Newton’s corner finds Boyce’s head, the effort is blocked but Dixon’s drive is wide. Mengerink comes on for Marsh-Brown as Lincoln keep going, and earn a last chance saloon free-kick. Newton floats in, all the big lads go up for it, even Farman, the ball falls loose in the area and, Nolan hammers home with his left peg. He is mercilessly mobbed by his team-mates to the backdrop of the travelling Imps doing the Dam-busters behind the goal.
Fabulous point, The Bees will be gutted of course after grabbing the lead with a goal worthy of winning any game. But this is yet another hard-earned point from a spirited team who believe until the final whistle. It has been put together on small change in comparison to their princely passing hosts but hung on in the face of it, once again, regardless.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
54% Ball 46%
2 Shots on 2
3 Misses 7
2 Saves 2
6 Corners 6
5 Offside 3
13 Fouls 10
1 Yellows 0
0 Reds 0
The Table 14/9/13
|3||Forest Green Rovers||8||4||3||1||18||7||+11||15|
|10||FC Halifax Town||8||4||1||3||13||15||-2||13|
|22||Aldershot Town (-10)||8||4||1||3||9||5||+4||3|
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