Worcester 1 Lincoln 1 Boyce Saves Our Lincolnshire Bacon
Worcester City threw the kitchen sink at Lincoln City in an FA Cup tie from the days of yore. The hosts were well worth a replay on an ex-League stage this Tuesday, but let us not get too ahead of ourselves, for there were thrills and spills with heroes aplenty to do the cup proud this day.
For the benefit of Worcester fans visiting STMI for the first time , first the Teams & schemes then a blow by blow followed by more stats than you can shake an Imp or Blue at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
scorers: 55 Williams A, Boyce 77.
Attendance 1019 ( 819 Blues 200 Imps )
Ref Mr Wigglesworth
Heeley goes 4-4-2
2 G Williams (Y- 85) Hutchison 6 Khan 3 Deeney
7 Thompson 4 Thorley 8 Taundry 11 Addy
10 Nti 9 Glover
52 A Williams (Y- 90) on for Taundry, 83 Hales on for Thompson, 86 Moore on for Glover
On the bench
23 Sargeant, 18 Smith, 17 Lemon, 16 Moore, 15 Hales, 14 Williams, 12 Smith
Simmo 4-3-3 (Diamond)
Miller (Y-55) Brown Boyce Newton
Foster Nolan (Y-27)
65 Dixon on for Wright, 67 Robinson on for Foster, 74 Fairhurst on for Tomlinson.
On the bench
31 Preece, 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst, 12 Sheridan, 15 Gray, 17 Dixon 16 Robinson
To the game fellow football fans to the game……………
The ‘lets beat these fancy Dans’ greeting from the announcer at the kick-off gave the game additional impetus as whippet Thompson gets down the line but Brown clears. The hosts are definitely aiming to get in the Imps faces with some passionate fast and furious football. Live-wire Thompson runs at Miller and crosses but the effort from Glover is blocked by Boyce for a corner amidst claims for a penalty. From the corner Nti reacts first and shoots into the side netting.
The ball is getting stuck in the heavy pitch which is not conducive to the Imps passing game, while the pace and width of Thomson and Nti is positively feeding off it and the frenzy and energy from the crowd. Pacey Nti roasts Nat Brown but he recovers well at the expense of a corner. Thorley takes it but amidst the he well policed penalty box a shot is charged down and the Imps are away on the counter, but alas, Miller, through on goal, is magnificently denied by Veiga who makes himself big. Power plays to Jackson, who cuts inside and crosses for Wright but his glancing header is well wide.
The Imps are settling, perhaps attuned to the tempest whipped up by a Blues quartet equal in tenacity to the tempo. Imps Jackson and Wright are also looking fast and furious as both sides look to nick one on the break. Its hearts in mouths time as Boyce slips to allow Nti to take it in his stride and chip only for Farman to read it perfectly. Its end to end at Aggborough, as a Nolan and Thompson exchange sees Cape Crusader Jose Veiga out briskly to clear those who would trespass. Wright shows some terrific skill to roast his man, he crosses but Millers rising drive clears the crossbar. A wonderful run and cross from Newton sees Jackson head wide, before another cross from Nolan is just too strong for Wright, Tomlinson and Jackson, a trio who look eager to pounce.
A Miller throw causes panic in the box but Khan gets it clear, as the Imps continue to look a big threat at set-pieces. But Worcester are a worry, when three on two Adi takes a touch too many when Thomson was on and Brown gets a foot in to howls for a foul, as the ref gives it the other way for handball instead. Its blood and thunder stuff with the impassioned home support spurring the Blues on with the hosts stretching the Imps defence almost at will, as we live dangerously at times against exuberance and pace. A good three minute home spell ends with Thompson sending over a cross that Taundry heads just wide to oohs and arghs. Miller and action Jackson have been the stand-out performers for Lincoln going forward but all four defenders have certainly earned their corn again.
Both sides keep the faith although The imps have gone 3-4-3 (Foster, Brown, Boyce) with Miller and Newton as wing-backs. It is The Blues, however, who are out of the traps, with Newton clearing under pressure from life and soul Thompson. The Imps get their second wind and win a corner with Power sending long for Brown to head wide. Wright beats two but is robbed by Kahn who hits long to Glover but he is dispossessed by Boyce who also hits long for Veiga to gather at the other end. Jackson is looking useful, beats two and delivers but Brown again heads wide.
Miller earns a free-kick that Newton comes across to take but his delivery is cleared with Nti away and fouled by Miller (who gets a card). The ref rightly plays the advantage and Thompson is on it in a flash, crossing for unmarked sub Aaron Williams to slide home at the far post with his fisrt somewhat golden touch. Lincoln leave themselves very open as they go for the equaliser, with Nti and Thompson looking even faster and more dangerous on the counter. Veiga comes and claims a Newton free-kick and gets the ball to Thompson again but Foster suavely uses his experience to calm things.
Big Bohan Dixon comes on for Wright and Connor Robinson comes on for Foster (switch to 4-3-3 ) as Simmo tries to save the tie against a Worcester side looking dangerous every time they counter. The question is will the part-time legs tire against full-time opponents who are never beaten until the final whistle? Another great run from Miller finds Jackson, who plays to Tomlinson, but he fires a howitzer over. A Miller long throw is headed wide by Boyce as the Imps continue to press. Dixon wins a corner that Power sends long, Kahn clears, Miller plays it back and Tomlinson clatters into Veiga but the effort goes wide, leaving the keeper requiring treatment. Fairhurst with a point to prove comes on for Tomlinson.
Nolan plays to Jackson and, after the ball is exchanged between three Imps, he receives it back and beats his man, but not Veiga, who brilliantly saves again. Salvation is upon Impdom as the subsequent deep Newton corner sees Brown head back to Boyce who side-foots home the equaliser. The hosts, running on adrenalin (and perhaps gas and air in the case of tireless Glover) almost go straight back into the lead, as another swift counter sees Thompson cross but Williams is inches from touching home. Captain Thorley hits a 30-yard hay-maker just over the bar.
Its a real end to end cup-tie now; a brilliant run from Robinson sees him beat three down the left, cut in and force a magnificent save from Veiga. The hosts are tiring as Heeley and the Blues are dealt a harsh card when the dangerous Thomson limps off to be replaced by Hales with seven minutes to go. A Robinson and Nolan one-two sees the latter unload a bullet that Veiga theatrically saves. The part-time hosts may be tiring but Man of the match Miller blocks an effort from Nti who is still going strong. Power’s late free-kick just eludes Boyce at one end before the hero is clears an effort for a corner at the other. Newton clears for a corner as Worcester lay siege to the Imps goal, to ensure a replay at Sincil Bank on Tuesday night.
Shots on includes goals, saves includes crosses claimed
47% Ball 53%
3 Shots on 5
6 Misses 6
7 Saves 2
4 Corners 5
2 Offside 4
11 Fouls 11
2 Yellows 3
0 Reds 0
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