Burnley FC centre-back Tom Anderson would get the man of the match for this one and deservedly so as Lincoln entertained Gateshead a club on the rise managed by one time Imps target Gary Mills. We were the underdogs in this one facing a budget three times our own and a side unbeaten in five with a penchant for draws.
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First the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Tynesider at.
Teams & Schemes
Tuesday 30th Sept
Scorers Anderson 55′ Wright 63′
Attendance 2394 (2338 Imps 56 Silkmen)
Ref Mr Johnson
Teams & schemes
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1
5 Miller 25 Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne (Y)
12 Mendy 10 Ledsham
23 Sam-Yorke 5 Bencherif 22 Marshall
19 Rankine 29 Wright
11 Finnigan 8 Turnbull 23 Rodman 7 Oster
15 Allan (Y) 6 Clark 5 Curtis 2 Jones (Y)
Mills goes 4-4-2
Subs & substitutions
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Capricel 14 Nolan, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions: 87′ Power on for Sam-Yorke
The Head Bench: 9 Shaw, 10 Guy, 12 Ramshaw, 14 Brown, 16 Baxter.
Substitutions: 67′ Guy on for Rodman. on for
To the game fellow football fans to the game…………
Both sides hit long balls before Miller gets the chance for a long throw that Sam-Yorke gets a head to as it loops off Curtis for a corner. The visitors are struggling at the back against the height and physical presence of Lincoln it would seem. A late one from Jones on Ledsham earns him a card. The visitors put a decent three man move together but Mendy robs Rankine superbly.
The interchangeability of Mills players is not quite total football but it is unsettling the Imps with a patient build up. One such 5-man move sees Turnbull find Danny Wright who heads against the post, but, the offside flag it raised as the scribblers get their rubbers out. Curtis and Sam-Yorke tangle with the Imp raising an arm but fortunately getting away with it. Lincoln are reasserting themselves again but any final balls are poor. Rankine is getting plenty of space from Diagne but Bencherif spares his blushes.
Marshall is taking the corners tonight and to be diplomatic we are missing Newton’s delivery. Tomlinson is working hard, he plays to Bencherif who thunders a 40-yard hay-maker wide. Both sides are cancelling each other out which is a credit to the Imps with a budget a third of the visitors size. The Heeds quality of distribution and movement shows it is money well spent even if they are flattering to deceive in the opening half an hour. This may account for the recent run of three draws in an unbeaten five. Ledsham almost gets Sam-Yorke away but the back four have stepped up to catch him offside.
Miller and Diagne do seem to be staying back although Sam-Yorke beats Rodman to earn a corner. Marshall delivers Hamza misses and Tomlinson scythes just over the bar. A Jones throw causes a bit of a skirmish in the box before the ball is cleared giving Ledsham the chance to stretch his legs. Clarke beats him for pace and ends our most exciting opportunity of the game so far. Another poor corner from Marshall which frustrating given these seem to be our best opportunity for a gaol. Then again a wayward 40-yarder from Mendy is another option. Anderson challenges Wright who wants a penalty but referee Johnson is having none of that.
The fact that Robinson has scored again for Boston lifts the spirits in the stands, bored by the over-elaborate passing of Gateshead, more intent on their possession football that has not really threatened. Tomlinson hits a 25-yarder which is well saved by Bartlett. Marshall gets free to thunder a drive wide.
Dangerman Rodman has woken up at last and is promptly clattered first by Diagne and then by Townsend, with Diagne getting the card. To the surprise of the Imps and the consternation of the travelling Tynesiders, Gateshead get a corner as opposed to a penalty. Don’t you just love the officials at this level. The hand signals were another confusing part of the pantomime, forcing many a fan to almost fo;;ow through and we couldn’t blame the coffee substitute this time!
Townsend smothers another but the temperature and tempo is increasing as Rodman weaves, shoots and sees Townsend save again. Bencherif lines up for a free-kick 30-yards out it takes two deflections and all in the ground scream for a penalty as Sam-Yorke goes down under a challenge from Clarke. The ref however points for a goal-kick.
Finnigan fouls Sam-Yorke for an early second-half card and Tomlinson fizzes the set-piece wide. Marshall picks Rodman’s pocket and Anderson gets away with being somewhat too amorous with Wright. Sam-Yorke brilliantly sells and roasts Clark , he squares, but Ledsham is not sharp enough to finish. Rodman plays to Oster who twists, turns and serves his centre only for Rankine to fluff his lines. Mills is not best pleased, although, he would win best dressed in a suit so sharp you would by a car off him.
A great corner from Tomlinson finds Anderson to head home with aplomb and a most unexpected but welcome lead. Anderson appears injured once all the players clamber off him, however he gets to his feet to acknowledge the crowd.
The game certainly needed a goal with Mills considering a change, then the Imps turn off at a corner. Oster drives the ball across, it deflects off Brown and Wright finishes with a sweet volley at the far post. A real result for the Imps as Lewis Guy replaces Alex Rodman. Tomlinson roasts Allen and crosses to Sam-Yorke. His shot is saved and Tomlinson on the follow up is beaten by the angle. Sam-Yorke robs and then beats Clarke; lays it on a plate for Ledsham, alas, again he fluffs his lines.
There is endeavour at both ends yet the final ball is lacking from both sides. You can see why Gateshead draw so many games 1-1. Townsend does save well from Guy when the great approach play finally conjures a well overdue shot. Sam-Yorke makes way for Power as Tomlison goes down the middle. A late Tomlinson corner finds Bencherif he heads downward but Bartlett somehow gets down to it at the expense of a corner. Power gets a yellow for a deliberate but needless trip on Oster as the Imps grind out an impressive point against Gateshead. Not a classic but this is a point earned not two lost for the Imps. Lincoln sit 14th the Heed drop down to seventh.
The Stats & League Table
Tuesday 30th Sept
Note: shots on includes goals plus all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed
50 % Ball 50 %
4 Shots on 6
10 Misses 5
4 Saves 4
9 Corners 3
4 Offside 2
12 Fouls 9
1 Yellows 1
1 Reds 0
|2||FC Halifax Town||13||8||3||2||24||9||+15||27|
|8||Forest Green Rovers||13||6||4||3||17||12||+5||22|
|24||AFC Telford United||13||1||3||9||18||35||-17||6|