The timely trouncing of Alfreton Town signals time for an up moment in our relationship with our beloved local football institution then? The Mighty Imps responded to the undeserved and unhealthy pre-match pressure in style with a 5-goal humiliation of Alfreton (bodes well for Boxing day as they brought just 68 from Derbyshire last night) to cruise into the First Round of the FA Cup. The much needed Cup run is under way with £12,500 in prize money bagged plus our share of a combined 2415 gate. So less their coach money and the costs of staging the games the Imps should be about £25,000 towards cutting that £150,000 deficit. Role on the trip to Eastleigh.
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Lincoln 5 V 1 Alfreton (H/T 2-0)
Imps: Newton 6, 42, 62 (pen), Sam-Yorke (79, 81)
Alfreton: Wood 74
Ref Mr Joyce Att 1529 (68 Reds)
Lincoln City 4-4-2 Diamond
Miller, Brown, Audel, Newton;
Bradley, Courtney, Keane, Shaw
Wood, Graham, Davies, Rowe-Turner
On six minutes the Imps clicked. Newton sized up one of the free-kicks he is famous for after Nolan’s sortie had been brought to a premature end. Taking three strides he curled a 20-yarder round the wall with aplomb. Bar a couple of half-chances the Imps dominated possession during the remainder of the half and doubled their lead with Newton bringing the house down. On forty-three and forty yards out he hit a curler (ok the wind played a part) that bemused Howell the stand-in keeper to complete a first-half brace.
A penalty looked to have made the game safe after Power had been felled in the box. Up stepped Newton to slot into the corner. Alfreton founOn seventy-four minutes the ten men rallied with Shaw’s cross finding the head of former Mariner Wood to head home at the far post.
Time for super-sub Sam-Yorke’s late show with a brace of pace and grace. On 78 minutes Newton hit long and Sam-Yorke hit top gear before roasting Rowe-Turner and then slotting home. Three minutes later it was high-fives as Sam-Yorke poached a rebound from a fierce Connor Robinson half volley.