First Team - Report
|Lincoln United||1||vs||1||Loughborough Dynamo|
HARD EARNED POINT
After an even first half United were second best after the break but battled gamely to come away with a third consecutive home 1-1 draw.
The first half was a lively affair with a much changed Dynamo side from last season looking to get the ball forward early and unsettle United.
In truth both sides had their moments in the first half. The lively Ashley Way was a constant menace to United's defenders and Jordan Hempenstall, making his first start of the season did likewise to the Dynamo back line.
In the middle of the half it was Loughborough in ascendency but they could not find the breakthrough then towards half time United had two great chances, firstly Chris Funnell broke clear and on on one with Kahil Mann-Kler he saw the Dynamo keeper spread himself and save well.
Then, following a corner Stuart Reddington had no time to react to a rebound and saw his shot go just over the bar.
United had a brief spell at the start of the second period but little after that.
Loughborough used the ball better and were much brighter in attack. One or two of United's players looked laboured and a little tired.
There was denying Loughborough deserved a goal but it was very avoidable from United's viewpoint. Craig Turner sent a poor kick forward straight down the middle of the pitch and one header sent Matt Langham clear to open the scoring in the 56th minute.
It looked liklier that Dynamo would add to the score rather than United get one of their own as several crosses saw us scrambling the ball away.
There was some stout resistance from the Whites with Reddington immense backed up by Sean Wright and James Stokes.
We had our moments from set-pieces but little else until the 76th minute when a great cross from Jack McGovern went between the two visiting centre-backs and Chris Funnell headed neatly home.
Uniyed huffed and puffed after that but in truth their passing was poor and they must have been delighted to hear the final whistle.