SIX UNBEATEN FOR THE WHITES
Lincoln United emerged from their mid-table game at Belper with a creditable draw. It extends the unbeaten run to six games.
The down side is that it is three consecutive draws.
Manager Terry Fleming felt it could have been more than one point. " For an away perfomance I was pretty satisfied. I felt the goal we conceded was avoidable and we missed several good chances."
You could argue that it is four points dropped in the week as we had enough chances at Sheffield also.
However, like Sheffield, there was a feeling that the game could have gone either way.
Phil McGann made a great save just after our equaliser and Belper had a penalty claim in the second half.
You might argue that Belper, as the home side didn't do enough to win it. Alessandro Barcherini made a great save right at the end from a Sam Mullarkey overhead kick to deny United a winner.
The Whites went behind in the 19th minute with some uncharacteristic defending. Kallum Smith dived in following the ball being given away cheaply and a cross from the right was met at the far post by Belper's skipper Jon Froggatt.
The first half had a seen a fairly even share of posession with neither side really having a cutting edge. However in that first period United had ten corners to Belper's one and chances did come. Porter headed against a defender and George Zuerner had the best chance of the game but shot straight at Barcherini.
The second period saw United much more in control of their passing and they started very brightly. Mullarkey and Jack McGovern were a real threat and their were bright moments for Scott Coupland and Zuerner, the latter firing over from close range with a volley.
It felt as if United had to score in this spell and in the 58th minute they did so.A neat bulid up between McGovern, Coupland and Zuerner seemed to have been snuffed out but a loose ball was pouned on by Mullarkey and he finished neatly.
For Belper Daryll Thomas was a threat in the second half and when he broke clear McGann made a terrific save.
Late on Chris Funnell got in down the left and he squared the ball to Coupland when he might have shot then came that Mullarkey effort but a point each was the outcome.