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Sheffield FC
Lincoln United
Unknown (25', 66', 73')
Full time
M Cotton (16'), J McGovern (31')
Tue 3 Oct 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 178

Whites slump to defeat after disappointing second half performance

Lincoln United's inconsistent performances continued at Sheffield FC last night where they went down 3-2 after going in at half-time 2-1 to the good.

To make matters worse, skipper Phil Watt and fellow defender Callum Ward had to be replaced because of injuries.

The Whites' however, started well enough and their first attempt on goal came after two minutes when Andy Toyne's shot cannoned off a defender for a corner.

Sheffield were quick on the break and should have gone ahead after 15 minutes following a defensive mix-up in United's defence.

In what was turning out to be an open, entertaining match, Sam Wilkinson's team took the lead when Jack Wightwick's mazy run ended with Matt Cotton firing home an excellent left-footer into the top corner of the Sheffield net.

Five minutes' later, the home side equalised after the ball was threaded through to Joel Purkiss who was left in the clear to beat keeper Phil McGann.

United were then put under pressure until a Wightwick corner after 30 minutes was met majestically by Jack McGovern who headed home to give his side a 2-1 advantage going into the break.

The second half turned out to be somewhat of a disaster for the visitors. Callum Ward was replaced by James Blunden at the back and then Phil Watt had to go off injured leaving Luke Hornsey to come on and take his place.

The home side began to take control and equalised on 70 minutes with a left-footed screamer from substitute Matt Sykes.

Andrew Gascoigne then gave the hosts the lead with another 25 yard effort five minutes' later.

Although United went close late on, it was a combination of injuries and disjointed play that led to the defeat.

Leek Town await on Saturday and Sam Wilkinson does not yet know how many changes will be needed to overcome the present injury crisis.

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Key moments

Goal Matt Cotton scores for Lincoln United
Goal Goal for Sheffield FC
Goal Jack McGovern scores for Lincoln United
Goal Goal for Sheffield FC
Goal Goal for Sheffield FC


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73:00 Goal 3 - 2
Goal for Sheffield FC
69:00 Sub Off
Danny Brooks is substituted off for Lincoln United
69:00 Sub On
Conner Robinson is substituted on for Lincoln United
66:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Sheffield FC
56:00 Sub On
Luke Hornsey is substituted on for Lincoln United
56:00 Sub Off
Phil Watt is substituted off for Lincoln United
46:00 Sub Off
Callum Ward is substituted off for Lincoln United
46:00 Sub On
James Blunden is substituted on for Lincoln United
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 1 - 2
Jack McGovern scores for Lincoln United
25:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Sheffield FC
16:00 Goal 0 - 1
Matt Cotton scores for Lincoln United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Sheffield FC
  • Lincoln United
  • 0
  • Matt Cotton Goal 16:00'
  • Goal 25:00'
  • Jack McGovern Goal 31:00'
  • Callum Ward Sub Off 46:00'
  • James Blunden Sub On 46:00'
  • Luke Hornsey Sub On 56:00'
  • Phil Watt Sub Off 56:00'
  • Goal 66:00'
  • Conner Robinson Sub On 69:00'
  • Danny Brooks Sub Off 69:00'
  • Goal 73:00'

Team selection

McGann, Phil McGann, Phil
Millard, Harry Millard, Harry
Matthews, Scott Matthews, Scott
Ward, Callum Ward, Callum
Watt, Phil Watt, Phil
Wightwick, Jack Wightwick, Jack
Cotton, Matt Cotton, Matt
Brooks, Danny Brooks, Danny
Toyne, Andy Toyne, Andy
Norris, Rob Norris, Rob
McGovern, Jack McGovern, Jack

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Stamford 42 71
7. Leek Town 42 68
8. Lincoln United 42 68
9. Corby Town 42 60
10. Cleethorpes Town 42 55
11. Stocksbridge Park Steels 42 53
12. Peterborough Sports 42 51

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