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Lincoln United
Market Drayton Town
Full time
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Sat 11 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 122

Whites Made To Pay For Missed Chances

Lincoln United went down 1-0 to Market Drayton Town at the Sun Hat Villas stadium yesterday because of their failure to convert the chances they made.

The result sees Sam Wilkinson's men slip to 17th in the league with the prospect of a trip to seventh-placed Bedworth Town looming next Saturday.

Callum Ward and James Blunden returned after injury but skipper Phil Watt was absent due to the head injury he received at Alvechurch last week.

Market Drayton had four clear-cut scoring chances all game and managed to convert one of them in the second half.

Their first golden opportunity came after 10 minutes when striker Ryan Seal broke through the Whites' defence only to see his weak, left-foot shot trickle wide.

The Whites struck back soon after when a three-man move involving Smith, Hornsey and McGovern almost gave them the lead.

United keeper Sam Vince was called into action after 20 minutes to make a flying save to his right as he punched clear a long-range effort from Sean Williams.

What followed was a catalogue of misses by the home side who totally dominated their opponents for the rest of the half but incredibly, failed to find the net.

Keeper Haydn Whitcombe and his fellow Drayton defenders produced heroics to keep out a rampant United.

The second half started in the same mould as the first as a Whites' header was cleared off the line. This was followed by close efforts from Toyne, Grimes and Cotton.

However, the visitors' defence held firm with a combination of excellent goalkeeping and just a hint of good fortune.

In the 72nd minute, and against the run of play, Market Drayton took the lead following a quick break from defence which saw Sean Williams' shot hit the upright and fall to Judd Ellis who finished clinically.

Despite shouts for penalties by the Whites, coupled with goal-line clearances and defensive heroics by the visitors, the score remained 1-0 which means a seventh defeat in eight games in all competitions for the Ashby Avenue outfit.

It was a game United should have won at a canter.

However, chances must be converted and no matter how hard they tried, the Whites' strike-force could not find the back of the Market Drayton defence.

Man of the Match: Scott Matthews

Peter Hayward

Key moments

72:00
Goal Goal for Market Drayton Town

Highlights

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82:00 Sub On
Harry Millard is substituted on for Lincoln United
82:00 Sub Off
Rob Norris is substituted off for Lincoln United
77:00 Sub On
Jack Wightwick is substituted on for Lincoln United
77:00 Sub Off
Luke Hornsey is substituted off for Lincoln United
72:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Market Drayton Town
64:00 Sub On
Conner Robinson is substituted on for Lincoln United
64:00 Sub Off
Kallum Smith is substituted off for Lincoln United
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As it happened

  • Lincoln United
  • Market Drayton Town
  • 0
  • Conner Robinson Sub On 64:00'
  • Kallum Smith Sub Off 64:00'
  • Goal 72:00'
  • Jack Wightwick Sub On 77:00'
  • Luke Hornsey Sub Off 77:00'
  • Harry Millard Sub On 82:00'
  • Rob Norris Sub Off 82:00'

Team selection

Vince, Sam Vince, Sam
Hornsey, Luke Hornsey, Luke
Ward, Callum Ward, Callum
Cotton, Matt Cotton, Matt
Blunden, James Blunden, James
Matthews, Scott Matthews, Scott
Smith, Kallum Smith, Kallum
Norris, Rob Norris, Rob
Grimes, Paul Grimes, Paul
McGovern, Jack McGovern, Jack
Toyne, Andy Toyne, Andy

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
15. Carlton Town 16 20
16. Market Drayton Town 18 20
17. Lincoln United 17 18
18. Kidsgrove Athletic 15 17
19. Peterborough Sports 19 16
20. Sheffield FC 18 15
21. Gresley FC 19 15

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