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Lincoln United
Stamford
Full time
Unknown (67')
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 169

Excellent team effort by Whites not enough to avoid defeat

Lincoln United lost their first home game of 2018, 1-0 to Stamford, in front of a good crowd in a match where they could have gained at least one point.

The Whites kept the same team as last Saturday and started the game brightly with Scott Matthews making a number of marauding runs down the left.

It took the visitors around 20 minutes to get a foothold in the game and but for the heroics of McGann in goal behind a strong back three, Sam Wilkinson’s men could have gone into half time at least one goal behind.

After the break, United came out all guns blazing and immediately started to dominate possession.

Jack McGovern’s glancing effort hit the post whilst Matt Cotton’s trickery was beginning to strike panic in the Stamford defence.

However, it was the visitors who scored the only goal of the encounter in the 67th minute when a quick break caught the Whites’ midfield too far up the pitch, leaving the defence outnumbered.

Stamford took advantage of this lapse and scored through full back Eliot Putman who formed part of the four man breakaway.

The Ashby Avenue faithful were treated to an exciting second half display by their team who couldn’t break through a very stubborn Stamford back five.

Toyne and Oliver were sent on but couldn’t find the spark to level the score-line.

It was an excellent game for both sets of spectators and both sides deserve praise for playing some really good football on what was a difficult surface.

Although there was naturally disappointment with the result, United should be pleased with their performance.

Stamford are a very good team and seized their chance when it arose.

Man of the match: Scott Matthews

Peter Hayward

Key moments

67:00
Goal Goal for Stamford

Highlights

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72:00 Sub Off
Charlie Ward is substituted off for Lincoln United
72:00 Sub On
Andy Toyne is substituted on for Lincoln United
72:00 Sub On
Ryan Oliver is substituted on for Lincoln United
72:00 Sub Off
Rob Norris is substituted off for Lincoln United
67:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Stamford
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As it happened

  • Lincoln United
  • Stamford
  • 0
  • Goal 67:00'
  • Andy Toyne Sub On 72:00'
  • Charlie Ward Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ryan Oliver Sub On 72:00'
  • Rob Norris Sub Off 72:00'

Team selection

McGann, Phil McGann, Phil
Ward, Callum Ward, Callum
Watt, Phil Watt, Phil
Blunden, James Blunden, James
Wightwick, Jack Wightwick, Jack
Matthews, Scott Matthews, Scott
Cotton, Matt Cotton, Matt
Ward, Charlie Ward, Charlie
Norris, Rob Norris, Rob
Grimes, Paul Grimes, Paul
McGovern, Jack McGovern, Jack

League round up

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# 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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