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First Team - Match centre

Lincoln United
Bedworth United
M Cotton (4')
Full time
Unknown (24', 42', 48')
Sat 3 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 81

Whites' miserable run of 2018 continues as they go down to Bedworth 3-1 at home.

Lincoln United slumped to their fourth successive defeat of the year after losing 3-1 to high-flying Bedworth United after taking an early lead.

Sam Wilkinson's men started the match in ideal fashion when Matt Cotton volleyed home after only four minutes following great work down the left by Kallum Smith.

It took the visitors some time to settle and resist the marauding attacks instigated by Smith on the left flank.

Bedworth slowly began to establish their attacking style of play and it came as no surprise when they equalised after 25 minutes.

Striker Alex Troke beat Scott Matthews' attempted tackle to shoot beyond the reach of McGann in the United goal.

Three minutes before the break, Whites' skipper Phil Watt was shown a yellow card on the halfway line.

The resulting free kick found an unmarked Levi Rowley in the box who steered his shot over the outstretched hands of McGann.

Five minutes after the break, Bedworth increased their lead after a fine passing movement saw Troke curl his strike into the far corner of the United net.

Toyne and Ward were sent on to shore up midfield and attempt a fightback but the Bedworth defence held firm.

The visitors' midfield proved a stumbling block to the home side by thwarting the efforts of United and setting up their attackers with a series of telling through balls.

There was certainly no lack of effort shown by United but they were up against a side 20 points above them and in the end it was the quality of Bedworth which gave them the spoils.

On Wednesday evening, United welcome runaway leaders Basford United to the Sun Hat Villas.

Peter Hayward

Key moments

Goal Matt Cotton scores for Lincoln United
Goal Goal for Bedworth United
Goal Goal for Bedworth United
Goal Goal for Bedworth United


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89:00 Yellow Card
Jack Wightwick is yellow carded for Lincoln United
52:00 Sub On
Andy Toyne is substituted on for Lincoln United
52:00 Sub On
Charlie Ward is substituted on for Lincoln United
52:00 Sub Off
Steve Ridley is substituted off for Lincoln United
52:00 Sub Off
Kallum Smith is substituted off for Lincoln United
48:00 Goal 1 - 3
Goal for Bedworth United
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 1 - 2
Goal for Bedworth United
41:00 Yellow Card
Phil Watt is yellow carded for Lincoln United
24:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Bedworth United
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Matt Cotton scores for Lincoln United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Lincoln United
  • Bedworth United
  • 0
  • Matt Cotton Goal 4:00'
  • Goal 24:00'
  • Phil Watt Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Goal 42:00'
  • Goal 48:00'
  • Andy Toyne Sub On 52:00'
  • Charlie Ward Sub On 52:00'
  • Steve Ridley Sub Off 52:00'
  • Kallum Smith Sub Off 52:00'
  • Jack Wightwick Yellow Card 89:00'

Team selection

McGann, Phil McGann, Phil
Matthews, Scott Matthews, Scott
Watt, Phil Watt, Phil
Ward, Callum Ward, Callum
Wightwick, Jack Wightwick, Jack
Smith, Kallum Smith, Kallum
Cotton, Matt Cotton, Matt
Norris, Rob Norris, Rob
Ridley, Steve Ridley, Steve
Oliver, Ryan Oliver, Ryan
Grimes, Paul Grimes, Paul

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Belper Town 30 36
12. Loughborough Dynamo 32 34
13. Lincoln United 27 33
14. Peterborough Sports 31 32
15. Spalding United 28 31
16. Kidsgrove Athletic 27 30
17. Newcastle Town 29 30

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