RUTHLESS NEWCASTLE HIT WHITES ON THE BREAK
Lincoln United fell victim to the clinical counter attacking of Newcastle Town in a 3-2 defeat that still leaves them deep in the relegation scrap writes Peter Hayward.
With games remaining at Brigg Town on Monday followed by the visit of play off certainties Mickleover Sports next Saturday, the Whites need four points to guarantee safety in the league without having to rely on other results.
The home team started the game playing confident, adventurous football and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 11 minutes when Brendan McDaid smashed home his second goal in successive weeks.
The Whites stoked up the pressure on the Newcastle defence and the ball did everything but go in the net.
The Hartsholme supporters were enjoying watching their team play the best football of the season. However their optimism was dashed when a break down the left by winger Jonathan Sheldon was slotted home by Jordan Cole to make it 1-1.
There was more woe for the home support when just after the break skipper Tim Sanders forced home a shot from the right wing to grab the lead after good work by danger man Neville Thompson.
Boss Dave Frecklington changed formation and personnel in search of the all important equaliser.
It came after 63 minutes when Paul Mayo’s long throw was met by Kern Miller who headed powerfully past a stranded Joseph Mellor in the visitors’ goal.
It was no more than the home side deserved as expectations rose for a winner.
But it was Newcastle who took all three points when substitute Joshua Gordon broke through unchallenged and hit a left foot strike past Robert Peet.
The remaining 10 minutes were frantic as the Whites threw everything at the Newcastle defence. Holden saw his lob cleared off the line and in the 91st minute the Whites’ front man was denied by the cross bar.
Despite having numerous opportunities throughout the game the Whites couldn’t deliver the killer punch which has been a problem all season.
Teams like Newcastle have a ruthless streak in their attacking play and usually score even with fewer chances.
Lincoln United must add that killer instinct to their game at Brigg Town on Easter Monday and come away with all three points.
Their league status is still very much in their own hands. After today’s hard working performance they are capable of coming through the relegation battle unscathed.
Next up Brigg Town away Easter Monday KO 3PM