DYNAMO held to a draw
Two Dynamo goals in the first half but Lincoln matched that in the second to share the points.
Dynamo pressed straight from the kick-off and went ahead after just 4 minutes: Paulo Piliero broke down the left and his low cross picked out the inrushing Ryan Robbins who scuffed his shot but it went in of a retreating defender. The pitch was not the smoothest surface and both sides struggled to create clear chances but Dynamo changed that on 21 minutes and it was a trade-mark goal from Karl Demidh. He received the ball wide on the right, cut inside two defenders and lashed in a left-footed shot low into the corner to give Dynamo a two goal lead. Just one minute later the home side were reduced to ten men when Josh Nichol was dismissed for a very late tackle on Jared Holmes.
This seemed to unsettle both sides with precious little football on view. Lincoln were a bit out of sorts but Dynamo did not press home the advantage, but were never seriously troubled. On 35 minutes Danny Gordon produced a bit of magic to control a long ball and beat his marker in one movement: he then fed Demidh but he shot high and wide from 20 yards out. Lincoln began to impose themselves, however, Dynamo strung 4 passes together on 40 minutes but Gordon blasted the chance high and wide.
2 minutes later Lincoln created a great chance as Kallum Smith tore down the wing and his cross was met by Tom Garrick but a great save by Charlie Taylor kept the ball out to preserve Dynamo’s 2 goal lead which they held up to half time.
It was all Lincoln in the second half, they introduced Rob Norris and Andy Hutchinson as substitutes and went for it. It took them just 4 minutes to score! Scott Matthews struck a great free kick which hit the bar. Taylor produced a brilliant save to keep out the rebound but was finally beaten by Andy Hutchinson to make it 1-2. Lincoln continued to attack and twice Matthews worked a chance. His first cross being fired wide by Hutchinson and his second was deflected for a fruitless corner; But Lincoln would not be denied: A tricky run down the left by Matt Cotton ended with a perfect cross which James Blunden headed powerfully into the net to bring his side level on 59 minutes. It was not good viewing for the Dynamo fans who were watching their side being outfought and outthought and by 10 men. It was to continue as Lincoln dominated the next 10 minutes which ended with a great diving save by Taylor to keep out a fierce shot by Smith. However, Dynamo dug deep and had the next 10 minutes: A great run by centre half Luke Foster was ended by a foul on the edge of the penalty area but keeper Michael Emery saved the resulting free kick on 72 minutes. One minute later Foster started a move with a pass to Carl Sibson who found Demidh on the right; this time he cut inside but fired wide; 6 minutes another three man move ended with Holmes firing high and wide. But back came Lincoln and they forced Dynamo back but could not get the chance they were looking for.
One good passing move from Dynamo saw Devante Riettie underhit his shot from 18 yards. At the death, Lincoln thought they had the winner, but Hutchinson was unlucky to see his shot cannon back off the post after a great run. They still had time for a late free kick but it was deflected for a fruitless corner.
Dynamo had survived a torrid second half: normally Dynamo would have been happy with a point away at Lincoln; but perhaps not today;
Credit, however must be given to the home side for their sterling effort in the second half:
Report by Frank Fall