First Team - Report
|Shepshed Dynamo||0||vs||3||Lincoln United|
SHEPSHED DYNAMO 0 LINCOLN UTD 3
Shepshed Dynamo’s home encounter with relegation threatened Lincoln United ended in a 3-nil victory for the visitors, a result that almost guarantees the United safety whilst condemning Shepshed, barring a dramatic change of fortunes, to a final place..
Ask any Shepshed supporter and they will remember several defining moments over the years. The good, the bad and the downright ugly. An FA Cup trip to Carlisle, winning the Midland Alliance, Southern League football and long coach trips, A 9-nil home defeat against Mangotsfield on the last match in 2004 – laughed off because it was so unbelievable. The April 2006 “Team of the Month award” when mid table Shepshed won four matches in the run in against the top three teams fighting tooth and nail for the title. Then of course last year when we spent a month sweating on retaining our Evo-Stik status with a Committee room decision. Will Saturday March 3rd prove to be another defining moment?
This was a game we were going to get three points from to complete the double over Lincoln United. We were going to cut the gap on the Rainworth immediately above to four points and be just six points behind Lincoln who haven’t exactly been hitting the headlines recently. Oh! and Quorn would lose at Hucknall and we would be seven points ahead of them. Well that was the plan!
Of course a bit like the “King’s new clothes” nobody mentioned the fact that Shepshed had failed to win at home in the previous thirteen matches. However it took only 22 minutes for reality to kick in as Lincoln took the lead.
Shepshed keeper James Martin did well five minutes before the goal to palm away a net bound header at the far post by Lincoln substitute Alex Troughton, who had only been on the pitch sixty seconds, and was to prove a thorn in the side of the defence for the rest of the game. The goal came when Shepshed inexplicably lost possession in midfield, the ball being swept out to the right flank to Chris Funnell, who ran on to thrash the ball past Martin.
To a certain extent Lincoln rested on their laurels after the goal, content to throw up a defensive wall which the Dynamo found difficult to penetrate, forcing them to shoot from a distance. The accuracy of which gave United keeper Phil McGann few problems.
Shepshed started the second half a little brighter but it didn’t last long, the standard of passing left much to be desired and too many players went walk-about. Lincoln’s second came when they were awarded a free-kick on the half way line on 72 minutes. Whilst Shepshed argued the merits of the award Lincoln took it quickly. A pass down the right flank to Funnell whose cross found Kallum Smith on the far post who tapped the ball home. The icing was added to the cake in the 86th minute when Troughton got the goal he deserved racing down the left, whilst Shepshed stopped to appeal for offside, to plant his shot past the advancing Martin.
The final whistle went with the Shepshed supporters stand virtually empty and a mountain now for the team to climb.
Shepshed:- Martin, Boafo (Mulonga 61), North, Maddison, Screaton, Hore, Pembleton, Ward, Chaplin, Hollis (Krasniqi 78) Brewer. Subs not used Sturgess, Jenkins. Att 102