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Sat 14
Men's - First Team
M Cotton (7' Pen), J Park (22'), L Priestley (26')


By Chris Hough
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After a convincing win away at Bridlington, 'The Whites', hosted the world's oldest football club, Sheffield FC. United were without both Harry Millard and Tayo Tucker due to injury; Theo Mussell was brought into the squad, as were Andy Janssen and Pierce Hudson as Louie Jarvis wasn't involved.

The match got off to a frantic start with neither side creating much of note. The best piece of play came in the 7th minute when Evan Payne's through ball found Elliot Dye and the midfielder was brought down by the on-rushing goalkeeper. United's skipper, Matthew Cotton, stepped up and tucked away his 10th league goal of the campaign.

#TheWhites 1 - 0 Sheffield FC

Sheffield grew into the game and were creating chances from deliveries into United's penalty area. United weren't at their free-flowing best but were creating chances and soon doubled their lead. Kallum Smith's delivery across the box was met by Jake Park whose diving header was past the keeper and in the net before Faxon could do anything.

#TheWhites 2 - 0 Sheffield FC

Four minutes later and it was three! A dream start for United despite being some way off the standards they set at Bridlington a week earlier. Liversidge and Cotton combined with the latter finding Leo Priestley at the back post, who duly tucked the ball away into the bottom corner.

#TheWhites 3 - 0 Sheffield FC

United nearly made it four through Jake Park. A 'Whites' corner fell to Park inside the six-yard box, his flicked header was somehow kept out by Faxon, with appeals that the ball had crossed the line. Sheffield nearly reduced the deficit themselves when a hooked effort rebounded out off the post before Conor Cutts missed a glaring header at the back post.

As time ticked on towards half-time, the best chance of the match fell to Callum Foster. A Matthew Cotton corner was met aplomb by United's vice-captain but he headed over when the net should have bulged.

Lincoln United FC 3 - 0 Sheffield FC (HT)

The second half started as it did in the reverse fixture. Sheffield had reverted to 4-4-2 and were direct in their style getting the ball towards United's goal. Whilst goal-scoring opportunities weren't at a premium, the away side put United under continued spells of pressure which paid off on the hour mark. An Adam Brogan free kick was uncharacteristically split by Jack Steggles and Adam Baskerville was on hand to smash the ball into an empty net.

#TheWhites 3 - 1 Sheffield FC

Sheffield continued in their approach and Steggles was called into action a couple of times but in the following 20 minutes, again, their weren't clear-cut chances. Ndlovu and Zottos both delivered dangerous crosses but the best chance since the goal fell to Tobias Liversidge. United's winger managed to dribble the full length of the pitch and find himself one-on-one but this time Faxon was equal to the effort.

The away side did get their second of the afternoon with 12 minutes to play. Another set-piece, this time met by Reece Fielding whose header bulleted into United's net.

#TheWhites 3 - 2 Sheffield FC

Six minutes later and it was all square. A wide-angle free-kick saw the ball drop inside the penalty area and AJ Adelekan brought down Marc Nesham. Rory Coleman stepped up and smashed the ball into the roof of the net, Steggles almost got a hand to it but the penalty was too powerful.

#TheWhites 3 - 3 Sheffield FC

It was at level terms that United had their best spell in the second half. Elliot Dye came close with a left-footed volley that struck the side netting before Matt Cotton's drilled shot from the edge of the area was spilt and somehow the ball squirmed past the post.

Lincoln United FC 3 - 3 Sheffield FC (FT)

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Match date

Sat 14, Jan 2023






Northern Premier League - East

League position

Lincoln United
Jake Park

Star Player

Jake Park