WHITES DOUBLE UP ON THE TULIPS
United completed a deserved double over Spalding in a battling derby encounter.
There were smiles all round after the final whistle amongst the White’s faithful with the United team gaining their first win since November.
Manager Sam Wilkinson rang the changes with on-loan Imps youngster Tim Akinola coming into the team in midfield. Callum Dye made his full debut on the right and firm favourite Kallum Smith made a rare start taking up the left midfield role.
Akinola must have wondered what he’d got himself into in the first few minutes. It was more like pinball than football in the early stages with both sides bypassing midfield and the action taking place at breakneck speed.
He earned himself a booking within about five minutes with an enthusiastic slide tackle that took more of the man than the ball and he was clattered himself a couple of times.
The game settled down and although chances were few and far between the Whites seemed to have the upper hand. Michael Jacklin nearly scored with a fine header and then in a scramble in the 43rd minute Tom Garrick headed home at the far post.
It wasn’t long after half-time before the Tulips drew level. There appeared to be no threat but James Hugo, out on the left, hit a unstoppable cross-shot that flew over Mike Emery into the top far corner.
Whites fans must have feared the worst but they were delighted when after 64 minutes Tom Garrick ran onto a through ball whilst skilfully avoiding the defender’s challenge and slotted the ball home past the advancing keeper.
The closing stages matched the rest of the game by being very even and despite maximum effort Spalding couldn’t carve out the chance that might see them gain a point. It remained 2-1 to Lincoln United who were cheered off by an appreciative crowd.
Akinola had a fine game with his class and touch showing through the more the game went on. Young Callum Dye was outstanding contributing in defence and attack, and Kallum Smith had a fine game too mixing his battling style with a good deal of skill on the ball. Sean
Wright’s 100% commitment was matched by his teammates and the win will do wonders to the confidence in the squad.
Next up are table toppers Morpeth next Saturday at Ashby Avenue and a scalp there would really get the United camp looking up the league table again instead of downwards as they might have done over recent weeks.