After losing six consecutive games, Lincoln United bounced back against seventh-placed Worksop Town with a hard-fought victory at Ashby Avenue.
Coming into the fixture, ‘The Whites’ were without a win since the middle of September whereas Worksop were off the back of a good run, losing only two in their last seven games, presenting a tough test for the home side who are still suffering from a slight injury crisis in the squad.
A minute’s silence was also taken for Remembrance Day just before the match kicked off.
The opening ten minutes were relatively quiet between the two sides, with Kern Miller making several important clearances on his home debut to keep the visitors at bay.
It was Louie Jarvis who produced the first real chance of the game in the 11th minute, stretching to reach a pass in the box and firing just over the crossbar before Callum Foster received a yellow for a fierce challenge on the halfway line.
The next half hour brought more defensive battles with still very few opportunities created from either side apart from a smart save from Lincoln goalkeeper James Goff.
A corner for both teams introduced their best chances in the first 45 minutes. An inswinging Worksop cross was whipped in and took everyone by surprise by bouncing off the middle of the bar and was met with a first-time volley from the Workshop captain Jake Picton that was deflected away for another corner.
Two minutes later, Kern Miller rose and headed into the side-netting from a corner bringing an end to the first half with Worksop only slightly on top. The away side had been the better team, creating more chances and taking control of the game however United remained still very much in it.
Lincoln United FC 0 - 0 Worksop Town FC (HT)
Worksop continued to build the pressure in the second half but were unable to create a clear-cut chance to take the lead.
This was the case until the 58th minute when Connor Smythe took on several United players before drawing a foul just outside the box only for Worksop striker Liam Hardy to drive home an effort into the bottom left corner a second later. However, the referee had blown for the foul immediately and therefore did not play the advantage, so the goal was not counted.
The resulting free-kick was comfortably saved and ‘The Whites’ were slightly let off the hook.
Minutes later, it was the home side that took the lead. Jake Park nodded on a long ball and a mix-up between the opposing goalkeeper and defender allowed Andy Janssen to ghost in and pounce on the loose ball before driving forward and rolling it into an empty net.
#TheWhites 1 - 0 Worksop Town
United began to sit deeper and allowed Worksop to have possession as the visiting team searched for an equaliser only for their efforts to be repeatedly dealt with by Sam Wilkinson’s side.
Callum Foster pulled up with a muscle injury with twenty minutes remaining to add to the lengthy injury list accumulating at the club.
Nevertheless, the Lincoln United defence remained firm and only allowed one big chance in the 80th minute when an unmarked Worksop attacker latched onto a nodded-on header by the penalty spot and fired straight at the keeper.
Despite Worksop’s best efforts, they couldn’t break down the dogged home side and Lincoln United celebrated a big three points at the final whistle, showing impressive steel to limit their opponent’s chances and dig deep for a much-needed victory.
Lincoln United FC 1 - 0 Worksop Town FC (FT)
Next Match: Brighouse Town (H), 20th November, 15:00 KO
Match Report by Cameron Reid