Stockport County 2-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City returned to losing ways last night with a 2-0 defeat away to Stockport County at Edgeley Park. Lincoln had a great chance to take the lead in the game when Jones, for the second match running, won a penalty after he was adjudged to have been fouled. Larkin this time though missed the target and Stockport scored the opener through Hattersley and the second was scored shortly after by Newton.
The Imps only made one change for this match with the appeal for Jake Sheridans red card turned down allowing Jake Jones to take his place in the starting line up after his impressive cameo against Dartford on Saturday. This saw the same 4-4-2 formation deployed at the weekend with Holdsworth hoping for a similar result.
Stockport kicked off and looked the brighter of the two sides early on. Newton won the matches first corner in the opening minutes. But the Imps had the first effort on goal from an Alan Power free kick. The shot from Power was superbly saved by O`Donnell and the resultant corner was met by Boyce, but sadly he couldn`t get his header on target.
Jake Jones looked very lively in his first start for the Imps, his pace and trickery in the wide areas was causing the Stockport defence problems. He had a shot saved by O`Donnell. Stockport defender Fagbola made a calamitous error when he gifted Oliver the ball but Oliver was denied in front of goal.
As the match approached half time the imps got the bit of luck that has deserted them several times this season. Jake Jones again caused problems in the box; he got on the end of a loose clearance by O`Donnel before he was felled by the keeper with the referee instantly pointing to the spot. Larkin, scorer of the late penalty at the weekend, stepped up to the spot but sadly he put his effort wide of the goal and this mean that the Imps went in at half time with nothing to show for their fairly lively first half.
The sides emerged for the second half unchanged and the imps kicked off this half hoping to build on the impressive finish to the first. But it was the home side Stockport that came out from the dressing rooms the brighter. Cullen hitting the post past a rooted Preece early on in the proceedings was the first action of the half.
Stockports opening goal came just before the hour mark and it came from Danny Hattersley. The striker got on the end of a clever through ball and when faced one on one with Preece he kept his composure to slot the ball home with relative ease.
The second goal came just five minutes later, Oliver had volleyed wide as the Imps pushed up field but Power fouled Mainwaring. Newton stepped up and curled the ball superbly round the wall and into the back of the net past a helpless Preece. At this point the match was over with the Imps completely deflated by the two quick goals.
Following the goal Taylor and Robinson replaced Larkin and Smith, who once again was woeful. But the double change did little to impact on the match and it was Stockport who kept up the attack with Cullen having a header saved by Preece shortly after the restart. With five minutes of the match remaining Nicolau came on to replace Jones on the left side of midfield. The match ended with little incident and once again the Imps sleep walked their way to the end of the match for yet another poor defeat.
Another away trip is next for the Imps as they travel to Hereford, I can`t see too many making the trip now after yet another poor display. We move back down the table and now sit in 18th place, but luckily we are 6 points above the drop zone so we can count our selves lucky there a few duff teams in this league to help us stay up.
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