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Hatters fight back to down Imps

Hatters fight back to down Imps

LINCOLN threw away a great chance of a first win at Kenilworth Road for 14 years as Luton struck twice in a three-minute spell in the second-half to complete a come-from-behind success.

City had taken a 20th-minute lead through Alan Power, but Mark Cullen levelled just after the break. An impressive Imps outfit regained the winning thread through Ben Tomlinson, but Paul Farman gifted Luke Guttridge an equaliser, before Cullen struck for the second time as the Hatters pocketed the points.

Imps boss Gary Simpson made two changes from the side that beat Southport 1-0 on Tuesday night, with Luke Foster and Danny Rowe replacing Todd Jordan and Jake Sheridan, with Waide Fairhurst returning to the bench after injury.

City started like a train on fire, forcing a couple of corners in the first three minutes, while Danny Rowe saw a shot charged down by Steve McNulty.

Lincoln keeper Paul Farman was brought into action a couple of times as Cullen tried his luck on both occasions.

Tom Miller was the goalscoring hero in midweek and he played a part in the latest City goal, setting up Power who drove a shot past Mark Tyler into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The ever-reliable Ben Tomlinson brought a save out of Tyler as Lincoln tried to increase their lead whilst in the ascendancy,

Farman kept City ahead with his feet as Luton made a rare break forward, but the hosts came more into the game in the final 10 minutes of the half, with Luke Guttridge dictating proceedings for John Still's men, but the Imps stayed strong and resolute and made it safely to half-time still one-up.

Less than a minute into the second-half and Luton were level when Cullen headed home Jim Stevenson's cross to instantly deflate the Imps.

Scott Griffiths then fired wide from 30 yards and just as it looked like the hosts were going to stamp their authority on proceedings, Tomlinson fired Lincoln ahead with his fourth goal of the season.

Miller, again getting well forward from right-back, dinked a cross into the box and Tomlinson was first to the ball and touched it goalwards and despite frantics efforts from the Hatters defence to clear, referee Adam Bromley signalled that the ball had crossed the line, with no protests from Luton.

Two minutes later, forward-thinking Miller almost made it 3-1 for the men in green, but crashed his shot narrowly wide - and how Lincoln would come to regret that miss.

City made an enforced change just past the hour mark when Rowe had to come off through injury to be replaced by Jordan and a minute later, Jon Nolan fired a long-effort just over the bar.

With a quarter-of-an-hour to go, a goalkeeping gaffe from Farman handed the Hatters an equaliser. The home side were awarded a free-kick just outside the box following a foul by Foster on Cullen. Guttridge fired a shot through the City wall into Farman's path, but he inexplicably let the shot squirm through his hands and into the net.

Farman then redeemed himself a minute later, with a brilliant save from Guttridge, but was helpless to stop Cullen firing Still's men into the lead just seconds later as the game was turned completely on its head.

Nolan had a shot charged down before Nick Wright was introduced in place of Foster, before Jordan headed a Power corner over as City tried in vain to get themselves back on level terms.

City pushed forward again and Wright had an opportunity to level the scores, but wasted the chance and Luton hung on to claim victory.

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Writer:The Imposter
Date:Saturday September 21 2013
Time: 8:21PM

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