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Report: Forest Green 4-1 The Imps #FGRFC #IMPS

The Imps suffered a sucker punch defeat at the New Lawn against Forest Green Rovers, as a James Norwood inspired Rovers made it three out of three in the Skrill Premier League with a 4-1 victory. After having the lion share of possession for large parts and more corners than most teams have in a season, the Imps couldn't make it count and suffered yet another defeat on the road.

Gary Simpson made no changes to the team that beat Southport on tuesday night, so Dan Gray retained his place at right back ahead of the ever impressive Tom Miller. Luke Foster was a notable absentee from the bench for the Imps with Miller taking his place in the match day squad.

In what was an action packed first half, James Norwood signalled his intent to be a threat from the off rolling a shot wide of Paul Farmans post, after some sloppy play by Lincoln in there midfield. After failing to take note of this warning the Imps were short;y behind following some impressive work from Norwood, spinning off Andrew Boyce to smash into the top corner.

This seemed to wake Lincoln up and a succession of corners followed but unfortunately for the Imps the second goal for Forest Green wouldn't be far away, and some good work out wide by Wright resulted into a ball in the box being headed home by the unmarked former Imp Paul Green.

A lot of teams would have let their heads drop, but Lincoln didn't and they pulled a goal back almost immediately with Chris Sharp opening his account for the Imps by heading in at the far post after Boyce had headed back across goal. The Imps didn't want the half to end and were nearly level through Marlon Jackson who eventually blazed over just before the half time
whistle sounded.

The Imps fancied getting something out of the game, and began the second half as they had the first with Andrew Boyce rattling the crossbar after a cross from Alan Power. They continued to press with the corners total going into double figures but no clear cut chances were forthcoming as we reached the midpoint of the half.

The Imps huffed and puffed but couldn't find away through and against the run of play James Norwood raced through for Forest Green and chipped over the unfortunate Paul Farman. How the Imps would love a striker of his calibre. Forest Green then rounded off their victory in injury time with Turley flicking past Paul Farman in the Imps goal to complete a comprehensive victory.

How it finished 4-1 is remarkable, but the Imps were rightly punished for not using there aerial dominance from corners by a Rovers side that were clinical in the final third. How desperately Lincoln need a target man who can find the back of the net like big Vadaine Oliver did last season. If they are to progress on tuesday night in the FA cup and receive the prize money the club desperately needs they will need to be more clinical in front of goal against goal shy Plymouth Argyle of the Football League.



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Writer:Jamie Earls
Date:Saturday November 16 2013
Time: 5:04PM

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