Writer: Jamie Earls
Date:Sunday February 9 2014
Article By Jamie Earls:
Lincoln City got a much needed three points this Saturday, after a stoppage time header from Tom Miller was enough to see off bottom club Hyde in an entertaining affair at Ewen Fields.
Gary Simpson went for just the two changes to his starting eleven after the defeat to Nuneaton in midweek, with Mitch Austin replacing Conner Robinson and veteran Nat Brown taking his place back in the city back four in place of Luke Foster who has been carrying a knock.
Lincoln had to start well as they were playing with the wind behind them, something that I only thought affected sunday league games, and were duly ahead when a clever through ball unleashed Sam Yorke who calmly slotted home.
The travelling faithful were in good voice and Lincoln were bossing the game but the second goal wouldn't come and as is usually the case the Imps were pegged back as the half drew to a close through Conner Hughes who dispatched past a struggling Paul Farman, who had looked immobile after an earlier collision with Tom Miller.
Hyde though have been wretched this season and they soon let Lincoln back into the lead, when an Alan Power corner was met by Thierry Audel whose header powered into the home teams net. In fairness it was as much as City had deserved, but with them due to play into the wind in the second half and Paul Farman unable to walk, they probably could have done with a less slender lead.
The second half began with Hyde in the ascendancy, with them attempting to take advantage of the injured City keeper, and they were level on the hour when Hughes snuck past Tom Miller and drove home his shot past Farman at his near post.
Although Hyde had only won once this year, they could smell blood and were ahead moments later when Josh Brizell took a shot from all of 40 yards that hung in the wind before landing in the City net. Things then went from bad to worse for the Imps when Paul Farman had to be replaced, and with David Preece not named in the Imps 16, Sean Newton was forced to don the gloves.
Most teams would lie down and be beat at this point, but the Imps should be applauded for their commitment and they got themselves back level with ten minutes to go when Ben Tomlinson, who is adding extra zeros every week onto his price tag, broke free and calmly placed the ball past the advancing keeper.
The game had become end to end and it was anyone's to win with both teams having chances to wrap up the three points but neither could take their chances. That was until a last gasp corner was swung into the box by Alan Power and with Tom Miller unmarked, he powered home his header to seal a vital three points in what was a must win game.
City now have a bit of day light between themselves and the bottom and hopefully in the coming weeks they can improve on that and finally get into mid table where they belong.
Date:Sunday February 9 2014
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