Writer: Jamie Earls
Date:Saturday February 15 2014
The Imps recorded one of their more straight forward victories of the season on saturday at a blustery Sincil Bank, as two goals from talisman Ben Tomlinson were enough to see off Kidderminster Harriers, and propel City into the comfort of mid table in the Skrill Premier.
Due to an injury to Paul Farman, loanee Nick Townsend was drafted in from Birmingham City and took his place between the sticks. The only other change to the Imps eleven was Jake Sheridan coming in for Mitch Austin, who has been recalled by parent club Cambridge.
The game started with both teams enjoying periods of possession without creating any real chances, but that would change on the 20 minute mark, when the ever impressive Sam-Yorke drove from deep before picking out Ben Tomlinson at the back post to put tap home and put the Imps ahead.
Kidderminster were nearly level as the half got to the mid way point, when a good corner was turned onto the bar, with the rebound set upon by Nat Brown then Nick Townsend who combined to smoother the chance and keep the Imps ahead.
Jake Sheridan who was having one of his better games as of late, then broke down the left for the Imps chipping for Alan Power whose header was planted just wide of the goal. And that would be that for the first half as city let the clock tick away to enter the break ahead.
The second half unfortunately wasn't as open as the first as a spectacle, and the game became more of a battle than a game of football. The first major incident in the second half came around the hour mark, when Lee Vaughan crashed into Imps assistant manager Grant Brown before a melee ensued. Vaughan was shown a yellow card for his involvement.
Kidderminster were starting to knock at the door without having any chances of note, but it would be the Imps that would wrap up the points with ten minutes to go, after some excellent work by Sam Yorke down the right resulted in the ball falling for Ben Tomlinson who duly dispatched into the net.
On the whole Lincoln were good for their win, and the result means now that the Imps are currently 12 points clear of relegation and amazingly only 8 points from the play offs. Obviously they wont reach the play offs but after dispatching another play off hopeful at home, it does show that this team has been underachieving this season.
I think now might be a good time for fans to hold up their hands and say that the chairman for once has got something right. I for one thought Gary Simpson should have been removed in early January but it appears that City are finally levelling out to where they should be in mid table. Who would have thought that four weeks ago? Long may this good run continue.
Date:Saturday February 15 2014
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