Lincoln United returned to winning ways in some style last night when they beat promotion-chasing rivals Leek Town 2-1 thanks to a Matt Cotton goal five minutes from time.
The result was all the more remarkable as the Ashby Avenue outfit had to play with 10 men for 90 minutes of the game following Sean Wright’s dismissal in only the fifth minute for a deliberate handball which prevented Leek from opening the scoring.
The home side scored from the resulting penalty and Dave Frecklington’s men had to regroup and keep the opposition at bay.
Boss Frecklington said: “After about 20 minutes we started causing Leek some problems and when we equalised through Mitchell after great work from Whitehead and King we looked to be the better side.
“As the game went on the crowd were becoming increasingly frustrated and began to get on the back of their team a little bit.
“We caused Leek problems on the counter attack and when Matt Cotton came on to score with five minutes left the team spirit we have displayed over the past three seasons shone through.
” We held on with some heroic defending and great goal keeping. It was a magnificent all round effort.
“It makes you wonder what rivals Chasetown are thinking after that result.
” The lads knew they let themselves down in our defeat at Loughborough on Saturday but they were certainly up for tonight’s game.
“We have gone through the season without back to back defeats which is a very good achievement. Also we have one more point now than last season’s tally . In fact it’s our best points tally for 11 years.
“We’re hoping to see a big crowd down at Ashby Avenue on Saturday when we take on Newcastle Town.”