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THE THOUGHTS OF BIG SAM

Lincoln United’s brave FA Trophy adventure ended with a 3-1 defeat at higher-league Kidderminster Harriers yesterday.

The Whites have had a magnificent cup season so far this season after reaching the fourth round qualifying of the FA Cup and winning the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup.

They have also reached the second round of the Integro League Cup which resumes in January at home to Grantham Town.

SportsLinc caught up with Whites’ boss Big Sam Wilkinson to get his thoughts about yesterday’s game.

He said: “It was a great effort from the players.

“They worked so hard against the full-time opposition of Kidderminster and should hold their heads up high as not many teams will go there and get a result.

“We had a game plan to try and frustrate them by getting players back behind the ball.

“It worked until we switched off at a corner and didn’t pick up their man despite the fact we knew their routine.

“Having said that it was a well-worked goal but still disappointing to concede that way.

“We rode our luck at times and Jake Turner made some great saves. Our defenders blocked shots, won tackles and headers and everyone worked their socks off.

” We gave the ball back to them too cheaply in the first half so we asked the ladsĀ at half time to be brave and pass the ball.

“We started the second half well up until they got a second goal. They then stepped it up and scored a third.

“For a 15 minute spell they were a different class but we dug in and stuck together and finished the game very well.

“We created four good chances and deserved our goal in the end which was pleasing.

“It was a brilliant day for everyone at the club to play at a very good stadium with a good crowd.

“It’s been a fantastic run in the cups this season, earning the club some money and raising the profile of Lincoln United.

“We have also proved how good a side we are which we now must prove again week in and week out in the league and start to climb the table.”

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE WHITE SIDE OF LIFE

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