Lincoln United continued their winning ways with a 2-1 victory at Rugby Town yesterday.

SportsLinc caught up with Whites’ boss Big Sam Wilkinson to get his thoughts on the game.

“It was a hard-fought three points and the lads had to dig deep and show togetherness and character to get the win.

“Rugby made it hard for us and worked extremely hard and showed a lot of grit and fight to get the points.

“The first twenty-five minutes were very even and we weren’t at our best.

“Credit to Rugby as they didn’t let us settle.

“After that, when we got hold of the ball, we started to get on top and passed it a lot better and controlled the twenty-minutes before the break.

“We created three good chances and then got the goal which we deserved.

“We should have made it two just before half-time as we missed a great chance but we went in at the break happy, knowing that we could do a lot better.

“We started the second half very well and dominated possession.

“We played some good stuff but couldn’t find that final ball.

“The game got a bit scrappy and became very even again but we had two gilt-edged chances and should have put the game to bed.

“Then Rugby scored.

“It gave them a massive lift and the game could have gone either way.

“Having said that, we stayed very solid and we looked the more likely to score, creating another great chance late on.

“I was stood on the sidelines thinking the chances to make it 2-0 were going to come back and haunt us.

“But I was wrong, when that man, Callum Ward, went up for a corner and the skipper won a great header.

“Wardy somehow got his ear on it and it hit the post and trickled over the line.

“We paused for a moment, waiting for the linesman’s flag, before celebrating and watching the prolific Ward slide on his knees before all the players piled on him.

“That’s his first goal in 104 games for Wardy.  It was worth the wait!

“It’s another good win and credit to the players.  They found that extra bit when it was needed.  They consistently worked their socks off.  At the minute we are getting our rewards for all the work they are putting in.

“We still need to improve and be more ruthless but sooner or later we are going to take all our chances and beat someone comfortably.”


Peter Hayward


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