Lincoln City’s historic march into the quarter finals of the FA Cup yesterday came about by a simple training ground routine.

Sam Habergham’s sweet left-footed corner was deliberately aimed at Luke Waterfall who was left in an ocean of space by a naïve Burnley defence.

The Imps’ skipper aimed his header at Sean Raggett who polished off the move with a certain aplomb.

That move has been practised endlessly and tirelessly on the 3D pitch adjacent to the Sincil Bank stadium.

It is one of many moves instigated by the Cowley brothers since their arrival last summer.

Ask any of the Imps’ players about set-piece tactics and they will tell you about the number of hours spent perfecting these moves.

It’s something Graham Taylor used to do back in the seventies.

In short, practice does make perfect.

There were only two clear-cut chances in the game and both fell to Lincoln; one was lofted over the bar by Jack Muldoon in the first half; the other was headed home by Sean Raggett in the 89th minute.

There was no difference in quality between the two sides. This is testament to the progress the Imps’ have made under the Cowleys.

Two young management teams went head-to-head with the brothers from Braintree out-foxing their counterparts from Burnley.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Peter Hayward






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