Hall Masterminds Massacre

The floodgates opened  last night when Lincoln United thrashed lower league opponents Collingham in a match which Sam Wilkinson’s men dominated from start to finish.

The rout began on 20 minutes when danger man Rob Norris lobbed the keeper after being put through by striker Ryan Oliver.

Norris grabbed his second 10 minutes later when he blasted home a through ball from Matt Cotton.

The Ashby Avenue outfit looked dangerous on both flanks with Luke Hornsey making a number of trademark sprints down the line.

Assistant manager Chris Hall controlled the party from midfield and he has to decide soon to either focus on management or keep playing.

I would prefer him to do both. He is extremely valuable both on and off the field.

The visitors applied even more pressure but somehow the home side went in at the break only 2-0 down.

However two minutes into the second half, Hall scored after a clever back heel from the hard-working Conner Robinson.

Whites’ keeper Phil McGann was then called into action with a spectacular flying save to keep his side’s score sheet blank.

Ten minutes later, Luke Hornsey struck from 20 yards  to score a rare goal and make it 4-0.

The match turned out to be target practice for United although their opponents never caved in.

Robinson grabbed a deserved goal on 70 minutes and five minutes later Ben Fairclough made it six.

The hosts pulled one back when the speedy Darryl Price volleyed home although a Cann penalty soon after took the shine off Price’s consolation strike.

Fairclough added the eighth a minute before time before Jack Wightwick headed home a Smith cross to make the final score 9-1.

The gulf between the teams became apparent after half time when the fitness and quality shown by United proved too much for a gallant Collingham FC outfit.

United played fast, attacking football on an excellent playing surface.

The penultimate friendly of pre-season takes place this Saturday afternoon at Rainworth Miners’ Welfare.

Peter Hayward


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