Lincoln United were held 1-1 by Carlton Town at the Sun Hat Villas stadium on Saturday despite the visitors going down to 10 men just before half time.

Just before half time, Whites’ striker Conner Robinson was brought down by Town full back, Darol Lucas who was duly dismissed by referee Tom Bishop.

United midfielder Andy Toyne stepped up to take the free kick and guided the ball beyond Jack Steggles in goal to give Sam Wilkinson’s men a 1-0 lead going into the break.

The Millers equalised 10 minutes before full time to make it two successive 1-1 results in three days for United.

Boss Sam Wilkinson rested winger Jack Wightwick and gave Harry Millard a rare start. Callum Ward returned to left back in place of Scott Matthews who reverted to the bench.

It was Millard who had the first scoring opportunity after three minutes but he blasted his volley over the Carlton bar.

The visitors began to get the upper hand and after 20 minutes, Whites keeper Jake Turner made two great saves in succession to deny Carlton the opener.

The home side were not quite firing on all cylinders as Carlton began to look more dangerous on the break.

Oliver and Norris headed over half-chances before Robinson broke clear but then hacked down from behind by Lucas who was immediately given his marching orders.

In-form Andy Toyne scored from the resulting free kick thanks to a kind deflection off the wall.

After the break, the Whites began to put their extra man advantage to good use and forced Carlton to defend.

However the visitors battled their way back and only a brilliant reaction save from Turner kept his side in front.

Chances were then created at both ends with Millard and Robinson going close.

Carlton equalised with 10 minutes left after a defensive mix-up allowed Kyle Stovell to volley home the equaliser.

The Ashby Avenue faithful renewed their enthusiasm for a Whites’ winner but the brave Carlton defence stood firm and held out.

Peter Hayward


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