Whites Win Battle at The Moat

Lincoln United gained their second away win of the campaign when they overcame bottom club Gresley 4-3 in a match packed full of incident and passion.

Following on from their 5-2 win against Loughborough Dynamo, Sam Wilkinson’s men had to fight for victory right up until the end of the sixth minute of added time.

With key men Conner Robinson, Kallum Smith and Luke Hornsey still out injured, Phil McGann continued in goal in a line-up that started the second half on Wednesday evening at the Sun Hat Villas stadium.

Keeper McGann was called into action as early as the fifth minute when he pulled off a brilliant save from a deflected shot.

It was the home side that took the lead in the 18th minute when a header from a corner hit the post but was then followed up by Louis Danquah who put his team in front.

Twenty minutes later, Ward, Norris and McGovern combined well on the right to set up Wightwick whose left foot shot levelled the score.

There were no further goals in the first half although United started to apply the pressure.

Two minutes after the break, Cotton beat three men to set up striker Ryan Oliver who made no mistake with his trusty left foot.

Gresley hit back soon afterwards when substitute Jason Law volleyed home to make it 2-2.

Andy Toyne made it 3-2 with a free kick which was deflected in off the wall and then Ryan Oliver added his second with a simple header after great work from McGovern.

The Moatmen hit back on 70 minutes to make it 4-3 but couldn’t penetrate the stubborn Whites’ defence.

A 4-3 win was a fair result and proved that the Ashby Avenue outfit could battle and fight to the very last.

An exhausted group of players trooped off at the end knowing that the result rather than the performance was the ultimate prize.

Peter Hayward

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