Pride Restored at Sun Hat Villas

Lincoln United secured their second home win of the campaign in the Evo-Stik South League following their 2-0 win over Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday.

First-half strikes from midfielders Andy Toyne and Rob Norris gave Sam Wilkinson’s men all three points which rockets his team up to seventh place in the table.

United showed their intent as early as the third minute when striker Jack McGovern hit a screamer from 30 yards which just cleared the Kidsgrove bar.

After that,the first half proved to be one-way traffic as the home side poured pressure on the Kidsgrove goal.

Jack Wightwick was providing all sorts of problems for the visitors’ defence with his probing runs down the left and it was no surprise when the home team took the lead after Andy Toyne finished off a great move involving Wightwick and Cotton.

Kidsgrove could only manage one or two shots from distance but rarely troubled McGann all afternoon.

Just to prove United had put Wednesday’s horror show against Stocksbridge behind them, Ron Norris produced a piece of magic in the 35th minute when his back-heel volley found the Kidsgrove net to double the score.

The second half was a repeat of the first with more United pressure on the Kidsgrove goal although the visitors somehow restricted their opponents to two goals by the final whistle.

Jack McGovern hit the post late on and a Danny Brooks rocket was spectacularly held by the keeper soon after.

Overall the United defence was solid with Callum Ward’s switch to play alongside Phil Watt proving to be an excellent move.

Sam Wilkinson’s men travel to third-bottom Sheffield FC on Tuesday aiming to add another three points to their tally.

Peter Hayward

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