Lincoln United salvaged a point in their 2-2 draw at Kidsgrove Athletic at the weekend thanks to substitute Paul Grimes who grabbed a brace to give the Whites a share of the spoils.
Kallum Smith and Harry Millard also came off the bench to inspire a comeback from being 2-0 down for ten-man United who had Charlie Ward sent off for two yellow cards.
Whites’ boss, Sam Wilkinson was full of praise for all his players and in particular striker Grimes who has been on the bench recently.
Wilkinson said: “All the substitutes made an impact which is good from the manager’s point of view.
“Paul Grimes came on and scored two proper striker’s goals.
“But it was his movement and willingness to stretch the game for us which was the main reason we got back into the match.
“Massive credit must go to him as he has been on the bench for a couple of weeks.
“If any young player wants to look at someone’s attitude towards being on the bench they should look up to Paul.
“He just gets on with the job, trains really well in the week and looked sharp during the game.
“The other two substitutes who came on also made an impact.
“Kallum Smith should have scored after a great touch to find himself in a scoring position and Harry Millard gave us extra mobility and legs.
“It’s great for a manager when your substitutions work but it is all down to the individual player who comes on to make that difference.
“From a manager’s point of view, it’s more about the timing or change of the team’s formation.
“All in all it was a great comeback and we actually came away slightly disappointed as we should really have won the game.”
Meanwhile Lincoln United stalwart Danny Brooks has moved to Spalding United having played over 250 games for the Ashby Avenue outfit and scoring 49 goals.
Brooks made his debut for the Whites in 2005 under boss John Wilkinson and was part of a Dave Frecklington team that saw big improvements on the pitch at Ashby Avenue.
Whites’ boss Sam Wilkinson said: “It’s with a heavy heart that Danny has chosen to move on.
“I couldn’t guarantee him game time after his loan spell at Holbeach came to an end.
“He has been a great servant to the club and played a big part in its success in recent years.
“It’s been a pleasure not only to play alongside Danny but also to manage him.
“I’m sure I can speak for everyone at the club in wishing him all the best for the future.”
Next up Basford United away Saturday March 3rd.