Goalless draw at Globe Arena as Shrimps and Imps endure tough physical battle

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-0 Lincoln City

Morecambe got a step closer to safety today with a goalless draw against in-form Lincoln City at the Globe Arena.

Manager Jim Bentley made four changes to his side with Steve Old, Patrick Brough, Vadaine Oliver and Kevin Ellison all coming into the starting XI.

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley on the other hand named an unchanged side following last week’s 3-1 win against rivals Grimsby Town.

In what was a stop-start first half, Lincoln came close nine minutes in when they shocked the Shrimps from a free kick.

With the free kick on the edge of the box, Sam Habergham made a good run on the left and they gave the ball to him and he put in a good ball to Scott Wharton but his effort was cleared off the line by Dean Winnard.

While the Imps dominated much of the first half, chances were few and far between and the only other real chance came on the brink of half time when Elliott Whitehouse’s shot was poorly handled by Morecambe keeper Barry Roche, but he managed to keep it out.

There were chances at both ends in the second half, and either side could’ve won the game. Ten minutes into the second half, Oliver headed just wide on the end of Michael Rose’s impressive cross.

Moments later, Lincoln came close up the other end when Whitehouse headed wide from a corner despite being unchallenged.

The midfielder then came close again in the 75th minute when his shot went just wide from close range.

Morecambe’s best chance of the game arguably came in the 77th minute when Alex Kenyon’s shot took a deflection off Ellison and hit the crossbar.

The Shrimps managed to hit the crossbar again just three minutes later when Adam McGurk’s free kick curled over the wall and hit the woodwork.

The visitors had the last chance of the game in added time when the ball fell to Lee Frecklington in the box and his shot went wide.

The result means Morecambe drop to 19th while Lincoln now sit in 8th.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Winnard, Lavelle, Brough, Rose (c), Kenyon, Lang (Wylde 67), Ellison (Thompson 85), Oliver (McGurk 67).

Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Campbell and Fleming.

Lincoln City: Allsop, Eardley, Bostwick, Wharton, Habergham, Woodyard, Frecklington, Whitehouse, Williams (Anderson 59), Green (Rowe 79), Rhead (Palmer 59).

Subs not used: Farman, Long, Pett and Wilson.

Attendance: 1,883


Imps and Shrimps share points in entertaining encounter

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Sky Bet League 2

Lincoln City 1-1 Morecambe

Green 70            Wildig 53

Morecambe took a well-earned point from an entertaining game against newly-promoted Lincoln City at Sincil Bank today. Aaron Wildig took an unlikely lead for the Shrimps in the 53rd minute, but this was cancelled out by Matt Green’s deserved equaliser in the 70th minute.

In a packed Sincil Bank for Lincoln’s first home game back in the EFL, the hosts had a great start to the game. Michael Bostwick came close for Cowley’s side twice in the first four minutes, shooting wide at both attempts however.

Three minutes later Matt Rhead headed over on the end of a good ball from Jordan Maguire-Drew, shortly before Rhead’s strike partner Matt Green had a shot blocked by Sam Lavelle from close range.

Morecambe’s only real chance in the first 20 minutes fell to Alex Kenyon in the 15th minute, but his weak effort from long-range didn’t trouble Paul Farman at all.

Moments later, Lincoln’s best chance of the half so far came from Jordan Maguire-Drew. The winger cut through from the right-hand side but his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by visiting keeper Barry Roche.

In the 17th minute the hosts came close yet again, this time through Matt Green. Dean Winnard gifted the ball to the forward and he cut through but his shot went wide of the mark.

Green did all the dirty work in the build-up to another chance eight minutes later, with great footwork, but he failed to provide a decent end-product with his shot going wide.

Morecambe had a rare chance in the 30th minute. Captain Michael Rose put in a really good ball from his throw-in and Wildig headed just over the bar.

The hosts then came close moments later with two efforts. Matt Green found himself one-on-one with Roche, but the keeper blocked his shot well and then Nathan Arnold forced the Shrimps keeper to make a good save to the left from close-range.

The visitors’ best chance of the half came in the 39th minute. Patrick Brough headed the ball down to Aaron McGowan, and the full back tried his luck from roughly 40 yards out. His shot curled round the defence and hit the crossbar.

Morecambe had a much better start to the second half. Aaron Wildig had two poor chances early on. The second one was particularly frustrating for him as Garry Thompson had worked really well on the left-hand side before giving the ball to Wildig in acres of space. All he had to do was put it away, but he essentially he passed it to the keeper Paul Farman.

He made up for these missed opportunities however moments later as he put the Shrimps in front in the 53rd minute. Michael Rose hit an overpowered corner but Vadaine Oliver kept the ball in, before Patrick Brough teed up the midfielder with a great ball. Wildig volleyed home in the bottom-left corner to send the 124 visiting fans wild.

Despite Morecambe’s lead, Lincoln continued to dominate the game and they almost equalised five minutes later. Sean Raggett had a header cleared off the line by Kevin Ellison in the 58th minute and then Matt Rhead tried his luck from close range only for his shot to be pushed away by the excellent Roche, and then Matt Green managed to shoot wide in the 62nd minute despite being in acres of space.

Two minutes later, Rhead nodded the ball towards Green on the end of a free kick, but Green headed over the bar despite the lack of opposition from the Morecambe defence.

Lincoln got the equaliser they deserved in the 70th minute through Matt Green. The striker capitalised on Sam Lavelle’s defensive error and put the ball past Roche in the bottom-right corner sending the 8,000 Lincoln fans wild.

Two minutes later, Barry Roche did brilliantly to prevent Cowley’s side from taking the lead. Roche, in what was definitely one of his best games in a Morecambe shirt. put on a brilliant triple save to keep out Rhead and Green’s efforts,

Morecambe had a rare chance in the 80th minute through Patrick Brough. His long-range effort was caught by keeper Paul Farman.

In the 90th minute Matt Green’s header was stopped on the line by Barry Roche. There were five minutes added by the referee at the end of the half, but Morecambe managed to hold on for a point despite it being a backs to the wall job for much of the game.

Morecambe now sit in 5th in League 2 whilst Lincoln City are in 19th. Up next for the Shrimps is Swindon Town at home on Saturday whilst the Imps travel to Exeter City.

Lincoln City: Farman, Long, Dickie, Raggett, Eardley, Maguire-Drew (Anderson 83), Bostwick, Woodyard (c), Arnold, Green, Rhead (Palmer 83).

Subs not used: Whitehouse, Waterfall, Howe, Knott, Vickers.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Winnard, Lavelle, Brough, Kenyon, Rose, Thompson, Wildig (Fleming 84), Ellison (Turner 73), Oliver (Old 77).

Subs not used: Nizic, Campbell, Conlan, Osbourne.

Attendance: 8,060 (124 away)


Lincoln cause shock with last minute win over Burnley

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FA Cup 5th Round

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City

Raggett 89

National League side Lincoln City caused a major shock today by defeating Burnley in the FA Cup 5th Round. Sean Raggett was the hero for the Imps, heading home at the far post from a corner in the 89th minute to book their place in the Quarter Finals.

Lincoln started the game well- Nathan Arnold cut in the box from the right and put a good ball through to Muldoon who hit the ball over the bar five minutes in.

A lot of the first half was played in midfield however, and chances were often few and far between. Burnley’s first chance of the game came in the 22nd minute when Michael Keane headed wide from Arfield’s corner.

Five minutes later, Andre Gray looked to be through after a good ball from Joey Barton- but the striker could only hit the ball straight at Farman in the Lincoln goal.

Joey Barton had a good long range effort in the 39th minute from around thirty yards out, after the Lincoln defence failed to clear their lines, but again it didn’t really test Paul Farman.

Burnley came close again in added time, but Arfield could only hit the ball over the bar. It was goalless at half time, and it was clear that Lincoln had frustrated the home side.

Seven minutes into the second half, Burnley had their best chance of the game yet after a brilliant ball from Barton, but Gray could only hit the ball well wide of the mark.

Lincoln came reasonably close in the 68th minute, after a good ball into the box but Matt Rhead couldn’t quite connect with the cross.

Two minutes later, the away side had a penalty shout as Southwell went down in the box but it was ruled out. However, there was then an incident off the ball involving Joey Barton pushing a player to the ground. The midfielder was booked for an incident that some would argue should’ve been a sending off.

Ten minutes later, Burnley came very close to taking the lead as Lincoln began to tire. Darikwa worked really well on the right-hand side and he put in a good ball to Gray who didn’t capitalise on a big chance- miss-hitting the ball. The keeper did really well to keep out Westwood’s shot in the end however as the defence failed to clear the danger.

Bradley Wood put in a brilliant last ditch tackle to stop Boyd from going through and potentially taking the lead for Sean Dyche’s side in the 82nd minute, and three minutes later Gray looked threatening with a promising run but he gave the ball to Arfield- who could only hit the ball over the bar.

Whilst Burnley looked more likely to score- especially in the final ten minutes of the game- the opposite happened. Burnley failed to pick up Lincoln captain Luke Waterfall from the corner despite having all men back, meaning that the defender was able to head the ball across to Sean Raggett at the far post who headed in to take the lead for the underdogs and send the away fans into pandemonium.

The referee indicated that there would be five minutes of added time, and Burnley threw all men forward to try and get an equaliser whilst the visitors brought on an extra defender in Jamie McCombe.

Burnley keeper Tom Heaton came up for a corner in added time but it didn’t really come to anything, and the only real chance the hosts had in added time came when Gray had a shot blocked by keeper Paul Farman.

As a result of Lincoln’s victory they created history- becoming the first non-league side in 103 years to make the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup. This game will be remembered by Lincoln fans for a long time, whilst Burnley fans will want to forget about this as soon as possible..

Burnley: Heaton 7, Darikwa 8, Keane 7, Tarkowski 7, Flanagan 6, Gudmundsson n/a (Boyd 20), Westwood 6, Barton 7, Arfield 7, Gray 5, Vokes 5 (Barnes 73).

Sub ratings: Boyd 6, Barnes 6

Booked: Barton and Barnes

Subs not used: Robinson (GK), Lowton, Mee, Ward, Agyei.

Lincoln City: Farman 8, Wood 8, Waterfall 7, Raggett 7, Habergham 6, Arnold 9, Woodyard 8, Power 7, Hawkridge 7 (Ward 81), Muldoon 8 (Southwell 64), Rhead 8 (McCombe 90+1).

Sub ratings: Southwell 8, Ward n/a, McCombe n/a

Booked: Wood and Power

Subs not used: Marriott, Long, Walton, McMenemy.

Attendance: 19,185