Late Power goal earns Lincoln point

A late goal from substitute Alan Power earned Lincoln a point against Wrexham in the Vanarama Conference.

Wrexham took the lead when Elliott Durrell neatly finished after he was put in on goal by a smart pass from Andy Bishop.

Lincoln failed to create many chances but got their equaliser with just over five minutes to go when Alan Power’s low struck shot found the bottom corner.

The hosts pushed hard for a winner in the final minutes but Tomlinson’ header was tipped over by Andy Coughlin.

Lincoln 1 - 1 Wrexham

Lincoln 1 – 1 Wrexham

Both teams started the game brightly with early chances falling to Burrow and Jennings for Lincoln and Wrexham respectively.

Lincoln should have opened the scoring after 13 minutes.

Burrow picked out Miller after battling off two defenders. Miller drilled the ball across the six yard box to Tomlinson, who’s shot was straight at Wrexham’s goalkeeper Andy Coughlin.

The hosts continued to press and pepper Coughlin’s goal. Chances fell to Burrow, Sam-Yorke and Mendy. However, it was Wrexham who scored the opening goal.

A quick free kick stunned the Lincoln defence. Bishop played a superb ball through the defence to Durrell who finished neatly past Imps goalkeeper Nick Townsend.

In the second half Lincoln continued to search for an equaliser but Coughlin would not be beaten.

With half an hour to go Gary Simpson changed his teams formation and it took till the last five minutes of the match when Lincoln eventually found a way past the Red Dragon’s goalkeeper. And it took something sensational.

Substitute Alan Power picked the ball up 25 yards out and fired a low drive into the bottom corner of the net, earning Lincoln a point.

The imps tried to get the winner but their best effort came through Tomlinson. He met Newton’s searching cross but Coughlin tipped it over the bar.

Attendance: 2,360 (199 visitors)

Lincoln Boss Gary Simpson

“We might have got a goal up early doors and that might have changed the game a little bit then but having gone one nil down i thought we kept going.

“I had to change it a little bit. We kept going and one or two of the lads had an off day today but the lads kept going and kept trying to create opportunities and i’m pleased for Alan to come on and score the goal.”

Player Ratings:

  • Nick Townsend – 6 – Didn’t have a lot to do and made some good saves when he was needed.
  • Tom Miller – 7 – Very solid performance from the right back. He looked good going forwards and defensively
  • Nat Brown – 6 – Looked solid at the back but was not really challenged.
  • Tom Anderson – 6 – He looked comfortable and didn’t have much to deal with.
  • Thierry Audel – 7 – He was the best out of the three defenders. He did not put a foot wrong all game.
  • Sean Newton – 7 – He played very well. Caused a lot of problems going forwards and his crossing was good.
  • Arnaud Mendy – 6 – Strong in the middle of the pitch and helped gain control of the game.
  • Jon Nolan – 7 – His passing caused Wrexham a lot of problems and started attacks. He seemed to be tiring towards the end.
  • Jordan Burrow – 8 – He won a lot of headers and created chances for himself
  • Ben Tomlinson – 6 – He worked hard but squandered a lot of chances that came his way.
  • Delano Sam-Yorke – 6 – He never really got in the game and did not have many chances.

Subs:

  • Alan Power – 8 – He gave Lincoln an extra attacking option. He scored a brilliant goal and earn them a point. (LincSport man of the match)
  • Marcus Marshall – 6 – Did not change the game when he came on but he made some very good tackles to stop Wrexham on the break.

By Adam Tomlinson

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