Imps hindered by resolute Altrincham

Lincoln City couldn’t take advantage of their second-half domination as they drew 1-1 with Altrincham at Sincil Bank. 

A second goal in two games for Alan Power wasn’t enough for the Imps, as Ryan Crowther equalised for the visitors.

The draw was typical of Lincoln City's start to the season (Photo: Danyal Khan)

The draw was typical of Lincoln City’s start to the season (Photo: Danyal Khan)

Altrincham won their first points on the road this season, a run which went all the way back until last March, however they will count themselves lucky as City had numerous chances to win the game.

The game started as a mess, with both teams failing to create any rhythm. There was also concern for Lincoln City after Matt Sparrow had to be replaced Alex Simmons after a dangerous tackle by Jake Moult.

After a shaky start, Power justified the faith shown in him by Moyses after impressing against Kidderminster.

A cross by Bradley Wood was headed back across goal by Matt Rhead, who found Power with a clever flick.

The Imps captain kept his composure to cooly slot in the left corner of Tim Deasy’s goal, however City’s lead was short-lived.

After conceding numerous goals from set-pieces this season, Lincoln’s achilles heel was exposed once again, as James Lawrie’s deep corner was fired in at the back-post by Crowther.

Altrincham built on their goal, forcing Farman into action multiple times, notably when Lawrie shot from distance, with Sinnott blasting over on the rebound.

The Imps failed to make an impression after Power’s goal, with Wood’s volley from a corner their only notable effort.

The second half was a different story, as the Imps bombarded their opponent’s goal with every opportunity.

Jack Muldoon, who looked like a bright spark for the Imps all afternoon, had his volley come back off the post after impressive work by Rhead.

City found it difficult to break through a resolute Altrincham defence, and the visitors could be argued to have deserved the point, especially after Gianluca Havern’s acrobatic overhead clearance on the line to deny Muldoon.

The Imps huffed and puffed, but they couldn’t find the winner which could’ve seen them rise as high as sixth.

However, they still maintain their unbeaten run and will hope to boost their position with another match at Sincil Bank against Torquay on Saturday.