Lincoln United battle to victory over Goole AFC

Lincoln United came from behind to defeat Goole AFC 2-1 at the Sun-Hat and Villas Stadium.

The Whites fell behind early on to a Sam Colbear goal but equalised almost instantly through Andrew Toyne.

United captain Michael Jacklin scored what proved to be the winner late in the first half, heading in a Daniel Brooks corner.

It's now back to back wins for Lincoln United (Photo: Nick Lough)

It’s now back to back wins for Lincoln United (Photo: Nick Lough)

Dave Frecklington’s side were ninth in the Evo-Stik First Division South League going into the match and knew a win would put them among the teams battling for the play offs.

However, following a scrappy opening six minutes, Goole took the lead. David Taylor swung in an inviting corner which was powerfully headed into the back of the net by centre-back Sam Colbear from six yards out.

From the kick off, the Whites worked the ball down the right hand side. Jordan Lemon laid the ball back to Sean Wright who delivered a deep cross towards the back post where Andrew Toyne, breaking into the area from midfield, tapped in to equalise.

The momentum was now firmly with United. On 14 minutes Lemon’s cross was cleared out to Daniel Brooks but, from 35 yards out, his half-volley flew just wide of the right hand post.

Two minutes later, the Whites threatened again. Neat build up play between Jack McGovern, Andrew Wright and new signing Nathan Whitehead, playing as a front three for United, resulted in Whitehead hitting a dipping shot just over the bar.

Nonetheless, Goole still posed a threat from set pieces. With 25 minutes on the clock, left back James Kay floated a free kick from the halfway line into the United penalty area.

Colbear, who already had one goal to his name, attacked it, but this time his header flew over the crossbar.

As the first half reached its latter stages, Whites midfielder, Brooks curled in a deep free kick from the right hand touchline. The ball evaded most of the players in the penalty area, but Thomas Batchelor arriving unmarked at the back post saw his volley deflected onto the bar and out for a corner.

From Brooks’ resulting corner, Whites captain Michael Jacklin put them in front with a front post header which took a couple of deflections before finding its way into the net.

Five minutes before the break, Goole came inches away from equalising. David Taylor saw his venomously struck free kick from the edge of the area, palmed wide by Sam Vince in the United goal.

The second half was dominated in large parts by Goole as they searched for an equaliser.

On 52 minutes, Matt Semley broke quickly down the right hand side for the visitors. As he approached the penalty area he cleverly chipped the ball onto the head of onrushing striker Nick Guest, who’s header dropped just wide of the right hand post.

However, The Vikings did have the ball in the back of the net in the 63rd minute only for referee Andrew Dallison to disallow the goal. Kay’s free kick went through all of the bodies in the penalty area and into the bottom left hand corner.

But the linesman raised his flag for offside, indicating that a Goole player standing in an offside position had interfered with United goalkeeper, Sam Vince’s view of the free kick.

The chances continued to fall Goole’s way as striker Leigh Hutchinson spurned a one-on- one with Vince, shooting straight at the United goalkeeper following a mix up in the Whites backline.

With eight minutes remaining, Vince once again denied Goole an equaliser. Kay, a constant threat from left back for The Vikings, swung a cross into the penalty area which Bobby Johnson met with a looping header but this time Vince, at full stretch, managed to tip the ball over his crossbar.

In the closing minutes, Goole continued to press for that elusive equaliser but United stood firm and clung on for their second successive league victory.

Full-time: Lincoln United 2-1 Goole AFC