Lincoln United extend lead over play-off rivals with triumph over Newcastle Town

Lincoln United produced a brilliant display to defeat Newcastle Town 4-0 at The Sun Hat Villas Stadium.

Sean Wright’s 37th minute header put the Whites in the lead and they did not look back from there.

Lincoln United go into their final three matches with a three point cushion over their nearest play-off rivals Chasetown. The two meet on the final day of the season (Photo: James Williams)

Lincoln United go into their final three matches with a three point cushion over their nearest play-off rivals Chasetown. The two meet on the final day of the season (Photo: James Williams)

The play-offs are looking like a serious possibility for Lincoln United after winning on Saturday and moving further clear of Chasetown who could only draw away at Spalding.

The first chance of the game fell to Mitchell Griffiths. The ball came to him in the area following a corner but he shot wide of the post.

Newcastle had one of their few goal attempts after 12 minutes when Kyle Blake shot from the edge of the area but Mario Ziccardi made an easy save in the Whites goal.

In the 25th minute, Danny Brooks was fouled on the edge of the area. He stepped up to take the free kick and his blistering effort smashed against the foot of the post.

Dave Frecklington’s men were now on top in the game and just a minute later Gary King and Griffiths both had shots blocked in a goal mouth scramble.

The break through came eight minutes before half time when Kallum Smith’s header was deflected behind for a corner following a good cross from Jordan Lemon. Sean Wright headed in the delivery from close range to give the Whites the lead.

United produced a dominant first half display and there was much of the same to come in the second half.

Newcastle had a good chance to get back in the game after 53 minutes but the free kick was wasted and Ziccardi made another easy save.

Ten minutes later the Whites went 2-0 up after Rob Norris pounced on a deflected cross from Griffiths and slid it past the keeper.

United were dictating the game which allowed manager Dave Frecklington to make a series of substitutions. Luke Hornsey, Matt Cotton and Jack McGovern came on for Norris, Griffiths and King.

And what a good series of substitutions it was. In the 89th minute, substitute Matt Cotton ran through the Newcastle defence to give the Whites a 3-0 lead. Goalkeeper David Parton got a good hand on the shot but it was still powerful enough to loop over the line.

Just three minutes later Jack McGovern finished off the match in fine style. Wright’s close range header was saved well by Parton but McGovern was there to stick the loose ball in the back of the net to complete a fantastic 4-0 win for the Whites.

United bossed the game from start to finish and will be looking to make it three wins from three when they travel to Romulus next Saturday.

After the match we spoke to Lincoln United manager Dave Frecklington:

“It’s a great time of the season to get a 4-0 win, I fancied us to get a decent score today.”

“I thought we were excellent from minute one.”

“We showed some real quality in the goals that we scored.”

“Both wingers were superb and gave their full backs a torrid time.”

“I’m delighted, with three games to play and with Chasetown drawing it has been a really big day for us.”

Full-time: Lincoln United 4-0 Newcastle Town