Two goals in three minutes from Jack McGovern helped Lincoln United win their fifth game on the bounce with a 2-1 win over Sheffield.
The striker netted a quickfire double around the hour mark to turn the game onits head, as Lincoln overturned a deficit handed to them by Alec Denton’spenalty on the stroke of half time.
The Whites also had a first half spot kick of their own denied by Stephen
Hernandez, but it wasn’t to prove costly.
In truth, the first half was a scrappy affair and, aside from the two penalties,
there was little goalmouth action of note. Matt Cotton sliced wide for the hosts
when in a good position early on, but just five minutes later Lincoln had a
A good turn from Cotton saw him draw a foul, but Danny Brooks’ weak spot kick
was held by Hernandez diving away to his left.
For the majority of the rest of the half, both sides were restricted to half
chances but that all changed a minute before the break, when Ben Partridge was
fouled in the box and Denton sent Mario Ziccardi the wrong way from twelve
After the break, the momentum was with Lincoln and it was The Whites who had the
better chances as Brooks saw a free kick saved, and Cotton couldn’t get the ball
out of his feet in time for a shot.
And the hosts grabbed an equaliser shortly before the hour mark when McGovern
slammed a 25 yard free kick into the bottom corner.
Just three minutes later, the game had turned on its head. Kallum Smith’s mazy
run saw him dance past a number of visiting defenders before teeing up McGovern
from the byline, the striker converting with a finely placed header.
After that, Sheffield’s only real chance of an equaliser came when Partridge
blazed a free kick over from 25 yards, and Lincoln held on for their fifth
straight win ahead of their Emirates FA Cup tie against Handsworth Parramore on