Wilkinson enjoying managerial life as Whites win again

Lincoln United boss Sam Wilkinson says he’s enjoying his time in charge at Ashby Avenue.

Wilkinson was given the job as manager in the summer after previously being Dave Frecklington’s assistant before he left for Spalding United.

After a tough start to the campaign, the Whites have now won their last four matches in all competitions, including knocking National League North side Nuneaton Town out of the FA Cup.

Sam Wilkinson was assitant manager when the club reached the playoffs last season. (Photo: James Williams)

Sam Wilkinson was assitant manager when the club reached the playoffs last season. (Photo: James Williams)

““It’s been good so far,” said Wilkinson. “Last week’s win against Nuneaton was a great day for the club.”

“For me personally too it was one of my best days in football. But I’m sure there will be some ups and downs on the way.”

Lincoln moved up to 13th in the Evo-Stik First Divison South after beating Rugby Town 1-0 on Saturday.

The Whites dominated the early exchanges with Matt Cotton’s free kick hitting the crossbar in the second minute.

Soon after, Kallum Smith’s powerful left footed strike was saved well and Jack McGovern broke through the Rugby defence only to see his shot cannon back off the post.

After 35 minutes a Rugby counter-attack resulted in striker David Kolodynski seeing his shot blocked well by Whites captain Michael Jacklin.

Just before half-time, Jacklin’s clearance fell to Kolodynski but once again he couldn’t capitalise as he shot agonisingly wide of the post.

Kolodynski was involved again on the hour mark when he picked out substitute John Busaka but he failed to control his shot and fired over the bar.

With twenty minutes left it was Lincoln’s turn to go close to opening the scoring when Smith chased a long throw in to the box but could only poke the ball inches wide.

Both sides continued to create chances with Tom Maddison going close for Lincoln on a couple of occasions.

And the Whites did finally make the breakthrough in the eighty-fourth minute. McGovern’s cross from the left hand side found Smith who headed into the back of the net and celebrated with an athletic back-flip much to the home fans’ delight.

The Whites have now won four consecutive matches in all competitions. (Photo: James Williams)

The Whites have now won four consecutive matches in all competitions. (Photo: James Williams)

There was still chances for the Lincoln United to extend their lead with Gary King twice being denied by the Rugby goalkeeper.

But in the end, just the one goal was enough to secure the three points for the Whites.

“It was a relief to get the goal in the 84th minute but we weren’t great today,” said manager Sam Wilkinson after the match.

“But the positive from today was that we kept going really well and we defended really well. I’m really pleased with the clean sheet.”

Lincoln United are back in league action tomorrow night when they host Sheffield FC.