Lincoln United continued their steady rise up the Evo-Stik First Division South table with a narrow victory against Stamford.
James Blunden’s glancing header midway through the second half was enough to seal all three points for the Whites in a dull encounter at Ashby Avenue.
United were looking to follow up Saturday’s convincing 4-1 win against Bedworth United with three more points against a Stamford side they beat at Ashby Avenue in the Integro League Cup just a couple of weeks ago.
Both sides have enjoyed good cup runs this season but going into this match attentions had turned to getting points on the board in the league.
And it was Lincoln United who created the better chances early on. With just over 5 minutes played, striker Jordan Hempenstall broke clear of the Stamford defence but his deflected shot was cleared off the line. For a man whose great form has attracted attention from clubs in higher divisions; Hempenstall should’ve scored.
He had another chance soon after. A long ball over the Stamford defence once again picked out Hempenstall but his half-volley flew well wide.
Clear cut chances were few and far between in the first half but after 25 minutes, Stamford had their first opportunity of the game.
Elliot Sandy broke forward quickly and freed Ollie Brown-Hill on the left hand side of the penalty area. The winger drove a first time shot across goal which whistled just wide of the post.
Lincoln United responded by creating a good chance of their own. Rob Norris’ corner caused chaos in the Stamford penalty box and Whites captain Michael Jacklin latched onto the loose ball but slammed his shot wide from close range.
The rest of the first period proved to be a rather sedate affair with both sides providing plenty of effort but without any end product to show for it.
The second half continued in a similar fashion but with 68 minutes on the clock Lincoln United finally made the break through. A floated cross into the penalty area picked out centre-back James Blunden who glanced the ball into the back of the net.
Kallum Smith had his shot parried wide and substitute Luke Smithson saw his effort tipped over as the Whites looked to double their lead late on.
In truth, Stamford barely threatened an equaliser and despite having Sean Wright sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time, Lincoln United held on for the victory.Tweet