Ceesay has final say
On as a late substitute, Yusifu Cessay scores 88' winner to break a rugid and determined Lincoln United side who came back from 2 goals down in first 10 minutes.
With Tom Turton returning after a one game suspension replacing Ash Carter, who himself was serving a one match suspension, manager Ian Long made 3 other changes to the starting line up that beat Cambridge City in the FA Trophy last week. Josh March returned replacing injured Luke Yates and in came Mitch Botfield and Nathan Waite, replacing Yusifu Cessay and last weekends two goal hero Babucar Sauane, who both missed training in the week.
Church could have taken a first minute lead when March latched on to a Turton corner but mistimed his shot, hitting it over the bar.
Church did take the lead however in the 8' from another Turton corner, this time, finding the head of captain Jamie Willets who towered above everyone to head down past Vince into the corner to make it 1-0.
Church doubled their lead in the 10' when, after the ball was cleared, Bellis fought back and manged to poke the ball through to Danny Dubidat who thundered a right foot shot past Vince to make it 2-0.
At this stage it looked like a question of how many, but all credit to Lincoln who never let their heads down and nearly reduced the arrears in the 19' following a free kick which was headed on to Jack McGovern who's shot came off the crossbar before being cleared.
Lincoln again were unfortunate not to score in the 29' following a corner and seeing a shot cleared off the line by Dubidat.
More good work between Norris and Toyne saw Gwilliams come out with his feet raised, but won the decision.
Against the run of play, Church nearly wrapped up the game in the 36' when Waite played in March but his delicate chip just went over the bar.
Church started to come back into the game and Dubidat saw his long range free kick effort straight at Vince in the 38.
Shortly after Waite won a header finding March, who's first time effort went wide.
In the 39' Ashmore and Turton linked well on the right before Turtons cross was headed wide by March.
In the last minute of the half Lincoln saw a free kick effort go wide for a goal kick.
In the 52' Cotton set up Toyne who hit a decent strike but saved by Gwilliams. From the next attack Dubidat saw his shot well saved by Vince for a corner.
In the 54' both March and Vince were cautioned following a shot which saw March challenge for the rebound and Vince reacting after the challenge.
In a move worthy of a goal March found Dubidat who laid off to Ashmore who put in Waite, who shot just wide.
In the 63' Fosters cross was headed wide by Dubidat and following the break Lincolns Cotton cut inside before shooting over the bar.
Lincoln did finally get the goal their efforts warranted in the 67'. A free kick on the left was swung in by Norris to find the head of captain Phillip Watt who headed a superb goal into the bottom corner leaving Gwilliams flat footed to make it 2-1. Unfortunately, it was to be the skippers last action as he picked up a nasty cut above the eye which saw him leave the pitch after 3 minutes of treatment.
Lincoln saw a way back into the game and equalised, albeit, rather fortuitously, after 73'. Good work by Kallum Smith on the left saw him cut the ball back from the bye-line, only for Jamie Willets to stick out a foot and see it deflect and loop over Gwilliams into the net to make it 2-2.
Manager Ian Long reacted by bringing on Cessay after 73' for Turton and it was to be an inspired substitution.
In the 83' Dubidat was cautioned for kicking the ball away in dissent after a foul was given against him.
The winner came in the 88'. Ashmore found Cessay on the right who's pace took him past 2 defenders and into the box. His first attempt was a low cut back which was intercepted by Norris only to come back to Ceesay who slotted a delightful side foot low into into the corner to score and bag all three points for Church.
It was tough on Lincoln who had come back bravely after those two early set backs and on the balance probably deserved a point, but the win and Cleethorpes defeat at Bedworth, saw Church climb to second place in the league behind Basford.
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