Lincoln City 1 Nuneaton Town 2
Tuesday 4th February 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton Town ended their run of four straight away league defeats with a 2-1 win at Lincoln City as they climbed to fifth in Skrill Premier.
A brilliant strike from Adam Walker and a Theo Streete header made for what looked like a comfortable evening.
However, they wobbled over the line as Alan Power pulled one back for the Imps with 20 minutes to go.
There was one change to the team which lost 2-1 to Salisbury as Louis Moult missed out with a back injury, Dave Hibbert came in.
Hibbert made a nuisance of himself after two minutes but he couldn’t find Wes York with his cross. James Armson was bright in the first half as he forced Paul Farman into two saves from distance.
Boro took the lead after 18 minutes as the ball was headed out to the edge of the box. It dropped nicely for Walker on his left foot and he took a touch before bending a glorious shot beyond Farman into the top corner from 25 yards.
There were more chances for the visitors as Sleath crossed beyond the far post before great work by Armson and Delfouneso ended with Brown testing Farman, the move drawing applause from the home crowd.
There was a worrying moment after 39 minutes when Hibbert had to be replaced. He suffered a head injury five minutes earlier but went back on.
He waved to the bench to come off but before that could happen he almost collapsed, looking punch drunk as he was helped off and down the tunnel.
Lincoln offered nothing going forwards in the first half. Hibbert’s replacement Pearson forced Farman into a good stop after 50 minutes but the keeper was powerless eight minutes later as Boro made it 2-0.
Armson drilled a flat free-kick into the box and Streete wanted it more as he powered in a header from six yards.
It was so close to being three after 68 minutes when Brown acrobatically volleyed York’s cross on to the bar.
That slice of misfortune was magnified two minutes later when the Imps pulled a goal back with their first effort on target.
Power fired in a low free-kick from the right hand corner of the box that bobbled through the crowd and beyond Belshaw into the net. Another bad goal conceded by Nuneaton.
Walker had the chance to settle nerves with nine minutes to go but he volleyed wide from the edge of the box.
Lincoln were back in the game as Boro were pressured. They defended a Todd Jordan shot well and then watched anxiously as Power fired a 30 yard rocket that beat Belshaw but went just wide.
Jordan had another chance with the last kick but Streete scrambled his shot off the line to the away side’s relief.