• First Team vs. Lincoln United (2 : 1)
  • First Team vs. Lincoln United (2 : 1)
  • First Team vs. Lincoln United (2 : 1)
  • First Team vs. Lincoln United (2 : 1)
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First Team vs. Lincoln United (2 : 1)

08/04/2019

Saturday, 23 March, 2019 - 15:00 - Evo-Stik League East Division

Sheffield FC continued their pressure on the play-off positions on Saturday, writes Stuart James, as they beat a very resilient Lincoln United 2-1. A Mitchell Dunne goal in the latter stages of the first half put Club in control, but they had to battle for the win after a Tom Garrick equaliser on 59 minutes, however all three points were secured through a Richard Patterson winner on 76 minutes. The hosts kicked off the game in positive mood, doing all the early pressing, however Lincoln's defence did well to hold firm as they threw bodies in front of the ball. It was the away side that had the first meaningful chance of the game, as on 20 minutes Scott Matthews went close with an effort, following a very good Johnathan Williams corner. Eight minutes before the break came a moment that would shape the outcome of the game; firstly Matt Cotton was put clear on goal with only the keeper to beat, however the striker was too hesitant allowing Jonathan Hedge to coolly pick the ball up from his toe. Straight up the other end, and some swift movement from Sheffield found Mitchell Dunne bursting through, and finishing with great aplomb. Sheffield started the second half aiming to kill the game off, and Dunne caused all manner of problems leaving the defence for dead, setting up Ted Cribley with a great opportunity only to be denied by a brilliant save by Michael Emery. Seconds later, Emery came to the visitors' rescue again, as he tipped over a header from the resultant corner. Lincoln were hanging on at this point, and had to be thankful to skipper Michael Jacklin, who cleared another Sheffield effort off the line. Having weathered the storm Lincoln struck Club with a sucker-punch on the hour mark, Tom Garrick picking up the ball, bustling through the defence to poke the ball home past Hedge. With United now in the ascendency it looked as if they could go on and snatch all three points, and they were close on two occasions from Ben Davison, who first volleyed an effort inches over the bar, followed by a header that wasn't too far off target. In keeping with the nature of the game, despite being on the back foot, it was Sheffield that scored next. Ashley Grayson doing well on the right flank, putting the ball in the danger area, where Richard Patterson was lurking to score his first goal as a Club player. The home side looked to be easing their way to all three points, however were up against it with four minutes to go, when referee Gareth Davies adjudged Adam Chapman to have pushed a Lincoln player at a corner. It seemed a soft penalty, but up stepped Johnathan Williams to level matters, only to be denied by spot-kick specialist Hedge who pulled off another great stop. That wasn't the last of the action or Hedge's involvement in the game, as in injury time Williams played a fantastic low cross across the box, which was nearly poked in by Garrick only for the keeper make yet another superb save at close range to ensure the win for Sheffield FC. 

 Sheffield FC: Hedge, Grayson, Eagle, Patterson, Ludlam, Chapman ©, Cribley, Gascoigne, Dunne, Newsham, Gregory. Subs: Pugh, Yates, Robinson, Wright, Rawson. Lincoln United: Emery, Dye, Matthews, Ward, Jacklin ©, Blunden, Garrick, Williams, Davison, Cotton, Wightwick. Subs: Wilson, Nichol, Smith, Wright. 

Attendance: 514