Sunday, 15 November 2015
Masterclass second half sees City home in a match they never looked like losing.
Before the match at Sincil Bank on Saturday Lincoln City and Tranmere Rovers supporters and players stood shoulder to shoulder with each other and, metaphorically speaking with the good people of Paris in a minutes silence after the dreadful events of the night before.
Make no mistake about it this performance was as good as any City have produced this season particularly in the second half as the Imps put paid to Tranmere once again at Sincil Bank. This was a Tranmere side featuring, for City fans, the legendary Gary Taylor Fletcher and Steve Mc Nulty and yet, despite the narrow scoreline the Imps swept the Merseysiders to one side in a really impressive fashion.
The first half was a somewhat ragged affair but City matched their opponents in all departments and, just as the half was ending scored the goal that was to be the only one of the match. After that Tranmere were always looking to gain parity but, for me, never looked like doing so and the Imps produced a display so assured that, such a rare phenomenon, I was able to enjoy the rest of the game somehow free from worry that the points would be snatched away. A real novelty for those of a red and white hue.
What a goal it was too as Luke Waterfall capped the latest of several commanding examples of the defenders art with a beautifully executed and powerful header that left the Tranmere defence and goalkeeper with no hope of keeping it out the net, his first for the club and a memorable one at that.
What particularly pleased me were compelling and authoritative displays from both man of the match Greg Tempest and Jack Muldoon, two players who have had to wait for a bit of limelight and maybe left City fans wondering if these two were the real deal, well they are. Add to that another combative and inspiring stint from Bradley Wood, what a find he has been and the ever reliable Paul Farman. I don’t say that tongue in cheek either. Each and every City player put in a shift and you have to bear in mind there was a fair bit of talent on the bench too with Chris Bush not even able to get on the pitch. Power and Hawkridge having to make do with cameo appearances.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been a City supporter so long I struggle to find the superlatives to describe the completeness of City’s second half. I’ve not had to find them in quite some time of writing about Lincoln City but that second period was as good as I’ve seen in many a long year and has left those who were there daring to believe there may be a pot of gold waiting for us at the end of the very bright and colourful rainbow starting to take shape over LN5 8LD.