Lincoln City edge penalty shoot-out drama to win County Cup clash
Penalties were needed to separate Gainsborough Trinity and Lincoln City in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup final.
With the county neighbours finishing 0-0 after 90 minutes the dreaded penalty shoot-out was required to find a winner at the Northolme.
Lincoln's Dan Gray fired the decisive penalty past Mike Emery to win the impressive trophy for his Skrill Premier side after Trinity had missed two spot kicks.
Lincoln showed they can be dangerous after just two minutes of the game when Waide Fairhurst collected a pass from Jake Sheridan and fired a shot towards the top corner. But Emery was equal to it.
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It took another 16 minutes before Lincoln would seriously threaten again, this time it was Adi Yussuf who hit a low shot which had Emery scrambling to his left to save.
The early stages of the game saw Ciaran Toner at the heart of Trinity’s best work with Nick Wright also proving to be a handful down City’s left flank.
Trinity were close to taking the lead after 28 minutes when Toner’s shot hit the ground and looped up over Preece. But the City keeper threw himself backwards to tip the ball over the bar.
Good work again by Fairhurst on City’s right presented Dixon with a chance after half an hour, but his rocket of a shot went inches wide.
Then, the best passage of play in the first half saw Simon Russel and Alistair Taylor combine to set up Jonathan Williams. His 25-yard effort thundered against the bar after a hint of a fingertip from Preece.
The second half was just seconds old when a Dan Gray cross seemed to beat the Blues defence and Emery was forced to make the save down low.
Just after the hour mark some Fairhurst trickery created a chance for Lincoln, but Emery was there again to save at the near post.
As the second half progressed, the game opened up with Liam Davis, Dan Clayton and Darryn Stamp going close for Trinity.
But at the other end Dixon was looking threatening after being pushed further up the field and Todd Jordan hit a chance against the post which looked easier to score.
But as the rain came down, the minutes ticked away and Trinity's first chance of silverware this season slipped away.