Lincoln United veteran McDaid on target to beat Badgers
Brendan McDaid's 30th minute header secured all three points for Lincoln United in their 1-0 win at Eastwood Town on Tuesday evening in the Evo-Stik League Division One (South).
After three successive 2-1 defeats, the Whites held on to their lead despite a late rally by the home side as they managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time in four games.
United created chance after chance in the first half with the front three of Sean Cann, Simon Mowbray and new signing Nathan Modest creating all sorts of problems in the Badgers' defence.
The Whites were playing with far more confidence than in recent games and it was no surprise that their dominance brought just reward on the half hour.
Danny Brooks curled a free-kick into the home side's penalty area where Brendan McDaid rose above everyone to nod the ball firmly beyond the reach of keeper King to give the Whites a well-deserved 1-0 lead.
However, United had a scare just before half-time when Gareth Langford's shot crashed against Nathan Burrows' bar and rebounded to safety.
The first half belonged to a Lincoln side who were being driven on in midfield by the inspirational Andy Toyne.
The Whites continued the second half where they left off, with all guns blazing to try and increase their lead.
Skipper Toyne, veteran McDaid and the energetic Danny Brooks combined to establish a stronghold in the middle of the park.
United's back four repelled any attacks Eastwood mounted, though the home side began to throw everyone forward in search of an equaliser.
The home crowd thought that had arrived in the 92nd minute when a rasping 25-yard shot by striker Daniel O'Donnell was saved by young Nathan Burrows in the United goal.
"I am absolutely delighted with this result," said United boss Dave Frecklington. "To get three points is a massive achievement, especially with eight players missing.
"We showed our battling qualities and spirit. We had to dig really deep with a hard fought performance.
"It was our priority to take all three points."
Camel Laird (h), Saturday, October 5, 3pm.