Luton Town 3-2 Lincoln City: Full-time report
A crazy three minute period saw Lincoln City's chances of earning a win at Luton Town in the Skrill Premier evaporate.
Alan Power had given Lincoln City a 1-0 lead over Luton Town at half-time.
The captain struck from 18 yards out as Luton failed to clear the ball following a long throw from Tom Miller.
It was a deserved goal for Lincoln, who attacked Luton from the off.
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However, seconds after the restart MarK Cullen headed in a ball from the left-hand side to make the scores level.
Lincoln did not sit back and went straight on the attack with a long throw from Miller again causing problems as Ben Tomlinson headed the ball over the line. Luton goalkeeper Tyler claimed to have juggled it out, but the linesman was well placed to signal a goal.
However, it all came undone on 77 minutes when a Guttridge free kick blasted through the Lincoln wall and then three minutes later Cullen was again on target from close range.
Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson made two changes to the side that beat Southport 1-0 at Sincil Bank on Tuesday night.
The Imps manager dropped Jake Sheridan and Todd Jordan. Danny Rowe was brought into man the left-hand side, while Luke Foster was called into protect the back four, with Alan Power moving over to the right-hand side.
Lincoln started in a positive manner, getting hold of possession in the first five minutes and forcing a couple of early corners.
They kept the pressure on and Ben Tomlinson went close with a glancing header just wide of the far post.
Lincoln City: Farman; Miller, Boyce, Brown, Newton; Foster; Power, Fofana, Nolan, Rowe; Tomlinson.
Luton were happy to soak up the early pressure, but they showed their ability to get forward on seven minutes when a ball from goalkeeper Mark Tyler was latched onto by Mark Cullen on the left-hand side of the Imps box, he chipped it over Alan Power and it forced Paul Farman to stretch and save.
Farman was back in action a minute later as he had to get down low to his left-hand post to save a weak shot from Cullen.
It was Lincoln, though, who broke the deadlock. A long throw in to the box from Tom Miller was not cleared properly and Power pounced to drill the ball low and into the bottom corner.
On 25 minutes Luton responded with a teriffic spell of pressure and it ended with Guttridge finding the space to strike from just on the edge of the box, but he was just wide of the post.
Guttridge was again in the thick of the action on 30 minutes as he worked his way to the edge of the box and tried a curling effort that had Farman stretching to collect at the top corner.
Luton thought they had leveled on 43 minutes. Stevenson's shot was saved brilliantly by Farman down low to his left-hand post and Cullen followed up, but he was offside.
The second half was not even a minute old when Luton did equalise, though.
A cross from the Imps' right-hand side from Howells fell perfectly for Cullen to head past Paul Farman.
However, Lincoln were back in the lead on 51 minutes. A long throw from Miller was not cleared and Tomlinson jumped to head it. Tyler managed to palm it back and thought he had stopped it crossing the line, but the linesman was well placed to call the goal.
Luton manager John Still then decided to make two changes and take his team back to a traditional 4-4-2 formation.
It put Lincoln on the back foot and they finally cracked in a crazy three minute spell.
First Foster gave away a free kick 25 yards out. Guttridge stepped up and blasted it through the wall to bring Luton level.
Then three minutes later, Farman denied Cullen at the near post with the Hatters gaining a corner. From the resulting ball over it fell to Cullen who smashed home from close range.
Lincoln battered foward desperate to try and find an equaliser, but they could not get past the Hatters' defence, with McNulty impressing at centre back for the hosts.
Lincoln: Farman; Miller, Boyce, Brown, Newton; Power, Foster, Nolan, Fofana, Rowe; Tomlinson.
Subs: Jordan, Fairhurst, Wright, Gray, Dixon.
Luton Town: Tyler; Henry, McNulty, Parry, Griffiths; Smith, Guttridge, Stevenson, Howells; Cullen.
Subs: Taiwo, Justham (GK), O'Donnell, Whalley, Gray.