Mowbray at the double as Whites bounce back
After being unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Coalville Town, Lincoln United bounced back to earn a 2-0 win over Wakefield in the Doodson Sports Cup to set up a tie at Stamford in the next round.
Injury ruled out Stuart Reddington, Gio Carchedi and captain Andy Toyne, on Tuesday. However, new signings Tom Batchelor, from Stamford, and goalkeeper Michael Emery, on loan from Gainsborough Trinity, gave a solid look to the Whites' defence, writes Peter Hayward.
"The two new boys really gave us a lift," said Whites boss Dave Frecklington, whose side were thrashed 7-1 at Coalville just three days earlier.
"The two lads up front worked their socks off and going back to a 4-4-2 formation made us more comfortable.
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"All over the pitch we pressed and we were committed. Everything that wasn't there on Saturday was there on Tuesday. It was really pleasing."
Wakefield applied the early pressure as United took a little time to settle although it wasn't long before strikers Sean Cann and Andy Hutchinson started causing havoc in the Bears' defence.
After a quarter of an hour, Andy Hutchinson swivelled and shot only to see Sam Dobbs in the Wakefield goal make a good save.
Wakefield hit back when Roy Fogarty hit a left-foot screamer which brought a flying save from Emery.
The Whites' keeper then had to use his legs five minutes later to prevent Wakefield taking the lead.
But United managed to build up pressure on Wakefield's back four, with Cann especially prominent.
Right on half-time, Triffitt fed a lovely pass to Simon Mowbray, who cut in from the right wing before firing past Dobbs to give Dave Frecklington's side a deserved lead.
Sean Wright was combining well at the centre of defence with his former Stamford team-mate Tom Batchelor which allowed the rest of the side to continue pushing forward and play with increasing confidence.
There was a greater sense of urgency in the home team's play, and in the 57th minute it was Mowbray again who increased the lead when he cut inside to hammer home a stunning left-foot strike which gave the Wakefield keeper no chance.
Although dangerous at times on the break, Wakefield never really got to grips with the hard-working and dangerous Lincoln forward line.
The Whites were controlling the game and were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty in the 92nd minute when Cann was brought down only to see the referee award a corner.
The final score was just reward following a hard-working and combative Whites performance.
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