Nuneaton Town 2 Lincoln City 2: Match report
Andy Brown's late header denied Lincoln City a priceless win at Nuneaton this afternoon.
The striker ghosted in at the near post in the 84th minute converting Danny Sleath's cross as he rescued a point for the hosts.
Nuneaton had actually taken the lead after just two minutes when Wes York headed home, only for Tom Miller to level with a terrific goal.
Jon Nolan then put City ahead from close range in the second half until Brown had the last word of the afternoon.
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Lincoln will certainly feel disappointed at not closing the game out having controlled the second half for large periods.
That was in stark contrast to the beginning of the first when York stole in at the back post to give Nuneaton the lead.
Anxiety reigned again moments later when Sean Newton was required to shepherd the ball to Paul Farman while under pressure from York.
After a fractious 10 minutes, however, Lincoln gradually regained their composure.
A slide rule pass from Alan Power looked to have made the most of Nick Wright's pace, but goalkeeper James Belshaw was equally as quick by claiming at the striker's feet.
Great interplay by Power and Tomlinson then unlocked the Nuneaton defence as the latter burst into the area.
He dragged the ball onto his favoured right foot but saw his effort saved by James Belshaw.
Lincoln had stemmed Nuneaton's vigour and as the game slipped by the half-hour mark, Sean Newton curled a free-kick over the bar as the Imps went searched for an equaliser.
They didn't have to wait long as in the 35th minute they levelled with a goal rubber-stamped by quality.
A wonderful raking pass from Jon Nolan, from all of 60 yards, was collected by Tom Miller who surged into the box before applying a deadly finish.
Nuneaton's senses were scrambled which nearly led to them conceding a second just moments later when Nick Wright blazed wide following excellent work by Sean Newton.
Lincoln continued to boss possession but the second goal evaded them as Nuneaton were glad to be on level terms at the break.
Lincoln boss Gary Simpson would have undoubtedly asked his side for more of the same in the second half and they were obviously listening.
Just two minutes after the restart they were ahead as Tom Miller's cross was fumbled by Belshaw allowing Jon Nolan to fire into an empty net.
The former Stockport midfielder celebrated triumphantly in front of his own fans as Lincoln began the second half superbly.
Tomlinson was a major threat in particular, chasing down lost causes and forcing several mistakes in his desire to win the ball.
Winning warm applause from his manager, the striker almost nicked a third goal when forcing Amari Bell into a weak defensive header, but Belshaw thwarted the danger.
Nuneaton fans were growing increasingly restless especially with goalkeeper Paul Farman being reduced to a spectator.
Belshaw was far busier and he was required to keep out a Boyce header in the 72nd minute.
Three minutes later, Nolan tried his luck from distance with his shot spinning off Theo Streete and going out for a goal kick.
Lincoln were in complete control but with six minutes left, Nuneaton hauled themselves level when Danny Sleath's cross from the left was met by Andy Brown at the near post.
Lincoln: Farman, Miller, Boyce, Brown, Newton, Foster, Nolan, Power(Fofana 90), Jordan, Wright (Dixon 64), Tomlinson.
Subs: Fairhurst, Sheridan, Gray,
Attendance: 1,634 (483 visitors)