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Season 2009-10
Lincoln City (a) League Northern Division

Date: Wednesday 10th February 2010, 2pm

 Sincil Bank




Lincoln City

Newcastle Reserves


2 - 2




1 mins Lennon shot 0-1

Half time: Imps 1 Mags 0

52 mins
Godsmark tap-in 1-1

89 mins
McLaughlin header 2-1

90 mins
Pearce lob 2-2

Full time: Imps 2 Mags 2 

We Said

Coach Alan Thompson commented:

"We should have won by a couple of goals. That second-half performance was as good as I've seen them play in all the time I've been with the reserves - so I have to give them credit for that.

"We had to change our shape at half-time because Stefan Oakes, who is an experienced player, was causing us problems in the middle of the park. They took on board what myself and Willie Donachie said at half-time and they came out second half and were terrific.

"There was so much good attacking play and some terrific performances so it's just disappointing for them that they didn't get the win they deserved."


Newcastle's reserve side were in action at Sincil Bank on Wednesday afternoon and as they had been at SJP earlier in the season, were made to settle for a point by the Imps.

An inexplicable decision by match referee M.Brown to begin the game ten minutes before the scheduled kick-off time resulted in a fair proportion of the small attendance missing the opening goal of the afternoon.

That came from City's on-loan Rangers youngster Steven Lennon, who took a Nathan Adams pass before shooting past Magpies 'keeper Ole Soderberg within the first minute.

The closest Newcastle came to a first half reply was a Ryan Donaldson effort that was correctly disallowed for offside, but within seven minutes of the restart Alan Thompson's side were back on level terms.

Making his first competitive appearance since returning from a loan spell at Hereford, Jonny Godsmark was in the right place to tap home a Darren Lough centre from the left flank that evaded the home 'keeper.

Newcastle looked to have won the game on 89 minutes when Dan Leadbitter crossed from the right for Patrick McLaughlin to head home his first ever goal at this level.

However Lincoln were to have the last word, as a slip from Ben Tozer allowed Ian Pearce sight of goal and the veteran defender/Imps assistant boss lobbed Soderberg to make it 2-2. 

The Magpies bench included new arrival Jóan Símun Edmundsson from the Faroe Islands, but he wasn't called upon.

Lincoln meanwhile included two trialists:
French defender Morgan Suric and Hungarian goalkeeper Matayas Esterhaz, both of whom are free agents.

PS: the prospect of winter weather conditions affecting this part of Lincolnshire may have been a factor in the premature kick-off - given that our game at Scunthorpe last week was abandoned early in the second half. However, that was an evening kick-off.



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