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Lincoln City   1 - 1   Northampton

Lincoln City 1-1 Northampton

Lincoln City 1-1 Northampton

Northampton's five-match winning run was ended as they scored on 84 minutes at Lincoln to grab just a point.

On-loan Fulham midfielder Matt Saunders gave Lincoln the lead with a powerful free-kick from an acute angle.

Northampton improved and would have levelled had a drive from Ryan Gilligan not been blocked by Moses Swaibu.

They finally equalised when John Johnson got forward to volley home. Chris Herd was denied a late Lincoln winner by Jason Steele's save.


Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"Given the way we played, it was a point gained. We probably deserved a draw.

"We didn't start very well, and we didn't play the pitch very well.

"We just didn't have the spark today. With a couple of half chances, we could have sneaked it at the end, but that would have been unjust on Lincoln."


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Saturday, 27 March 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Lincoln City 1-1 Northampton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Saunders 54
  • Johnson 84

Lincoln City

  • 01 Burch
  • 02 Green
  • 05 Swaibu
  • 38 Anderson
  • 11 Kerr
  • 16 Lennon
  • 25 Hughton
  • 34 Herd yellow card
  • 39 Saunders yellow card
  • 09 Connor (Butcher 82)
  • 18 Somma

Substitutes

  • 20 Musselwhite,
  • 08 Butcher,
  • 15 Stevens,
  • 19 Clarke,
  • 23 Keltie,
  • 31 Gordon,
  • 35 Gilmour

Northampton

  • 26 Steele
  • 02 Rodgers (Dyer 75)
  • 03 Johnson yellow card
  • 05 Hinton
  • 06 Beckwith
  • 23 Gilbert
  • 08 Osman yellow card
  • 12 Gilligan
  • 14 Davis (Guttridge 60)
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 17 Mckay (Guinan 63)

Substitutes

  • 13 Walker,
  • 19 Curtis,
  • 04 Guttridge,
  • 15 Dyer,
  • 09 Guinan,
  • 22 Herbert,
  • 24 Harris
Ref: MossAtt: 3,964
LINCOLN CITY
NORTHAMPTON

Possession

  • Lincoln City 48%
  • Northampton 52%

Attempts on target

  • Lincoln City 6
  • Northampton 3

Attempts off target

  • Lincoln City 9
  • Northampton 7

Corners

  • Lincoln City 8
  • Northampton 1

Fouls

  • Lincoln City 12
  • Northampton 13
  • Final Result
  • 94:30 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:29 Corner taken by Matthew Saunders.
  • 90:00+3:00 Chris Herd takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
  • 89:54+0:03 Craig Hinton takes the indirect free kick.
  • 89:54+0:03 Booking The referee books Matthew Saunders for dissent.
  • 89:45 Unfair challenge on Abdul Osman by Richard Butcher results in a free kick.
  • 89:03 Shot from outside the box by Alex Dyer goes wide right of the target.
  • 86:02 Corner taken by Luke Guttridge from the right by-line, clearance made by Matthew Saunders.
  • 85:03 Shot from close range by Adebayo Akinfenwa misses to the right of the target.
  • 83:55 GOAL - John JohnsonLincoln City 1 - 1 Northampton John Johnson fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 1-1 Northampton.
  • 82:34 Steven Lennon takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
  • 81:04 Substitution Richard Butcher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Connor.
  • 81:04 Chris Herd concedes a free kick for a foul on John Johnson. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Gilligan, Header on goal by Craig Hinton from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 78:20 Robert Burch takes the free kick.
  • 78:20 Booking Booking for Abdul Osman for unsporting behaviour.
  • 78:05 Unfair challenge on Paul Connor by Abdul Osman results in a free kick.
  • 76:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Hinton by Paul Connor. Craig Hinton takes the free kick.
  • 75:13 Handball decision goes against Peter Gilbert. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:27 Substitution Alex Dyer joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Rodgers.
  • 72:08 Shot from outside the box by Abdul Osman goes wide right of the target.
  • 69:07 Joe Anderson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 69:07 Booking John Johnson is shown a yellow card.
  • 68:39 John Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Herd.
  • 66:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adebayo Akinfenwa by Moses Swaibu. Craig Hinton takes the free kick.
  • 64:41 The assistant referee flags for offside against Davide Somma. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:55 Substitution Billy Mckay leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Guinan.
  • 61:32 Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Saunders. Robert Burch takes the indirect free kick.
  • 58:15 Substitution Luke Guttridge joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Davis.
  • 58:15 Steven Lennon challenges Liam Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Ryan Gilligan, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Abdul Osman misses to the right of the target.
  • 56:34 Corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the left by-line, clearance made by Billy Mckay. Corner from left by-line taken by Matthew Saunders.
  • 53:39 GOAL - Matthew SaundersLincoln City 1 - 0 Northampton Matthew Saunders hits the back of the net with a direct shot from the free kick. Lincoln City 1-0 Northampton.
  • 52:52 Craig Hinton concedes a free kick for a foul on Davide Somma.
  • 50:11 Handball decision goes against Adebayo Akinfenwa. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Herd by Paul Rodgers. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:50 Davide Somma challenges Craig Hinton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
  • 46:36 Craig Hinton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Somma. Strike on goal comes in from Joe Anderson from the free kick.
  • 45:47 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Saunders.
  • 45:28 Corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the left by-line, Jason Steele makes a save.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:10 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 44:51 Ryan Gilligan takes a shot. Save by Robert Burch.
  • 44:21 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Connor. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:18 Craig Hinton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Connor. Matthew Saunders has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Jason Steele makes a save. Shot from just outside the box by Matthew Saunders misses to the right of the target.
  • 41:46 Billy Mckay is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Burch takes the free kick.
  • 40:23 Craig Hinton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:23 Booking The referee books Chris Herd for unsporting behaviour.
  • 39:44 Foul by Chris Herd on John Johnson, free kick awarded.
  • 38:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Rodgers by Scott Kerr. Strike comes in from Liam Davis from the free kick, blocked by Cian Hughton.
  • 37:10 Adebayo Akinfenwa has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
  • 34:43 Corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the right by-line, Chris Herd takes a shot.
  • 31:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy Mckay. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:02 Scott Kerr challenges Billy Mckay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Gilligan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:12 Shot from just outside the box by Adebayo Akinfenwa misses to the right of the goal.
  • 28:21 Foul by Paul Connor on Craig Hinton, free kick awarded. Craig Hinton takes the free kick.
  • 22:49 Unfair challenge on Joe Anderson by Paul Rodgers results in a free kick. Matthew Saunders crosses the ball, Effort from long distance by Joe Anderson goes wide right of the target.
  • 20:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Herd by John Johnson. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Davide Somma.
  • 19:46 Billy Mckay challenges Paul Green unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Burch.
  • 18:07 Matthew Saunders takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
  • 17:06 Corner taken by Matthew Saunders.
  • 16:27 Billy Mckay is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Robert Burch.
  • 14:24 Chris Herd has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
  • 13:09 Davide Somma concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdul Osman. Dean Beckwith takes the indirect free kick.
  • 10:47 Effort from outside the penalty area by Davide Somma goes wide left of the target.
  • 6:53 Steven Lennon takes a shot. Blocked by John Johnson. Corner from right by-line taken by Matthew Saunders.
  • 5:10 Chris Herd fouled by Paul Rodgers, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Matthew Saunders from left channel, clearance made by Paul Connor.
  • 4:23 Foul by Paul Rodgers on Joe Anderson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Burch.
  • 1:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Connor by Liam Davis. Joe Anderson has an effort direct from the free kick, Jason Steele makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Saunders, save by Jason Steele. Steven Lennon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 0:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Connor on Peter Gilbert. Peter Gilbert takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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