Date: 27th August 2011 at 11:46am
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County were lucky to escape Sincil Bank with a point as Lincoln City piled on the pressure in the match to no avail.

Backed by 270 travelling County fans, The Hatters remained unbeaten as Tom Elliott got on the score-sheet once again for Didi Hamann’s side.

Nabil Bounab started at right-back, as Hamann stuck with the same side that was unlucky not to win at Kidderminster on Tuesday night. Nick Chadwick skippered up front with Elliott.

County were behind inside ten minutes when Alan Power curled in a beauty just inside the area.

The Imps would have gone 2-0 up but Bowling’s header was ruled out for offside well before the ball hit the net.

Nick Chadwick had a rare chance to level for County after a defence-splitting pass by Jon Routledge, but the former Everton man could only hit the side netting after rounding the ‘keeper.

Somehow, and after a lot of home side pressure, The Hatters were level when that man Elliott skilfully headed home Ryan McCann’s swinging cross. The header clipped Joe Anyon’s post before agonisingly rolling over the line.

McCann was only on the pitch after replacing Bounab (who was getting torn apart down the left) at right-back after fifteen minutes.

The second half looked promising for the hosts, when they had another goal disallowed, two shots off the woodwork and a fair penalty shout given the other way.

First, Fuseini curled a shot just wide of Matty Glennon’s upright, before the scorer Power saw his cracking volley deflected on to the inside of the post and wide.

It was the same again for The Imps as they had the ball in the net when perry smashed home Power’s cross, but a free-kick had already been given for shirt-pulling.

It would have been the ultimate smash-and-grab if County had grabbed a goal, and McConville nearly provided when Routledge’s second defence-splitting pass saw the former Accrington man one-on-one with Anyon, who parried McConville’s effort.

County could have had a penalty when McConville was then bundled over in the aftermath of that effort, but in truth it would have been undeserved.

There’s definite room for improvement for Hamann and the side, but remaining unbeaten at all costs seemed the task for the night.


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