On a mild evening at the Victoria Stadium, Lincoln quickly took control of the game in the early stages with quick and incisive passing and terrific movement off the ball. The Lincoln pressing was also impressive and meant that the Manchester defenders had little time to decide their best course of action leading to several turnovers in the opening exchanges.
This put Lincoln on the front foot and they were able to take the game by the scruff of the neck and impose their rhythm on the match. Manchester started with a defensive line of five but Lincoln created several penalty box situations before they took the lead on 15 minutes. A short corner from Kyle Casciaro and a cross from Joseph Chipolina was met with a glancing header into the corner by Bernardo Lopes. This goal gave Lincoln even more freedom to play their expansive game and eight minutes later a long probing cross from Anthony Bardon on the right was met by Kyle Casciaro whose well-judged header back across goal was nodded in by his brother Lee to make it 2-0. Lincoln continued to control the match for the remainder of the half with their defenders rarely troubled and their midfielders and strikers able to pick their passes and develop long periods of possession.
The second half was much the same with Lincoln in full control and looking for the third goal to effectively kill the match off. It came after 65 minutes with Joseph Chipolina popping up in the area, as he so often does to get a touch to an Antonio Calderon cross just ahead of the Manchester keeper to make the score 3-0. That was how the match finished as Lincoln lost a bit of their control of the match with the entry of the three substitutions. Lee Casciaro, Kyle Casciaro and Anthony Bardon were replaced with Tulio Etchemaite, Dean Torrilla and Leon Clinton.
All in all a strong performance by Lincoln and 3 more points secured as we now look forward to the final 3 league games of the season.
“confortable win for the imps”
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