A first half performance which steam-rolled a lack lustre opposition meant that Lincoln were able to take their foot off the gas in the second half.
The lincoln team lined up with a rare start for Leon Clinton and Tulio Etchemaite meaning that Kyle Casciaro was dropped to the bench with Anthony Bardon also out injured. Lincoln began at full pace and took the lead after only 2 minutes with yet another headed goal from Joseph Chipolina after a corner by Leon Clinton. Tulio made it 2-0 after 8 minutes with a nonchalant scoop over the goalkeeper after he had made room for himself with excellent control and movement in the box.
This 2-0 cushion gave Lincoln the license to dictate the play and retain possession with sharp passing and movement. They continued to create chances as well both in open play and from set pieces. After 25 minutes the third goal came when Calderon released Diego past the Lions defence which was trying to play a high line. Diego sprinted into the box, drew the goalkeeper before unselfishly passing to Tulio who only had to tap the ball into the empty net. Genuine class from Diego. On the stroke of half time Bernard Lopes crashed the ball into the net after a corner had initially been contested by him and a defender.
Although the score line was 4-0 at half time there were still elements of the Lincoln play which needed to be tweaked. At the start of the second half Tulio had to be replaced by Kyle Casciaro when he over-stretched a hamstring. Further changes ensued with Torrilla replacing Diego and Ryan Casciaro returning to the first team after a calf injury to replace Joseph Chipolina with 15 minutes to play. The game was over by that point and although Lincoln continued to press they were unable to add to their tally.
With 2 matches left to play in the league, the title will almost certainly come down to the wire. Lincoln remain in pole position to retain the title as long as they avoid any slip ups in the last 2 matches.
“ROUTINE WIN FOR LINCOLN”
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PHOTOGRAPHY: NEIL WILSON