Lincoln were unable to break down a stubborn Mons Calpe on Saturday and subsequently lost 2 points in what could prove to be a decisive night in the chase for the League Shield.
Lincoln began with their usual all-action pressing game and were on the front foot for the opening 20 minutes of the match. Despite dominating territorially, chances were few and far between.
A Clinton had a free kick smothered by the keeper and various goal mouth situations were created mainly via set pieces, but Lincoln were unable to convert any of them. On 21 minutes disaster struck when a Mons Calpe breakaway down the Lincoln left led to a cross which was headed past Raul Navas’s despairing dive to make it 0-1. This had come completely against the run of play and it pointed to a long night ahead for the Lincoln players and supporters.
Mons Calpe held out until the 68th minute when a glancing header from Yeray crept in at the far post. Lincoln’s jubilation was short-lived as Mons Calpe responded with their second excursion into the Lincoln penalty area yielding a second goal this time a tap-in at the far post after a good run and cross by their centre forward.
A Lincoln’s response was to throw everything into attack for the last 20 minutes. Yeray scored his second and the equaliser when he rammed home from 10 yards after a goalmouth scramble. It seemed inevitable that the winner would come but despite several more goalmouth incidents and countless free kicks and corners, Lincoln were unable to convert the pressure into goals. There were even a couple of situations where it seemed easier to score than to miss, but still Mons Calpe held out.
The result leaves Lincoln 1 point behind Europa with 1 match remaining. Lincoln must win on Saturday against St Josephs and hope that Europa slip up against Glacis on Sunday.
“Draw with a brace from Yeray, definitely not the result we expected but very proud of our boys who gave it their all but unfortunately it was not to be. Heads up and we continue until it’s mathematically over”
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