Impressive Imps held at home

Sincil Bank’s first Football League game since 2011 saw an impressive Lincoln side draw 1-1 to Morecambe.

The Imps dominated large parts of the game, however failed to capitalise from a number of chances with Shrimps’ goalkeeper Barry Roche producing many splendid saves.

Matt Green scored his second goal in as many league games after Aaron Wildig put the visitors ahead against the run of play.

Michael Bostwick, Nathan Arnold and Sean Raggatt all went close for the Imps, who were backed by a crowd of over 8,000 at Sincil Bank.

Lincoln started the half lively and Green went close after an ill-judged header by Dean Winnard allowed the striker through on goal, before Roche produced a point blank save.

Bostwick almost opened the scoring minutes later when his fine shot was blocked by 35-year-old Roche.

The visitors’ best chance of the first half was Aaron McGowan’s 40-yard shot that smashed the top of the bar.

Morecambe took the lead in the 54th minute after Patrick Brough’s cross was volleyed home by Wildig, with the goalscorer missing a great chances just moments earlier.

Raggett then saw his header cleared off the line by Morecambe’s Kevin Ellison from a Jordan Maguire-Drew corner.

Green equalised in the 70th minute after Arnold found the former Birmingham City player on the edge of the box, who then muscled his way through the Shrimps’ defence before firing past Roach.

The Imps pressed for an equaliser, however Morecambe were able to hold on.

Lincoln will now travel to Exeter City on August 19 who drew 1-1 away to Swindon Town this afternoon.

Lincoln City: Farman; Eardley, Raggett, Dickie, Long; Maguire-Drew, Woodyard, Bostwick, Arnold; Green, Rhead

Subs not used: Vickers, Howe, Waterfall, Whitehouse, Knott

Morecambe: Roche; Brough, Winnard, Lavelle, McGowan; Kenyon, Rose; Ellison (Turner 74), Wildig (Fleming), Thompson; Oliver (Old 80)

Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Osborne, Campbell

Attendance: 8,060 (124 away fans)

The Lincolnite Man of the Match: Barry Roche (Morecambe)