Five Matches That Clinched The Title


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I was tempted to pick both matches with Forest Green, but the away fixture came close to another pick, so I’m going with the home game.

It came at a crucial time for us. John Akinde had been on the end of some stick for his lack of goals and we came off the back of two home draws (Carlisle and Cambridge) as well as defeat at Colchester.

This was game in which a bad spell could have turned into a bad run. This was a game where we had to stand up and prove we were title contenders, beating a rival who had lost few matches up until that point was the only result that could keep the fans settled.

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Big John opened the scoring, but then FGR upped the ante with a slick display. We had to work hard without the ball and despite Reece Brown’s leveller, our heads never dropped.

In fairness to the visitors, they were as good as any side we’d seen all season in terms of moving the ball around, but unlike Exeter they’d lost their big name in the summer. Christian Doidge would return and perhaps had he been there for this game we wouldn’t have won. Perhaps. The dogged resilience and determination of our lads might have put him right off his game.

As we edged towards a 1-1 draw and a fourth match without a win, Kellan Gordon popped up to sweep the ball home with his first touch of the game. He did the same a week or two later against Mansfield Town, but this was his first telling contribution in a Lincoln shirt.

Cue ecstasy and a real belief that we were back on track once more. it would spark a ten game unbeaten run in all competitions that pushed us towards our ultimate aim of lifting the title.

Courtesy Graham Burrell