Five Matches That Clinched The Title


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A draw? How can a draw be one of the key moments in a season?

Simple, when it’s the best game of football you’ll see all season. 

We went into this one knowing we had to avoid defeat. Bury, who finished second, we in the ascendancy and were many people’s pick for the title. We were unbeaten in five in the league and had two wins behind us, but Bury were winning matches relentlessly.

Plus, they were billed as a slick attacking side, easy on the eye. It was to be a clash of two styles, or so Sky Sports wanted you to believe. The art of football versus the machine of hard work. Pretty against effective, positive against negative.

What a load of codswallop that turned out to be.

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Three times we led in a pulsating, end-to-end encounter that showcased the very best League Two had to offer. We had the better of the first half, Danny Rowe and a Chris Stokes own goal giving us a 2-1 lead, cancelled out by Nicky Adams just before half time. They worked well with the ball, but our organised approach meant they were kept out time and again.

Instead of us being the ugly though, we played some nice football too. It was arguably one of Danny Rowe’s best games in a Lincoln shirt and John Akinde proved to be a real handful all evening. It was he who gave us a 3-2 lead, courtesy of Harry Anderson being fouled in the box.

As the game wore on it looked like we might secure the win, but late on Will Aimson powered a header past Grant Smith to give them a deserved share of the spoils. It was a superb advert for League Two football and a valuable point away at the in-form team in the division.

We matched to best, or the next best, and took another step in what turned out to be a club record unbeaten run.

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