5 Memorable Matches Between the Imps and Oxford

Lincoln 3-1 Oxford 2011

This was a game I felt made so much difference to the Imps, one I thought signalled the end of our worries under Steve Tilson. It took place on the evening of Tuesday March 1st, The Oxford manager was Chris Wilder, and he was getting them on the right track, but a good City showing did the damage early. Josh O’Keefe opened the scoring, his effort coming back off the post, but he followed it in to put the Imps ahead. Just before half time, Steve Maclean levelled for Oxford after a mistake by Trevor Carson. Odd, isn’t it, the perception of that season is Carson was great and we were poor, but this game showed the other side of the coin.

Gavin McCallum in action away at Oxford later in the season – Credit Graham Burrell

City looked lively in the second period and two own goals sealed a 3-1 win. Firstly, Mustapha Carayol provided a cross for Delroy Facey, whose hooked effort at goal came off Harry Worley to give the Imps the lead. Four minutes later, another Carayol delivery saw Anthony Tonkin slice past his own keeper trying to clear to give us the 3-1 win.

Only 2,261 turned up to watch, but the win left us 15th in the table with 41 points from 32 matches. Barnet, who had beaten us 4-2 a couple of days before, were second from bottom, with 30 points from 33 matches. You all know what happened after that.