I've been following my local team for almost three years now and went to see my first match since they were relegated from the Football League last night against fierce rivals Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup Final. Best of all, I managed to use my old student card to get in for a cheap £2!
As for the football match, after some early dangerous exchanges, Grimsby went ahead with a looping header from Serge Makofo as the visitors looked comfortable. However, it was then that Lincoln got some mettle into them and Simon Russell and Bradley Barraclough put good goals away before impressive target man Kyle Perry smashed a penalty in to put the Imps 3-1 up. If there was ever a lesson to be learnt about concentrating after scoring, Lincoln should have learnt it as Craig Disley pulled one back for Grimsby second later and seconds before half time.
However, as changes were made in the second half, Lincoln faded away and it was Grimsby who looked like equalising to bring a penalty shoot-out. The substitution of Ali Fuseini and the ever improving Disley in the midfield were pivotal and once Coulson equalised for Grimsby with five minutes to go, it could have only continued on to give the Mariners an unlikely comeback victory at 4-3, Hearn with the last minute winner.
A almost full renovation of the Lincoln squad seems to be coming together for their non-league adventure and with a bit more gelling, it could be a very successful season in one of the most important seasons to be successful for the Imps in a long time.