September 13, 2014
Lincoln City were hit by a sucker punch just minutes from the end as their luck finally deserted them at Sincil Bank.
Visitors Bristol Rovers thought they had spurned their chance for all three points when a penalty on 85 minutes hit the inside of the City post and away to safety. But two minutes later, substitute Ellis Harrison placed his effort over Nick Townsend to earn their first away win of the season.
Despite a lively start by the Imps, it was Rovers who scored first. A run on the left by Matty Taylor resulted in a harmless looking ball rolled into the box. However, it was allowed to roll under the feet of one defender to Stuart Sinclair who placed his shot to the right of Nick Townsend.
The Imps threatened with a brace of corners, but another break and another mistake by the City rearguard, and the home side were 2-0 down. This time it was Rovers defender Daniel Leadbitter who beat Townsend from 10 yards out.
Another strong run by Bencherif put the Rovers defence under pressure and earned Lincoln a penalty for handball.
(Anybody guess what happened next?)
Sean Newton stepped up to score his second spot-kick of the week and put his side back in the game.
City striker Jordan Burrow levelled the game with his fifth of the season after prodding home from five yards out on the stroke of half time.
Jordan Burrow was denied by the Rovers keeper with 10 minutes remaining, but with four minutes of the match left, City conceded a penalty, with Stuart Sinclair adjudged to have been fouled.
Lee Brown took the spot-kick but hit the post as City thought they had escaped with a point. However two minutes later Rovers scored their winner, with Ellis Harrison placing his effort over Townsend.
(Jordan Burrow, scorer of another goal for the Imps today)
Lincoln City: Townsend, Newton, Brown, Diagne, Mendy, Caprice, Power, Nolan (Sam-Yorke 75), Bencherif, Burrow, Tomlinson; subs, Kabba, Marshall, Ledsham, Preece
Bristol Rovers: Mildenhall, Leadbitter (Martin 61), Brown, Lockyer, Parkes, Mansell, Clarke, Taylor (Cunnington 70), Trotman, Monkhouse (Harrison), Sinclair, subs: McChrystal, Puddy
Ref: Ben Toner
(Lincoln City Manager, Gary Simpson watching the absurd and the sublime)
(Adapted from the Lincolnshire Echo)