Hugo Wonder Strike In Vain As Tulips Lose On The Road
An equalising goal of the highest quality by left-back James Hugo deserved more, but the Tulips slipped to deaft at Lincoln United...
Match Report by Tulips' Press Officer, Ray Tucker
A superb strike by 20 year old James Hugo was the Tulips only reward from a feisty NPL Evo-Stik East Division local derby at Ashby Avenue, Lincoln on Saturday afternoon.
Hugo’s 50th minute 'worldie' cancelled out the home side’s first-half advantage, a scrambled effort snapped up in a goalmouth melée by former Tulip Tom Garrick two minutes before the interval. But on the day the Tulips were unable to build on Hugo's fine effort and conceded a second and deciding goal, again from the alert Garrick, just past the hour mark.
From the get-go, the Tulips were unable to repeat the fluency of their play which had earned such rich rewards against high-flying Pontefract Colleries just a week earlier when home fans were treated to a quite amazing 7-3 victory.
The Tulips had marginally the better of the opening half, creating a few promising attacking movements, but the trend was reversed after the break in a game plagued by some, at times, baffling and inconsistent decisions by the referee (baffling that is to this scribe; the official in question would probably beg to differ)!
Bradley Wells, the hat-trick hero against Pontefract, was within inches of hitting the target after just two minutes. Taking a neat flick-on by Kegan Everington in full stride, he sidestepped two defenders before getting his shot away, but the ball rose agonisingly just inches over ‘keeper Michael Emery’s crossbar.
Everington, probably enjoying his best form of the season, was forced out of the action midway through with a leg injury, being replaced by Romario Martin, who had enjoyed a fine debut the previous week by scoring a brace during the 22 minutes he played.
Alex Smith, again deputising for the injured Michael Duggan in goal, made an excellent save at full stretch to deny Matt Cotton, but was picking the ball out of the net in the 43rd minute when Garrick exposed the defence at the far post to score from Scott Matthews free-kick.
Parity was restored five minutes into the second half. A strong attacking movement out of defence saw Hugo race onto a well directed cross-field pass by Martin and unleash a superb left-footed strike from an angle just outside the home area, to give Emery no chance.
Following play was hotly contested, but with The Whites enjoying more of the passages of play. Their winning goal, however, was virtually presented on a plate in the 64th minute. A long ball from defence caught out the Tulips’defence, allowing Garrick to run through, from a suspiciously off-side position, to glide the ball past a stranded Smith.
Leon Mettam brought a telling save from Emery a few minutes later as the Tulips battled for a share of the points. But it was Lincoln United, who had not won a game in their previous nine outings, who were the ones celebrating at the final whistle.
Tulips: Alex Smith, Scott Floyd, Liam Marshall , Kegan Everington (Romario Martin 36mins), Rudy Misambo, Neal Spafford, Jack Brownell (Luke White 88 mins),Isaac Cooper, Bradley Wells, Leon Mettam, James Hugo (Jack Fixter 62 mins). Subs (not used): Ellis Humble, Michael Duggan
Tulips' Joint Men-of-the-Match: Neal Spafford and Scott Floyd