EARNS IMPS LEAGUE RETURN newcomers get off the mark
Lincoln fans were determined to enjoy their team’s return to big time, including giving their verdict on Wycombe keeper Scott Brown’s psychedelic jersey in equally colourful terms.
They almost had an early goal to celebrate, as Ginnelly battled past Sido Jombati only for Brown to stand strong against his shot.
It was the only time either goalkeeper was really tested in what was an even if scrappy first half-hour, but first goal arrived from one of the Red Imps’ debutants.
Wycombe played their part, as they failed to clear their lines before the ball broke for Nathan Arnold in the penalty area and he squared for Matt Green to tap into the empty net. The visitors’ lead lasted just six minutes, however, as non-existent marking gave Luke O’Nien the freedom of the penalty area to nod Joe Jacobson’s set-piece into the top corner. Three minutes later, the Chairboys lead as Jacobson’s low free kick from 25 yards was deflected off what was a flimsy Lincoln wall, leaving Paul Farman unsighted as the ball went past him. But the Imps squared it up again four minutes into the second half as Alex Woodyard played a superb through ball to Ginnelly, who calmly finished beyond Brown.
Unfortunately, after this flurry of goals either side of half-time the game degenerated back into a disjointed scrap, with Woodyard rightfully booked for a poor challenge on Dominic Gape.
The intensity went out of the game from that point, with neither side able to forge a clear opening to leave us at honours even at the final whistle.
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth, a former Lincoln player, said: “I thought we were the better side in the first half and they were the better side second half.
“I was pleased with my boys coming back into it after conceding a goal that was against the run of play, but then I was disappointed by the sloppiness of the goals we conceded.
“There are things to work on, but they [Lincoln] are up there in the betting for a reason; they’ll pick points up in this league, they have a way of playing and the personnel to do that.
“There were no injuries, which was the big thing, but it was a good point and one more than what we had this time last year.”
WYCOMBE WANDERERS (4-3-3): Brown 7, Harriman 7, Jombati 7, El-Abd 6, Jacobson 8, Gape 6, O'Nien 7, Saunders 6 (Bloomfield 77, 5), Southwell 5 (Cowan-Hall 69, 4), Akinfenwa 6, Tyson 4 (Hayes 89, N/A) Subs not used: Richardson, Bean, Muller, Freeman
LINCOLN CITY (4-4-2): Farman 6, Long 7, Dickie 6, Raggett 8, Eardley 6, Arnold 6, Woodyard 7, Bostwick 6, Ginnelly 8 (Maguire-Drew 79, 5), Rhead 6 (Knott 63, 4), Green 7 (Palmer 83, 5)
Subs not used: Vickers, Whitehouse, Howe, Anderson
POWER PLAY: Adebayo Akinfenwa gets stuck in. Right: Sam Saunders gets away from Michael Bostwick STAR MAN JOE JACOBSON Wycombe