Lawrence dou­ble foils Lin­coln

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A Theo Robin­son dou­ble epit­o­mised the ro­mance of the FA Cup as Na­tional league lead­ers hit Ip­swich with an ‘Im­p­va­sion’ and went close to caus­ing an up­set.

Lin­coln led Cham­pi­onship side Ip­swich twice in a thrilling cup tie, with Tom Lawrence twice equal­is­ing for the home side.

City striker Theo Robin­son got his side off to a crack­ing sixth-minute start when he side-footed home a Nathan Arnold cross from six yards. Lawrence lev­elled for Ip­swich in the 12th minute, how­ever, with a su­perb solo goal. The on-loan Le­ices­ter mid­fielder sprinted from half­way and fired through keeper Paul Far­man’s legs from 18 yards.

And Lawrence had to res­cue Town again af­ter Robin­son had clev­erly tucked away his second not long af­ter the hour mark.

The Nor­wich City and Derby target struck five min­utes from time when he beat Far­man with a low drive from 30 yards, si­lenc­ing the 5,000 City fans who had packed the Cob­bold Stand, the big­gest away sup­port at Port­man Road since the sta­dium be­came an allseater in 1992.

Although there are 57 places be­tween Cham­pi­onship side Ip­swich and non-league Lin­coln this up­set was not a to­tal shock.

Mick McCarthy’s side have been poor of late, an in­con­sis­tent run in the league, cou­pled with some un­ex­cit­ing foot­ball, hav­ing seen the Blues faith­ful turn on their man­ager.

Con­versely, the Lin­coln man­ager Danny Cow­ley as­sisted by his brother Nick, has been a rev­e­la­tion since be­ing brought in from Brain­tree Town.

He could not dis­guise the pride at his side’s per­for­mance and said: “It was a tremen­dous day for the club, both fi­nan­cially and in terms of con­fi­dence. We knew we had to play our very best with an­other 10 per cent on top. We did that – we went toe to toe with a good Cham­pi­onship side. We limited them to few chances.

“The key for us now is to take away the con­fi­dence know­ing we can match a Cham­pi­onship side.” The vastly ex­pe­ri­enced McCarthy is strug­gling to get Ip­swich back on side as in­con­sis­tent form has raised ques­tions about his fu­ture. While Ip­swich fans joined with Lin­coln sup­port­ers in ova­tion to the Imps, boos were aimed at McCarthy.

“The only thing I can do is get the team to play bet­ter and win,” said McCarthy. “That will stop the boos. Maybe it won’t now at this stage. I’m not com­plain­ing though.”

Bright lights: Theo Robin­son scores for Lin­coln City as they nearly up­set Ip­swich

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