By Kate Jackson
September 7 2013
Lincoln City produced arguably their worst performance since relegation to the Conference just over two years ago as they barely threatened a poor Salisbury side. It was a goal just before half time with pretty much the only shot on target during the game that separated the sides.
Salisbury kicked off the game but to say that it was a slow half full of chances would be very wide of the mark. It was the visitors who had the game's first chance as McPhee volleyed wide from a corner. Foster, a defender, then shot well, well wide from 30 yards for the Imps.
Almost twenty minutes had past when a Sean Newton corner went over everyone and out for a throw in on the other side before Tomlinson was booked for a handball. It wasn't long before Salisbury had someone in the book as Wellard was booked for a foul on Nolan.
Puddy colided with the post when saving a Rowe free kick, but thankfully he was ok and didn't require treatment.
The game headed towards the break with a blank scoreline, but just before the break Salisbury won a corner. It was played into the box and a completely unmarked McPhee headed home to give the visitors the lead.
Neither side made any changes during half time and Salisbury almost doubled their lead within minutes of the restart as yet another corner failed to be defended properly and Fitchett hit the post. Sheridan soon replaced Foster.
Farman had to make a good save from a dipping shot from Fitchett. From the resulting corner Nat Brown headed off of the line and had to receive several minutes of treatment, and Salisbury would soon be forced to make a sub after Hart was injured, being replaced by Brett.
There was an amusing incident as Salisbury cleared a corner but it hit the referee and went out of play, he then pointed for another corner even though it was heading away from goal when it hit him. Unsurprisingly the corner was wasted. Newton hit a free kick well over the bar before being booked for a foul on Ruddick.
White replaced Fitchett for Salisbury before Rowe was replaced by Dixon for the Imps. Despite the chances, the Imps never even came close to equalising and the game eventually finished 1-0 without the Salisbury keeper once being tested.