By Kate Jackson
September 22 2013
Lincoln City lost at Luton Town despite leading the Hatters twice. With results going City's way, it was the perfect opportunity to go third, but the Imps wasted numerous chances, whereas the hosts took their's.
Luton kicked off the match but it was the Imps who almost took the lead within a few mnutes of the kick off as Tomlinson headed a Newton cross wide. Boyce defended well from Gutteridge as the latter's shot was forced into the arms of Farman.
City were enjoying plenty of possession but much like previous games, clear cut chances were proving hard to come by, however, midway through the first half a Tom Miller throw wasn't cleared properly and it fell to Power, and the Lincoln captain rifled in to give the Imps the lead against their midtable oponents. It was almost two within a few minutes as Tomlinson's effort was barely cleared by Tyler in the Luton net.
Tyler punched a Rowe cross clear as the Imps won a succession of corners with which Tomlinson shot wide from the last. Gutteridge wasted a free kick from the edge of the box and the Imps went into the break level.
The last thing you need when you take a goal lead into the half time break is to concede straight away after the break, but that was exactly what happened as a Gutteridge cross was met by the head of Cullen and out of the reach of Farman's dive to give Luton an equaliser with their first chance on goal.
Despite the set back, City continued to control the game and it wasn't long before City were back in charge of the game as another Miller throw caused havoc, it was met by the head of Tomlinson and despite seemingly being cleared by Tyler and his defenders, the linesman ruled that it had crossed the line and the Imps were deservedly back in the lead. It was almost 3 within a minute as Nolan released Miller, but the defender draggehis shot wide.
A turning point in the game came just after the hour mark as Rowe was injured and had to go off, being replaced by Todd Jordan. The impact wasn't immediate as Nolan shot over from 25 yards before Luton made their hances, with Andre Gray and JJ O'Donnell come on for Griffiths and Stevenson.
City were not under a bit of pressure but it was a harsh free kick that gave Luton an equaliser form their second shot on target of the game. Gutteridge hit the 25 yard free kick and it went under Farman to give the hosts a leveller that they didn't deserve, and what they certainly didn't deserve was the lead, but that's exactly what they got within minutes as Cullen hit home from a corner. Three chances, three goals.
Simpson decided to bring on a second striker to get back into a game that the club had dominated, Wright replacing Boyce. Jordan headed over from a corner before in the final minute, the Imps got through on goal 3 on 1, however, Wright decided to be selfish and shoot from an extremely narrow angle and it went unsurprisingly over the goal and a game that the Imps had dominated for long spells ended in defeat.