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REPORT: LINCOLN UNITED 2-5 IRON

25 July 2015

The Iron progressed to the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup after a 5-2 victory over Lincoln United on Saturday afternoon, with Sean McAllister scoring the pick of the goals.

Kyle Wootton chipped in with two goals, along with strike partner Kevin van Veen, who dispatched a header. Youth team player Noel Burdett also got in on the action, putting United 3-1 up in the process.

It was a much changed Iron side to the one that started the 1-1 draw with Bolton on Friday night.

Luke Daniels returned in goal, with a back three of Andrew Boyce, Charlie Goode and Isaac Assenso and wing-backs of Terry Hawkridge and Jack Dyche.

The midfield three saw youth team players De'Andre Watkiss and Burdett being accompanied by McAllister. Up top for United was van Veen and Wootton.

It was the home side who registered the first effort on goal in the fourth minute, as Daniel Brooks unleashed a dangerous looking drive that flew just over Daniels' crossbar.

United almost took the lead soon after however, as Wootton burst through the Lincoln defence, only to see his effort blocked.

It was end to end early on, and moments later the hosts spurned a great chance as Scott Ruthven found himself in space at the back post, but he could only fire his shot straight at 'keeper Daniels.

It was the Iron who did take the lead on 13 minutes thanks to McAllister's fabulous strike. The midfielder made sweet contact with a volley from the edge of the area, leaving Lincoln 'stopper Robert Peet with absolutely no chance.

After a frantic opening 15 minutes, United found their rythym and started to get a grip on the game. This was aided by McAllister's wonderful strike.

United took a firm hold on the game in the 38th minute, when Wootton finished emphatically after great work from strike partner van Veen had put him through on goal.

The hosts were keen to make a quick response, and almost did so, but the dangerous Brooks saw his effort drift past Daniels' post.

As the half went on, The League One quality showed and the Iron went in at half time leading by a comfortable two goal margin.

There were no changes at the break, but Assenso was moved into midfield, with Watkiss dropping back into the defence.

Moments after the restart, van Veen rattled the crossbar with a curling effort, the rebound fell to Wootton, but he couldn't convert and add to his tally.

United were made to pay for not putting the game beyond doubt, when Jack McGovern finished smartly to halve the deficit on the hour mark.

The home side's joy didn't last long however, as almost instantly after seeing their lead cut, the Iron restored their two goal lead when Burdett drove the ball past Peet.

Kelly made his first change in the 65th minute when Assenso was replaced by Lewis Butroid.

The hosts kept battling away and the reaped the rewards for doing so in the 68th minute, when Ruthven's spectular solo effort brought Lincoln back to within one goal of the Iron.

Substitute Triffit had an opportunity to draw the sides level on 74 minutes, but he couldn't get the ball under control in the box and ultimately ended up slicing his effort wide.

This missed opportunity was punished moments later as van Veen expertly guided his header into the far corner after some great work down the left hand side by the diminutive Burdett.

No more than the Dutchman deserved, especially after being so unlucky previously when his shot struck the crossbar.

The cross that Burdett delivered would be his last involvement, as he was replaced in the 82nd minute by Fortunate Sithole.

Wootton added some gloss to the scoreline, after rising high to dispatch Hawkridge's corner in the 89th minute.

That's how it finished, with the Iron comfortable in the end. Nevertheless, the Iron progress to the semi's and will play the winner of Boston United and Lincoln City.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Lincoln United:
Peet, Wright, Smith, Ward, Jacklin, Field (Triffit), McGovern, Brooks (Parker), Ruthven, Hutchinson, Cotton.

Scunthorpe United: Daniels, Boyce, Goode, Assenso (Butroid), Burdett (Sithole), McAllister, Watkiss, Dyche, Hawkridge, van Vee, Wootton.

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