United ease past Lincoln MR

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Lincoln Moorlands Railway 0 Long Eaton United 2

Long Eaton heeded their manager’s warnings from the previous week’s defeat to Basford and produced a winning formula away at Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Saturday.

The teams had previously met this year at the same venue in the FA Vase, with Long Eaton running out 4-2 winners in a ding-dong encounter.

United made some changes from the Basford loss, the main one being the return of Shaun Rickford.

The captain, absent for a Christening last Saturday, gave a lethargic Lincoln a baptism of fire, rising to head in a pinpoint cross from the energetic Matt Savage within ten minutes.

Using the full width of the pitch, a tactic seemingly lost on them last week, Savage almost turned from provider to scorer as a ball fizzed across the six yard box by Nick Labbate was almost prodded in by the number nine.

Their assault continued against a dumbstruck Lincoln and it was Rickford who provided the second goal - another headed finish taking his tally to seven this season.

The Moors had not had a single shot on goal until the 43rd minute - a curling free kick producing an athletic save from Tom Gutteridge.

The second-half was a more balanced affair. Lincoln started out of the blocks well with Long Eaton losing the shape and discipline that made them such a force in the previous half.

However, despite sustained pressure the score did not look like wavering.

The pendulum soon swung Long Eaton’s way again, Savage providing Rickford with a great opportunity but he squandered his hat-trick chance.

Long Eaton kept possession for the remainder of the half and took the three points home comfortably.

Speaking after the game manager Charlie Palmer said it was a “big improvement” but they “should be scoring four or five past opposition like these.”

The Blues will be hoping to go on a run of wins starting on Wednesday (16th) in the league against Staveley Miners Welfare and then at the weekend in the FA Vase against Boston Town at Grange Park.

Report by Adam Slater