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Lincoln Moorlands 1-1 Reserves

Lincolnshire League

Report by Colin Woodcock

With regular keeper Nick Maddison, among others, called into the first team squad, manager John Luffman was forced to field a very youthful line-up against Lincoln Moorlands on Saturday. Sixteen year old Peter Cook was handed a debut in goal against Moorlands, who are traditionally a strong, physical side, and it was the home team who penned United back in the opening twenty minutes. But after surviving that early period of pressure, the young Pilgrims took the lead when Gary PAWSON headed home a Gary Walters corner. Moorlands' response to that setback was to adopt an even more physical approach which eventually paid dividends when they grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half time.

Saturday's second half proved a dismal affair. Three Moorlands players went into the referees book, with another Lincoln player sent off for a second bookable offence. United were still forced to weather a Moorlands storm, yet both Danny Dack and Neil Timby had chances during that period to snatch a winner and possibly all three points, for United. The game eventually ended as a 1-1 draw, much to the relief of United in the final reckoning. Pilgrims Paul Casey and Gary Pawson could look back on the game with some degree of satisfaction, but in championship terms it was two points dropped against what was a poor side.

United team: 1. Peter Cook, 2. Gary Pawson, 3. Ricky Southwell, 4. Dane Thornton, 5. Paul Casey, 6. Neil Timby, 7. Andy Markham, 8. Steve Appleby, 9. Danny Dack, 10. Leigh Taylor, 11. Gary Walters, 12. Alan Ross, 14. Anthony Elding, 15. Danny Harrison.