League Two football finally returned to Sincil Bank and the Imps had to settle for a point, drawing with Morecambe FC.
There were some good Lincoln performances. Here are our Player Ratings from Saturday’s game:
Paul Farman 7 – Farman did not have a lot to do in yesterday’s game. The majority of the match was played in Morecambe’s half. When needed, Farman was tidy with his handling and his distribution was good. Very easy for goalkeepers to switch off when they have been out of action for long periods of the game.
Neal Eardley 7.5 – Another solid outing from the Lincoln right back. Defensively he was solid, his channel balls to Matt Green were great all game and he was a threat going forward. Same again next week please.
Sean Long 7.5 – Long has been impressive every game this season. He is showing real improvement from last season both defensively and offensively. He linked up with Jordan Maguire-Drew very well yesterday, providing the overlapping option all game and was unlucky not to be the creator of a goal with the the crosses he was supplying.
Sean Raggett 8 – Yet another game where Raggett oozes class. The ex-Dover man has started the season terrifically and yesterday’s game was no different. He dominated the aerial battle with the Morecambe forwards and looked so calm on the ball. Raggett’s confidence at the moment is noticeably high, which is unsurprising when he is consistently putting in brilliant performances.
Rob Dickie 6.5 – Yesterday, Rob Dickie again played well. He made some important interceptions and defended Vadaine Oliver very well which is not easy. Dickie, at times, had a few moments when he looked a little shaky. But Dickie is playing with a new back line so he will become more comfortable with every game he plays.
Alex Woodyard 7 – Mr consistent as per usual was Woodyard yesterday. Him and Bostwick are really starting to look like a force in the midfield with every game they play. Woodyard broke up the play on numerous occasions preventing any real fluidity in the Morecambe attacks. For me, Woodyard’s biggest improvement from last season is his passing. The Morecambe game was just another example of how the 24-year-old has developed this aspect of his game.
Michael Bostwick 7.5 – Committed to say least. Bostwick was all over the pitch yesterday, dominating his Morecambe counter-parts, winning every header and tackle. He also had a few shooting opportunities in yesterday’s game, maybe next time he will find the back of the net.
Nathan Arnold 8 – By far Nathan Arnold’s best performances in a Lincoln shirt this season. The winger was brimming with confidence and he had the beating of his man every single time. The only thing Arnold could not do was grab himself a goal. He thoroughly deserved to have his name of the scoresheet but it just was not to be.
Jordan Maguire-Drew 6 – Morecambe was Maguire-Drew’s first league start of the season. The on-loan Brighton winger did look a threat in the game, but he was not able to convert the chances that fell his way. Maguire-Drew had some free-kicks which he would have been disappointed in given the quality he possesses in the set-piece department.
Matt Rhead 7.5 – Rhead had a good game yesterday. He answered a few critics against Morecambe with some people questioning whether the striker would be as effective in the Football League. The Morecambe defenders had no answer to Rhead’s physicality. Like the other Lincoln forwards, Rhead just did have the finishing touch.
Matt Green 8.5 – (MOTM) The Lincoln forward was our Man of the Match from yesterday’s game. Green worked tirelessly and his play in the channels was something to marvel at. Green’s hold up play and ability to bring others into the game was also very impressive. Green arguably should have had at least two goals, and he will be frustrated with some of the chances he missed.