Match Report - Lincoln City vs Reading

Lincoln win 4-1 to maintain their winning streak in pre season friendlies.

Danny and Nicky Cowley’s first home game in charge got off to a fantastic start here at Sincil Bank against a young Reading side. Only 30 seconds in, James Caton rifled in a low drive from the edge of the box following a defensive mix up.

A minute later it got even better for the Imps. Jack Muldoon raced through the Reading defence and slotted low past Tapper into the bottom corner of the goal.

City continued to press with James Caton in particular causing the Reading back line problems. Matt Rhead then volleyed wide from 20 yards after spinning his man.

Reading came more into the game midway through the first half. Novakovich had a shot blocked by Callum Howe and then Paul Farman made a smart stop to deny the striker shortly after.

Terry Hawkridge took a knock and received some treatment but unfortunately couldn’t continue and was replaced by Jonny Margetts.

It was almost 3-0 to Lincoln on the stroke of half time. Margetts hit a long range strike that was just wide of Tapper’s goal.

HALF TIME; Lincoln City 2-0 Reading.

minute Paul Farman and Jack Muldoon were replaced by Richard Walton and Andy Wright. th minute when Margetts curled an effort just over the Reading crossbar. In the 78th minute. It was a much quieter second half until the 68thElliott Hodge and Luke Waterfall replaced Rhead and McCombe at the start of the second half. The Imps did make it 3-0 shortly after the restart when Waterfall headed home a Taylor Miles cross in the 49

minute. A lovely touch from Harry Cardwell set Sam Smith through on goal to slot past Richard Walton. Lincoln then went straight down the other end to make it 4-1. Bradley Wood’s excellent run got him 1v1 with the keeper and he passed the ball into the bottom corner.rdThe game then came to life again. Reading scored a consolation goal in the 83

Lincoln had chances to make it 5-1 but Collings kept out Margetts and Wright with good stops.

FULL TIME; Lincoln City 4-1 Reading.

City; Farman (78’ Walton), Wood, Beevers, Howe, McCombe (45’ Waterfall), Muldoon (78’ Wright), Miles (60’ Stanley), Power, Hawkridge (30’ Margetts), Caton, Rhead (45’ Hodge).

half; Tapper, Osho, Griffin, Bennett, Hyam, Keown, Stacey, Rinomhoto, Novakovich, Barrett, Fosu.stReading 1

half; Collings, Sheppard, Vancooten, Andersson, Sheving, East, Davis, Richardson, Trialist, Cardwell, Smith.ndReading 2

Attendance; 1239 (69 away supporters).