The Imps U18 side defeated Wrexham 3-0 at Sincil Bank to set up a Third Round tie against Manchester United.

Wrexham began proceedings but it was the Young Imps who were on the front foot in the early minutes with Nathan Odokonyero forcing a diving save from Wrexham’s Kai Bone after five minutes after the away sides back line allowed him too much space at the back post following a Sean Roughan free-kick.

City were continuing to look dangerous from set pieces and Hayden Cann’s powerful header flew just over the upright in the 20th minute.

City’s ability to switch the play from left to right was undoing the away side and a lovely lofted through ball from Cann split the defence allowing Cameo Scott to fire a side-footed volley narrowly over from 15 yards.

The imps were continuing to control the game in the first 30 minutes however couldn’t find the final finish while Wrexham looked to try to catch the home side out on the counter attack.

The young imps made the breakthrough the pressure deserved in the 38th minute when Odokonyero finished in true centre-forward fashion from 6 yards after receiving the ball in space. Less than a minute after conceding the away side had a penalty shout waved away by referee Stuart Richardson after claiming the header was blocked by a Lincoln hand.

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Half time: Lincoln City 1-0 Wrexham

The home side restarted play for the second half confidently looking to find a second early on. Wrexham were looking to play out from the back but Tobias Liversidge nearly capitalised on a lapse  in concentration from a visiting centre-back but his shot flew over the bar.

However it wasn’t long before City’s continued attacking pressure resulted in the second goal. A neat free-kick on the 55th minute found Liversidge whose cross was deflected out to Ben Sault who made no mistake from 15 yards, firing a low shot past Bone.

Before Wrexham could even regroup and look to find a way back into the game, Gianluca Bucci fired a diving header past the 'keeper to make it 3-0 shortly after.

It could’ve been 4-0 on the 65th minute after some lovely football from the Imps but Liversidge’s shot rolled wide of the right post. Wrexham however were still trying to create chances but Sam Long was collecting any incoming crosses.

The young imps continued to control possession and create chances with Lewis Inglis’ shot just inside the box producing a fine save by Bone. The away side nearly grabbed a consolation goal late on through Kyle Robinson– Murray who saw his long range strike fly just over.

The Imps now face a great task in the next round against Manchester United away from home.
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