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MATCH REPORT: LINCOLN CITY 0-1 BURTON ALBION

14 October 2023

ALBION took all three points from a scrappy 1-0 win over ten-man Lincoln City courtesy of Jack Burroughs' own goal midway through the second half.

Joe Powell’s corner caused havoc at the near post and Burroughs unwittingly helped the ball past his own keeper as the home side reeled from being reduced to ten men when Danny Mandroui was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Josh Gordon.

Victory made it three seasons in a row that Albion have won at the LNER Stadium and took the unbeaten run to seven games, six in the league catapulting the Brewers up to thirteenth in League One having played more games than some of the sides around them. It was also a third straight League win and at the home of a side unbeaten on home turf thus far this season having conceded just one goal.

After Monday night’s televised victory over Cambridge United Dino Maamria saw fit to make three changes in the attacking third of the pitch. Bez Lubala returned as the central striker with Josh Walker having picked up a knock in the win over the U’s. Both Gordon and Mason Bennett returned in supporting roles as Mustapha Carayol and Ciaran Gilligan dropped to the bench. There was also a welcome return to the squad for Cole Stockton, the summer signing having been sidelined with injury since the Carabao Cup game against Leicester City in August.

A scrappy opening to the game after a pre-match deluge meant that the game took a while to settle down and into any real rhythm. Albion it was with the first chance of note on thirteen minutes as Lubala and Gordon worked a neat one-two to allow the former to get his shot off and at least test Lukas Jensen with a low skidding effort.

Lincoln were showing attacking intent in patches and Deji Oshilaja’s foul on Ted Bishop gave the Imps a promising set piece situation that, befitting of then game so far, amounted to nothing.

Ethan Hamilton fired over the bar with a decent chance from a Lincoln corner as the game reached the half hour nmark and started to liven up before Mason Bennett tricked his way infield and fired across goal beyond Jensen’s far post.

Lincoln enjoyed a spell of pressure including a couple of corners but Albion almost broke to counter on their hosts from the last one with Bennett leading the raid and trying to find Seddon on the opposite side, Ethan Erhahon the Lincoln man to make the vital interception inside his own box.

Burrough’s long-range strike almost caught Albion cold from the left hand side but the fingertips of Max Crocombe kept it level.

HALF TIME: LINCOLN CITY 0-0 BURTON ALBION

Albion had a couple of chances early in the second half with just the final ball lacking. A header at the back post just failed to pick out Bennett’s run before Baah’s cross evaded everyone as it fizzed through the penalty area.

The game sparked into life on 55 minutes when Danny Mandroui was dismissed for a challenge on Gordon on the left-hand touchline and Ryan Sweeney saw yellow for his reaction in the aftermath.

In a game lacking real goalmouth action it was Albion who made the breakthrough as Lincoln looked to adjust following the red card. Powell’s corner to the near post took a touch off BURROUGHS and it was enough to beat Jensen and fly into the net.

With Gordon struggling to shake off the effects of the challenge from Mandroiu Jake Caprice was sent on in his place to try and shore things up down the left-hand side.

Rekeem Harper was given his chance from the bench as well with Bennett struggling.

Lincoln also made changes to try and negate for the fact that they were a man down but it looked as if set pieces might be their best threat.

A stoppage for an incident in the crowd meant that there were to be eight added minutes at the end of the game as Albion looked to see the game out. There was some desperate defending in the Burton box as Lincoln tried to apply late pressure.

A flowing late move involving Baah and Oshilaja looked to have got Lubala in late on but his effort went wide.

Neither side could threaten at the end of a scrappy encounter but the important thing was that Albion had the three points to take back home to extend the unbeaten run.

ALBION: Crocombe; Hamer, Hughes, Sweeney, Seddon; Powell; Baah, Bennett (Harper, 66), Oshilaja, Gordon (Caprice, 60); Lubala.

Substitutes: Blackman, Stockton, Walker, Carayol, Gilligan.

GOALS: ALBION – Burroughs (58 own goal)

Referee: Rebecca Welch.

Attendance: 7,776 (339 away)

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