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Posted Sat 27 Oct 12 at 17:52 PM

Hatters take point at Sincil Bank

The Hatters kept up their recent good form with a 3-3 at Sincil Bank against Lincoln City, only a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time preventing Paul Turnbull's spectacular overhead kick  bringing home all three points for Jim Gannon's men.
In a cagey opening from both sides stand-in captain James Tunnicliffe cleared from Jamie Taylor whilst Craig Hobson volleyed over County's best chance.
The home side looked to have opened the scoring on 9 minutes as  Taylor skipped around Ian Ormson and shot goal wards only for Andy Halls to make a super goal line block.
With both sides beginning to make chances Alan Power blasted a free kick over Ormson's bar, Hobson headed Sean Newton's free kick just wide, Ormson made a comfortable save from a John Nutter long range effort with Danny Whitehead wasting a good chance to put County ahead, shooting well wide after breaking from his own half.
The home side eventually broke the deadlock and it was their smallest striker Taylor who rose the highest to head home on 30 minutes from a cross in from the left hand side by Jake Sheridan.
The closest the Hatters came to levelling matters in the first half coming as a Paul Turnbull effort was  deflected for a corner. City keeper Paul Farman making a good save to deny Hobson an equaliser just before the break.
HT: Lincoln City 1 Stockport County 0
Gannon made two changes for the start of the second half bringing on Joe Connor and Tom Collins to replace Andy Halls and Sam Sheridan, Collins immediately involved as his corner kick led to the equaliser for the Hatters.
Jordan Fagbola scrambled the ball home after Tunnicliffe had headed Collins' corner kick back across goal for his first ever senior goal. Collins then missing a great chance to put his side in front as he volleyed over the bar from close range.
The home side were gifted an early chance to move back in front as Ormson was adjudged to have brought down Alan Power as he bore down on goal. City's players and supporters were mystified as to the reason that the County stopper wasn't shown a card of any colour.
Power picked himself up to take the spot kick himself only to blast his effort well over the bar.
The chance looked to have cost his side dearly as first Hobson's flicked effort came back off the bar and then moments later, after superb work by Collins on the right, the County striker slotted home his sixth goal of the season to put his side in the lead.
The Hatters lead lasted less than 5 minutes as, following a cheap free kick after a foul by Whitehead, John Nutter picked his spot with a well placed shot into the bottom corner.
In a fast and furious second half County were back in front as Collins again provided a good corner kick which Alex Kenyon flicked on for Turnbull to send into the net with a spectacular overhead kick for his first goal of the campaign.
With the home side pushing everyone forward Newton almost sealed the points for his side with a ferocious drive from 35 yards which was well saved by keeper Farman. 
The save proved to be more important in added time as Taylor grabbed his second goal of the game to bring the sides level once again with a shot through a crowded area to make it 3-3 in last minute of added time.
FT: Lincoln City 3 Stockport County 3 (Fagbola, Hobson, Turnbull)
Starting XI: Ormson, Halls (Connor), Newton, Tunnicliffe, Whitehead (Eckersley), Kenyon, Sheridan (Collins), Hobson, Fagbola, Mainwaring, Turnbull.
Subs: King, Connor, Collins, Rowe, Eckersley.
ATT: 1,873 (253)    

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