Date: 10th July 2017 at 2:05pm
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We’re heading back to August 1992 for a very early promotion clash between Third Division title-favourites Lincoln City and a rapidly emerging York City side at Sincil Bank.

We’re heading back to August 1992 for a very early promotion clash between Third Division title-favourites Lincoln City and a rapidly emerging York City side at Sincil Bank.

The Minstermen went into the game having already impressively triumphed 2-0 at home to Shrewsbury Town on the opening day of the campaign. That notably included a first goal for debutant striker Paul Barnes following defender Ray Warburton earlier opening their account.

Manager John Ward next proceeded to witness his team snatching an early advantage at the expense of his former club, before defending strongly for the full duration – although their opponents were to miss a second-half penalty.

With just seven minutes played, York’s ace sharp-shooter Barnes – a recent £50,000 capture from Burnley – seized upon Wayne Hall’s inviting through pass and produced a perfect first-time finish into the top corner.

Lincoln were later close to an equaliser as Dean West headed past an upright, but largely floundered upon a well-marshalled rearguard in which skipper Paul Stancliffe, until suffering a second-half facial injury, and man-of-the match Warburton were absolutely outstanding.

Home striker Jason Lee did at least despatch an effort narrowly wide of the mark, though it was in truth a rare direct threat to keeper Dean Kiely’s usually well-protected goal.

By contrast York always appeared menacing and goalscorer Barnes superbly combined with tall forward partner Jon Borthwick, until his shot was only just kept out by Ian Bowling immediately prior to the break.

Four minutes after the restart should certainly have brought a home equaliser when striker Ian Blackstone pushed home counterpart Lee inside his own penalty area, but Matt Carmichael wastefully blasted his spot-kick over.

Even the loss of the inspirational Stancliffe due to a bad cut to the face following a clash with gangling front-runner Lee, failed to deflect the concentrated determination of the visitors.

However, substitute Ian McParland missed with a free header late on before Kiely also scrambled fellow replacement Keith Alexander’s goalbound shot around his post.

And York were to maintain their excellent start to the season, winning eleven of their opening fourteen league games and losing just once while on their way to eventual promotion courtesy of a first-ever Wembley appearance.

Lincoln City: Bowling, West (McParland 51), Clarke, Finney, Carmichael, Brown, Schofield, Bressington, Lee, Kabia, Barraclough (Alexander 76)

York City: Kiely, McMillan, Hall, Pepper, Stancliffe (Atkin 66), Warburton, McCarthy, Borthwick, Barnes, Swann, Blackstone

subs (unused): Barratt

Goals: Barnes (7)

Ref: T. West (Hull)

Att: 3,032







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