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Report: Wycombe 1-0 Lincoln

Sam Vokes's early goal makes the difference.

21 August 2021

Sam Vokes’ early header secured three points for the Chairboys, complementing their best ever start to a League One season in a 1-0 victory over Lincoln City.

Sam Vokes’ cushioned header with just three minutes on the clock set Wycombe on their way, as the hosts went into the break deservedly in front.

Lincoln threatened in the second half but couldn’t break down the resilient Blues, with Vokes inches away from adding to the advantage.

Some late pressure from the visitors failed to be decisive as Wanderers saw out the win in a professional manner.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Wigan on Tuesday night: Curtis Thompson, Daryl Horgan and Nick Freeman coming in for Olly Pendlebury, Anis Mehmeti and Sullay Kaikai.

The Chairboys got off to the perfect start, the opening - and decisive - goal coming on just three minutes. After Daryl Horgan won the ball well, a Jordan Obita cross met the head of Sam Vokes at the back post - the striker’s first goal in front of the home faithful.

Lincoln began to grow into the game, Tom Hopper forcing a David Stockdale save down to his bottom right before Jordan Obita made a crucial block in the 18-yard box to prevent an equaliser on 15 minutes.

The game opened up and McCleary looked lively, beating Regan Poole down the left wing before Daryl Horgan’s shot was charged down from the cut back - though Stockdale was called into action once again as a Liam Bridcutt cross was met at the back post, being denied by another low save.

Vokes got on the end of another Obita cross on the half-hour mark, but his header was dragged wide before Anthony Stewart’s header flew over the bar two minutes later. Referee James Bell waved away a penalty shout for the hosts as well - Vokes being hauled down following an impressive Nick Freeman run.

Conor McGrandles fired well over as the first half drew to a close, the visitors withdrawing Tom Hopper for Dan N’Lundulu with Wycombe in control at the break.

An early long-range Hakeeb Adelakun shot didn’t trouble Stockdale with the Imps trying to get on the front foot, prior to Anthony Scully’s flashed cross almost going all the way through - just evading the back post.

Wycombe got going again as Nick Freeman went for the spectacular with a curled effort, but he couldn’t find the top corner before Grimmer blazed a header over the bar from a Jacobson corner.

Sullay Kaikai came on for the injured Nick Freeman, as Lincoln brought on Teddy Bishop and Lewis Fiorini for Tom Hopper and Lasse Sorensen.

Sam Vokes came close to doubling the Chairboys’ lead as his shot looped onto the post after a deflection beat ‘keeper Josh Griffiths, before Stockdale made a vital save at the other end from a close-range Bishop attempt.

Anis Mehmeti replaced the lively Horgan for final 10 minutes, with Fiorini and Scully driving over being the only late threats as Wycombe saw out another home victory.

 


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