Lincoln City 3-1 VILLA
Villa slipped to a second successive pre-season defeat despite making a dream start at Sincil Bank.
15th Jul 2008
Lincoln City 3-1 VILLA

Villa slipped to a second successive pre-season defeat despite making a dream start at Sincil Bank.

John Carew opened the scoring inside five minutes and Villa could have scored a hatful as they dominated the opening 45.

The second-half was a very different story though and goals from Janos Kovacs, Lenell John-Lewis and Ben Wright were enough to send the Imps faithful home happy.

Petrov tried his luck from 25-yards on two but dragged a low right-foot effort wide.

Carew opened the scoring on five as Sidwell dispossessed Sinclair and found the striker, who calmly slotted a low angled drive past Burch.

Former Villa trainee Green put the ball behind from Routledge's right-wing cross on nine as Young waited to pounce.

Wright headed over the bar two minutes later as he rose to meet Green's cross from the right.

Green deflected another Routledge centre behind for a corner on 18.

N'Guessan cut in from the Lincoln left a minute later but fired high and wide.

Sidwell clipped the post with a low effort on 20 as Bouma found Routledge with a superb ball down the right and the winger cut back for his new team mate.

Young cut in from the left on 24 but fired wide as he found space inside Green.

Agbonlahor almost doubled the lead on 29, cutting in from the left, but his low effort was blocked by keeper Burch.

Sidwell fired high over the bar from the edge of the box on 39 as Villa chased a second.

Carew appeared to have been brought down by Sinclair a minute later but referee Kevin Friend waved play on.

Knight then glanced a close range header wide from Young's left-wing corner on 40.

Burch comfortably gathered Carew's looping header from a Routledge centre on 41.

The Lincoln keeper did well to deny Carew on 45, bundling a close range header from Young's inviting cross wide.

Agbonlahor almost made the perfect start to the second-half but saw his looping effort deflected over the bar on 46.

Knight then saw a powerful header from Routledge's corner cleared off the line by John-Lewis.

The hosts were level on 53 as Oakes sent over a free-kick from the left and Kovacs powered a header home past Taylor.

N'Guessan almost put Lincoln ahead on 58 as he found space behind the Villa defence but Taylor brilliantly palmed a rising shot wide.

Taylor again denied N'Guessan on 61, diving low to his right to parry a right-foot drive.

Substitute Delfouneso almost restored Villa's lead as he raced onto Agbonlahor's through ball on 64 but Burch did well to save.

Harewood's low drive from a Reo-Coker centre was blocked by Kovacs a minute later.

Harewood dragged a right-foot effort wide from close range on 72 as he met Maloney's clever through ball.

Lincoln were ahead a minute later as John-Lewis rose unmarked to head firmly past Taylor - the ball may have taken a deflection off Knight.

It was 3-1 on 74 as Wright chased a long ball and slotted calmly past the advancing Taylor.

Harewood sent a rising angled drive straight at Burch on 79.

Stieber's header from an Albrighton corner was blocked by Burch on 84.

Harewood fired wide as he raced onto Albrighton's right-wing cross two minutes later.

Salifou ratled the foot of the post with a 25-yard effort in stoppage time as Villa chased a consolation.

Lincoln: Burch, Green, Brown, Kerr, Kovacs, Sinclair, John-Lewis, Oakes, Wright, Graham, N'Guessan. Subs: Beevers, Giddings, Frecklington, Mullarkey, Hone, King, Pembleton, Clarke, Warlow, Duffy.

VILLA: Taylor, Bouma, Sidwell, Young, Carew, Agbonlahor, Knight, Salifou, Routledge, Petrov, Reo-Coker. Subs: Harewood (for Carew ht), Parish (for Taylor 83), Delfouneso (for Routledge 62), Stieber (for Sidwell 78), Albrighton (for Agbonlahor 77), Lichaj (for Bouma ht), Osbourne (for Petrov 62), Maloney (for Young ht).

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