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Lincoln Utd 2 King's Lynn 3
15th September
STRIKER Jamie Forshaw hopes his two-goal arrival from the bench will ignite his season.
Forshaw finally got off the mark at the eighth time of asking with a quick-fire double as the Linnets came from behind to win a dramatic encounter at Ashby Avenue.
Midfielder Rob Hughes pounced to notch a late winner but it was substitute Forshaw's second-half double which went a long way to lifting the gloom following Lynn's midweek FA Cup exit at the hands of Daventry.
A delighted Forshaw, whose only goal for the club before Saturday had come in a pre-season friendly at Yaxley, said: "I needed to score as that is what the manager brought me to the club for.
"Now I'm off the mark hopefully I can build on that in the next few weeks and I can't wait to get back out on the pitch.
"We haven't been scoring enough goals but we've got 10 points out of a possible 15 so we haven't been doing too much wrong as a team.
"Yesterday I just happened to be in the right place at the right time but it was still good to come off the bench and score."
Forshaw admitted that his personal goal drought since his summer switch from Lowestoft hadn't caused him too much cause for concern.
"I've played in a few different positions since I came to the club but knew the goals would come," said Forshaw.
"The manager has been brilliant and has kept reassuring me while the players have kept each other going.
"Even though I hadn't been scoring my general approach play has been good. All of the players believe in each other here which has been a real help."
Chris Funnell fired the hosts in front four minutes into the second period before the introduction of Forshaw changed the whole complexion of the game.
Forshaw showed fox-in-the-box instincts with two goals inside seven minutes to put Lynn in front.
Lincoln's Stuart Reddington looked to have earned his side a share of the spoils with an 85th-minute equaliser only for Hughes to nod home a dramatic winner less than a minute later.
Despite the three points and another performance full of character, Linnets boss Gary Setchell was far from happy with his side's display.
Setchell said: "If I'm being brutally honest I don't think we can probably play that poorly again and win another game this season.
"I thought we were sloppy first half and weren't at it and that's not something you can accuse these players of doing too often this season
"I didn't think the lads did themselves full justice today but you have to credit them for their never-say-die attitude.
"The boy's have shown unbelievable character in getting themselves back into the game, getting themselves in front and then going on to win it once Lincoln had equalised."
"We know this is a difficult league but today we have won a game not playing as well as I would have liked."
Lincoln: McGann, Fleming, Butler, McDaid (Raby 75), Reddington, Hone (Wilkinson 81), Wright, Zuerner, Garrick, Coupland, Funnell. Subs not used: Cowan, Coyde, Leverett. Booked: Zuerner.
Goals: Funnell (49), Reddington (85).
Lynn: Street, Fryatt, Gulliver, Lee, Yong (Hughes 57), Spriggs, Bunting, Quigley, Thurlbourne (Buhlemann 87), Beaumont, Turner (Forshaw 57). Sub not used: Dunkley. Booked: Spriggs.
Goals: Forshaw (63, 70), Hughes (86).
Referee: A. Newbold. Attendance: 181. MoM: Jamie Forshaw.
Report by permission of the Lynn News