First time starter Mikey Yome’s goal for Lincoln against a defiant Manchester 62 side proved the decisive moment of a first-half where the Champions were continually frustrated by their old rivals.
The 21-year-old proved the straw that broke the camel’s back, though, with Guido Abayian, Lee Casciaro and Liam Walker adding to the tally in the second period, assuring another smart 4:0 scoreline at the end of the match.
“Manchester started very disciplined, putting everyone behind the ball and giving us full possession of the ball,” said Lincoln manager Raul Procopio after the match. “They gave up on attack altogether so we had to move the ball around as much as possible to get the breakthrough, which finally came from full débutante Mikey Yome who scored from a corner. In the second half they had clearly tired and this gave us the space we needed to create a lot more chances from which we upped the final result.”
“Mikey was a bit nervous at first but was soon going about doing the job I had set him which was to wear out the back line with his running and it was good to see him out there making the most of his chance and growing as a player. It is clear that he will be one of the top players in Gibraltar in the years to come so after coming from studying abroad he is slowly fulfilling that glowing potential.”
The Lincoln boss described how every encounter calls for a different type of player with Dean Torrilla also playing and Soussi getting some time on the pitch last week.
Yome himself told us he was happy to get his first start of the season after putting in a lot of hard work in training sessions, reserve games and making the most of his opportunities coming of the bench: “Scoring the opening goal of the game was an added bonus, especially since Manchester had been defending quite well throughout the whole first half. So on the whole I’m quite happy for today’s result and the goal I added to my name.”
“We knew it was going to be a hard game as they defended really well, and at first we got a bit frustrated,” said Lee Casciaro, one of the scorers. “But we knew that if we kept on trying eventually we were going to break the deadlock. After we did Manchester 62 had to push up their lines a bit more to try and get a goal and it showed second half with all the chances we had when thankfully we scored three more to better our goal tally.”
Procopio said he was happy with the progress of his side: “We are continuing to move forward as a team, and after another clean sheet and four more goals we now find ourselves in the comfortable situation of having a goal difference of 29 goals which at this stage of the season is what is keeping us ahead of our closest rivals. This is what we need to do; keep on winning and trying to take on each game as it comes and now rather than score dominate each game from start to finish in every area, something we are slowly achieving.
“We need to reach the top-of-the-table clash against Europa on 5 December in the best shape and firing on all cylinders so we can take the three points against them to help improve our chances of winning the league again. But of course there is still a long way to go so we need to continue with the same intensity against Britannia next week, that until this weekend had only let in seven goals and are a very compact team eager to get a result against us. It will be a tough match which we will try to be at our best for so we can take maximum points once again.”