Faced with a resolute Lynx side that was adamant to break the top two’s stranglehold on the Premier Division, the Champions turned a tough match into a 4:0 victory thanks to their superior firepower up front.
“At first we seemed to be giving the opposition too many options from set pieces,” said Procopio. “We had to tackle that threat as soon as possible but in the end I was very pleased with their reaction as it was a difficult fixture with a score that reflects our domination throughout the game.
“I think the wet conditions worked in our favour as the game was a lot quicker which suited skilful players like Liam Walker as it was hard to keep up with his manoeuvres in and around the box. We were playing our usual game from start to finish with four more goals and a clean sheet being essential in keeping us in pole position with the fine form of our rivals.”
Although the ever-present Lee Casciaro opened the scoring again, it was Walker’s brilliance in the centre of the field that finally led to the demise of Lynx through the lack of a proven striker. The former Portsmouth playmaker fired in his first of the season with a sublime shot from the edge of the Lynx area that swerved away from Lynx keeper Christian Fraiz. Minutes later, he was at it again, this time terrifying the opposition defence with his skill before unleashing an inch-perfect cross to the far post that was headed in by Kyle Casciaro.
“To be honest I don’t think they looked like scoring apart from free-kicks and we were giving them too many opportunities to do that in the first half,” Walker told us after the match. “They were organised and tight at the start of the game but as we took our chances we ended up controlling the tempo of the game. The pitch being wet made us play quicker and it showed that as long as we put our game plan into action we shouldn’t have too many problems.
“As I hadn’t scored yet I wasn’t so happy how my game was going so breaking my duck was really nice from the personal side but the most important thing is to work for the team so we can get the result.”
The wealth of Lincoln’s consistent striking options was evident when Argentinian centre-forward Guido Abayian came on to fire the fourth past Fraiz late on, ensuring that even in this tougher fixture, which was only just won 2:1 by Europa the week before, the final score was more than comfortable. The entertainment was a welcome sight for the fans squeezed under the stadium roof hiding from the rain that were hoping Lincoln could keep up with pacesetters Europa who had already won that weekend.
“The next match against St Joseph’s on Sunday is sure to be another hard contest against a well-honed team that is sure to keep us on our toes,” said Procopio. “We will have to see how injuries to Ryan Casciaro and Joseph Chipolina have evolved by then, although we are lucky to have such a good squad with players who can come in and take their places. I cannot express how happy I am to have them waiting for their chance to shine not only in defence but also up front as everyone wants to prove themselves in every match.”
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