Non-league Lincoln make cup history

Raggett heads Lincoln into dreamland

Lincoln became the first non-league side in more than a century to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals with a dramatic last-minute win over Premier League Burnley at Turf Moor.

A breathless final few minutes saw the momentum swing both ways before Sean Raggett rose above the Burnley defence and head past Tom Heaton.

For the most part the game was a scrappy encounter that saw frustrations boil over, with neither side registering a shot on target until Burnley’s Joey Barton blasted a volley straight at keeper Paul Farman in the first half.

The visitors were then forced to defend through five minutes of stoppage time, with Andre Gray’s swing saved by Farman, before back-to-back corners were slashed away by the Lincoln defence.

There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle as Lincoln’s 3,210 travelling support celebrated as the visitors reached the sixth round for the first time in their history.

It is the furthest that a non-league team have gone in the FA Cup since 1911-12 where Swindon Town reached the semi-finals.

Lincoln stun Turf Moor crowd

There was little glamour to a tie which saw two sides, separated by 81 places in the football pyramid, never find any sustained rhythm but Lincoln’s determination in the final minutes saw them come away as victors.

Lincoln, who had won 15 of their past 18 matches in all competitions, adopted manager Danny Cowley’s pre-match mantra of playing positively as they frustrated the hosts.

Burnley had the majority of possession but a scrappy first half saw neither team trouble the goal, with Lincoln bundling players forward to muscle out any attack from Sean Dyche’s men.

However, in the final few minutes of the game the tension increased and the match swayed, with Burnley first forcing Lincoln to defend.

There was a brief pause as the players turned to the linesman to check that Raggett’s sharp header had beaten the keeper, before the players piled on their goalscorer as Lincoln celebrated a historic victory.

More to follow.


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