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SUTTS JOY AS CLARKE PUTS THE BOOT IN.

Byline: Luke McGovern

Northwich 1 Lincoln 3 JAMIE CLARKE hit two goals to put Chris Sutton's Lincoln into the third round for the first time in 10 years.

Chris Fagan's superb volley gave the Imps the lead before Matt Bailey equalised after the break.

But the comeback was short-lived after Clarke fired a quickfire brace.

It was an encouraging victory for Sutton, who had a threadbare squad to choose from with no less than 12 players missing through injury.

Cash-strapped Northwich knocked out Charlton in the last round and Lincoln had to work hard for their win.

Sutton said: "It was a tough game, they were a threat from throw-ins and corners, but we dealt with it OK.

"I'd like to face a team who we could beat in the next round and possibly stay away from a Premier League side."

For Northwich the dream may be over, but the TV revenue from the game could lift the club out of administration.

Boss Andy Preece felt his side deserved something.

He said: "I'm not disappointed, I'm proud of the lads. I thought we were the better team.

"We played the better football and we created the better chances."

Northwich started well, John Newby had two early chances, scuffing a shot inside the six-yard box and flashing an effort wide from the edge of the area.

Then, against the run of play, Fagan reacted quickest to volley in the opener.

But Northwich came out all guns blazing in the second half.

A sweeping cross from Jonathan D'Laryea found its way to Bailey, who struck the ball into the roof of the net.

But moments later Northwich switched off and Clarke raced clear to fire Lincoln back in front.

Clarke's second put a slightly flattering gloss on the scoreline.

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DOUBLE DELIGHT: Clarke (left)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2009
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