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img_1434Our boys Lincoln City made history on Saturday by becoming the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals with a dramatic last-minute win over Premier League side Burnley at Turf Moor in front of 19,185.

A breathless final few minutes saw the momentum swing both ways before SEAN RAGGETT rose above the Burnley defence to head past Tom Heaton.

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

There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle as Lincoln’s 3,210 travelling support celebrated their club reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in their 133-year history.

Lincoln, along with fellow National League team Sutton United, had ensured this was the first time since 1888 that two non-league sides had reached the fifth round.

The Imps are top of their league but 81 places behind Burnley in the football pyramid, and it was their determination to make another piece of history that saw them become the first non-league team since QPR in 1914 to reach the quarter-finals.

Danny Cowley’s side have won 15 of their past 18 matches in all competitions and have now beaten Oldham, Ipswich and Brighton in this season’s cup run.

This latest victory – assured and composed – means they are the first non-league side since Telford in 1985, and only the third ever, to knock out four league clubs in a single season.

As they celebrate their historic win, there will also be the realisation that they are just one win from a semi-final at Wembley. Imagine that?

Well done Imps from all of us at Nobby & Ready’s FL. Just was I’d put a tenner on them!

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