Goalkeeper Joe Anyon was on top form as Lincoln beat Hayes & Yeading to move five points clear of the drop zone.

After a quiet first half, Anyon made top-class saves to twice deny Luke Williams and then Jamie Hand.

The visitors went in front as Hayes goalkeeper Steve Arnold fluffed his clearance into Jefferson Louis' path.

Pedro Pele's header drew Hayes level, Tom Miller's close-range header put Lincoln ahead and Anyon denied Dwane Lee to frustrate the hosts again.

Lincoln are now five points clear of Hayes in the final Blue Square Bet Premier relegation place, while Hayes remain a point adrift of safety.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Lincolnshire:

"It's wonderful for the players, I'm absolutely delighted. The effort we showed tonight was immense and the spirit and determination in the dressing room was outstanding.

"Our response to the equaliser was fantastic, you see some teams cave in but we got the winning goal from a well-worked set-piece so I'm pleased.

"In previous games Joe (Anyon) hasn't had too much to do, but when he was called on he got his body behind the ball. The pitch was awful but he did the technical part right and it was a solid performance.

"We've earned that victory. The players have shown great heart and while it still may be a rocky road we're on a clear path and our vision is bright."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Hayes & Yeading

  • 01 Arnold
  • 03 Moutaouakil
  • 04 Hand
  • 05 Cadmore
  • 18 Pele
  • 30 Spence
  • 10 Williams (Warren - 89' )
  • 20 Lee
  • 38 Mingoia
  • 11 Wishart (Evans - 88' )
  • 19 O'Brien (Owusu - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Beasant
  • 02 Argent
  • 08 Evans
  • 23 Warren
  • 06 Owusu

Lincoln City

  • 01 Anyon
  • 03 Nutter
  • 05 Gowling
  • 26 Robson
  • 08 Power
  • 34 Thompson
  • 35 Miller Booked
  • 36 Sheridan
  • 10 Louis
  • 11 Laurent (Taylor - 58' )
  • 33 McCammon (Nicolau - 53' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Draper
  • 04 Williams
  • 17 Nicolau
  • 18 Lloyd
  • 07 Taylor
Ref: Johnson
Att: 327

Match Stats

Shots

8 3

On target

6 2

Corners

7 3

Fouls

6 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:34 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:54

Dan Evans takes a shot. Save by Joe Anyon.

89:08

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jefferson Louis. Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

88:56

Jamie Hand concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Power. Free kick taken by Tom Miller.

87:28 Substitution

Substitution (Hayes & Yeading) makes a substitution, with Freddie Warren coming on for Luke Williams.

87:28 Substitution

Substitution (Hayes & Yeading) makes a substitution, with Dan Evans coming on for Daniel Wishart.

87:28

Yassin Moutaouakil concedes a free kick for a foul on Jefferson Louis. Free kick taken by Nicky Nicolau.

83:02

Tom Cadmore takes the direct free kick.

83:02 Booking

Booking Tom Miller booked for unsporting behaviour.

82:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dan Spence by Tom Miller.

78:09

Dwane Lee takes a shot. Joe Anyon makes a save.

77:32

Julian Owusu fouled by Josh Gowling, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Hand takes the direct free kick.

76:52

Tom Cadmore concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Gowling. Joe Anyon takes the direct free kick.

76:02

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hand from the right by-line, Nicky Nicolau manages to make a clearance.

75:56

The ball is sent over by Jamie Hand, clearance by Jefferson Louis.

75:39

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie Hand, Jefferson Louis makes a clearance.

75:11

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hand from the right by-line, clearance by Josh Gowling.

73:38

The referee blows for offside against Daniel Wishart. Direct free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

72:22

Nicky Nicolau provided the assist for the goal.

72:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Miller - Hayes & Y 1 - 2 Lincoln Tom Miller grabs a headed goal from close in. Hayes & Yeading 1-2 Lincoln City.

72:08

Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from the right by-line,

69:57

Assist by Jamie Hand.

69:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Pedro Pele - Hayes & Y 1 - 1 Lincoln Pedro Pele scores a headed goal from close in. Hayes & Yeading 1-1 Lincoln City.

69:26

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hand played to the near post,

67:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Jefferson Louis - Hayes & Y 0 - 1 Lincoln Jefferson Louis scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hayes & Yeading 0-1 Lincoln City.

66:37

Yassin Moutaouakil produces a cross, Josh Gowling makes a clearance.

65:23

John Nutter takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Dan Spence manages to make a clearance.

64:10

Nicky Nicolau fouled by Dwane Lee, the ref awards a free kick. John Nutter takes the direct free kick.

63:30 Substitution

Substitution Aiden O'Brien leaves the field to be replaced by Julian Owusu.

62:32

Corner taken left-footed by John Nutter, Tom Cadmore manages to make a clearance.

59:51

Dan Spence crosses the ball, clearance made by Tom Miller. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hand.

57:15 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Taylor replaces Francis Laurent.

56:08

Daniel Wishart challenges Paul Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Anyon restarts play with the free kick.

55:04

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

53:58

Handball by Tyrone Thompson. Jamie Hand takes the direct free kick.

52:41 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Nicolau replaces Mark McCammon.

52:41

Foul by Jefferson Louis on Tom Cadmore, free kick awarded. Steve Arnold takes the free kick.

52:17

Daniel Wishart takes a shot. Save by Joe Anyon.

51:30

Foul by Jake Sheridan on Pedro Pele, free kick awarded. Pedro Pele takes the direct free kick.

50:16

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hand from the right by-line, clearance by Tyrone Thompson.

49:54

Luke Williams takes a shot. Save made by Joe Anyon.

49:37

Mark McCammon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tom Cadmore takes the free kick.

49:19

Luke Williams takes a shot. Save made by Joe Anyon.

45:37

The assistant referee signals for offside against Mark McCammon. Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

45:16

The referee blows for offside against Aiden O'Brien. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:28 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:59

Foul by Jefferson Louis on Tom Cadmore, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

43:23

The referee blows for offside. Jamie Hand takes the indirect free kick.

42:34

Pedro Pele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Power. Direct free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

40:56

Unfair challenge on Dan Spence by Mark McCammon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

38:11

Unfair challenge on Tom Cadmore by Jefferson Louis results in a free kick. Tom Cadmore takes the free kick.

36:13

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hand.

35:44

Dan Spence fouled by Jefferson Louis, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Hand restarts play with the free kick.

34:33

Yassin Moutaouakil handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Joe Anyon restarts play with the free kick.

31:54

Unfair challenge on Yassin Moutaouakil by Mark McCammon results in a free kick. Pedro Pele restarts play with the free kick.

31:08

Aiden O'Brien is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

26:27

Dan Spence delivers the ball.

23:40

Yassin Moutaouakil delivers the ball, Joe Anyon makes a save.

22:09

Yassin Moutaouakil produces a cross.

17:37

The referee blows for offside. Tom Cadmore takes the free kick.

16:07

Luke Williams has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

15:15

Unfair challenge on Luke Williams by Alan Power results in a free kick. Tom Cadmore takes the free kick.

12:15

The ball is sent over by Yassin Moutaouakil, Daniel Wishart has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

8:51

Jefferson Louis delivers the ball.

4:54

Jake Sheridan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dwane Lee. Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

3:32

Effort from the edge of the area by Francis Laurent goes wide of the left-hand post.

1:46

Foul by Francis Laurent on Dan Spence, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

1:04

Francis Laurent challenges Dwane Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Cadmore.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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