Jamie Taylor scored the only goal as Lincoln began their campaign with a win over Kidderminster.

The Imps bossed the opening stages, and could have gone ahead had Rob Duffy not fired spectacularly over the bar.

The deadlock was finally broken when Danny Gray's pass found Taylor, who fired into the bottom corner.

Harriers had chances to equalise, but they found home keeper Paul Farman in fine form as he kept out strikes from both Ryan Austin and Marvin Johnson.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

'Fabulous victory' pleases Holdsworth

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"At home and against a good side as well, it was a fabulous victory for the players. I think they worked extremely hard.

"Kidderminster overloaded in midfield and we tried to match them up and stop their flow, and we looked to counter-attack.

"Three points is what we wanted and got, but I think Steve Burr's side will be challenging up there at the end of the season.

"I thought we played very well in the first half and when we were up against it we battled hard. I think they're qualities you need to win games and we got a clean sheet as well."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 03 Nutter
  • 05 Boyce
  • 20 Miller
  • 04 Mills
  • 08 Power
  • 15 Gray
  • 35 Daley (Oliver - 64' )
  • 07 Smith (Sheridan - 64' )
  • 09 Duffy (Nicolau - 89' )
  • 10 Taylor Booked

Substitutes

  • 27 Turner
  • 19 Hutchison
  • 12 Sheridan
  • 16 Nicolau
  • 14 Oliver

Kidderminster

  • 01 Lewis
  • 03 Demetriou (Byrne - 46' )
  • 05 Geohaghan Booked
  • 06 Williams
  • 16 Austin
  • 08 Vincent
  • 17 Shakes (Malbon - 71' )
  • 18 Gittings Booked (Johnson - 54' )
  • 21 Briggs
  • 09 Rowe
  • 14 Pilkington

Substitutes

  • 23 Baughan
  • 04 Storer
  • 07 Byrne
  • 10 Malbon
  • 11 Johnson
Ref: Evans
Att: 2,112

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

3 6

Corners

5 4

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:37 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +7:05

Gary Mills challenges Jack Byrne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Lewis takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +6:11

Unfair challenge on Jamie Taylor by Jack Byrne results in a free kick. Alan Power restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +5:25

Shot by Anthony Malbon from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

90:00 +3:01

Danny Pilkington crosses the ball.

90:00 +1:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Austin on Jamie Taylor. Jake Sheridan takes the direct free kick.

89:36

Handball by Jamie Taylor. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

88:02 Substitution

Substitution Rob Duffy goes off and Nicky Nicolau comes on.

88:02

Danny Pilkington fouled by Jake Sheridan, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Pilkington crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

87:14

Danny Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

84:23

Marvin Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Paul Farman makes a save.

78:40

Marvin Johnson takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Pilkington, clearance by Andrew Boyce.

76:51

Unfair challenge on Vadaine Oliver by Exodus Geohaghon results in a free kick. Gary Mills has an effort direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Daniel Lewis.

74:50

Jack Byrne challenges Alan Power unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Mills.

73:55

Alan Power gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Briggs. Keith Briggs takes the free kick.

72:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Exodus Geohaghon on Rob Duffy. Centre by Gary Mills, Header from close in by Andrew Boyce misses to the left of the goal.

70:40 Substitution

Substitution Ricky Shakes goes off and Anthony Malbon comes on.

65:17

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Alan Power.

65:17 Booking

Booking Booking for Exodus Geohaghon for unsporting behaviour.

65:02

Rob Duffy fouled by Exodus Geohaghon, the ref awards a free kick.

63:04 Substitution

Substitution Jake Sheridan replaces Adam Smith.

63:04 Substitution

Substitution Vadaine Oliver is brought on as a substitute for Luke Daley.

61:32

Jamie Taylor challenges Ryan Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Austin.

60:17

Unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Mike Williams results in a free kick. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

57:03

Foul by Alan Power on Marvin Johnson, free kick awarded. Danny Pilkington sends in a cross, Marvin Johnson takes a shot. Paul Farman makes a brilliant save.

55:40

Adam Smith takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Rob Duffy goes over the bar.

53:45

Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

53:45 Substitution

Substitution Marvin Johnson comes on in place of Callum Gittings.

53:45

Unfair challenge on Alan Power by Ricky Shakes results in a free kick.

51:50

Tom Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Rowe. Keith Briggs restarts play with the free kick. Drilled right-footed shot by Ryan Austin. Save made by Paul Farman.

51:25

The offside flag is raised against Rob Duffy. Daniel Lewis takes the free kick.

50:29

Callum Gittings challenges Rob Duffy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Mills takes the direct free kick.

49:01

Daniel Gray crosses the ball, Exodus Geohaghon manages to make a clearance.

48:14

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Smith from the left by-line, clearance by Ricky Shakes.

46:33

Corner taken by Ricky Shakes, Header by Keith Briggs from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

46:01

Jamie Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Daniel Lewis.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Kidderminster) makes a substitution, with Jack Byrne coming on for Mickey Demetriou.

45:00 +4:48 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +4:06

Daniel Gray challenges Danny Pilkington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Briggs.

45:00 +2:31

Daniel Lewis takes the free kick.

45:00 +2:31 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jamie Taylor a yellow card.

45:00 +2:23

Unfair challenge on Exodus Geohaghon by Rob Duffy results in a free kick.

45:00 +1:47

John Nutter fouled by Ricky Shakes, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Farman takes the indirect free kick.

40:51

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Pilkington to the near post, Close range header by Keith Briggs goes over the bar.

38:39

Daniel Gray provided the assist for the goal.

38:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Taylor - Lincoln 1 - 0 Kidderm'er Jamie Taylor fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Lincoln City 1-0 Kidderminster.

37:11

The ball is swung over by Daniel Gray, Exodus Geohaghon manages to make a clearance.

34:46

Callum Gittings takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Farman.

32:08

Adam Smith decides to take the corner short, Andrew Boyce produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

31:13

Ryan Rowe fouled by Andrew Boyce, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Keith Briggs.

30:08

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Taylor. Free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

28:50

A cross is delivered by Ryan Austin.

27:30

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jamie Taylor goes wide of the right-hand upright.

23:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Smith by Keith Briggs. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Mills.

22:13

Adam Smith challenges Callum Gittings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Exodus Geohaghon.

20:46

Alan Power gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Austin. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

18:39

Adam Smith crosses the ball, Shot by Rob Duffy from outside the box goes high over the target.

17:01

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Smith from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Andrew Boyce goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

15:34

Adam Smith crosses the ball.

12:36

Unfair challenge on James Vincent by Alan Power results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Lewis.

11:06

Adam Smith takes the outswinging corner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Lewis by Jamie Taylor. Daniel Lewis takes the indirect free kick.

10:27

Ricky Shakes takes the inswinging corner, Paul Farman makes a save.

9:06

Luke Daley challenges Keith Briggs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Lewis restarts play with the free kick.

8:18

Centre by Andrew Boyce.

8:00

Mike Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Taylor. Gary Mills takes the free kick.

6:52

John Nutter restarts play with the free kick.

6:52 Booking

Booking Callum Gittings receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

4:22

Callum Gittings challenges Tom Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick.

3:38

The official flags Ryan Rowe offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Farman.

2:28

Unfair challenge on Callum Gittings by Gary Mills results in a free kick. James Vincent takes the indirect free kick.

1:06

Callum Gittings challenges Luke Daley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Mills takes the free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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