Adriano Moke's strike ensured Cambridge United victory over Lincoln in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The hosts got off to the perfect start when Tom Elliott headed home Robbie Willmott's pin-point delivery.

However, the Imps equalised through Andrew Boyce when he met Adam Smith's corner with a powerful downward header.

Boyce almost put Lincoln ahead but his effort was saved by Jonathan Hedge, before Moke drilled home into the top corner to hand the hosts three points.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cambridge manager Jez George told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"We got the dream start and we didn't build on it.

"It's a failing at the moment that we become too much of a team that doesn't get on the front foot - when we do that, I think we look half decent.

"It's frustrating, the first half petered out too easily and they were the dominant team and deserved their goal.

"In the second half, the crowd got behind us at the first inkling of any good play.

"That really got the place rocking and the players responded. The [winning] goal was coming I felt, but it was a long time coming because a lot of the performance wasn't what we want it to be."

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"I thought we dominated the game in the second half.

"We've created a number of chances but there was some very good defending from Cambridge and to lose in that manner, when they capitalised on half a mistake, I cannot believe that we're coming away with nothing.

"I felt the players worked extremely hard tonight. We're coming together as a new side and I'm pleased with some aspects but a basic error has cost us.

"But I'm not despondent because everybody in the stadium knows that we really deserved something tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Cambridge United

  • 01 Hedge
  • 03 Jennings
  • 04 Coulson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 14 Garner
  • 06 Shaw
  • 11 Dunk (Hudson - 90' )
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 22 Willmott
  • 10 Elliott (Smith - 46' )
  • 15 Pugh (Moke - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Hudson
  • 08 Wellard
  • 21 Moke
  • 19 Marriott
  • 28 Smith

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 03 Nutter (Nicolau - 90' )
  • 05 Boyce
  • 20 Miller
  • 04 Mills
  • 08 Power
  • 15 Gray
  • 35 Daley (Oliver - 83' )
  • 07 Smith (Sheridan - 84' )
  • 09 Duffy
  • 10 Taylor Booked

Substitutes

  • 27 Turner
  • 19 Hutchison
  • 12 Sheridan
  • 16 Nicolau
  • 14 Oliver
Ref: Whitton
Att: 2,546

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

5 5

Corners

4 7

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:54 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:18 Substitution

Substitution Blaine Hudson on for Harrison Dunk.

90:00 +2:18 Substitution

Substitution John Nutter leaves the field to be replaced by Nicky Nicolau.

90:00 +0:59

Adriano Moke produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

87:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Vadaine Oliver. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

86:21

Outswinging corner taken by Rossi Jarvis from the right by-line.

85:47

Jake Sheridan challenges Harrison Dunk unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Jennings takes the free kick.

82:20

Free kick crossed left-footed by James Jennings, clearance by John Nutter.

82:20 Substitution

Substitution Jake Sheridan on for Adam Smith.

82:20 Substitution

Substitution Vadaine Oliver comes on in place of Luke Daley.

82:20

Andrew Boyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adriano Moke.

81:18

Adam Smith has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

80:07

Assist by Harrison Dunk.

80:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Adriano Moke - Cambridge 2 - 1 Lincoln Adriano Moke fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 2-1 Lincoln City.

76:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mills by James Jennings. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

74:12

Corner taken by Rossi Jarvis, clearance made by Rob Duffy.

70:50

Rossi Jarvis takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

65:56

Shot by Tom Shaw from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

65:21

Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

65:21 Booking

Booking Jamie Taylor goes into the referee's book.

65:09

Jamie Taylor is ruled offside.

63:32

Daniel Gray delivers the ball, Scott Garner manages to make a clearance.

61:48

Adriano Moke takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

61:27

Effort on goal by Adriano Moke from 12 yards. Save by Paul Farman.

58:46

The official flags Adriano Moke offside. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

57:52

Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

57:52 Substitution

Substitution Adriano Moke replaces Andy Pugh.

57:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Daley.

56:33

Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Smith, clearance by Jonathan Hedge.

56:19

The ball is crossed by Alan Power, James Jennings makes a clearance.

55:57

Luke Daley produces a cross, Scott Garner makes a clearance.

52:52

Adam Smith challenges Rossi Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Hedge takes the direct free kick.

49:46

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken by Adam Smith to centre, Josh Coulson makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Adam Smith from the left by-line, Andrew Boyce takes a shot. Save made by Jonathan Hedge. Alan Power takes a shot. James Jennings gets a block in. Adam Smith takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Power on Rossi Jarvis. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

46:33

Alan Power takes a shot. Rory McAuley gets a block in.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Tom Elliott goes off and Sam Smith comes on.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:58

Corner taken by Adam Smith from the left by-line played to the near post, Effort on goal by John Nutter from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:00 +1:42

The ball is crossed by Adam Smith, James Jennings makes a clearance.

44:10

Centre by John Nutter.

43:41

Foul by Andy Pugh on John Nutter, free kick awarded. John Nutter restarts play with the free kick.

43:05

Centre by Daniel Gray, Scott Garner makes a clearance.

38:48

Assist on the goal came from Adam Smith.

38:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Boyce - Cambridge 1 - 1 Lincoln Andrew Boyce finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Cambridge Utd 1-1 Lincoln City.

38:10

The ball is sent over by Adam Smith, Harrison Dunk manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Adam Smith from the left by-line,

36:59

Shot by Andy Pugh from a long way out goes over the target.

36:44

Daniel Gray delivers the ball, Harrison Dunk manages to make a clearance.

36:08

The ball is crossed by Jamie Taylor, clearance made by James Jennings.

33:51

Harrison Dunk delivers the ball, Paul Farman makes a save.

33:13

Rory McAuley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Smith. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Smith from left wing.

31:12

Unfair challenge on Daniel Gray by Harrison Dunk results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Mills.

30:54

A cross is delivered by Adam Smith, Josh Coulson manages to make a clearance.

29:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Taylor on Rory McAuley. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

28:27

Inswinging corner taken by Rossi Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post.

27:48

Andy Pugh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Farman. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

27:28

Rossi Jarvis takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

26:36

Scott Garner fouled by Rob Duffy, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

26:12

Header from deep inside the area by Harrison Dunk goes over the bar.

23:20

Scott Garner concedes a free kick for a foul on Rob Duffy. Direct free kick taken by John Nutter.

22:44

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Tom Shaw misses to the left of the target.

20:30

Adam Smith crosses the ball, clearance by Scott Garner.

19:53

The referee blows for offside against Tom Elliott. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

16:59

Rob Duffy takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Hedge.

16:22

Josh Coulson concedes a free kick for a foul on Rob Duffy. John Nutter takes the free kick.

14:45

Rory McAuley produces a cross.

12:36

The ball is crossed by Jamie Taylor, Rob Duffy concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McAuley. Jonathan Hedge takes the direct free kick.

11:05

Foul by Daniel Gray on Jonathan Hedge, free kick awarded. Jonathan Hedge takes the direct free kick.

10:16

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Smith from the right by-line.

7:59

Foul by Andrew Boyce on Jonathan Hedge, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

6:53

Foul by Tom Elliott on Alan Power, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Nutter.

4:20

Robbie Willmott sends in a cross.

2:55

The assist for the goal came from Robbie Willmott.

2:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Elliott - Cambridge 1 - 0 Lincoln Tom Elliott scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Lincoln City.

1:16

The ball is sent over by Andy Pugh, save made by Paul Farman.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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