Darran Kempson scored a late header as Alfreton Town overturned a half-time deficit to beat fellow early-season strugglers Lincoln City and climb out of the Blue Square Bet bottom four.

The Imps led when Nicky Nicalau's free-kick eluded everyone and drifted in.

But the Reds improved after half-time and Anthony Wilson's close-range shot made it 1-1 from Nathan Arnold's pass.

Kempson headed the winner over keeper Paul Farman as he raced from his goal to earn a second away win this season.

The victory sees the Reds leapfrog Lincoln, who have now lost four of their seven league games this season.

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Lincoln city manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"It's been extremely difficult in the last two weeks to field a side of fit players but I felt we approached it in a positive manner and were certainly encouraged by our start and the first-half display.

"We've lost something like eight players and I don't think we've got a squad that can cope with that but what I can't do is criticise the boys for their effort and integrity, they had a really good go against a physical side.

"We were in command and had two or three chances where we should have put the game to bed and those were telling moments.

"Nobody likes defeat but the boys didn't give up until the final whistle and that's commendable. Injuries cost us massively because we were in command and it let Alfreton back into the game."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 02 Robson (Oliver - 83' )
  • 03 Nutter
  • 05 Boyce (Sheridan - 55' Booked )
  • 19 Hutchison
  • 08 Power (Mills - 31' )
  • 15 Gray
  • 16 Nicolau
  • 18 Bore
  • 10 Taylor
  • 34 Larkin

Substitutes

  • 27 Turner
  • 04 Mills
  • 12 Sheridan
  • 14 Oliver
  • 39 Robinson

Alfreton Town

  • 22 Stewart Booked
  • 02 Law
  • 03 Franklin
  • 06 Kempson
  • 12 Franks Booked
  • 07 Brown
  • 10 Bradley
  • 14 Meadows
  • 17 Streete Booked
  • 11 Arnold
  • 15 Wilson (Clayton - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Taylor
  • 19 Russell
  • 09 Clayton
  • 20 Worsfold
  • 21 Tomlinson
Ref: Knowles
Att: 1,566

Match Stats

Shots

7 7

On target

4 4

Corners

1 5

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:03 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:17

Peter Bore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Arnold. Dan Bradley takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:35 Booking

Booking Jon Stewart receives a yellow card for time wasting.

86:31

Outswinging corner taken by Josh Law.

86:13

The ball is swung over by Connor Franklin, Graham Hutchison manages to make a clearance.

83:19

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from the right by-line.

82:26 Substitution

Substitution Vadaine Oliver joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Robson.

81:53

Josh Law takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Paul Robson.

81:38

Anton Brown takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.

79:22

Assist on the goal came from Paul Clayton.

79:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Darran Kempson - Lincoln 1 - 2 Alfreton Darran Kempson scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Lincoln City 1-2 Alfreton Town.

78:39

Paul Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Clayton. Josh Law takes the direct free kick.

75:43 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Wilson leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Clayton.

75:28

Jamie Taylor takes a shot. Save by Jon Stewart.

70:24

Corner taken by Josh Law from the right by-line.

68:07

Danny Meadows crosses the ball, John Nutter manages to make a clearance.

66:32

Cross/shot by Danny Meadows, brilliant save by Paul Farman.

63:41

Assist by Nathan Arnold.

63:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Wilson - Lincoln 1 - 1 Alfreton A goal is scored by Anthony Wilson from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Lincoln City 1-1 Alfreton Town.

62:15 Booking

Booking Caution for Jake Sheridan.

58:22

Graham Hutchison restarts play with the free kick.

58:22 Booking

Booking Leigh Franks goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

58:04

Leigh Franks challenges Colin Larkin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

57:13

Effort from the edge of the box by Jake Sheridan goes wide of the left-hand upright.

54:14 Substitution

Substitution Jake Sheridan is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Boyce.

50:41

Effort on goal by Danny Meadows from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

48:59

Free kick taken by Gary Mills.

48:59 Booking

Booking The referee books Theo Streete for unsporting behaviour.

48:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Streete on Jamie Taylor.

46:44

Anthony Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Boyce. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

45:59

Effort from just outside the area by Nicky Nicolau goes over the bar.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

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

43:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Streete on Nicky Nicolau. Nicky Nicolau takes the free kick. Nicky Nicolau takes a shot.

43:24

The referee blows for offside against Nathan Arnold. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

43:11

Theo Streete fouled by Paul Robson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jon Stewart.

39:17

Paul Farman fouled by Nathan Arnold, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

37:35

Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.

35:47

Anthony Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Boyce. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

30:27 Substitution

Substitution Gary Mills is brought on as a substitute for Alan Power.

26:29

Peter Bore provided the assist for the goal.

26:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Nicolau - Lincoln 1 - 0 Alfreton Free kick scored by Nicky Nicolau from 35 yards. Lincoln City 1-0 Alfreton Town.

25:41

Unfair challenge on Peter Bore by Connor Franklin results in a free kick.

23:36

Unfair challenge on Graham Hutchison by Anthony Wilson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

16:09

Josh Law takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Graham Hutchison.

12:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Arnold by Paul Robson. Jon Stewart takes the direct free kick.

12:33

Foul by Danny Meadows on Colin Larkin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Nicolau.

11:10

Peter Bore takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

9:07

Nicky Nicolau challenges Danny Meadows unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darran Kempson.

8:31

Nathan Arnold produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

7:53

Jamie Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Jon Stewart.

6:32

Dan Bradley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

5:16

Corner taken by Josh Law, Andrew Boyce makes a clearance.

2:07

Anton Brown fouled by Alan Power, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon Stewart.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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