Lincoln City stay in a Blue Square Bet Premier relegation spot after a goalless draw at Mansfield Town.

Imps striker Jamie Taylor lit up a drab first half with a thunderous effort from 35 yards out which cannoned off the crossbar.

Early in the second period, Mansfield's Matt Rhead saw his header tipped over by Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman.

Imps defender Peter Gilbert also came close with a headed effort as both sides had to settle for the draw.

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Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"We always come for three points and we set up very positively, but this is a tough place and I'm delighted with a clean sheet.

Clean sheet delights Holdsworth

"I thought we were very solid and I think that's been a long time coming.

"Individual errors have cost us quite a lot in games but tonight we stood firm against a high-profile front line, we were organised and in the right places at the right time.

"We showed intelligence in our defending and hopefully that's the start of a spell of clean sheets because we deserve more than we've had."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (2)

Mansfield

  • 34 Mitchell
  • 02 Sutton
  • 04 Dempster
  • 32 Tafazolli
  • 18 Roberts
  • 21 Murray
  • 24 Todd
  • 31 Daniel
  • 08 Speight
  • 10 Green
  • 16 Rhead Booked

Substitutes

  • 06 Pilkington
  • 26 Stevenson
  • 35 Taiwo
  • 07 Meikle
  • 11 Briscoe

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 05 Boyce
  • 20 Miller
  • 30 Gilbert
  • 15 Gray
  • 16 Nicolau
  • 18 Bore (Sheridan - 72' Booked )
  • 37 Fofana Booked
  • 07 Smith
  • 10 Taylor
  • 34 Larkin (Robinson - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 27 Turner
  • 02 Robson
  • 04 Mills
  • 12 Sheridan
  • 39 Robinson
Ref: Evans
Att: 2,325

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

8 1

Corners

5 4

Fouls

15 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:16 Full time

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

90:00 +1:25

Daniel Gray delivers the ball, Ryan Tafazolli makes a clearance.

89:14

Jamie Taylor fouled by Ritchie Sutton, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from right channel, Ryan Tafazolli manages to make a clearance.

87:53

Matt Rhead is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Farman.

85:49

Adam Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Todd. Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

85:10

Jake Speight takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

84:18

Conner Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ritchie Sutton. Liam Mitchell restarts play with the free kick.

82:27

Adam Murray crosses the ball, Matt Rhead takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman. Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, Andrew Boyce makes a clearance.

81:32

Effort on goal by Gary Roberts from long distance goes over the crossbar.

79:50

Andy Todd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Gilbert. Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

77:56 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jake Sheridan a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

77:28

Andrew Boyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead. Gary Roberts restarts play with the free kick.

77:02 Substitution

Substitution Conner Robinson replaces Colin Larkin.

75:00

Matt Rhead is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

72:56

The ball is sent over by Jake Speight, blocked by Peter Gilbert. Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, Matt Green takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

71:51 Substitution

Substitution (Lincoln City) makes a substitution, with Jake Sheridan coming on for Peter Bore.

69:25

Tom Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Murray. Shot comes in from Gary Roberts from the free kick, Adam Smith gets a block in.

67:50

Jamie Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Mitchell. Free kick taken by Liam Mitchell.

66:40

Adam Smith takes a shot. Save made by Liam Mitchell. Nicky Nicolau takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Close range header by Peter Gilbert misses to the right of the target.

65:39

Unfair challenge on Colin Daniel by Jamie Taylor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

64:28

Effort on goal by Jake Speight from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

63:53

Peter Gilbert challenges Matt Rhead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

61:57

Jamie Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Tafazolli. Liam Mitchell takes the direct free kick.

60:29

Shot from long distance by Adam Smith misses to the right of the target.

59:50

Unfair challenge on Adam Smith by Adam Murray results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Nicolau.

58:14

Unfair challenge on Adam Smith by Matt Rhead results in a free kick. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

56:33

Adam Smith has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

54:30

The ball is swung over by Andy Todd. Adam Murray takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Smith.

53:23

Jake Speight gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Gilbert. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

52:39

The referee blows for offside. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

48:29

Foul by Colin Larkin on Jake Speight, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Adam Murray, Matt Rhead takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts played to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Matt Rhead misses to the left of the goal. Colin Daniel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Bore. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Gray.

47:11

The ball is sent over by Colin Daniel.

46:59

A cross is delivered by Andy Todd, clearance made by Paul Farman.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:26 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

43:51

The ball is crossed by Colin Larkin, clearance made by Ryan Tafazolli. Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Nicolau.

42:20

Adam Smith delivers the ball, Colin Daniel manages to make a clearance.

39:32

Unfair challenge on Ryan Tafazolli by Jamie Taylor results in a free kick. Liam Mitchell restarts play with the free kick.

38:42

Adam Murray crosses the ball.

35:59

Matt Green is ruled offside. Paul Farman takes the indirect free kick.

35:41

Mamadou Fofana concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

35:15

Effort on goal by Matt Green from 18 yards. Save by Paul Farman.

33:50

Nicky Nicolau takes a short corner. Shot by Daniel Gray from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

33:26

Daniel Gray crosses the ball.

31:36

Jamie Taylor takes a shot. The referee blows for offside. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

29:35

Foul by Jake Speight on Jamie Taylor, free kick awarded. Peter Gilbert restarts play with the free kick.

27:25

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

26:49

Foul by Daniel Gray on Matt Rhead, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gary Roberts, clearance made by Daniel Gray.

24:41

Liam Mitchell takes the direct free kick.

24:41 Booking

Booking Booking for Mamadou Fofana for unsporting behaviour.

24:21

Mamadou Fofana challenges Gary Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick.

23:49

The ball is crossed by Colin Larkin, Ryan Tafazolli manages to make a clearance.

22:39

Foul by Matt Rhead on Daniel Gray, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Gray.

20:24

Peter Bore fouled by Colin Daniel, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Nicolau from right wing, Andrew Boyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead. Liam Mitchell restarts play with the free kick. Andy Todd produces a cross, Andrew Boyce makes a clearance. The offside flag is raised against Matt Green. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

18:55

Unfair challenge on Peter Bore by Andy Todd results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Adam Smith from the free kick.

15:55

Peter Bore sends in a cross, blocked by Ryan Tafazolli. Corner crossed in by Nicky Nicolau. Outswinging corner taken by Gary Roberts from the left by-line, Mamadou Fofana manages to make a clearance. Effort from inside the area by Ryan Tafazolli misses to the right of the target.

15:10

Centre by Andy Todd, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Matt Green misses to the left of the goal.

13:06

Paul Farman takes the free kick.

13:06 Booking

Booking Matt Rhead receives a yellow card.

12:45

Matt Rhead challenges Nicky Nicolau unfairly and gives away a free kick.

10:25

Peter Gilbert produces a cross, Gary Roberts gets a block in.

9:30

Matt Rhead challenges Peter Gilbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

7:39

Matt Rhead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Gray. Free kick taken by Daniel Gray.

6:33

The ball is sent over by Matt Rhead, blocked by Andrew Boyce. Corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts, Peter Gilbert manages to make a clearance.

5:39

Colin Daniel is caught offside. Paul Farman takes the indirect free kick.

3:28

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Andrew Boyce misses to the left of the goal.

2:15

Jamie Taylor crosses the ball, save by Liam Mitchell.

1:21

Foul by Adam Smith on Andy Todd, free kick awarded. Gary Roberts produces a cross, Matt Rhead takes a shot. Paul Farman makes a save.

0:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Roberts on Jamie Taylor. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from right wing, clearance made by Ryan Tafazolli.

0:00

The match begins.

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