Lincoln came from behind to beat fellow strugglers Tamworth and edged closer to Blue Square Bet Premier safety.

The Lambs had taken an early lead when Lee Hendrie's cross was headed into his own net by Daniel Gray.

The Imps pressed for an equaliser and saw Nathaniel Brown's flick cleared off the line, but they drew level when Jamie Taylor turned in Gray's cross.

And the hosts won it through Alan Power's penalty after Sam Oji had fouled Jake Jones in the box.

Lincoln's win moves them four points clear of the relegation zone, and two points above Tamworth, who lie 20th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"I thought the lads were superb from start to finish. I felt we played quite well in the first half and were unlucky to go a goal behind, but they kept going as well and defended quite well but we came out in the second half and had another good go and deserved it.

"I said to the players at half-time that the fans had been with us all the way through the first half and to keep giving them something to get behind us with. They did that, the pressure mounted and Tamworth cracked.

"What's going to be is going to be. After Tuesday [when Gateshead play Stockport] we'll know what we're going to need. We're three points closer to where we want to be but we're not there yet."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 20 Miller
  • 25 Brown
  • 04 Jordan (Jones - 66' Booked )
  • 08 Power
  • 12 Sheridan Booked
  • 15 Gray
  • 16 Nicolau (Hobson - 81' )
  • 35 Turnbull
  • 10 Taylor (Fofana - 90' )
  • 14 Oliver

Substitutes

  • 31 Preece
  • 06 Garner
  • 18 Jones
  • 37 Fofana
  • 23 Hobson

Tamworth

  • 13 Breedon
  • 02 Tait
  • 04 Wylde
  • 10 Byfield (Wright - 77' )
  • 17 Gudger
  • 30 Oji Booked
  • 03 Kelly
  • 08 Hendrie
  • 18 Till (Lloyd - 80' )
  • 26 Harrop Booked (Kerry - 75' )
  • 07 Cunnington Booked

Substitutes

  • 37 Mitchell
  • 11 Kerry
  • 25 Lloyd
  • 09 Wright
  • 33 Perry
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 3,174

Match Stats

Shots

12 1

On target

1 0

Corners

9 2

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:40 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:30 Booking

Booking Sam Oji shown a yellow card.

90:00 +2:15

Sam Oji concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Power. Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

90:00 +0:46 Substitution

Substitution Mamadou Fofana comes on in place of Jamie Taylor.

89:48

Alan Power gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Wylde. Tony Breedon restarts play with the free kick.

89:37

Corner from right by-line taken by Alan Power.

85:26

Jake Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Tait. Richard Tait crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

83:02

Nathaniel Brown fouled by Tommy Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick. Foul by Alan Power on Lloyd Kerry, free kick awarded. Tony Breedon takes the free kick.

82:48 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Jake Jones for leaving the field of play without the referee's permission.

82:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Power - Lincoln 2 - 1 Tamworth Placed penalty scored by Alan Power. Lincoln City 2-1 Tamworth.

81:43

Penalty awarded for a foul by Sam Oji on Jake Jones.

80:16 Substitution

Substitution Craig Hobson replaces Nicky Nicolau.

79:47 Substitution

Substitution Danny Lloyd comes on in place of Peter Till.

76:57 Substitution

Substitution Tommy Wright replaces Darren Byfield.

76:42

Darren Byfield is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

74:05 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Kerry joins the action as a substitute, replacing Max Harrop.

72:38

Corner from left by-line taken by Alan Power.

71:50

Jamie Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Wylde.

70:39

Handball decision goes against Adam Cunnington. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

70:15

The offside flag is raised against Adam Cunnington. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

68:15 Booking

Booking Jake Sheridan receives a yellow card.

68:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Sheridan on Sam Oji. Free kick taken by Lee Hendrie.

66:32

The assist for the goal came from Daniel Gray.

66:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Taylor - Lincoln 1 - 1 Tamworth Jamie Taylor scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Lincoln City 1-1 Tamworth.

65:33

Vadaine Oliver takes a shot. Tony Breedon makes a save.

65:02 Substitution

Substitution (Lincoln City) makes a substitution, with Jake Jones coming on for Todd Jordan.

64:16

Alan Power challenges Lee Hendrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Connor Gudger.

63:28

Alan Power takes a shot. Save made by Tony Breedon.

61:08

Foul by Paul Turnbull on Max Harrop, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marcus Kelly.

59:27

Vadaine Oliver fouled by Sam Oji, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Power takes the free kick.

59:00

Jamie Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tony Breedon.

56:45

Alan Power takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Power, clearance by Adam Cunnington. Corner from left by-line taken by Alan Power. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Power from the left by-line, clearance by Michael Wylde.

54:48

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Alan Power goes wide of the right-hand upright.

53:03

Adam Cunnington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Brown. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

51:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Hendrie by Alan Power. Free kick taken by Tony Breedon.

49:25

Vadaine Oliver takes a shot. Save by Tony Breedon.

47:45

Shot from just outside the box by Alan Power misses to the left of the goal. Alan Power takes the inswinging corner, Michael Wylde manages to make a clearance.

45:38

Darren Byfield is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Farman takes the free kick. Foul by Paul Farman on Sam Oji, free kick awarded. Tony Breedon restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +2:01

The referee blows for offside against Darren Byfield. Tom Miller restarts play with the free kick.

44:27

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Power, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Wylde by Vadaine Oliver. Free kick taken by Tony Breedon.

42:04 Booking

Booking Adam Cunnington is given a yellow card.

40:27

Effort from the edge of the box by Adam Cunnington goes wide of the right-hand upright.

38:57

Alan Power fouled by Adam Cunnington, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Power takes the direct free kick, Close range header by Vadaine Oliver goes wide of the left-hand upright.

37:46

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Hendrie. Header from close range by Todd Jordan misses to the right of the goal.

36:24

Unfair challenge on Alan Power by Lee Hendrie results in a free kick. Alan Power takes the direct free kick.

30:30

Unfair challenge on Alan Power by Marcus Kelly results in a free kick. Alan Power takes the free kick.

28:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Max Harrop by Todd Jordan. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Kelly.

27:06

Nathaniel Brown takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken by Alan Power.

23:18

The referee blows for offside against Adam Cunnington. Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

21:52

Alan Power takes a shot.

20:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Sheridan by Lee Hendrie. Daniel Gray takes the free kick.

17:36

Lee Hendrie takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Vadaine Oliver.

17:36 Booking

Booking Caution for Max Harrop.

17:29

The offside flag is raised against Jake Sheridan. Tony Breedon takes the free kick.

12:25

The offside flag is raised against Darren Byfield. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

9:05

Unfair challenge on Marcus Kelly by Alan Power results in a free kick. Tony Breedon takes the free kick.

6:47

Lee Hendrie provided the assist for the goal.

6:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Daniel Gray - Lincoln 0 - 1 Tamworth Daniel Gray concedes an own goal. Lincoln City 0-1 Tamworth.

4:21

Adam Cunnington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Miller. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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