Cambridge United stayed top of the Conference Premier with a hard-fought victory over Lincoln City.

Luke Berry struck the game's decisive goal four minutes before half-time with a thumping right-footed finish from inside the penalty area.

The visitors pressed for an equaliser with Danny Rowe going close in the 78th minute with a fierce drive.

Imps skipper Alan Power was sent off in added time for a high tackle on Greg Taylor as the U's held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"I thought we acquitted ourselves quite well. There's never a nice way of losing but we certainly didn't go down without a fight. I thought at times we played some decent stuff and created some opportunities and on another day we might have got one.

"We worked on a gameplan because we knew they were big and we might have to get down the side to cause them a problem and I think we did that.

"They were always dangerous, don't get me wrong, they're a good team and it's a case of now that we've been beaten, how we react to that, but we've shown today that there's no need to be afraid of teams like them."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Cambridge United

  • 01 Maxwell
  • 06 Miller
  • 14 Tait
  • 07 Donaldson
  • 08 Champion
  • 11 Dunk (Austin - 76' )
  • 18 Berry
  • 24 Arnold
  • 09 Cunnington (Spillane - 82' )
  • 17 Hughes
  • 19 Sam-Yorke (Taylor - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Norris
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Coulson
  • 22 Spillane
  • 16 Austin

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 02 Miller Booked
  • 03 Newton
  • 05 Boyce
  • 23 Brown
  • 27 Foster
  • 04 Jordan (Dixon - 70' )
  • 08 Power Dismissed
  • 12 Sheridan (Rowe - 70' )
  • 19 Nolan
  • 11 Tomlinson

Substitutes

  • 31 Preece
  • 06 Fofana
  • 15 Gray
  • 17 Dixon
  • 09 Rowe
Ref: Kinseley
Att: 3,022

Match Stats

Shots

11 14

On target

3 7

Corners

2 6

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:23 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:43 Dismissal

Dismissal

90:00 +1:11

Unfair challenge on Greg Taylor by Alan Power results in a free kick. Alan Power is sent off by the referee. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

90:00 +0:47

Luke Berry takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

89:25

Greg Taylor takes a shot. Andrew Boyce gets a block in.

88:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Rowe on Mitch Austin. Free kick taken by Ryan Donaldson.

87:11

Shot by Michael Spillane went wide right of the net.

86:25

Ryan Donaldson decides to take a short corner.

84:21

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathan Arnold. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

83:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Berry on Luke Foster. Sean Newton takes the free kick.

82:55

Jon Nolan takes a shot.

80:30 Booking

Booking

80:18

Greg Taylor takes the free kick.

80:18 Substitution

Substitution Michael Spillane comes on in place of Adam Cunnington.

80:18

Foul by Tom Miller on Mitch Austin, free kick awarded. Tom Miller is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

77:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alan Power.

77:11

Danny Rowe takes a shot. Chris Maxwell parries the ball away.

75:03 Substitution

Substitution Mitch Austin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Harrison Dunk.

74:45

Sean Newton takes a shot.

73:59

Jon Nolan takes a shot. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.

72:42

The offside flag is raised against Nathan Arnold. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

71:10

Danny Rowe takes a shot.

70:41

Corner taken by Sean Newton from the right by-line. Liam Hughes manages to make a clearance.

70:27

Corner taken by Sean Newton from the right by-line. Chris Maxwell punches the ball.

69:23 Substitution

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

69:23 Substitution

Substitution Bohan Dixon on for Todd Jordan.

66:38

Unfair challenge on Ryan Donaldson by Todd Jordan results in a free kick. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

66:11

The official flags Adam Cunnington offside. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

63:49

Liam Hughes fouled by Ben Tomlinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

61:50

The referee blows for offside against Luke Berry. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

61:41

Greg Taylor produces a cross.

60:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Cunnington on Jake Sheridan. Sean Newton restarts play with the free kick.

59:37

Shot by Luke Foster. Blocked by Ian Miller.

59:03

Corner taken by Sean Newton from the right by-line.

56:24

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alan Power. Chris Maxwell gets a fist to the ball to punch .

54:51

Unfair challenge on Jon Nolan by Adam Cunnington results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

52:16

Sean Newton crosses the ball. Clearance by Greg Taylor.

49:26

Ryan Donaldson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

48:52

Shot by Luke Berry. Paul Farman safely holds on.

48:29

Jon Nolan takes a shot.

48:08

Todd Jordan takes a shot. Richard Tait gets a block in.

48:00

The ball is crossed by Tom Miller.

47:46

Sean Newton delivers the ball.

46:03

The referee gives a free kick against Ryan Donaldson for handball. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Delano Sam-Yorke leaves the field to be replaced by Greg Taylor.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:12

Sean Newton crosses the ball.

44:42

Sean Newton produces a cross.

44:14

The referee blows for offside. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

41:59

Nathan Arnold takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

41:39

Ben Tomlinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Hughes. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

40:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Berry - Cambridge 1 - 0 Lincoln Luke Berry slots the ball right footed into the goal. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Lincoln City.

38:23

Ryan Donaldson decides to take a short corner. Centre by Nathan Arnold.

37:35

Corner taken short by Alan Power. Jon Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Tait.

34:03

Ian Miller fouled by Ben Tomlinson, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.

32:27

Jake Sheridan delivers the ball. Richard Tait manages to make a clearance.

31:38

Ben Tomlinson crosses the ball.

30:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Delano Sam-Yorke. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

23:49

Nathaniel Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Cunnington. Free kick taken by Richard Tait.

22:56

Shot by Jon Nolan went wide left of the target.

22:46

Luke Foster crosses the ball.

22:22

Jon Nolan takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in.

20:40

Shot by Nathaniel Brown went wide left of the goal.

19:59

Foul by Luke Berry on Alan Power, free kick awarded. Tom Miller takes the free kick.

16:02

Richard Tait delivers the ball. Delano Sam-Yorke takes a shot.

15:48

The ball is swung over by Harrison Dunk. Andrew Boyce makes a clearance.

13:47

Alan Power takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.

13:10

Delano Sam-Yorke is caught offside. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

12:45

Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Chris Maxwell catches the ball.

12:09

Tom Miller crosses the ball. Clearance made by Liam Hughes.

11:27

Liam Hughes takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

10:40

Luke Foster challenges Ryan Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Donaldson takes the free kick.

8:51

Foul by Nathan Arnold on Tom Miller, free kick awarded. Alan Power crosses the ball in from the free kick. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.

7:35

Nathan Arnold delivers the ball.

6:11

Luke Berry takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

5:05

The referee penalises Delano Sam-Yorke for handball. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

4:25

Foul by Alan Power on Ryan Donaldson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

2:18

Nathan Arnold has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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