Cambridge United suffered back-to-back defeats after Ben Tomlinson's penalty secured all three points for Lincoln.

Lincoln pressed from the off, Harrison Dunk's goalline clearance preventing Tomlinson from opening the scoring.

But the 24-year-old striker was then awarded a penalty after his shot struck the arm of Tom Bonner, and he slotted home for his 17th of the season.

The visitors' disappointing afternoon was compounded when Ryan Donaldson was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

Post-match: Lincoln manager Simpson

"I thought we were terrific today, I don't think Nick (Townsend) had a shot to save and we should have had a few more I think with the football that we played.

"I said to the players that I wanted to win these last few games and we've set about it. We won last week, won this week and now it's Wrexham on Monday and then finish with Barnet and I want to get as many points as we can.

"We want to finish well. We had a bad couple of months but apart from that we haven't done too badly. I've kept saying that on our day we're a match for anybody and on today's showing we are."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Lincoln City

  • 30 Townsend
  • 02 Miller
  • 03 Newton
  • 26 Adams Booked (Rowe - 85' )
  • 23 Brown
  • 05 Audel
  • 24 Mendy
  • 08 Power
  • 18 Bright
  • 11 Tomlinson
  • 12 Sheridan Booked (Arthur - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Arthur
  • 09 Rowe
  • 15 Gray
  • 19 Nolan
  • 31 Preece

Cambridge United

  • 13 Norris
  • 14 Tait
  • 03 Taylor
  • 18 Berry
  • 05 Bonner
  • 06 Miller
  • 07 Donaldson Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 17 Hughes
  • 10 Elliott (Barnes-Homer - 63' )
  • 23 Chambers Booked
  • 11 Dunk (Sam-Yorke - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Roberts
  • 19 Sam-Yorke
  • 24 Arnold
  • 29 Gillies
  • 39 Barnes-Homer
Ref: Darren England
Att: 2,535

Match Stats

Shots

4 3

On target

3 0

Corners

0 0

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

+4:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Lincoln City 1, Cambridge United 0.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Cambridge United 0.

90:00 +1:15

Offside, Cambridge United. Matthew Barnes-Homer tries a through ball, but Matthew Barnes-Homer is caught offside.

89:08

Attempt saved. Kris Bright (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

86:31

Corner, Lincoln City.

84:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Danny L. Rowe replaces Charlee Adams.

82:01

Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

80:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Koby Arthur replaces Jake Sheridan.

79:36 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) for a bad foul.

79:09

Foul by Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United).

79:09

Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

78:16

Foul by Charlee Adams (Lincoln City).

78:16

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

76:42 Booking

Booking Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:17

Corner, Cambridge United.

70:04

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

70:04

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

66:43

Corner, Lincoln City.

63:12

Attempt missed. Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

62:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Matthew Barnes-Homer replaces Tom Elliott.

58:55

Foul by Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United).

58:55

Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

57:43

Attempt missed. Tom Miller (Lincoln City) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Newton.

57:15

Corner, Lincoln City.

53:51

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

53:51

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

52:57

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

52:57

Tom Bonner (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

47:28

Foul by Tom Miller (Lincoln City).

47:28

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Harrison Dunk.

45:00

Second Half begins Lincoln City 1, Cambridge United 0.

45:00 +2:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Cambridge United 0.

45:00 +1:53 Booking

Booking Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:08

Attempt missed. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

44:07 Booking

Booking Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:56

Foul by Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United).

43:56

Sean Newton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

43:37

Attempt saved. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

42:31

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

42:31

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

41:41

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

41:41

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

37:29

Foul by Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United).

37:29

Sean Newton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

34:58

Corner, Cambridge United.

34:48

Attempt blocked. Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:23 Booking

Booking Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:51

Foul by Charlee Adams (Lincoln City).

32:51

Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

31:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 1, Cambridge United 0. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

31:00

Penalty conceded by Tom Bonner (Cambridge United) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

29:43

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

29:43

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

19:30

Corner, Lincoln City.

18:56

Foul by Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United).

18:56

Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

18:31

Offside, Cambridge United. Tom Elliott tries a through ball, but Tom Elliott is caught offside.

14:30

Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

11:44

Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

11:44

Thierry Audel (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

6:33

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

6:33

Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

4:20

Corner, Lincoln City.

3:57

Corner, Lincoln City.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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