Lincoln City and Kidderminster Harriers played out an opening-day goalless draw at Sincil Bank.

The visitors' best effort of the first-half was a long-range Craig Reid strike that was well saved by the Imps' on loan goalkeeper Nick Townsend.

Townsend tipped over to deny Reid again after the break as both teams pushed on but failed to break the stalemate, with the goalkeepers in solid form.

The result was the first ever 0-0 draw between the two Conference teams.

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

Post-match: Lincoln manager Simpson

"I thought we played pretty well in the first half, we just needed the goal. We had a few opportunities cleared off the line but if we'd got the goal then we'd have gone on.

"In the second half they got the wind, the way they play is always difficult to play against and we ran out of ideas a little, they sat back and denied us the space to pass through them and made it more difficult for us. The lads are disappointed but I can't be too disappointed with them, we just got on with the job today and I thought we did it exceptionally well in the first half.

"We needed a goal to settle us down because if we'd got it they would have had to come out and make it more open. The longer it goes and it's goalless and it's nip and tuck, you get a bit frustrated, the crowd gets frustrated but it's a clean sheet and a point and we're up and running."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Lincoln City

  • 26 Townsend
  • 17 Caprice
  • 03 Newton
  • 08 Power (Mendy - 66' )
  • 06 Diagne
  • 23 Brown
  • 14 Nolan Booked
  • 05 Bencherif
  • 09 Burrow
  • 22 Marshall
  • 11 Tomlinson

Substitutes

  • 01 Farman
  • 07 Kabba
  • 10 Ledsham
  • 12 Mendy
  • 16 Robinson

Kidderminster Harriers

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 28 Nicholson
  • 17 Verma
  • 06 Dunkley
  • 30 Gowling Booked
  • 18 Gittings
  • 04 Storer
  • 10 Reid (Gash - 64' )
  • 13 Blissett (Styche - 74' )
  • 14 Obeng (Johnson - 51' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Johnson
  • 09 Gash
  • 11 Styche
  • 15 Grimes
  • 19 Singh
Ref: Karl Evans
Att: 2,598

Match Stats

Shots

7 8

On target

3 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

+2:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

90:00 +1:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

89:30

Attempt missed. Marcus Marshall (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

89:09

Foul by Reece Styche (Kidderminster Harriers).

89:09

Jake Caprice (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

88:07

Foul by Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City).

88:07

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

84:56

Attempt missed. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

83:33

Attempt missed. Reece Styche (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

82:09 Booking

Booking Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:57

Foul by Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers).

81:57

Jon Nolan (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

79:13

Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).

79:13

Kevin Nicholson (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Reece Styche replaces Nathan Blissett.

73:34

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Nicholson.

73:24

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

72:56

Attempt missed. Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box.

71:18

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

71:18

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

65:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Arnaud Mendy replaces Alan Power.

65:07

Foul by Tony Diagne (Lincoln City).

65:07

Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

64:24

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers).

64:24

Nick Townsend (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

63:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Michael Gash replaces Craig Reid.

62:54

Attempt missed. Marvin Johnson (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

61:50

Foul by Jake Caprice (Lincoln City).

61:50

Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

61:34

Attempt saved. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot is saved.

60:31

Foul by Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City).

60:31

Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

57:57 Booking

Booking Jon Nolan (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:43

Foul by Jon Nolan (Lincoln City).

57:43

Marvin Johnson (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

55:34

Corner, Lincoln City.

54:12

Attempt missed. Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

53:42

Foul by Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City).

53:42

Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

52:57

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

52:57

Sean Newton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

52:08

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

51:32

Attempt saved. Craig Reid (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

50:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Marvin Johnson replaces Ahmed Obeng.

49:56

Corner, Lincoln City.

47:41

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers).

47:41

Sean Newton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

45:27

Attempt missed. Craig Reid (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Lincoln City 0, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

38:18

Hand ball by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

37:17

Attempt missed. Jon Nolan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

36:59

Foul by Jared Hodgkiss (Kidderminster Harriers).

36:59

Alan Power (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

36:22

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

36:01

Attempt saved. Craig Reid (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

34:21

Foul by Aman Verma (Kidderminster Harriers).

34:21

Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

33:24

Corner, Lincoln City.

23:34

Attempt saved. Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved.

21:36

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

21:36

Aman Verma (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

20:18

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

19:40

Foul by Jon Nolan (Lincoln City).

19:40

Ahmed Obeng (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

15:24

Attempt missed. Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

12:41

Corner, Lincoln City.

11:26

Foul by Kevin Nicholson (Kidderminster Harriers).

11:26

Jake Caprice (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

10:24

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City).

10:24

Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

4:44

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

4:44

Nathan Blissett (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

3:14

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City).

3:14

Jared Hodgkiss (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

2:21

Attempt saved. Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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