Cambridge United 2-0 Lincoln City

Ashley Carew
Ashley Carew took his Cambridge United tally to five goals for the season

Cambridge United midfielder Ashley Carew struck both goals as the U's saw off Lincoln City at the Abbey Stadium.

Carew fired the U's into a 23rd-minute lead when he brilliantly bent a 25-yard free-kick round the wall and inside goalkeeper Joe Anyon's near post.

Blue Square Bet Premier strugglers Lincoln battled back and were twice denied an equaliser by the woodwork inside four second-half minutes.

But Carew sealed it in injury time with an 18-yarder into the bottom corner.

The U's stretched their unbeaten home run to seven matches in the process, but managerless Lincoln were left cursing when Gavin McCallum's close-range volley struck the bar before another effort from 18 yards hit the post.

Lincoln remain in the relegation zone, in 21st, while Cambridge climb to fourth.

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Lincoln City caretaker manager Grant Brown told BBC Lincolnshire:

Brown rues wasted Lincoln chances

"I think the boys have been excellent tonight. We dominated large periods of the game and had the better chances but just couldn't put the ball in the net.

"The free kick we gave away [for the first goal] was avoidable. Set pieces are a tool for winning games and they took their chance, and we have to work harder at not giving away free kicks and also taking our chances.

"There's been a gradual improvement in the performances and tonight was the best of the four [since Brown took charge] and I think there's more in them. They can improve on and take it forward."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Cambridge Utd

  • 01 Naisbitt
  • 02 Roberts
  • 04 Coulson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 27 Thorpe (Wylde - 74' )
  • 06 Shaw
  • 10 Carew
  • 11 Dunk Booked
  • 16 Jarvis (Murtagh - 69' )
  • 18 Berry
  • 09 Gash (Charles - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Wylde
  • 08 Murtagh
  • 20 Patrick
  • 07 Charles
  • 21 Winn

Lincoln City

  • 01 Anyon
  • 03 Nutter
  • 04 Watts Booked
  • 13 Sinclair Booked
  • 16 Nelson
  • 08 Power
  • 17 Nicolau
  • 23 O'Keefe Booked (Thompson - 88' )
  • 27 Christophe Booked
  • 30 McCallum
  • 14 Smith (Perry - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Draper
  • 06 Hone
  • 10 Fuseini
  • 26 Thompson
  • 09 Perry
Ref: Bull
Att: 2,875

Match Stats

Shots

10 15

On target

5 6

Corners

4 6

Fouls

13 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

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

90:00 +3:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Charles on John Nutter. John Nutter takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:22

Tony Sinclair challenges Keiran Murtagh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Coulson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:01

Assist by Harrison Dunk.

90:00 +0:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Carew - Cambridge 2 - 0 Lincoln Ashley Carew grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 2-0 Lincoln City.

88:55

The ball is swung over by Alan Power, Headed effort from inside the area by Jean Francois Christophe misses to the right of the target.

88:36

Alan Power takes a inswinging corner.

88:27

Tony Sinclair takes a shot. Save made by Danny Naisbitt.

86:48

Rory McAuley takes the direct free kick.

86:48 Substitution

Substitution Curtis Thompson replaces Josh O'Keefe.

86:48 Booking

Booking Adam Watts is booked.

85:58

Foul by Adam Watts on Harrison Dunk, free kick awarded.

85:01

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Harrison Dunk from the right by-line, clearance by Tony Sinclair.

84:05

Corner taken by Ashley Carew played to the near post, Rory McAuley takes a shot. Josh O'Keefe gets a block in.

83:58

Harrison Dunk delivers the ball, Adam Watts makes a clearance.

83:18

The ball is sent over by Luke Berry, clearance made by Tony Sinclair.

82:18

The ball is crossed by Tony Sinclair.

81:19

Corner taken by Keiran Murtagh from the right by-line, clearance by Mitchell Nelson.

80:49

Shot from 12 yards from Harrison Dunk. Tony Sinclair gets a block in.

78:37

Ryan Charles challenges Nicky Nicolau unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jean Francois Christophe.

77:32

Harrison Dunk fouled by Kyle Perry, the ref awards a free kick. Rory McAuley restarts play with the free kick.

75:48

Jean Francois Christophe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Charles. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

74:52

Ryan Charles is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Anyon takes the indirect free kick.

74:05

Tony Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Roberts.

73:03

Nicky Nicolau restarts play with the free kick.

73:03 Substitution

Substitution Michael Wylde is brought on as a substitute for Jonathon Thorpe.

73:03

Unfair challenge on Kyle Perry by Rory McAuley results in a free kick.

72:50

The official flags Alan Power offside. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

72:26

Gavin McCallum has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

71:39

Tony Sinclair handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Carew.

70:58

Jean Francois Christophe takes a corner.

70:05

A cross is delivered by Ashley Carew, Shot from inside the area by Tom Shaw clears the bar.

69:19

Keiran Murtagh has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

68:37 Substitution

Substitution Keiran Murtagh replaces Rossi Jarvis.

68:06

Nicky Nicolau delivers the ball, Shot from 6 yards by Gavin McCallum.

67:30 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Perry is brought on as a substitute for Sam Smith.

66:54

Adam Watts restarts play with the free kick.

66:54 Booking

Booking Harrison Dunk is given a yellow card.

66:46

Harrison Dunk concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh O'Keefe.

65:17

The ball is sent over by Ryan Charles, clearance made by John Nutter.

62:39

Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

62:39 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Charles joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Gash.

62:39

Foul by Nicky Nicolau on Rossi Jarvis, free kick awarded.

61:15

Header by Sam Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

58:37

The ball is swung over by Tony Sinclair, Alan Power takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

57:30

Tony Sinclair fouled by Harrison Dunk, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

56:49

Ashley Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on John Nutter. Free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

56:13

Tom Shaw produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

55:27

Jonathon Thorpe takes the free kick.

55:27 Booking

Booking Tony Sinclair is shown a yellow card.

55:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk by Tony Sinclair.

54:20

Ashley Carew takes the direct free kick.

54:20 Booking

Booking The referee books Jean Francois Christophe for unsporting behaviour.

54:09

Unfair challenge on Rossi Jarvis by Jean Francois Christophe results in a free kick.

53:01

Inswinging corner taken by Harrison Dunk.

51:38

Luke Berry fouled by Mitchell Nelson, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Coulson takes the direct free kick.

50:56

Effort from deep inside the area by Gavin McCallum misses to the right of the goal.

50:35

Josh O'Keefe is caught offside. Free kick taken by Kevin Roberts.

49:33

The ball is delivered by John Nutter, Josh O'Keefe produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

49:24

Tony Sinclair sends in a cross.

48:25

A cross is delivered by Nicky Nicolau, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Josh O'Keefe misses to the right of the goal.

46:09

Adam Watts fouled by Michael Gash, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

45:25

The ball is crossed by Tony Sinclair, Jonathon Thorpe manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:47 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin McCallum by Jonathon Thorpe. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Alan Power from left wing.

45:00 +0:04

Ashley Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Power. Alan Power takes the free kick.

43:35

Josh O'Keefe fouled by Rossi Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Power restarts play with the free kick.

42:27 Booking

Booking The referee shows Josh O'Keefe a yellow card for dissent.

41:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Shaw by Josh O'Keefe. Direct free kick taken by Rossi Jarvis. Effort from the edge of the area by Kevin Roberts goes wide of the left-hand upright.

41:11

The ball is swung over by Jonathon Thorpe.

41:04

Kevin Roberts sends in a cross.

39:57

Nicky Nicolau challenges Jonathon Thorpe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Coulson takes the direct free kick.

39:08

Foul by Josh O'Keefe on Kevin Roberts, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

37:07

Tom Shaw takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

34:31

Shot by Gavin McCallum from 12 yards. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

34:19

The ball is crossed by Gavin McCallum, clearance by Rory McAuley.

33:15

Gavin McCallum takes a shot. Save made by Danny Naisbitt.

33:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Carew on Alan Power. Alan Power restarts play with the free kick.

32:25

Foul by Luke Berry on Mitchell Nelson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

31:47

The offside flag is raised against Gavin McCallum. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

30:04

Josh Coulson concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Smith. Shot comes in from Alan Power from the free kick.

25:32

The ball is delivered by Harrison Dunk, clearance made by Jean Francois Christophe.

24:42

Corner taken right-footed by Alan Power.

23:55

Tony Sinclair delivers the ball.

22:45

Assist on the goal came from Tom Shaw.

22:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Carew - Cambridge 1 - 0 Lincoln Free kick scored by Ashley Carew from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Lincoln City.

21:48

Jean Francois Christophe challenges Tom Shaw unfairly and gives away a free kick.

21:15

Nicky Nicolau sends in a cross, save by Danny Naisbitt.

19:01

The ball is swung over by Nicky Nicolau.

18:42

Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Nicolau.

18:22

Gavin McCallum takes a shot. Blocked by Rory McAuley.

17:47

The ball is delivered by Nicky Nicolau, Kevin Roberts manages to make a clearance.

16:46

Michael Gash has a drilled shot. Save by Joe Anyon.

15:57

John Nutter produces a cross, save by Danny Naisbitt.

15:36

Centre by Gavin McCallum.

14:29

Michael Gash produces a cross.

14:05

Gavin McCallum delivers the ball, Rory McAuley manages to make a clearance.

13:44

The offside flag is raised against Michael Gash. Joe Anyon takes the free kick.

12:52

Sam Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McAuley. Kevin Roberts takes the direct free kick.

11:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Carew by John Nutter. Direct free kick taken by Josh Coulson.

11:08

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

8:48

Harrison Dunk fouled by Josh O'Keefe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ashley Carew, Jean Francois Christophe manages to make a clearance.

8:27

Unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk by Sam Smith results in a free kick. Tom Shaw takes the direct free kick.

6:58

A cross is delivered by Ashley Carew, clearance made by Adam Watts.

6:49

Centre by Harrison Dunk, clearance by Mitchell Nelson.

5:20

Josh O'Keefe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Roberts. Free kick taken by Kevin Roberts.

3:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Nicolau, Close range header by Mitchell Nelson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

2:41

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nicky Nicolau, clearance by Kevin Roberts.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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