Lincoln City 2-0 Southport

Richard Pacquette's magnificent goal helped Lincoln on their way to victory over Southport.

The Imps broke the deadlock early on when Jean-Francois Christophe headed home John Nutter's cross.

Southport had few chances throughout, but went close when Russell Benjamin fired just wide.

And the hosts wrapped up the game when Pacquette produced a stunning long-range drive, which found its way into the bottom corner.

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We still can improve - Holdsworth

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Lincolnshire:

"There are still things we can improve on and we must stay focused, but in the context of playing against a side who are having a very good season, that makes it all the sweeter.

"But the game should have been out of sight. 2-0 is a horrible scoreline but I felt we played well, we were dogged, we were rugged and we didn't allow Southport any momentum. We were solid and there are areas we can improve on but we'll take the points.

"I know what Richard Pacquette's strengths are and he led the line admirably. He's a great character and he also has a maturity and I'm delighted I brought him to the club and I think the fans have seen what a quality player he is."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Lincoln City

  • 01 Anyon
  • 03 Nutter
  • 04 Williams
  • 05 Gowling
  • 26 Robson
  • 17 Nicolau (Sheridan - 81' Booked )
  • 27 Christophe Booked
  • 34 Thompson
  • 12 Platt (Russell - 77' )
  • 14 Smith (Lloyd - 46' )
  • 16 Pacquette Booked

Substitutes

  • 21 Draper
  • 32 Pearson
  • 15 Russell
  • 18 Lloyd
  • 36 Sheridan

Southport

  • 01 McMillan
  • 04 Akrigg Booked
  • 06 Grand
  • 11 Parry
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Owens
  • 07 Whalley Booked (Ellison - 65' )
  • 17 Ledsham
  • 20 Benjamin
  • 10 Gray (Carden - 79' )
  • 18 Mukendi (Brown - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Nemes
  • 05 Davis
  • 23 Carden
  • 09 Ellison
  • 12 Brown
Ref: Clark
Att: 1,615

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

6 3

Corners

4 6

Fouls

8 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:46

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

90:00 +1:44

Direct free kick taken by Simon Grand.

90:00 +1:44 Booking

Booking Caution for Richard Pacquette.

90:00 +1:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Pacquette on Russell Benjamin.

86:39

Andy Owens restarts play with the free kick.

86:39 Booking

Booking The referee books Jean Francois Christophe for unsporting behaviour.

86:18

Foul by Jean Francois Christophe on Andrew Parry, free kick awarded.

85:06

Direct free kick taken by James Smith.

85:06 Booking

Booking Jake Sheridan booked for unsporting behaviour.

84:22

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Carden from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on James Smith by Jake Sheridan results in a free kick.

80:56

Foul by Jean Francois Christophe on Adam Carden, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Jonathan Brown from the free kick, Joe Anyon makes a save.

80:16 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Nicolau leaves the field to be replaced by Jake Sheridan.

78:48 Substitution

Substitution Adam Carden comes on in place of Tony Gray.

78:11

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

77:15

James Ellison takes a shot. Save made by Joe Anyon.

76:03 Substitution

Substitution Simon Russell replaces Conal Platt.

73:35

The assistant referee flags for offside against Richard Pacquette. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

71:28 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Brown joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vinny Mukendi.

71:18

Simon Grand has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

70:40

Corner taken by Andrew Parry from the right by-line.

70:27

Shot by Andrew Parry from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

69:42

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Nicolau from the right by-line.

69:24

Nicky Nicolau has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

66:37

Andrew Parry takes a shot.

64:53 Substitution

Substitution James Ellison is brought on as a substitute for Shaun Whalley.

63:37

Corner from the right by-line taken by Steve Akrigg, Robbie Williams manages to make a clearance.

59:55

Handball by Russell Benjamin. Free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

56:49

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from the left by-line, Jean Francois Christophe takes a shot. Save by Tony McMillan.

56:17

Conal Platt takes a shot. James Smith gets a block in.

55:02

Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Nicolau.

54:20

Danny Lloyd is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

52:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Pacquette - Lincoln 2 - 0 Southport Richard Pacquette scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 2-0 Southport.

50:48

The offside flag is raised against Nicky Nicolau. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

49:33

Karl Ledsham takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Paul Robson.

46:50

The official flags Tony Gray offside. Joe Anyon restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Danny Lloyd replaces Sam Smith.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

37:02

Andrew Parry challenges Jean Francois Christophe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robbie Williams restarts play with the free kick.

34:34

Conal Platt takes the direct free kick.

34:34 Booking

Booking Caution for Shaun Whalley.

34:07

Shaun Whalley challenges Conal Platt unfairly and gives away a free kick.

33:38

Foul by Jean Francois Christophe on Andrew Parry, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Smith.

31:25

Conal Platt has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

31:25 Booking

Booking Steve Akrigg receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

31:17

Foul by Steve Akrigg on Richard Pacquette, free kick awarded.

29:56

Unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley by Jean Francois Christophe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Karl Ledsham.

28:48

Effort from outside the penalty box by Nicky Nicolau goes wide left of the goal.

27:32

Corner from right by-line taken by Karl Ledsham.

25:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Pacquette on Karl Ledsham. Tony McMillan takes the direct free kick.

25:01

Long range effort by Russell Benjamin goes wide right of the net.

24:43

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line.

24:25

Vinny Mukendi takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Robson.

22:49

Jean Francois Christophe takes a shot. Save made by Tony McMillan.

20:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tony Gray. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Anyon.

17:44

Close range headed effort by Sam Smith misses to the right of the goal.

17:10

Unfair challenge on Richard Pacquette by Simon Grand results in a free kick. Nicky Nicolau restarts play with the free kick, James Smith sends in a cross.

16:22

Sam Smith is caught offside. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

10:00

Right-footed shot by Conal Platt went wide of the right-hand upright.

6:54

Assist on the goal came from John Nutter.

6:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Jean Francois Christophe - Lincoln 1 - 0 Southport Jean Francois Christophe gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 1-0 Southport.

4:28

Shot by Karl Ledsham from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

2:50

Andy Owens fouled by Jean Francois Christophe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

2:21

Nicky Nicolau takes a inswinging corner.

2:09

Sam Smith takes a shot. James Smith gets a block in.

0:00

The game begins.

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