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Exeter City 1-0 Lincoln City

Exeter maintained their unbeaten start to the League Two season with a hard-fought win over Lincoln at St James' Park.

Reuben Reid grabbed the only goal of the game before the break with a fine strike following neat build-up play from Liam McAlinden.

The Grecians had the best chance of the opening 30 minutes through Jake Taylor when found himself one-one-one with goalkeeper Paul Farman but he could only fire over the crossbar.

Lincoln responded with a neat passing move that led to Jordan Maguire-Drew being played in on goal, but Christy Pym was quick off his line to smother the ball to avert the danger.

Lloyd James was off target with a strike from distance before striker Reid gave Exeter the lead just before the break.

The striker laid the ball off to McAlinden, whose penetrating run caused panic in the Imps defence before he fed the ball back to Reid to drill a powerful shot into the roof of the net from 15 yards.

Pierce Sweeney almost made it 2-0 with a spectacular effort while at the other end, substitute Harry Anderson saw an effort deflect just wide as Exeter held on for the win to move up to second in the table.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Archibald-HenvilleSubstituted forHolmesat 60'minutes
  • 39Brown
  • 23Croll
  • 3Woodman
  • 25Taylor
  • 6Tillson
  • 4JamesBooked at 74mins
  • 33ReidSubstituted forJayat 85'minutes
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forSparkesat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Simpson
  • 10Holmes
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Brunt
  • 20Jay
  • 24Byrne
  • 31Sparkes

Lincoln City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Farman
  • 2Long
  • 5WaterfallBooked at 63mins
  • 25Raggett
  • 23EardleyBooked at 81mins
  • 14Maguire-DrewSubstituted forKnottat 68'minutes
  • 16Bostwick
  • 30Woodyard
  • 28ArnoldSubstituted forAndersonat 69'minutes
  • 9RheadSubstituted forPalmerat 60'minutes
  • 10Green

Substitutes

  • 3Habergham
  • 4Whitehouse
  • 8Palmer
  • 11Knott
  • 15Dickie
  • 21Vickers
  • 26Anderson
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
3,980

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 1, Lincoln City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Lincoln City 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

  4. Post update

    Sean Long (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matt Green (Lincoln City).

  7. Post update

    Matt Jay (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).

  9. Post update

    Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Reuben Reid.

  12. Post update

    Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City).

  14. Booking

    Neal Eardley (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Neal Eardley (Lincoln City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Jack Sparkes replaces Liam McAlinden because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Matt Green (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Luke Croll (Exeter City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon32104227
2Exeter32103127
3Luton320111386
4Coventry32015146
5Carlisle32016336
6Accrington32017526
7Notts County32016516
8Stevenage31207525
9Newport31205415
10Crewe31204315
11Mansfield31115414
12Barnet31113304
13Morecambe31113304
14Wycombe311178-14
15Forest Green311167-14
16Port Vale310256-13
17Cambridge310223-13
18Grimsby310246-23
19Chesterfield310235-23
20Cheltenham310225-33
21Yeovil3102814-63
22Lincoln City302134-12
23Colchester301227-51
24Crawley300315-40
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