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Lincoln City 3-2 Exeter City

Substitute Ollie Palmer hit a late winner as Lincoln beat League Two promotion rivals Exeter in a pulsating contest.

Jayden Stockley nodded the visitors in front in the 10th minute and the Grecians held their lead until half-time despite intense pressure from the Imps.

Stockley almost doubled his side's lead just before the break, but his shot hit the base of the post.

Lincoln drew level on the hour mark when Danny Rowe nodded home from close range after Elliott Whitehouse's shot had been saved and, barely two minutes later, Matt Green smashed home from a tight angle to make it 2-1.

Jordan Storey hit the bar for Exeter before the visitors equalised through Jake Taylor's angled drive.

Palmer thought he had made it 3-2 but his header was ruled out for a foul, while a header from another Imps substitute, Luke Waterfall, hit the bar.

However, Palmer did prove to be the match-winner when he fired home in the 86th minute to the delight of Sincil Bank's biggest crowd of the season, as Lincoln climbed into the play-off places.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Allsop
  • 23Eardley
  • 16Bostwick
  • 6Wharton
  • 3Habergham
  • 4Whitehouse
  • 30Woodyard
  • 19FrecklingtonSubstituted forWaterfallat 74'minutes
  • 10Green
  • 9RheadSubstituted forPalmerat 76'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 24RoweSubstituted forAndersonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Farman
  • 5Waterfall
  • 7Pett
  • 8Palmer
  • 14Williams
  • 15Wilson
  • 26Anderson

Exeter

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Pym
  • 23CrollSubstituted forWoodmanat 68'minutes
  • 38Storey
  • 22Wilson
  • 2Sweeney
  • 44Boateng
  • 6Tillson
  • 4JamesSubstituted forSimpsonat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Moxey
  • 25Taylor
  • 11Stockley

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 8Simpson
  • 12Jones
  • 19McAlinden
  • 20Jay
  • 33Loft
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
9,785

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away14
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 3, Exeter City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lincoln City 3, Exeter City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Sam Habergham.

  6. Booking

    Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Simpson (Exeter City).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).

  10. Post update

    Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Sam Habergham.

  13. Booking

    Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 3, Exeter City 2. Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Matt Green (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Hiram Boateng.

  19. Post update

    Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington38245965402577
2Luton402111882424074
3Wycombe402011973541971
4Notts County401813961421967
5Exeter39206135244866
6Coventry391981248321665
7Lincoln City391713956421464
8Mansfield391615856411563
9Swindon39194166059161
10Carlisle401612125749860
11Colchester401513124944558
12Newport391315114950-154
13Cambridge401412144252-1054
14Crawley40158175057-753
15Cheltenham401212165858048
16Stevenage391112165056-645
17Crewe40134235065-1543
18Yeovil37119174757-1042
19Morecambe39915153848-1042
20Port Vale401012184355-1242
21Forest Green39117214767-2040
22Grimsby40911203261-2938
23Chesterfield3897224168-2734
24Barnet4089233659-2333
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