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Carlisle United 0-1 Lincoln City

Lincoln boosted their hopes of securing a League Two play-off place at the expense of 10-man Carlisle with victory at Brunton Park.

Matt Green's 16th goal of the season ended Carlisle's eight-game unbeaten run although the Cumbrians may feel hard done by after referee Robert Lewis awarded and then rescinded a second-half penalty.

The Imps move up to fifth in the standings, while the defeat leaves Carlisle five points adrift of the top seven.

Both sides contributed to a bright opening although it was the visitors who created the best chances with Jack Bonham twice coming to Carlisle's aid with smart saves.

Lee Frecklington seized on a Matt Rhead knock down to force the goalkeeper into a one-handed save low down to his left then Green got power behind a 20-yarder that Bonham beat away.

Carlisle had to wait until midway through the first half for their first effort, a fierce drive by Jamie Devitt which was turned away at the near post by Ryan Allsop.

The breakthrough came for Lincoln a couple of minutes before the break when Neal Eardley's free-kick from just inside the Carlisle half caught the home defence sleeping and Green was able to run on and slip the ball past the advancing Bonham, finding the bottom left-hand corner.

Rhead should have doubled Lincoln's lead in the 54th minute when Eardley's delivery picked him out in the six-yard box, but the downward header lacked conviction.

There was a moment of controversy in the 73rd minute when referee Lewis pointed to the penalty spot after an appeal for hand ball in the Lincoln goalmouth. However the official changed his decision following a chat with his assistant and awarded City a free-kick.

Carlisle midfielder Mike Jones was sent off in added time for a second yellow card after fouling Harry Anderson.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Bonham
  • 5Liddle
  • 16Ellis
  • 29Hill
  • 6ParkesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGraingerat 62'minutes
  • 11DevittBooked at 86mins
  • 4JoyceSubstituted forCampbell-Ryceat 62'minutes
  • 8JonesBooked at 90mins
  • 9HopeSubstituted forStocktonat 77'minutes
  • 14Bennett
  • 30Nadesan

Substitutes

  • 3Grainger
  • 13Campbell-Ryce
  • 15Gray
  • 17Brown
  • 19Lambe
  • 23Stockton
  • 28Twardek

Lincoln City

  • 22Allsop
  • 23Eardley
  • 6Wharton
  • 4WhitehouseSubstituted forWaterfallat 79'minutes
  • 3Habergham
  • 16Bostwick
  • 30Woodyard
  • 19Frecklington
  • 10GreenBooked at 34mins
  • 9RheadSubstituted forPalmerat 59'minutes
  • 24RoweSubstituted forAndersonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Farman
  • 5Waterfall
  • 7Pett
  • 8Palmer
  • 14Williams
  • 15Wilson
  • 26Anderson
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
5,068

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Carlisle United 0, Lincoln City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Lincoln City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Danny Grainger (Carlisle United).

  4. Post update

    Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Danny Grainger (Carlisle United).

  7. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Michael Jones (Carlisle United) for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Jones (Carlisle United).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Danny Grainger.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Danny Grainger (Carlisle United).

  12. Post update

    Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Danny Grainger.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  16. Booking

    Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Luke Waterfall.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mark Ellis (Carlisle United).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington39255966402680
2Luton412211884434177
3Wycombe412111975552074
4Exeter40216135445969
5Notts County4118131061431867
6Lincoln City401813957421567
7Coventry401981350381265
8Mansfield401615957431463
9Swindon40195166160162
10Colchester411613125145661
11Carlisle411612135750760
12Newport391315114950-154
13Crawley41159175158-754
14Cambridge401412144252-1054
15Cheltenham411212175960-148
16Stevenage401212165457-348
17Yeovil38129175359-645
18Crewe41135235267-1544
19Port Vale411013184557-1243
20Morecambe39915153848-1042
21Forest Green40117224869-2140
22Grimsby41911213363-3038
23Chesterfield3897224168-2734
24Barnet4189243763-2633
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