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Macclesfield Town 1-2 Lincoln City

Lincoln made hard work of it but maintained top spot in League Two thanks to a narrow 2-1 win at Macclesfield.

The Imps had had an alarmingly easy afternoon at the Moss Rose but looked to have thrown two points away when Jamie Grimes scrambled in an equaliser five minutes from time, cancelling out Tom Pett's first-half goal.

But centre-back Jason Shackell fired in through a crowd of players to increase the misery for second-bottom Macclesfield and keep Lincoln riding high.

In truth the struggling Silkmen had been overrun in a one-sided game, only the heroics of Manchester United loan goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara seemingly earning a reward after impressively denying John Akinde, Pett and Harry Anderson.

O'Hara had performed heroics with his side barely able to lay a glove on their high-flying guests as Macclesfield's torment continued late into the game.

That was until Grimes pounced during a goalmouth scramble but, while Lincoln were not at their best, Shackle's goal moments later was enough for a sixth win.

Macclesfield Town are winless in 31 Football League matches (D9 L22) - the only team to endure a longer run in the history of English league football are Derby County (36 games between September 2007 and August 2008)

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Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1O'Hara
  • 19PearsonBooked at 62minsSubstituted forWilsonat 76'minutes
  • 5Kelleher
  • 6Grimes
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 4Lowe
  • 24Rose
  • 16Napa
  • 23Whitaker
  • 20VincentiBooked at 50minsSubstituted forBlissettat 57'minutes
  • 10SmithSubstituted forMarshat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Marsh
  • 9Wilson
  • 12Taylor
  • 13Blissett
  • 14Welch-Hayes
  • 15Maycock
  • 22Arthur

Lincoln City

  • 21Smith
  • 15Wilson
  • 5Shackell
  • 16Bostwick
  • 14Toffolo
  • 26Anderson
  • 4O'Connor
  • 7Pett
  • 11Carvalho AndradeSubstituted forMensahat 90+1'minutes
  • 29AkindeSubstituted forRheadat 89'minutes
  • 17McCartanSubstituted forGreenat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gordon
  • 9Rhead
  • 10Green
  • 12Chapman
  • 18Mensah
  • 20Crookes
  • 24Slocombe
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
2,589

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home7
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away10
Corners
Home1
Away12
Fouls
Home17
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Lincoln City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Lincoln City 2.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

James Wilson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Rose (Macclesfield Town).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Foul by Tyrone Marsh (Macclesfield Town).

Tom Pett (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Bernard Mensah replaces Bruno Andrade.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead replaces John Akinde.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Lincoln City 2. Jason Shackell (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Kieran O'Hara.

Attempt saved. Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

(Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Green (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Tyrone Marsh.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Lincoln City 1. Jamie Grimes (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Blissett.

Nathan Blissett (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Shackell (Lincoln City).

Tyrone Marsh (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City).

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

Foul by Jamie Grimes (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Wilson replaces James Pearson.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Green replaces Shay McCartan.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City).

Tyrone Marsh (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Fitzpatrick (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

James Wilson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Tyrone Marsh (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Hand ball by Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City).

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Tyrone Marsh replaces Harry Smith.

Foul by Shay McCartan (Lincoln City).

Michael Rose (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City86111661019
2Exeter8512158716
3Newport8512913-416
4Colchester84311751215
5Yeovil74211531214
6Oldham8422126614
7Bury84131410413
8Tranmere8341107313
9MK Dons734074313
10Crawley84131110113
11Carlisle8413910-113
12Forest Green8260127512
13Stevenage8332109112
14Swindon83321314-112
15Mansfield724196310
16Port Vale831498110
17Crewe72239818
18Cheltenham822468-28
19Cambridge8215715-87
20Northampton8134813-56
21Grimsby8125515-105
22Morecambe8107317-143
23Macclesfield8026616-102
24Notts County80261024-142
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