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Lincoln City 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

League Two leaders Lincoln ended a run of three games without a win by beating Forest Green Rovers at Sincil Bank.

The afternoon got off to a great start for the Imps when John Akinde fired them in front after just eight minutes, picking up on Harry Anderson's pass to fire low into the left-hand corner.

But Rovers responded superbly, equalising just four minutes later through Reece Brown, whose low strike beat Josh Vickers.

It was an even contest, both sides testing the opposition keeper, but Carl Winchester and Brown had chances to put the visitors ahead just after the hour mark, but fired over the bar.

Lincoln made them pay after 72 minutes as Kellan Gordon grabbed the winner. Shay McCartan found Gordon in the six-yard box and the substitute calmly found the bottom corner.

Vickers had to be on hand to deny Rovers a second equaliser, keeping out Dayle Grubb's strike eight minutes from time, but Lincoln held on to keep top spot.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 15Wilson
  • 16Bostwick
  • 5Shackell
  • 14Toffolo
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forMcCartanat 59'minutes
  • 4O'Connor
  • 26AndersonBooked at 47minsSubstituted forGordonat 71'minutes
  • 7Pett
  • 11Carvalho AndradeBooked at 77mins
  • 29AkindeSubstituted forGreenat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gordon
  • 6Wharton
  • 9Rhead
  • 10Green
  • 17McCartan
  • 18Mensah
  • 24Slocombe

Forest Green

  • 1Sanchez
  • 7Winchester
  • 16GunningBooked at 67mins
  • 19McGinley
  • 23Mills
  • 20Digby
  • 4James
  • 18ArchibaldSubstituted forWilliamsat 86'minutes
  • 10BrownBooked at 39mins
  • 8GrubbSubstituted forPearceat 88'minutes
  • 14CampbellSubstituted forReidat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Rawson
  • 11Williams
  • 13Montgomery
  • 17Pearce
  • 21Worthington
  • 22Morris
  • 26Reid
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
8,542

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Kellan Gordon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaac Pearce (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Shay McCartan (Lincoln City).

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Tom Pett (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Isaac Pearce replaces Dayle Grubb.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. George Williams replaces Theo Archibald.

Attempt blocked. Paul Digby (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Green replaces John Akinde.

Attempt saved. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City).

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Reuben Reid replaces Tahvon Campbell.

Attempt saved. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 2, Forest Green Rovers 1. Kellan Gordon (Lincoln City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shay McCartan.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Kellan Gordon replaces Harry Anderson because of an injury.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt missed. Theo Archibald (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City).

Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Shay McCartan replaces Lee Frecklington.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Lincoln City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City17113332151736
2MK Dons1797124101434
3Colchester1794431161531
4Tranmere178632516930
5Exeter178542617929
6Newport178542529-429
7Stevenage178452116528
8Forest Green176922617927
9Bury1775528181026
10Mansfield16510123121125
11Carlisle177281922-323
12Crawley177282429-523
13Port Vale176471721-422
14Yeovil165652318521
15Northampton175662021-121
16Swindon175661922-321
17Oldham165562118320
18Crewe175481619-319
19Cambridge175391627-1118
20Morecambe1752101729-1217
21Grimsby164391021-1115
22Notts County163492036-1613
23Cheltenham162591225-1311
24Macclesfield1714121435-217
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