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Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Lincoln City

John Akinde's brace cemented Lincoln City's grip at the top of League Two as the Imps defeated Forest Green 2-1 at The New Lawn.

A helter-skelter opening period culminated in play-off chasing Forest Green drawing first blood in the seventh minute, with Reece Brown's free-kick taking a wicked deflection off the Lincoln wall and completely wrongfooting Matt Gilks.

But just six minutes later the home side surrendered the early initiative as Akinde planted a firm header over James Montgomery after meeting Neal Eardley's cross.

Rovers were then reliant on Montgomery for sending them into the break on level terms, first tipping over a Matt Rhead header before palming away a fierce drive from the edge of the box from Harry Toffolo.

The visitors then had their own goalkeeper in Matt Gilks to thank as he managed to get his fingertips to a sumptuous strike from George Williams.

In the 75th minute, Lincoln had strong claims for a penalty turned away when Joseph Mills appeared to hinder Harry Anderson.

Just two minutes later referee Andy Davies did point to the spot when Bruno Andrade was clipped by Lee Collins, with Akinde making no mistake 12 yards.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13Montgomery
  • 6Rawson
  • 19McGinleySubstituted forCollinsat 45'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 16Gunning
  • 23Mills
  • 20Digby
  • 10BrownSubstituted forGrubbat 87'minutes
  • 7Winchester
  • 11Williams
  • 21McCoulskySubstituted forScobleat 80'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 5Collins
  • 8Grubb
  • 18Liddle
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 25Scoble
  • 34Ward

Lincoln City

  • 18Gilks
  • 23Eardley
  • 5Shackell
  • 16Bostwick
  • 14Toffolo
  • 4O'ConnorSubstituted forPettat 64'minutes
  • 6O'Hara
  • 11Carvalho AndradeSubstituted forBolgerat 89'minutes
  • 9RheadSubstituted forMcCartanat 70'minutes
  • 26Anderson
  • 29Akinde

Substitutes

  • 1Vickers
  • 7Pett
  • 10Angol
  • 17McCartan
  • 24Bolger
  • 25Roberts
  • 34Smith
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
3,165

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home9
Away10
Corners
Home8
Away11
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Pett (Lincoln City).

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Cian Bolger replaces Bruno Andrade.

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Dayle Grubb replaces Reece Brown.

Attempt blocked. Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Junior Mondal replaces Shawn McCoulsky because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Lincoln City 2. John Akinde (Lincoln City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Delay in match (Lincoln City).

Booking

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Lincoln City. Jason Shackell draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by James Montgomery.

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Lincoln City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Shay McCartan replaces Matt Rhead.

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

Foul by Jason Shackell (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Jason Shackell (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Attempt saved. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the top left corner.

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

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Tom Pett replaces Michael O'Connor because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City351912462352769
2Bury35199769402966
3Mansfield351713553282564
4MK Dons35188956342262
5Exeter3515101046351155
6Tranmere351510104941855
7Forest Green351412951351654
8Colchester351591154401454
9Carlisle35165145344953
10Swindon341311104242050
11Stevenage35147144045-549
12Newport34147134552-749
13Oldham351211125345847
14Grimsby35145163842-447
15Crewe35137154046-646
16Northampton351015104546-145
17Cheltenham35118164153-1241
18Crawley35116183748-1139
19Cambridge35116183153-2239
20Yeovil3599173648-1236
21Morecambe3598183756-1935
22Port Vale35810172842-1434
23Macclesfield3579193559-2430
24Notts County35611183466-3229
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