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Lincoln City 1-0 Tranmere Rovers

John Akinde's sixth goal of the season saw Lincoln City secure a 1-0 victory over 10-man Tranmere Rovers.

Akinde struck with 13 minutes left as the Imps edged to their second successive victory to climb further away from the League One relegation zone.

But they made hard work of overcoming a Tranmere side who had Corey Blackett-Taylor dismissed five minutes before the break.

Blackett-Taylor, who had been booked just four minutes earlier, was shown a second yellow card by referee Carl Boyeson for not retreating as Neal Eardley attempted to take a free-kick.

The Imps created their best chance of the half soon after as Ellis Chapman's cross was headed wide by a stretching Akinde.

It looked like being a frustrating afternoon for the Imps, but the deadlock was finally broken after 77 minutes when Akinde found space in the box and saw his shot strike the underside of the crossbar and bounce down just over the line.

There was a moment's hesitation as fans waited to see if it would be awarded but the linesman flagged to indicate the goal.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 16BostwickBooked at 18mins
  • 6Bolger
  • 3Toffolo
  • 12ChapmanBooked at 65mins
  • 19MorrellSubstituted forWalkerat 58'minutes
  • 26AndersonSubstituted forPayneat 75'minutes
  • 28Hesketh
  • 18Grant
  • 29AkindeBooked at 49minsSubstituted forMelbourneat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Pett
  • 10Payne
  • 17Walker
  • 20Connolly
  • 21Smith
  • 24Melbourne
  • 33Coker

Tranmere

  • 31Chapman
  • 14Caprice
  • 4Nelson
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 35Danns
  • 17Perkins
  • 7Morris
  • 11Jennings
  • 23Blackett-TaylorBooked at 40mins
  • 18Hepburn-MurphySubstituted forPayneat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 5Ray
  • 8Potter
  • 9Mullin
  • 19Ponticelli
  • 25Pilling
  • 45Payne
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
8,369

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City).

Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Neal Eardley.

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Danns.

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Jennings.

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

Stefan Payne (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Max Melbourne replaces John Akinde.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City).

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Tranmere Rovers. Liam Ridehalgh tries a through ball, but Sid Nelson is caught offside.

Foul by Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City).

David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Lincoln City).

Stefan Payne (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. John Akinde (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ellis Chapman with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Tyler Walker (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jorge Grant.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Stefan Payne replaces Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jack Payne replaces Harry Anderson.

Foul by Jorge Grant (Lincoln City).

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyler Walker (Lincoln City).

Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

Attempt blocked. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jorge Grant.

Offside, Tranmere Rovers. Liam Ridehalgh tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Monthe is caught offside.

Booking

Ellis Chapman (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ellis Chapman (Lincoln City).

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers).

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City).

Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe20127130141643
2Ipswich19106329151436
3Peterborough20105543251835
4Bristol Rovers1910452925434
5Blackpool208933023733
6Rotherham2094732211131
7Coventry2071032523231
8Oxford Utd1986537201730
9Fleetwood189363124730
10Portsmouth197752924528
11Shrewsbury197751820-228
12Sunderland197662521427
13Gillingham206772322125
14Doncaster176652620624
15Lincoln City197392122-124
16Burton196672122-124
17Accrington205782930-122
18Rochdale2064102233-1122
19Wimbledon2055102531-620
20Tranmere1945102234-1217
21MK Dons2052131730-1317
22Southend2114162259-377
23Bolton173591139-282
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