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Lincoln City 2-1 Northampton Town

An inspired substitution from boss Michael Appleton helped Lincoln secure a 2-1 win over Northampton at the LNER Stadium.

Appleton sent on midfielder Conor McGrandles midway through the second half and he bagged the opener seven minutes later to ensure the Imps kept pace with Hull at the top of League One.

Anthony Scully, meanwhile, made sure of the three points late on before Danny Rose's stunning consolation for the Cobblers.

The visitors had the best of a goalless first half, although it was the Imps who went closest to breaking the deadlock nine minutes before the interval through defender Joe Walsh, who saw his effort cleared off the line.

After the break a deep swirling free-kick from Northampton's Joseph Mills tested Alex Palmer, before Jorge Grant and Tayo Edun combined down Lincoln's left to tee McGrandles up for the opener.

Sam Hoskins saw his penalty appeal waved away as Keith Curle's men chased an equaliser, but Scully emphatically rounded off the win by blasting home Tom Hopper's unselfish pass.

Rose reduced the arears though with a spectacular overhead kick from outside the area with what proved to be the last kick of the game.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Lincoln City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Palmer
  • 22Eyoma
  • 5Jackson
  • 16Walsh
  • 7EdunSubstituted forMelbourneat 90'minutes
  • 10Grant
  • 23BridcuttBooked at 77mins
  • 11ScullySubstituted forAndersonat 90'minutes
  • 20Johnson
  • 27RogersSubstituted forMcGrandlesat 68'minutes
  • 9Hopper

Substitutes

  • 3Melbourne
  • 8Jones
  • 17Howarth
  • 18McGrandles
  • 26Anderson
  • 31Long

Northampton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Mitchell
  • 2Harriman
  • 28JonesBooked at 36mins
  • 5Bolger
  • 23Mills
  • 17McWilliams
  • 18Morris
  • 4SowerbySubstituted forAshley-Sealat 62'minutes
  • 7Hoskins
  • 26EdmondsonSubstituted forRoseat 84'minutes
  • 14MillerSubstituted forKorboaat 35'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Horsfall
  • 8Watson
  • 11Korboa
  • 22Ashley-Seal
  • 29Rose
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 35Berry
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Northampton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 2, Northampton Town 1. Danny Rose (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tom Hopper (Lincoln City).

  5. Post update

    Lloyd Jones (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Mills (Northampton Town).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Harry Anderson replaces Anthony Scully.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Max Melbourne replaces Tayo Edun.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jorge Grant (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Timothy Eyoma.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Danny Rose replaces Ryan Edmondson.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 2, Northampton Town 0. Anthony Scully (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Hopper.

  14. Post update

    Timothy Eyoma (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Benny Ashley-Seal (Northampton Town).

  16. Booking

    Liam Bridcutt (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Lincoln City).

  18. Post update

    Benny Ashley-Seal (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 1, Northampton Town 0. Conor McGrandles (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tayo Edun with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Lincoln City. Timothy Eyoma tries a through ball, but Jorge Grant is caught offside.