Cambridge United stayed top of the Conference Premier with a hard-fought victory over Lincoln City.

Luke Berry struck the game's decisive goal four minutes before half-time with a thumping right-footed finish from inside the penalty area.

The visitors pressed for an equaliser with Danny Rowe going close in the 78th minute with a fierce drive.

Imps skipper Alan Power was sent off in added time for a high tackle on Greg Taylor as the U's held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

Post-match: Lincoln manager Simpson

"I thought we acquitted ourselves quite well. There's never a nice way of losing but we certainly didn't go down without a fight. I thought at times we played some decent stuff and created some opportunities and on another day we might have got one.

"We worked on a gameplan because we knew they were big and we might have to get down the side to cause them a problem and I think we did that.

"They were always dangerous, don't get me wrong, they're a good team and it's a case of now that we've been beaten, how we react to that, but we've shown today that there's no need to be afraid of teams like them."

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Conference Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cambridge 1-0 Lincoln City FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Berry 41

    Cambridge Utd

    • 01 Maxwell
    • 06 Miller
    • 14 Tait
    • 07 Donaldson
    • 08 Champion
    • 11 Dunk (Austin 76)
    • 18 Berry
    • 24 Arnold
    • 09 Cunnington (Spillane 82)
    • 17 Hughes
    • 19 Sam-Yorke (Taylor 46)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Norris,
    • 03 Taylor,
    • 04 Coulson,
    • 22 Spillane,
    • 16 Austin

    Lincoln City

    • 01 Farman
    • 02 Miller yellow card
    • 03 Newton
    • 05 Boyce
    • 23 Brown
    • 27 Foster
    • 04 Jordan (Dixon 70)
    • 08 Power red card
    • 12 Sheridan (Rowe 70)
    • 19 Nolan
    • 11 Tomlinson

    Substitutes

    • 31 Preece,
    • 06 Fofana,
    • 15 Gray,
    • 17 Dixon,
    • 09 Rowe
    Ref: KinseleyAtt: 3,022
    CAMBRIDGE
    LINCOLN CITY

    Possession

    • Cambridge 48%
    • Lincoln City 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Cambridge 3
    • Lincoln City 7

    Attempts off target

    • Cambridge 8
    • Lincoln City 7

    Corners

    • Cambridge 2
    • Lincoln City 6

    Fouls

    • Cambridge 5
    • Lincoln City 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:23 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+1:43 Sent off
    • 90:00+1:11 Unfair challenge on Greg Taylor by Alan Power results in a free kick. Alan Power is sent off by the referee. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.
    • 90:00+0:47 Luke Berry takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
    • 89:25 Greg Taylor takes a shot. Andrew Boyce gets a block in.
    • 88:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Rowe on Mitch Austin. Free kick taken by Ryan Donaldson.
    • 87:11 Shot by Michael Spillane went wide right of the net.
    • 86:25 Ryan Donaldson decides to take a short corner.
    • 84:21 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathan Arnold. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Berry on Luke Foster. Sean Newton takes the free kick.
    • 82:55 Jon Nolan takes a shot.
    • 80:30 Booking
    • 80:18 Greg Taylor takes the free kick.
    • 80:18 Substitution Michael Spillane comes on in place of Adam Cunnington.
    • 80:18 Foul by Tom Miller on Mitch Austin, free kick awarded. Tom Miller is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 77:27 Corner from the left by-line taken by Alan Power.
    • 77:11 Danny Rowe takes a shot. Chris Maxwell parries the ball away.
    • 75:03 Substitution Mitch Austin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Harrison Dunk.
    • 74:45 Sean Newton takes a shot.
    • 73:59 Jon Nolan takes a shot. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.
    • 72:42 The offside flag is raised against Nathan Arnold. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:10 Danny Rowe takes a shot.
    • 70:41 Corner taken by Sean Newton from the right by-line. Liam Hughes manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:27 Corner taken by Sean Newton from the right by-line. Chris Maxwell punches the ball.
    • 69:23 Substitution (Lincoln City) makes a substitution, with Danny Rowe coming on for Jake Sheridan.
    • 69:23 Substitution Bohan Dixon on for Todd Jordan.
    • 66:38 Unfair challenge on Ryan Donaldson by Todd Jordan results in a free kick. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:11 The official flags Adam Cunnington offside. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:49 Liam Hughes fouled by Ben Tomlinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.
    • 61:50 The referee blows for offside against Luke Berry. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:41 Greg Taylor produces a cross.
    • 60:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Cunnington on Jake Sheridan. Sean Newton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 59:37 Shot by Luke Foster. Blocked by Ian Miller.
    • 59:03 Corner taken by Sean Newton from the right by-line.
    • 56:24 Corner from the left by-line taken by Alan Power. Chris Maxwell gets a fist to the ball to punch .
    • 54:51 Unfair challenge on Jon Nolan by Adam Cunnington results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.
    • 52:16 Sean Newton crosses the ball. Clearance by Greg Taylor.
    • 49:26 Ryan Donaldson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
    • 48:52 Shot by Luke Berry. Paul Farman safely holds on.
    • 48:29 Jon Nolan takes a shot.
    • 48:08 Todd Jordan takes a shot. Richard Tait gets a block in.
    • 48:00 The ball is crossed by Tom Miller.
    • 47:46 Sean Newton delivers the ball.
    • 46:03 The referee gives a free kick against Ryan Donaldson for handball. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Delano Sam-Yorke leaves the field to be replaced by Greg Taylor.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:03 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+0:12 Sean Newton crosses the ball.
    • 44:42 Sean Newton produces a cross.
    • 44:14 The referee blows for offside. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 41:59 Nathan Arnold takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
    • 41:39 Ben Tomlinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Hughes. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:16 GOAL - Luke BerryCambridge Utd 1 - 0 Lincoln City Luke Berry slots the ball right footed into the goal. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Lincoln City.
    • 38:23 Ryan Donaldson decides to take a short corner. Centre by Nathan Arnold.
    • 37:35 Corner taken short by Alan Power. Jon Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Tait.
    • 34:03 Ian Miller fouled by Ben Tomlinson, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.
    • 32:27 Jake Sheridan delivers the ball. Richard Tait manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:38 Ben Tomlinson crosses the ball.
    • 30:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Delano Sam-Yorke. Paul Farman takes the free kick.
    • 23:49 Nathaniel Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Cunnington. Free kick taken by Richard Tait.
    • 22:56 Shot by Jon Nolan went wide left of the target.
    • 22:46 Luke Foster crosses the ball.
    • 22:22 Jon Nolan takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in.
    • 20:40 Shot by Nathaniel Brown went wide left of the goal.
    • 19:59 Foul by Luke Berry on Alan Power, free kick awarded. Tom Miller takes the free kick.
    • 16:02 Richard Tait delivers the ball. Delano Sam-Yorke takes a shot.
    • 15:48 The ball is swung over by Harrison Dunk. Andrew Boyce makes a clearance.
    • 13:47 Alan Power takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
    • 13:10 Delano Sam-Yorke is caught offside. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.
    • 12:45 Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Chris Maxwell catches the ball.
    • 12:09 Tom Miller crosses the ball. Clearance made by Liam Hughes.
    • 11:27 Liam Hughes takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.
    • 10:40 Luke Foster challenges Ryan Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Donaldson takes the free kick.
    • 8:51 Foul by Nathan Arnold on Tom Miller, free kick awarded. Alan Power crosses the ball in from the free kick. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.
    • 7:35 Nathan Arnold delivers the ball.
    • 6:11 Luke Berry takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 5:05 The referee penalises Delano Sam-Yorke for handball. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:25 Foul by Alan Power on Ryan Donaldson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.
    • 2:18 Nathan Arnold has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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