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Lincoln City 1-0 Dover Athletic

Lincoln edged out Dover and secured a secure a seventh straight home win in the Conference.

The Imps' Nat Brown had a header cleared off the line from Sean Newton's cross in a first half of few chances.

The deadlock was broken early in the second period when Newton's deep cross dropped over Dover keeper Andy Rafferty for Ben Tomlinson to stab home.

After Connor Essam clipped the bar, Dover's Sean Raggett also struck the woodwork, but the hosts held on.

Lincoln move to within two points of the play-off places in ninth spot, with Dover in 12th.

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Preece on Lincoln City v Dover

Lincoln City player-coach David Preece told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"I don't think we'll have to work harder for the three points than we did today for the rest of the season.

"It was an absolutely brilliant performance and even before you start talking about that, if you think about Dover, they're a big strong side, they've got quality and you wouldn't want to play them every week.

"They've been on a long unbeaten run and that says everything about our performance today.

"It's exactly what we needed and I think over the past few months, every time we've had a setback the boys have come right back and given us the answers we've been looking for."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 17Caprice
  • 23Brown
  • 3Newton
  • 5Bencherif
  • 20Adams
  • 14Nolan
  • 12Mendy
  • 22Marshall
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 11Tomlinson

Substitutes

  • 9Burrow
  • 18Everington
  • 19Simmons
  • 25Waite
  • 30Grant

Dover

  • 30Rafferty
  • 14PayneSubstituted forModesteat 76'minutes
  • 6Orlu
  • 5Raggett
  • 3WynterSubstituted forPooleat 81'minutes
  • 16Sterling
  • 10Murphy
  • 17DeverdicsBooked at 56mins
  • 11Cogan
  • 28Taiwo
  • 29Essam

Substitutes

  • 4Kinnear
  • 7Modeste
  • 19Reid
  • 21Mekki
  • 31Poole
Referee:
Ian Hussin
Attendance:
2,509

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamDover
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 1, Dover Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Dover Athletic 0.

Foul by Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic).

Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Foul by James Poole (Dover Athletic).

Paul Farman (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

Tyrone Sterling (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jake Caprice (Lincoln City).

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Barry Cogan.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt missed. Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt missed. Solomon Taiwo (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Nicky Deverdics.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt saved. Solomon Taiwo (Dover Athletic) header from the left side of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. James Poole replaces Tom Wynter.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Ricky Modeste replaces Stefan Payne.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Stefan Payne tries a through ball, but Stefan Payne is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Charlee Adams (Lincoln City).

Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Offside, Lincoln City. Charlee Adams tries a through ball, but Charlee Adams is caught offside.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City).

Tom Wynter (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Foul by Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City).

Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Booking

Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic).

Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic) header from the left side of the box is saved.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt saved. Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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