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Lincoln City 1-2 Eastleigh

Jack Midson
Jack Midson had failed to score in his previous eight appearances for Eastleigh

A wonderful team goal finished by Jack Midson helped Conference play-off chasers Eastleigh beat Lincoln City.

Neat one-touch build up ended with Ben Strevens flicking the ball through for Midson to poke home from eight yards.

The hosts equalised after the break when Ben Tomlinson finished from close range.

Parity was short-lived as Midson crossed for veteran Craig McAllister to put the visitors back in front just three minutes later.

Regardless of other results, a win at home against Kidderminster next Saturday will guarantee Eastleigh's place in the play-offs.

Lincoln, who have now won just one of their last eight matches, end the season at struggling Dartford.

Lincoln City coach David Preece told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

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Preece on Lincoln City v Eastleigh

"Without the ball we weren't up to the task today. They didn't do anything that was groundbreaking, they got the ball forward early and we needed to stay with runners and make things difficult for the opposition but we didn't do that, we've made it pretty easy for them I think.

"The organisation among the players wasn't there today for whatever reason. It's disappointing, especially at home because we've got a good group of fans who back us a lot but we haven't repaid that faith they've put in us.

"It's not just ability, it's character and we've got to make sure that runs like this don't go on. If players are playing for their future at this club or another they've got to make sure their performances are up to standard.

"If we can get players to improve the squad then we will do that."

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill told BBC Radio Solent:

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Hill on Lincoln v Eastleigh

"I think that's the most important three points of the season to date.

"We'd have all settled for a point prior to today, but the lads were fantastic.

"I'm just disappointed with the goal we gave away, we didn't defend it well enough."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 17Caprice
  • 5Bencherif
  • 18EveringtonSubstituted forNolanat 56'minutes
  • 7Cranston
  • 2Miller
  • 20Keane
  • 11Tomlinson
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 21WallaceSubstituted forRobinsonat 55'minutes
  • 8PowerBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 6Diagne
  • 9Burrow
  • 14Nolan
  • 16Robinson
  • 30Grant

Eastleigh

  • 1FlitneyBooked at 90mins
  • 2Spence
  • 25Turley
  • 14Strevens
  • 16Evans
  • 26Partington
  • 12MidsonSubstituted forBurtonat 82'minutes
  • 27PellSubstituted forStanleyat 46'minutes
  • 10Reason
  • 11McAllisterSubstituted forHowardat 66'minutes
  • 9Constable

Substitutes

  • 5Beckwith
  • 8Stanley
  • 19Howard
  • 28Walker
  • 29Burton
Referee:
Adrian Holmes
Attendance:
2,132

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamEastleigh
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away13
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 1, Eastleigh 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Eastleigh 2.

Offside, Lincoln City. Connor Robinson tries a through ball, but Connor Robinson is caught offside.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Booking

Ross Flitney (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City).

Ben Strevens (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Foul by Deon Burton (Eastleigh).

Tom Miller (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jamie Turley (Eastleigh).

Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Foul by Connor Robinson (Lincoln City).

Craig Stanley (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jon Nolan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Deon Burton replaces Jack Midson.

Attempt missed. Brian Howard (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Offside, Eastleigh. James Constable tries a through ball, but James Constable is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ben Strevens (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Offside, Eastleigh. Jai Reason tries a through ball, but Jai Reason is caught offside.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Attempt saved. Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Brian Howard replaces Craig McAllister.

Offside, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister tries a through ball, but Craig McAllister is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 1, Eastleigh 2. Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Midson with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 1, Eastleigh 1. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Will Evans (Eastleigh).

Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jon Nolan replaces Kegan Everington.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Connor Robinson replaces Kieran Wallace.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Foul by Jack Midson (Eastleigh).

Alan Power (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

Offside, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister tries a through ball, but Craig McAllister is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Craig Stanley replaces Harry Pell.

Second Half

Second Half begins Lincoln City 0, Eastleigh 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Eastleigh 1.

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