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Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Lincoln City

Harry Anderson's opportunistic finish saw Lincoln grab a narrow victory at a wet and windswept Forest Green Rovers.

With strong gusts at their backs in the second half, the Imps took full advantage as Neal Eardley boomed a set-piece out of his own box for Anderson to chase.

The wide man emerged with the ball after Dale Bennett and keeper Brad Collins had collided on the edge of their own box, and slid into the empty net with 65 minutes on the clock.

Conditions were not conducive to flowing football but both sides were guilty of going long and making their frontmen feed off scraps.

Lincoln were just about deserving of their win by virtue of being the more composed outfit and the fact they had fashioned the better chances against the elements in the first half.

Rovers showed little in the final third with their best chance arriving in the 76th minute when Liam Noble robbed Michael Bostwick in the middle and fed Christian Doidge, whose looping shot was pawed over by Paul Farman.

Match report provided by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Collins
  • 2Bennett
  • 21Roberts
  • 5CollinsBooked at 26mins
  • 3Laird
  • 33JamesSubstituted forBugielat 67'minutes
  • 8Noble
  • 15CooperBooked at 60mins
  • 19Randall-HurrenSubstituted forCorreia Gomesat 78'minutes
  • 14MullingsSubstituted forStevensat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4Traoré
  • 10Brown
  • 11Bugiel
  • 20Iacovitti
  • 24Pickering
  • 25Correia Gomes
  • 35Stevens

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 23Eardley
  • 25RaggettBooked at 51mins
  • 15DickieBooked at 57mins
  • 3Habergham
  • 28ArnoldSubstituted forRheadat 45'minutes
  • 16Bostwick
  • 30Woodyard
  • 26Anderson
  • 11KnottSubstituted forWhitehouseat 87'minutes
  • 8PalmerSubstituted forGinnellyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehouse
  • 5Waterfall
  • 7Ginnelly
  • 9Rhead
  • 12Chapman
  • 14Maguire-Drew
  • 21Vickers
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
1,887

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Lincoln City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Lincoln City 1.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Robert Dickie.

Hand ball by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

Attempt missed. Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jordan Stevens replaces Shamir Mullings.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Shamir Mullings.

Attempt saved. Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Charlie Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Elliot Whitehouse replaces Billy Knott.

Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Knott (Lincoln City).

Attempt blocked. Toni Correia Gomes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City).

Foul by Omar Bugiel (Forest Green Rovers).

Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Dale Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Toni Correia Gomes replaces Will Randall-Hurren.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Paul Farman.

Attempt saved. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Neal Eardley.

Attempt missed. Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

Attempt missed. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Dale Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Omar Bugiel replaces Luke James.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Lincoln City 1. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Liam Noble (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Josh Ginnelly replaces Ollie Palmer.

Foul by Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers).

Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Sean Raggett (Lincoln City) header from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter7610136719
2Notts County7511127516
3Accrington74121510513
4Coventry741283513
5Lincoln City7331106412
6Newport7331106412
7Stevenage7331118312
8Wycombe73311311212
9Luton7322158711
10Crewe7322106411
11Mansfield7241128410
12Barnet7313118310
13Cambridge731356-110
14Swindon7313810-210
15Grimsby73041014-49
16Colchester7223111108
17Yeovil72231218-68
18Crawley721489-17
19Carlisle7214813-57
20Morecambe713369-36
21Chesterfield7124615-95
22Cheltenham7115511-64
23Forest Green7115919-104
24Port Vale7106511-63
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