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Lincoln City 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers

A goal in each half from Ben Tomlinson helped Lincoln beat Kidderminster at Sincil Bank.

Tomlinson put the Imps ahead from close range before Harriers were twice denied an equaliser when Marvin Johnson and Amari Morgan-Smith had efforts saved.

Imps goalkeeper Nick Townsend was again in action after the break pushing away Chey Dunkley's drive.

Tomlinson then sealed the points for Lincoln with his 15th goal of the season from six yards on 78 minutes.

New Harriers boss Andy Thorn made three changes, dropping goalkeeper Danny Lewis for Nathan Vaughan, bringing in Josh O'Keefe for his first start and recalling centre-half Chey Dunkley for his first start since being sent off in the 6-0 defeat at Luton on 28 December.

But Harriers have now picked up just one point out of a possible 12, having not won in the Conference Premier since Thorn's first game in charge on 11 January, during which time they have dropped to 10th in the table.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"I thought we played well. In the second half in particular we played against the wind very well, protected our keeper a lot, defended well and played some decent stuff.

"Delano (Sam-Yorke) took a whack on the ankle so he'll be touch and go for next week but he suits how we play. With one striker up and another off him he seems to thrive on it. He can hold the ball up and create chances.

"Ben's a goalscorer, he's brave and in the last half a dozen games or so he's got his act together, kept the ball better and done well.

"I'm pleased we got the three points and a clean sheet, that's 42 points now so we just keep going. I want us to put a run together and see where it takes us if the consistency and the confidence continues."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 30Townsend
  • 23Brown
  • 2Miller
  • 3Newton
  • 5Audel
  • 8PowerBooked at 30mins
  • 4JordanBooked at 59mins
  • 12SheridanBooked at 21mins
  • 26Adams
  • 11Tomlinson
  • 18Sam-Yorke

Substitutes

  • 15Gray
  • 9Rowe
  • 16Robinson
  • 31Preece
  • 19Nolan

Kidderminster

  • 23Vaughan
  • 2VaughanBooked at 57mins
  • 3Demetriou
  • 6Dunkley
  • 30Gowling
  • 7ByrneSubstituted forAloiat 70'minutes
  • 4StorerBooked at 8mins
  • 25O'KeefeBooked at 79mins
  • 18GittingsSubstituted forLadapoat 58'minutes
  • 9GashSubstituted forMorgan-Smithat 9'minutes
  • 11Johnson

Substitutes

  • 15Grimes
  • 22Morgan-Smith
  • 28Aloi
  • 1Lewis
  • 24Ladapo
Referee:
Ben Toner

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamKidderminster
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

  4. Post update

    Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).

  6. Post update

    Marvin Johnson (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Santiago Aloi (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  8. Booking

    Josh O'Keefe (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Josh O'Keefe (Kidderminster Harriers).

  10. Post update

    Alan Power (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 2, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Delano Sam-Yorke with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Santiago Aloi replaces Jack Byrne.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers).

  17. Post update

    Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

  19. Booking

    Todd Jordan (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).