National League
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Lincoln City 3-2 Alfreton Town

Lincoln recorded their fourth straight home victory in the Conference with a win over struggling Alfreton.

Hamza Bencheriff headed in Sean Newton's cross to give the Imps an early lead before Karl Hawley headed in an equaliser for the visitors.

Substitute Ben Tomlinson tapped in from close range to restore Lincoln's lead and Marcus Marshall's superb 30-yard strike put the hosts well in control.

Alfreton's Dan Bradley scored late on but the Reds slipped to defeat.

Lincoln City assistant manager Grant Brown told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"That's the fourth time we've played them this season and so we know what they're about, they know what we're about and it was a competitive game.

"We got an early goal and rode our luck a little bit in the first half with some good clearances off the line. We were hoping to kick on from there but it didn't happen. They got into the game and broke on us.

"We were a little too open in midfield which left us vulnerable to the counter attack and they exploited it well. We managed to tighten up in the second half and got the two goals but then switched off a little bit."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 17Caprice
  • 23Brown
  • 5Bencherif
  • 3Newton
  • 20AdamsBooked at 63mins
  • 16RobinsonSubstituted forPowerat 57'minutes
  • 12MendyBooked at 67mins
  • 22Marshall
  • 25WaiteSubstituted forTomlinsonat 51'minutes
  • 15Sam-YorkeBooked at 32minsSubstituted forBurrowat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Diagne
  • 8Power
  • 9Burrow
  • 11Tomlinson
  • 26Townsend

Alfreton

  • 1Willis
  • 26Byrne
  • 15Keane
  • 5Graham
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 27JohnstonSubstituted forHicksat 83'minutes
  • 2Wood
  • 12ShawSubstituted forSheridanat 84'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 11HowellSubstituted forStevensonat 79'minutes
  • 10BradleyBooked at 90mins
  • 23Hawley

Substitutes

  • 4Courtney
  • 7Hicks
  • 8Stevenson
  • 14Sheridan
  • 16Gray
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
2,685

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamAlfreton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 3, Alfreton Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lincoln City 3, Alfreton Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Luke Graham (Alfreton Town).

  4. Post update

    Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  5. Booking

    Danny Bradley (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Danny Bradley (Alfreton Town).

  7. Post update

    Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 3, Alfreton Town 2. Danny Bradley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box.

  11. Booking

    Jake Sheridan (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jake Sheridan (Alfreton Town).

  13. Post update

    Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Alfreton Town. Jake Sheridan replaces Tom Shaw.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Alfreton Town. Nathan Hicks replaces John Johnston.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Alfreton Town. Lee Stevenson replaces Anthony Howell.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Jordan Burrow replaces Delano Sam-Yorke.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Bradley (Alfreton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 3, Alfreton Town 1. Marcus Marshall (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sean Newton.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City.