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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:

"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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 1, Eastleigh 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Eastleigh 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  6. Booking

    Ross Flitney (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City).

  8. Post update

    Ben Strevens (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Deon Burton (Eastleigh).

  10. Post update

    Tom Miller (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Turley (Eastleigh).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Connor Robinson (Lincoln City).

  14. Post update

    Craig Stanley (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Deon Burton replaces Jack Midson.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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