Match ends, North Ferriby United 0, Lincoln City 1.
FA Cup quarter-finalists Lincoln remain three points clear at the top of the National League after Luke Waterfall headed the Imps to a 1-0 victory over bottom club North Ferriby.
Manager Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that created history by beating Burnley by the same score at Turf Moor, including a recall for Clarets loanee Josh Ginnelly, who had been ineligible to face his parent club.
Ginnelly added pace and drive to the side, cutting in from the left and striking the inside of the post early on as well as clattering the upright in the closing stages.
But, as at the weekend, it was a corner routine that settled things for Lincoln, as Nathan Arnold whipped in a cross in the 21st minute and Waterfall leapt highest to head into the far corner from the edge of the area.
United came closest to levelling when Curtis Bateson's second-half free-kick curled over the wall and drew a diving save from Paul Farman, but it was Lincoln who had the clearest chances to add to their tally.
Elliott Whitehouse's close-range header, Alan Power's deflected drive and Jack Muldoon's one-on-one chance all came close to extending their lead, while a Ginnelly corner ended up nestling in the far corner only to be chalked off for a foul in the box.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
North Ferriby United
- 5GraySubstituted forTempletonat 66'minutes
- 21DixonBooked at 28mins
- 8BatesonSubstituted forOliverat 87'minutes
- 7CosgroveSubstituted forKendallat 60'minutes
- 4WhitehouseSubstituted forMuldoonat 70'minutes
- 34KnottSubstituted forPowerat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 31SouthwellSubstituted forRheadat 59'minutes
- Steven Rushton
Second Half ends, North Ferriby United 0, Lincoln City 1.
Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, North Ferriby United. Connor Oliver replaces Curtis Bateson.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Jack Muldoon replaces Elliot Whitehouse.
Substitution, North Ferriby United. Matthew Templeton replaces Mark Gray.
Substitution, North Ferriby United. Ryan Kendall replaces Sam Cosgrove.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Alan Power replaces Billy Knott.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead replaces Dayle Southwell.
Second Half begins North Ferriby United 0, Lincoln City 1.
First Half ends, North Ferriby United 0, Lincoln City 1.
Matt Dixon (North Ferriby United) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! North Ferriby United 0, Lincoln City 1. Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.