Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Lincoln City 1.
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.
- 5CollinsBooked at 26mins
- 33JamesSubstituted forBugielat 67'minutes
- 15CooperBooked at 60mins
- 19Randall-HurrenSubstituted forCorreia Gomesat 78'minutes
- 14MullingsSubstituted forStevensat 90+1'minutes
- 25Correia Gomes
- 25RaggettBooked at 51mins
- 15DickieBooked at 57mins
- 28ArnoldSubstituted forRheadat 45'minutes
- 11KnottSubstituted forWhitehouseat 87'minutes
- 8PalmerSubstituted forGinnellyat 63'minutes
- Lee Swabey
- Shots on Target
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, 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, 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.