League Two
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Lincoln City 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Neal Eardley scored his first goal in over six years as Lincoln ground out a 1-0 victory over Cheltenham, a win that saw the Imps move back into the play-off zone.

The veteran full-back's 25-yard thunderbolt in first-half injury-time was a rare moment of quality in a dour affair at Sincil Bank.

City striker Matt Green should have scored inside the first minute, but he only toe-poked the ball goal-wards a yard out after a scramble in the box and his effort was blocked.

Mo Eisa brought an excellent low save out of Lincoln goalkeeper Ryan Allsop after quarter of an hour, before visiting stopper Scott Flinders tipped Green's excellent header over the crossbar just before the break.

Eardley then let fly in stoppage-time from distance, sending a screamer past Flinders and securing the Imps a half-time advantage.

Ollie Palmer came off the bench after an hour and almost made an immediate impact, heading Eardley's cross inches over.

Another Palmer header was kept out by Flinders, before the big frontman hooked an effort over.

It was not all one-way traffic as Allsop came to City's rescue to brilliantly deny Robins substitute Sanmi Odelusi, before the on-loan keeper saved from the Robins' leading scorer Eisa.

Green was put through by Palmer in the last minute but Flinders rushed out to block his strike on goal, before Harry Anderson also saw a late shot saved.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 22Allsop
  • 23Eardley
  • 5Waterfall
  • 6Wharton
  • 3Habergham
  • 24RoweSubstituted forAndersonat 36'minutes
  • 16Bostwick
  • 30Woodyard
  • 7PettSubstituted forWhitehouseat 90+4'minutes
  • 9RheadSubstituted forPalmerat 59'minutes
  • 10Green

Substitutes

  • 1Farman
  • 2Long
  • 4Whitehouse
  • 8Palmer
  • 14Williams
  • 26Anderson
  • 32Stewart

Cheltenham

  • 24Flinders
  • 27RodonSubstituted forMooreat 81'minutes
  • 15BoyleBooked at 26mins
  • 2Grimes
  • 11WinchesterBooked at 86mins
  • 8Dawson
  • 6AtanganaSubstituted forOdelusiat 60'minutes
  • 7Pell
  • 33Chatzitheodoridis
  • 14AdebayoSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes
  • 20Eisa

Substitutes

  • 9Wright
  • 17Sellars
  • 21Graham
  • 22Lovett
  • 28Moore
  • 29Odelusi
  • 30Onariase
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
7,891

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt saved. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Elliott Whitehouse replaces Tom Pett.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Attempt blocked. Matt Green (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Neal Eardley (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City).

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Pett (Lincoln City).

Taylor Moore (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Taylor Moore replaces Joe Rodon.

Tom Pett (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Tom Pett (Lincoln City).

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).

Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ryan Allsop (Lincoln City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Neal Eardley (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Scott Wharton.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ryan Allsop.

Attempt saved. Sanmi Odelusi (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Tom Pett (Lincoln City).

Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Attempt saved. Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton33207672324067
2Accrington32194956371961
3Wycombe32178763461759
4Notts County32169754351957
5Mansfield321511651341756
6Swindon33173135147454
7Lincoln City321411744301453
8Exeter30164104135652
9Coventry32155123627950
10Colchester33131194539650
11Crawley33146133840-248
12Newport321210104143-246
13Carlisle32119124444042
14Cambridge32119123143-1242
15Cheltenham33109144648-239
16Stevenage33109144248-639
17Yeovil32108144550-538
18Grimsby3399152947-1836
19Port Vale3297163546-1134
20Forest Green3295183655-1932
21Morecambe31710142941-1231
22Crewe3293203554-1930
23Chesterfield3276193358-2527
24Barnet3267193048-1825
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