League Two
Accrington1Lincoln City0

Accrington Stanley 1-0 Lincoln City

Accrington Stanley
Accrington Stanley are six points ahead of second-placed Luton with one match remaining

Accrington Stanley sealed the League Two title with a 1-0 win over play-off contenders Lincoln in front of the biggest crowd ever at the Wham Stadium of 4,753.

Jordan Clark scrambled home the winner in the 35th minute - his ninth goal of the campaign - as Stanley maintained their six-point gap over second-placed Luton with one game remaining.

The Reds even missed a penalty with the usually-reliable Billy Kee - who, with 26 goals is the League Two's top scorer - seeing his spot kick saved.

It was a lively game despite limited goalmouth action in the opening half an hour.

The Reds then enjoyed a spell of pressure and they made one count with a Sean McConville cross being scrambled home by Clark for the opener.

Stanley should have made it two when they were awarded a penalty on 45 minutes. Seamus Conneely was fouled in the area by Michael Bostwick but Ryan Allsop dived the right way to deny Kee.

Lincoln came out fighting in the second half but Stanley always looked a threat, Kayden Jackson forcing another fine save out of Allsop.

A Luke Waterfall diving header was wide for the Imps, Matt Green saw a goal-bound effort deflected over while Clark cleared a ball off the line, as Lincoln couldn't find the equaliser.

Stanley have not been beaten at the Wham Stadium in 2018 in 12 games, with 11 wins in that tally.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 1ChapmanBooked at 81mins
  • 26Johnson
  • 3Hughes
  • 2DunneBooked at 68mins
  • 4Donacien
  • 7Clark
  • 28Conneely
  • 8Brown
  • 11McConvilleBooked at 45mins
  • 10Jackson
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 6Nolan
  • 9Zanzala
  • 12Williams
  • 16Maxted
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 32Rodgers

Lincoln City

  • 22Allsop
  • 23Eardley
  • 5Waterfall
  • 15WilsonBooked at 33mins
  • 6Wharton
  • 30WoodyardSubstituted forPettat 76'minutes
  • 16Bostwick
  • 19FrecklingtonSubstituted forWhitehouseat 72'minutes
  • 8PalmerSubstituted forAndersonat 60'minutes
  • 9Rhead
  • 10GreenBooked at 20mins

Substitutes

  • 1Farman
  • 2Long
  • 4Whitehouse
  • 7Pett
  • 14Williams
  • 26Anderson
  • 32Stewart
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
4,753

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Lincoln City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Lincoln City 0.

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Tom Pett (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kayden Jackson (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Elliott Whitehouse (Lincoln City).

Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Green (Lincoln City).

Jimmy Dunne (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Jimmy Dunne.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Luke Waterfall.

Foul by Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley).

Elliott Whitehouse (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Aaron Chapman (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

Elliott Whitehouse (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Tom Pett replaces Alex Woodyard.

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Elliott Whitehouse replaces Lee Frecklington.

Foul by Kayden Jackson (Accrington Stanley).

James Wilson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

Attempt blocked. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Lincoln City).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Eardley (Lincoln City).

Foul by Kayden Jackson (Accrington Stanley).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington452961076433393
2Luton452512894464887
3Wycombe4523121078601881
4Exeter45238146354977
5Notts County4521131171482376
6Coventry452281564471774
7Lincoln City4520141163471674
8Mansfield4518171066511571
9Carlisle451715136153866
10Swindon45198186465-165
11Newport441615135556-163
12Colchester451614155351262
13Cambridge451613165160-961
14Crawley451610195765-858
15Stevenage451413186064-455
16Crewe45165246074-1453
17Cheltenham451312206671-551
18Grimsby451212213966-2748
19Port Vale451114204962-1347
20Yeovil451211225874-1647
21Forest Green45138245474-2047
22Morecambe45918184156-1545
23Barnet451110244365-2243
24Chesterfield4498274680-3435
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