Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Crawley Town 1.
Skipper Lee Frecklington was shown a straight red card as Lincoln slipped to their first defeat of the season at the hands of Crawley.
Frecklington was dismissed nine minutes into the second half for a late and rash challenge on Mark Connolly.
By then, the Imps were one goal down after Michael Bostwick's own goal in first-half added time.
That proved to be the only goal as Crawley recorded a surprise win in front of new manager Gabriele Cioffi, who was watching from the stands.
Town controlled the first half with Panutche Camara forcing Grant Smith into the good save, and the Imps should have taken the lead a minute before the break when John Akinde poked wide from close range.
It proved to be a costly miss as Felipe Morais's deflected cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by Bostwick.
Despite Frecklington's red card, Lincoln dominated the remainder of the match, but couldn't force an equaliser.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 16BostwickBooked at 75mins
- 5ShackellBooked at 55mins
- 8FrecklingtonBooked at 55mins
- 4O'ConnorSubstituted forMcCartanat 54'minutes
- 7PettSubstituted forRheadat 82'minutes
- 11Carvalho AndradeSubstituted forMensahat 72'minutes
- 14FrancombSubstituted forDohertyat 70'minutes
- 33N'GalaBooked at 12mins
- 6ConnollyBooked at 68mins
- 16MaguireBooked at 46mins
- 21BulmanBooked at 22mins
- 15Nathaniel-GeorgeSubstituted forMcNerneyat 90+2'minutes
- 9PalmerBooked at 90mins
- Matt Donohue
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Crawley Town 1.
Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
John Akinde (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).
John Akinde (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Crawley Town).
Substitution, Crawley Town. Joe McNerney replaces Ashley Nathaniel-George.
Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).
Attempt missed. Bernard Mensah (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City).
Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Bernard Mensah (Lincoln City).
Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jason Shackell (Lincoln City).
Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead replaces Tom Pett.