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Lincoln City 0-1 Crawley Town

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.


Lincoln City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Smith
  • 23Eardley
  • 16BostwickBooked at 75mins
  • 5ShackellBooked at 55mins
  • 14Toffolo
  • 8FrecklingtonBooked at 55mins
  • 4O'ConnorSubstituted forMcCartanat 54'minutes
  • 7PettSubstituted forRheadat 82'minutes
  • 26Anderson
  • 29Akinde
  • 11Carvalho AndradeSubstituted forMensahat 72'minutes


  • 2Gordon
  • 6Wharton
  • 9Rhead
  • 10Green
  • 17McCartan
  • 18Mensah
  • 24Slocombe


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 14FrancombSubstituted forDohertyat 70'minutes
  • 33N'GalaBooked at 12mins
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 68mins
  • 16MaguireBooked at 46mins
  • 2Young
  • 22Morais
  • 21BulmanBooked at 22mins
  • 15Nathaniel-GeorgeSubstituted forMcNerneyat 90+2'minutes
  • 28Camara
  • 9PalmerBooked at 90mins


  • 3Doherty
  • 5McNerney
  • 10Poleon
  • 11Gambin
  • 12Mersin
  • 25Randall
Matt Donohue

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Crawley Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    John Akinde (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

  6. Post update

    John Akinde (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Crawley Town).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Joe McNerney replaces Ashley Nathaniel-George.

  9. Booking

    Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bernard Mensah (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City).

  14. Post update

    Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Bernard Mensah (Lincoln City).

  17. Post update

    Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jason Shackell (Lincoln City).

  19. Post update

    Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead replaces Tom Pett.