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Port Vale2Lincoln City6

Port Vale 2-6 Lincoln City

Harry Anderson
Harry Anderson scored Lincoln's first of six in the third minute

League Two leaders Lincoln produced a scintillating display to win 6-2 at Port Vale.

Lincoln led after just three minutes when Harry Toffolo's low corner from the right was met by Harry Anderson's driven shot, which beat goalkeeper Scott Brown at his near post.

Shay McCartan doubled the Imps' tally with 38 minutes played, after jinking his way past Vale's defence to drill into the far corner.

Danny Cowley's side increased their lead on the stroke of half-time after Matt Rhead's flick-on from a throw-in was headed into his own net by home defender Leon Legge.

Michael Bostwick soon made it 4-0 after the restart when he bundled into the net after Bruno Andrade's corner was glanced across goal.

Tom Conlon struck a free-kick into the top-right corner for Vale three minutes later to reduce the deficit to three goals.

Scott Wharton's 77th-minute header restored Lincoln's four-goal cushion before James Wilson headed in a sixth from Andrade's corner.

Ben Whitfield netted a stoppage-time penalty for the hosts, who suffered their third straight league defeat.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 5LeggeBooked at 45mins
  • 15Smith
  • 21Vassell
  • 23ClarkSubstituted forKayat 52'minutes
  • 22Conlon
  • 11Hannant
  • 16PughSubstituted forMillerat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 24Whitfield
  • 17Kanu

Substitutes

  • 6Kay
  • 7Worrall
  • 10Miller
  • 12Hornby
  • 19Dodds
  • 20Daniels
  • 25Hardcastle

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 16Bostwick
  • 6Wharton
  • 14Toffolo
  • 26Anderson
  • 7Pett
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forWilsonat 45'minutesBooked at 60mins
  • 11Carvalho Andrade
  • 17McCartanSubstituted forGreenat 76'minutes
  • 9RheadSubstituted forChapmanat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gordon
  • 10Green
  • 12Chapman
  • 15Wilson
  • 18Mensah
  • 24Slocombe
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
5,137

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away13
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Lincoln City 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Lincoln City 6.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Lincoln City 6. Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Port Vale. Theo Vassell draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Neal Eardley (Lincoln City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Wilson (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Connell Rawlinson.

Foul by Idris Kanu (Port Vale).

Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Green (Lincoln City).

Attempt missed. Luke Hannant (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Connell Rawlinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City).

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Lincoln City 6. James Wilson (Lincoln City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Bruno Andrade with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Matt Green (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Ellis Chapman replaces Matt Rhead.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Lincoln City 5. Scott Wharton (Lincoln City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Toffolo with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Theo Vassell.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Green replaces Shay McCartan.

Attempt blocked. Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Idris Kanu (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Ben Whitfield.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Antony Kay.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Leon Legge.

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

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Ben Whitfield.

Attempt saved. Tom Conlon (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

James Wilson (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Wilson (Lincoln City).

Foul by Antony Kay (Port Vale).

Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Ricky Miller (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Port Vale).

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

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City13101227101731
2Exeter1383224121227
3Newport138322020027
4MK Dons13661168824
5Tranmere136521712523
6Colchester1364328151322
7Stevenage136341613321
8Forest Green134811912720
9Bury135441915419
10Crawley136161818019
11Carlisle136161315-219
12Oldham124531612417
13Swindon134541718-117
14Mansfield11371169716
15Yeovil124442015516
16Port Vale134271319-614
17Morecambe134181425-1113
18Crewe123361213-112
19Northampton132651119-812
20Notts County123361626-1012
21Grimsby12327918-911
22Cheltenham12237918-99
23Cambridge132291126-158
24Macclesfield130491124-134
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