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Lincoln City 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

League Two leaders Lincoln ended a run of three games without a win by beating Forest Green Rovers at Sincil Bank.

The afternoon got off to a great start for the Imps when John Akinde fired them in front after just eight minutes, picking up on Harry Anderson's pass to fire low into the left-hand corner.

But Rovers responded superbly, equalising just four minutes later through Reece Brown, whose low strike beat Josh Vickers.

It was an even contest, both sides testing the opposition keeper, but Carl Winchester and Brown had chances to put the visitors ahead just after the hour mark, but fired over the bar.

Lincoln made them pay after 72 minutes as Kellan Gordon grabbed the winner. Shay McCartan found Gordon in the six-yard box and the substitute calmly found the bottom corner.

Vickers had to be on hand to deny Rovers a second equaliser, keeping out Dayle Grubb's strike eight minutes from time, but Lincoln held on to keep top spot.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Vickers
  • 15Wilson
  • 16Bostwick
  • 5Shackell
  • 14Toffolo
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forMcCartanat 59'minutes
  • 4O'Connor
  • 26AndersonBooked at 47minsSubstituted forGordonat 71'minutes
  • 7Pett
  • 11Carvalho AndradeBooked at 77mins
  • 29AkindeSubstituted forGreenat 80'minutes

Substitutes

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

Forest Green

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sanchez
  • 7Winchester
  • 16GunningBooked at 67mins
  • 19McGinley
  • 23Mills
  • 20Digby
  • 4James
  • 18ArchibaldSubstituted forWilliamsat 86'minutes
  • 10BrownBooked at 39mins
  • 8GrubbSubstituted forPearceat 88'minutes
  • 14CampbellSubstituted forReidat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Rawson
  • 11Williams
  • 13Montgomery
  • 17Pearce
  • 21Worthington
  • 22Morris
  • 26Reid
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
8,542

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Kellan Gordon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Pearce (Forest Green Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Shay McCartan (Lincoln City).

  6. Post update

    Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Isaac Pearce replaces Dayle Grubb.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. George Williams replaces Theo Archibald.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Digby (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

  14. Post update

    Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Green replaces John Akinde.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Booking

    Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City).

  19. Post update

    Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Reuben Reid replaces Tahvon Campbell.