League Two
Crawley0Lincoln City3

Crawley Town 0-3 Lincoln City

Bruno Andrade
Lincoln signed goalscorer Bruno Andrade from Boreham Wood at the end of last season

League Two leaders Lincoln took another step towards automatic promotion with a comfortable victory at Crawley.

The Imps extended their unbeaten run to 16 games with goals from Bruno Andrade, Shay McCartan and Cian Bolger.

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley had billed the game as "the toughest of the season" and the Imps started well with top-scorer John Akinde going close early on.

Former Crawley striker Akinde was off target from six yards following a cross by Harry Toffolo.

The Reds, with only two wins from their previous 12 games, threatened when Reece Grego-Cox released Lewis Young and his cross narrowly eluded Ollie Palmer.

Lincoln broke the deadlock eight minutes before the break when a low cross by skipper Neil Eardley was volleyed into the bottom corner by Andrade for his 10th goal of the season

The Imps should have increased their advantage when Danny Rowe headed a Harry Anderson cross over 14 minutes after the interval.

Crawley, thrashed 6-1 at Crewe the previous week, had a rare chance when Panutche Camara shot just over after being set up by Palmer.

But Anderson blazed over before substitute McCartan made it 2-0 in the 76th minute by slotting home from inside the area after an assist by Tom Pett.

The Imps sealed their victory five minutes from time when defender Bolger headed in a corner from Pett for his first goal for Lincoln.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 33N'Gala
  • 5McNerney
  • 17Dallison-LisbonBooked at 39mins
  • 2Young
  • 21Bulman
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 18Sesay
  • 28Camara
  • 19WillockSubstituted forPoleonat 80'minutes
  • 9PalmerSubstituted forGermanat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 10Poleon
  • 12Mersin
  • 13German
  • 16Maguire
  • 22Morais

Lincoln City

  • 18Gilks
  • 23Eardley
  • 16Bostwick
  • 24Bolger
  • 14Toffolo
  • 26Anderson
  • 7Pett
  • 6O'Hara
  • 11Carvalho AndradeSubstituted forRobertsat 87'minutes
  • 19RoweSubstituted forMcCartanat 67'minutes
  • 29AkindeSubstituted forRheadat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vickers
  • 4O'Connor
  • 8Frecklington
  • 9Rhead
  • 15Wilson
  • 17McCartan
  • 25Roberts
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
3,335

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home6
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Lincoln City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Lincoln City 3.

Attempt saved. Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Lincoln City).

Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jordan Roberts replaces Bruno Andrade.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 0, Lincoln City 3. Cian Bolger (Lincoln City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Pett.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Dominic Poleon.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Ricardo German replaces Ollie Palmer.

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

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Dominic Poleon replaces Matty Willock.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead replaces John Akinde.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 0, Lincoln City 2. Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Shay McCartan replaces Danny Rowe.

Foul by Harry Anderson (Lincoln City).

Tom Dallison (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Cian Bolger (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Attempt blocked. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by David Sesay (Crawley Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, Lincoln City 1.

Half Time

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

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Tom Dallison.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Tom Dallison.

Tom Pett (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Tom Dallison (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Tom Dallison (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 0, Lincoln City 1. Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neal Eardley.

Foul by David Sesay (Crawley Town).

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

(Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City392213469363379
2Bury382011771413071
3MK Dons392091064402469
4Mansfield391715756332366
5Tranmere3818101056421464
6Forest Green3916131057391861
7Exeter3817101151371461
8Carlisle39177155951858
9Colchester39169145748957
10Swindon381412124746154
11Stevenage39159154549-454
12Crewe39158164849-153
13Northampton391216114950-152
14Newport37157154656-1052
15Grimsby39147184048-849
16Oldham371212135448648
17Cheltenham39139174957-848
18Crawley39127204058-1843
19Morecambe39119194462-1842
20Cambridge38119183456-2242
21Port Vale391011183345-1241
22Yeovil3999213656-2036
23Macclesfield38810204064-2434
24Notts County39712203872-3433
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