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Lincoln City 1-1 Macclesfield Town

Sol Campbell's Macclesfield are now unbeaten in three games
Sol Campbell's Macclesfield are now unbeaten in three games

Lincoln City's charge towards promotion was stalled as they were held to a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Macclesfield.

But the League Two leaders actually increased their advantage at the top to eight points as Bury, who began the day in second place, lost at home to Swindon.

Danny Cowley's Imps were stunned when Sol Campbell's battling side took the lead on 28 minutes after Elliott Durrell found Scott Wilson, who impressively swept the ball home.

But Bruno Andrade put the Macc defence on the back foot with a surging run forward before being tripped a couple of yards outside the box, Neal Eardley took the resulting free-kick and placed it perfectly into the top corner of the net to make it 1-1 on 38 minutes.

The Imps pinned Town back in the early stages of the second half, Eardley almost scoring again when his cross-shot was beaten away by a flying O'Hara. But the Imps were frustrated by the visitors thereafter.

Having offered virtually nothing as an attacking force in the second half, Macc almost reclaimed the lead with six minutes left when James Pearson unleashed a fierce dipping volley which was tipped over by Matt Gilks.

But it was not enough to prevent Macc slipping to the bottom, as Notts County won at Stevenage.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 18Gilks
  • 23Eardley
  • 24Bolger
  • 16Bostwick
  • 14ToffoloBooked at 79mins
  • 26AndersonSubstituted forMcCartanat 70'minutes
  • 7Pett
  • 6O'HaraSubstituted forO'Connorat 71'minutes
  • 11Carvalho Andrade
  • 19RoweSubstituted forRheadat 85'minutes
  • 29Akinde

Substitutes

  • 1Vickers
  • 4O'Connor
  • 8Frecklington
  • 9Rhead
  • 15Wilson
  • 17McCartan
  • 25Roberts

Macclesfield

  • 1O'Hara
  • 33Jules
  • 27CameronBooked at 80mins
  • 5Kelleher
  • 19Pearson
  • 7Durrell
  • 24Rose
  • 30ColeSubstituted forWhitakerat 68'minutes
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 9WilsonSubstituted forMarshat 73'minutes
  • 15StephensSubstituted forNtambweat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Marsh
  • 14Welch-Hayes
  • 23Whitaker
  • 28Idem
  • 32Demetriou
  • 38Ntambwe
  • 39Martis
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
9,567

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 1, Macclesfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Macclesfield Town 1.

Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Brice Ntambwe replaces Ben Stephens.

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead replaces Danny Rowe.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

Attempt saved. James Pearson (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Stephens (Macclesfield Town) because of an injury.

Booking

Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Tyrone Marsh replaces Scott Wilson.

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

Foul by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Michael O'Connor replaces Mark O'Hara.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Shay McCartan replaces Harry Anderson.

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

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Kieran O'Hara.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Danny Whitaker replaces Reece Cole.

Mark O'Hara (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Neal Eardley.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

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

Foul by Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Wilson (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Ben Stephens (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Pett (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City402214470373380
2MK Dons402191066412572
3Bury392011872442871
4Mansfield401815760342669
5Tranmere3919101059421767
6Forest Green4016131158411761
7Exeter3917101252411161
8Colchester401791458481060
9Carlisle40177165954558
10Swindon391512125047357
11Newport38167154957-855
12Stevenage40159164552-754
13Crewe40158174952-353
14Northampton401216125052-252
15Oldham381312135648851
16Cheltenham40149175258-651
17Grimsby40147194050-1049
18Morecambe40129194562-1745
19Port Vale401111183546-1144
20Crawley40127214059-1943
21Cambridge39119193457-2342
22Yeovil4099223759-2236
23Notts County40812204172-3136
24Macclesfield39811204165-2435
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