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Lincoln City 2-0 Accrington Stanley

Lincoln made a dream start to life in League One with a deserved 2-0 victory over Accrington at Sincil Bank.

Michael Connor's header in the 35th minute and substitute John Akinde's penalty nine minutes from time ensured the League Two champions got off to a victorious start.

Accrington almost took the lead just past the half-hour mark when Sean McConville's free-kick skimmed the top of the bar.

The Imps responded by taking the lead when Jorge Grant's corner was met by O'Connor, whose header looped over the defender on the line.

City almost scored early in the second half when Harry Anderson's cross was met by Tyler Walker, who was denied by an incredible save from Dimitar Evtimov.

Evtimov made another stunning stop to deny Michael Bostwick as the Imps pressed for a game-clinching second goal.

That finally arrived when substitutes Bruno Andrade and Akinde combined. After Andrade was bundled over in the box, last season's top scorer Akinde sent Evtimov the wrong way with a typically cool spot-kick.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 6Bolger
  • 16Bostwick
  • 3ToffoloBooked at 21mins
  • 4O'ConnorSubstituted forChapmanat 82'minutes
  • 19MorrellBooked at 84mins
  • 26AndersonSubstituted forCarvalho Andradeat 78'minutes
  • 10Payne
  • 18Grant
  • 17WalkerSubstituted forAkindeat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Carvalho Andrade
  • 12Chapman
  • 14Adebayo-Smith
  • 15Bradley
  • 21Smith
  • 29Akinde

Accrington

  • 1Evtimov
  • 2Johnson
  • 5Sykes
  • 3Hughes
  • 12Maguire
  • 28ConneelySubstituted forSherifat 78'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 8Finley
  • 7Clark
  • 10PritchardSubstituted forNeves Bento De Carvalhoat 70'minutes
  • 11McConville
  • 19Bishop

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 6Sherif
  • 14Francis-Angol
  • 15Simmonds
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 23Neves Bento De Carvalho
  • 30Bursik
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
8,668

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

John Akinde (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lamine Sherif (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Jack Payne (Lincoln City).

Wilson Carvalho (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.

Attempt missed. Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joseph Maguire with a cross.

Attempt saved. Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Lamine Sherif (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Cian Bolger (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Jack Payne (Lincoln City).

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Eardley (Lincoln City).

Wilson Carvalho (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Lamine Sherif (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Morrell (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lamine Sherif (Accrington Stanley).

Booking

Joe Morrell (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John Akinde (Lincoln City).

Lamine Sherif (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Ellis Chapman replaces Michael O'Connor.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 2, Accrington Stanley 0. John Akinde (Lincoln City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Lincoln City. Bruno Andrade draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) after a foul in the penalty area.

Jack Payne (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilson Carvalho (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Lamine Sherif replaces Seamus Conneely.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Bruno Andrade replaces Harry Anderson.

Foul by Harry Anderson (Lincoln City).

Wilson Carvalho (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Neal Eardley.

Attempt blocked. Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Johnson with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fleetwood11003123
2Blackpool11002023
3Lincoln City11002023
4Wycombe11002023
5Rochdale11003213
6Rotherham11002113
7Coventry11001013
8Ipswich11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Doncaster10101101
11Gillingham10101101
12Oxford Utd10101101
13Sunderland10101101
14MK Dons00000000
15Tranmere100123-10
16Wimbledon100112-10
17Burton100101-10
18Portsmouth100101-10
19Southend100101-10
20Peterborough100113-20
21Accrington100102-20
22Bristol Rovers100102-20
23Bury0000000-12
24Bolton100102-2-12
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