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Lincoln City 0-3 Gillingham

Former Lincoln striker Vadaine Oliver returned to haunt his old club as he scored the opener in Gillingham's 3-0 win to boost their League One play-off hopes.

The Imps' bid for automatic promotion took another nosedive and another ex-City frontman contributed to the win as John Akinde provided the through-ball for Kyle Dempsey to score the second, before Jordan Graham added a late third from the spot.

City started the better and Regan Poole was inches from converting Brennan Johnson's terrific cross inside five minutes, before the latter's effort from Poole's cross bounced narrowly wide.

But just 10 minutes in, City's defence were at sixes and sevens trying to clear a ball into the box and there was Oliver to head home for the Gills.

The visitors doubled their lead after 20 minutes, when Dempsey ran on to Akinde's pass and slammed the ball past Alex Palmer.

Palmer kept the Imps in it with a brilliant double save from Graham and Ryan Jackson, before Morgan Rogers fired just wide at the other end.

Liam Bridcutt's drive from Johnson's pass early in the second half was deflected just wide by Oliver and then Tayo Edun brought a tremendous save out of visiting keeper Jack Bonham, who flung himself to his right to tip the left-back's 25-yard effort onto the bar.

Poole then fired wide as City strived to get back into the match, but sub Cohen Bramall brought down Graham in the area three minutes from time and the same player smashed home the resultant penalty to seal a comfortable success.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Palmer
  • 2Poole
  • 4Montsma
  • 5Jackson
  • 7EdunBooked at 72mins
  • 20JohnsonBooked at 69mins
  • 18McGrandles
  • 23BridcuttSubstituted forBramallat 65'minutes
  • 27Rogers
  • 9HopperSubstituted forScullyat 82'minutes
  • 19Morton

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Scully
  • 14Archibald
  • 15Bramall
  • 17Howarth
  • 22Eyoma
  • 31Long

Gillingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bonham
  • 2Jackson
  • 25Cundy
  • 5TuckerBooked at 63mins
  • 3Ogilvie
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forO'Connorat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Dempsey
  • 4O'KeefeBooked at 49mins
  • 16MacDonaldSubstituted forMcKenzieat 89'minutes
  • 15AkindeBooked at 76minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 90+4'minutes
  • 19OliverSubstituted forLeeat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Lee
  • 12Bastien
  • 14McKenzie
  • 17Johnson
  • 21O'Connor
  • 23Woods
Referee:
Ross Joyce

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Gillingham 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Gillingham 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Morton (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Scully.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Morgan Rogers (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brennan Johnson.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Jack Tucker.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Tyreke Johnson replaces John Akinde.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Olly Lee replaces Vadaine Oliver.

  8. Post update

    Brennan Johnson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Akinde (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vadaine Oliver.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Thomas O'Connor replaces Jordan Graham.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Rogers (Lincoln City).

  13. Post update

    Robbie Cundy (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Conor McGrandles (Lincoln City).

  15. Post update

    Stuart O'Keefe (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Robbie McKenzie replaces Alexander MacDonald.

  17. Post update

    Goal! Lincoln City 0, Gillingham 3. Jordan Graham (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Cohen Bramall (Lincoln City) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Penalty Gillingham. Jordan Graham draws a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Regan Poole (Lincoln City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull362151061293268
2Peterborough34205954312365
3Lincoln City351871053371661
4Sunderland331612551262560
5Doncaster33175115142956
6Charlton361510115248455
7Ipswich34166123835354
8Oxford Utd341581149391053
9Gillingham36165155147453
10Portsmouth341571249371252
11Fleetwood3613111241301150
12Blackpool32148103729850
13Accrington33148114641550
14MK Dons36139145251148
15Crewe35139134346-348
16Plymouth36129154558-1345
17Shrewsbury321012103637-142
18Burton34118154457-1341
19Bristol Rovers3597193656-2034
20Wigan3597193861-2334
21Northampton3589183152-2133
22Wimbledon34711163357-2432
23Rochdale35710184364-2131
24Swindon3594224165-2431
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