Report: Lincoln City vs Cheltenham Town

Lincoln City made it three wins on the bounce after they brushed aside Cheltenham to strengthen their grip at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

In what was looking to be a frustrating afternoon for the Imps, two late goals secured another three points.

An own goal from Craig Alcock and a second goal in as many games from Shay McCartan put the Imps in charge late on.

Danny Cowley named an unchanged side from the side who defeated MK Dons with Jason Shackell retaining the armband.

Lincoln put the pressure on from the off and won themselves a free-kick which nearly found the back of the net. McCartan’s fizzed effort beat Scott Flinders in the Robins goal but the Northern Irishman’s effort also beat the post.

Cowley’s side continued to dominate with their next chance coming just 10 minutes later. Smart work from Harry Toffolo and Bruno Andrade down the left saw the latter whip in a low cross. The cross found John Akinde alone at the back post but the big striker was unable to sort his feet out in time to apply the finishing touch.

Cheltenham were able to stay in the game without having many chances but that all changed with 15 minutes to go. Once again, Toffolo and Andrade linked up down the left with the former this time fizzing a low cross onto the penalty spot. Instead of a City head, it bounced off the head of the poor Alcock and thundered into the top corner.

Once the Imps took the lead, the outcome was only ever going to go in their favour. Five minutes later and they had a second. Andrade hit a dipping shot from 25-yards-out which was too hot to handle for Flinders who could only parry straight into the path of McCartan who made no mistake.

The home side would eventually test Josh Vickers in the City net when on loan Chelsea midfielder Jacob Maddox’s tame strike was easily held.

Cowley’s side were able to see the result which saw them move onto 25 points. Lincoln are now a comfortable seven points in the automatic promotion places and show no signs of slowing down.

The Imps have another long journey to make on Tuesday night as they will lock horns with Tranmere Rovers. The side who pushed them all the way during their famous 2016/2017 campaign.

Picture Credit: Andrew Vaughan/CameraSport

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