Lincoln City squeezed past Crewe Alexandra as Tom Pett’s second goal of the season stretched their lead at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.
Pett had only been on a matter of seconds before stroking the ball into the back of the net.
The Imps made only one change from the side that fell to defeat at Tranmere in mid week. Former Northern Irish international Michael O’Connor returned to the starting 11 in place of Pett.
It took nearly half an hour for Lincoln to test Crewe with Harry Anderson causing issues down the right, his ball in found big striker John Akinde. But Akinde’s strike went well over the crossbar.
Once the Imps got in their groove, the chances came more often. O’Connor’s corner fell to Anderson just yards from goal. His punt towards goal looked as if it would open the scoring, but the Crewe keeper thought otherwise. Ben Garrett produced a wonder save to claw the ball away from the goal and out for a corner.
The key moment of the match came 10 minutes into the second half. Anderson made way for Pett as the attacking midfielder looked to make an impact.
Just seconds later, the game had changed. A lofted ball into the area found Akinde who’s knock back fell to the feet of skipper Lee Frecklington. His lay off was perfect for Pett who’s vicious strike was too hot for Garrett to handle. The goalkeeper appeared to have saved it but somehow the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Josh Vickers would finally be tested with 15 to play when Charlie Kirk let one fly but the former Arsenal man was equal to it.
The Imps came close to doubling their lead as Matt Green nearly got onto the end of an Andrade looped cross. The striker was inches away from slotting the ball away.
Lincoln were finally gifted the chance to double their advantage when the nippy Andrade was hauled down by a defender.
But, Frecklington’s penalty was poor and was comfortably saved by Garrett.
Another three points at Sincil Bank saw the Imps extend their lead at the top of the table with both Exeter and Newport only drawing their matches.
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