Lincoln City still in search for first win after Exeter defeat

Lincoln City suffered their first league defeat of the season after losing 1-0 to Exeter City at St James’ Park.

Reuben Reid gave the hosts the lead, against the run of play, just before half time but Lincoln were unable to find an equaliser.

Matt Green, Michael Bostwick, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Harry Anderson all went close for the visitors but were unable to beat Christy Pym in The Grecians’ goal.

Over 300 Lincoln fans made the 500 mile round trip, however Danny Cowley’s men are still in search for their first league victory.

Sean Raggett, who recently joined Norwich City on a three-year deal before being loaned back until January, started for Lincoln and right-back Sean Long was impressive defensively and offensively throughout.

The Imps started the first half promisingly when Green’s shot was blocked and Bostwick fired over the bar before he later missed a free header from Maguire-Drew’s corner.

Reid took the lead for the hosts when he was threaded through by Liam McAlinden and ran through the Imps defence before hammering the ball past Paul Farman.

Lincoln almost equalised instantly when Jordan Maguire-Drew’s free-kick went inches wide.

Paul Tisdale’s men did well to control the tempo of the game in the second half, frustrating the Imps with their time wasting.

Exeter could have made it 2-0 when Jake Taylor ran through Lincoln’s defence, only for Alex Woodyard to put in a finely-timed challenge before Taylor could shoot.

With ten minutes to go, Anderson’s shot on the edge of the box went close but was deflected out for a corner.

Exeter City: Pym; Sweeney, Archibald-Henville (Holmes 60), Brown, Croll, Woodman; Taylor, Tilson, James; Reid (Jay 85), McAlinden (Sparkes 79)

Subs not used: Hamon, Simpson, Byrne and Brunt

Lincoln City: Farman, Eardley, Raggett, Waterfall, Long; Arnold (Anderson 69), Woodyard, Bostwick, Maguire-Drew (Knott 69); Rhead (Palmer 60), Green

Subs not used: Vickers, Habergham, Dickie and Whitehouse

Attendance: 3,980 (316 away fans)

The Lincolnite Man of the Match: Sean Long