Back-to-back wins for Lincoln City as they defeat Forest Green 1-0

Harry Anderson’s second-half strike ensured that Lincoln City secured back-to-back league wins, after they defeated fellow new boys Forest Green 1-0 at The New Lawn.

Over 300 Lincoln fans made the 370-mile round trip in the blustery wind and pouring rain to see the Imps jump up to fifth in the league and make it four wins out of five in all competitions.

In a game which created very few clear-cut chances, the Imps made the hosts pay when Neil Eardley’s long ball caused a defensive mix-up between Dale Bennett and goalkeeper Bradley Collins, allowing Anderson to knock the ball past them both and poke the ball into the net in the 65th minute.

Forest Green barely threatened, however they came closest mid-way through the second half when Christian Doidge’s left-footed effort was tipped over the bar by Imps goalkeeper Paul Farman.

Sean Raggett, who played most of the game wearing a bandage after a clash with Doidge in the first-half, saw two headed efforts saved by Collins in each half.

Lincoln defended well throughout the match and the win condemned Forest Green, who finished third in the National League last season before being promoted via the play-offs, to their fourth league defeat in a row.

The Imps will host Mansfield Town on Saturday, at an earlier time of 1pm at Sincil Bank.

Forest Green: B Collins; Bennett, L Collins, Roberts, Laird; Randall (Gomes 78), Noble, Cooper, James (Bugiel); Doidge, Mullings (Stevens 90+1)

Subs not used: Pickering (GK), Traore, Brown, Iacovitti

Lincoln City: Farman; Eardley, Dickie, Raggett, Habergham; Arnold (Rhead 46), Woodyard, Bostwick, Anderson; Knott (Whitehouse 87); Palmer (Ginnelly 63)

Subs not used: Vickers (GK), Waterfall, Maguire-Drew, Chapman

Attendance: 1,887 (321 Imps)

The Lincolnite Man of the Match: Sean Raggett