Cheltenham Town edge past unlucky Imps

Danny Wright’s only goal of the game ended Lincoln City’s five-game unbeaten run as Cheltenham defeated The Imps 1-0 at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Matt Green and Jordan Maguire-Drew were denied equalisers by two good saves from Robins’ goalkeeper Scott Flinders as Wright’s first-half goal was the difference between the two sides.

It was a rather one-sided first half as the hosts were given a helping hand with winds from Storm Brian, as Cheltenham had a number of good opportunities.

The Robins’ top scorer Mohamed Eisa saw his audacious half-volley attempt from 30 yards saved by Josh Vickers before Brian Graham dragged his shot wide.

Eisa then went close again but his effort went over before Wright linked up with Carl Winchester but the midfielder saw his shot over the bar.

Cheltenham took the lead in the 30th minute when Graham flicked on Taylor Moore’s throw-in to Wright, he knocked the ball past Alex Woodyard before his effort squirmed into the net.

The Imps could’ve equalised just before half-time but Matt Green, who is without a goal since August, couldn’t get onto the end of Billy Knott’s cross.

Lincoln came out of the blocks quickly in the second-half but Josh Ginnelly saw his header saved comfortably by Flinders and minutes later Elliott Whitehouse’s cross deflected onto the head of Green whose effort was well tipped over the bar.

Substitute Maguire-Drew then saw him long shot brilliantly saved by Flinders again as Cheltenham were able to absorb City’s pressure and hold on for the win.

The Imps will host Everton U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night (October 24) before Crawley Town visit Sincil Bank on October 28.

Cheltenham Town: Flinders; Moore, Grimes (c), Boyle, Cranston; Dawson, Morrell, Winchester, Eisa; Wright, Graham

Subs not used: Flatt (GK), Storer, O’Shaughnessy, Sellars, Bower, Hinds, Davey

Lincoln City: Vickers; Long, Dickie, Raggett, Eardley; Arnold (Maguire-Drew 64), Whitehouse, Woodyard (c), Ginnelly (Palmer 58); Knott (Rhead 77); Green

Subs not used: Farman (GK), Waterfall, Habergham, Chapman

Attendance: 3,312 (738 Imps)

The Lincolnite Man of the Match: Scott Flinders