Stubborn Imps hold Cambridge United at Sincil Bank

Lincoln City held Cambridge United to a 0-0 draw at Sincil Bank after a fine defensive performance from the Imps.

Josh Vickers produced two good saves from Cambridge’s Liam O’Neil and Piero Mingoia in the second half, in a game which saw very few good chances.

Lincoln were without the suspended Sean Raggett and the injured Harry Anderson, but despite Raggett’s absence, the centre-half pairing of Luke Waterfall and Rob Dickie dealt well with the physicality of The U’s frontline.

The Imps went close mid-way through the first half, Waterfall got on the end of a free-kick, Michael Bostwick kept the header in play before Matt Green’s headed effort went over the bar.

O’Neil almost opened the scoring for the visitors just before half time, however his free header went well wide from Mingoia’s corner.

Vickers produced a good stop in the 68th minute from an O’Neil shot from outside the box.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper then produced a fine save from Mingoia, expertly tipping his shot over the bar.

Green also saw another headed effort saved comfortably by Cambridge stopper David Forde, as the Imps never really got going in the second half.

A draw was a fair result for both teams and Lincoln City will now travel to Swindon Town on Tuesday night (October 16).

Lincoln City: Vickers; Eardley, Dickie, Waterfall, Habergham; Ginnelly (Arnold 67), Bostwick, Woodyard, Knott (Maguire-Drew 62); Palmer (Rhead 69), Green

Subs not used: Farman (GK), Long, Whitehouse, Chapman,

Cambridge United: Forde; Halliday, Taft (Howkins 86), Taylor, Carroll; Mingoia, Deegan, O’Neil, Dunk (Ikpeazu 66); Elito (Maris 78), Ibehre

Subs not used: Mitov (GK), Osadebe, Brown, Foy

Attendance: 8,803 (542 Cambridge fans)

The Lincolnite Man of the Match: Neil Eardley