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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Neil Eardley (45'+2')

Rare Neal Eardley strike earns Lincoln victory

Neal Eardley scored his first goal in over six years as Lincoln ground out a 1-0 victory over Cheltenham, a win that saw the Imps move back into the play-off zone.
The veteran full-back's 25-yard thunderbolt in first-half injury-time was a rare moment of quality in a dour affair at Sincil Bank.
City striker Matt Green should have scored inside the first minute, but he only toe-poked the ball goal-wards a yard out after a scramble in the box and his effort was blocked.
Mo Eisa brought an excellent low save out of Lincoln goalkeeper Ryan Allsop after quarter of an hour, before visiting stopper Scott Flinders tipped Green's excellent header over the crossbar just before the break.
Eardley then let fly in stoppage-time from distance, sending a screamer past Flinders and securing the Imps a half-time advantage.
Ollie Palmer came off the bench after an hour and almost made an immediate impact, heading Eardley's cross inches over.
Another Palmer header was kept out by Flinders, before the big frontman hooked an effort over.
It was not all one-way traffic as Allsop came to City's rescue to brilliantly deny Robins substitute Sanmi Odelusi, before the on-loan keeper saved from the Robins' leading scorer Eisa.
Green was put through by Palmer in the last minute but Flinders rushed out to block his strike on goal, before Harry Anderson also saw a late shot saved.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 46 +30 85
2 Bury 46 +26 79
3 Milton Keynes Dons 46 +22 79
4 Mansfield Town 46 +28 76
5 Forest Green Rovers 46 +21 74
6 Tranmere Rovers 46 +13 73
7 Newport County 46 0 71
8 Colchester United 46 +12 70
9 Exeter City 46 +11 70
10 Stevenage 46 +4 70
11 Carlisle United 46 +5 68
12 Crewe Alexandra 46 +1 65
13 Swindon Town 46 +3 64
14 Oldham Athletic 46 +7 62
15 Northampton Town 46 +1 61
16 Cheltenham Town 46 -11 57
17 Grimsby Town 46 -11 56
18 Morecambe 46 -16 54
19 Crawley Town 46 -17 53
20 Port Vale 46 -16 49
21 Cambridge United 46 -26 47
22 Macclesfield Town 46 -26 44
23 Notts County 46 -36 41
24 Yeovil Town 46 -25 40