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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 Swindon Town 18 +9 33
2 Forest Green Rovers 17 +9 31
3 Bradford City 16 +9 30
4 Crewe Alexandra 17 +5 30
5 Exeter City 18 +3 30
6 Cheltenham Town 16 +13 29
7 Northampton Town 18 +7 28
8 Port Vale 18 +1 28
9 Newport County 16 +4 27
10 Colchester United 17 +6 26
11 Plymouth Argyle 17 +5 26
12 Salford City 18 -5 24
13 Cambridge United 18 +4 23
14 Mansfield Town 18 +1 21
15 Macclesfield Town 17 -3 21
16 Crawley Town 18 -5 21
17 Leyton Orient 18 -6 20
18 Grimsby Town 15 0 19
19 Scunthorpe United 18 -2 18
20 Carlisle United 18 -12 18
21 Walsall 18 -12 18
22 Oldham Athletic 17 -8 16
23 Morecambe 18 -14 14
24 Stevenage 17 -9 13