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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 17 +17 36
2 Milton Keynes Dons 17 +14 34
3 Colchester United 17 +15 31
4 Tranmere Rovers 17 +9 30
5 Exeter City 17 +9 29
6 Newport County 17 -4 29
7 Mansfield Town 17 +12 28
8 Stevenage 17 +5 28
9 Forest Green Rovers 17 +9 27
10 Bury 17 +10 26
11 Carlisle United 17 -3 23
12 Crawley Town 17 -5 23
13 Port Vale 17 -4 22
14 Yeovil Town 16 +5 21
15 Oldham Athletic 17 +3 21
16 Northampton Town 17 -1 21
17 Swindon Town 17 -3 21
18 Crewe Alexandra 17 -3 19
19 Cambridge United 17 -11 18
20 Morecambe 17 -12 17
21 Grimsby Town 17 -12 15
22 Notts County 17 -16 14
23 Cheltenham Town 16 -13 11
24 Macclesfield Town 17 -21 7