17 May 2019 16:52
Mark O'Hara picked the perfect time to score his first Lincoln City goal as the Imps clinched a vital victory over Yeovil. The Scottish midfielder headed home Harry Anderson's cross in the 69th minute, and it proved to be the only goal of the game as City moved five points clear at the top ahead of Saturday's games. However, it was Yeovil who had the first chance in only the second minute when Alex Pattison broke into the City box, but shot wildly wide from a tight angle. The Imps continued to press forward in the run-up to half-time, with Bruno Andrade seeing a shot blocked and Matt Rhead volleying a difficult chance over the bar. Andrade almost provided the game-clinching second goal late on, but Baxter denied him with a brave save from close range.
John Akinde's double cemented Lincoln City's grip at the top of Sky Bet League Two as the Imps defeated Forest Green 2-1 at The New Lawn. A helter-skelter opening period culminated in play-off chasing Forest Green drawing first blood in the seventh minute, with Reece Brown's free-kick taking a wicked deflection off the Lincoln wall and completely wrongfooting Matt Gilks. Just two minutes later referee Andy Davies did point to the spot when Bruno Andrade was clipped by Lee Collins, with Akinde making no mistake 12 yards. Bristol City, meanwhile, who are currently keeping Derby out of the play-off zone on goal difference, are on four, along with Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, Charlton Athletic, Sunderland, Wycombe Wanderers, Bury, Lincoln City and Swindon Town. Eight clubs have surpassed the 50-point mark in League Two and are leading the running for promotion this campaign, including Matt Taylor's Exeter City. Just ten points separate league leaders Lincoln City and the Grecians, who slipped down to eighth place and just outside the play-off places following Tuesday's set of results, which saw MK Dons win 1-0 at Newport County. Fixtures: Stevenage (H), Morecambe (A), Exeter (H), Forest Green (A), Yeovil (H), Oldham (H), Mansfield (A), Crawley (A), Macclesfield (H), MK Dons (A), Cheltenham (H), Carlisle (A), Tranmere (H), Newport (A), Colchester (H). They have tough games against the likes of Exeter at home and Colchester on the final day, while trips to Mansfield and MK Dons may decide if it is the title of automatic promotion for the upwardly-mobile Imps. Fixtures: Notts County (A), Forest Green (H), Cheltenham (H), Port Vale (A), Crawley (A), Lincoln (H), Crewe (H), Exeter (A), Cambridge (H), Northampton (A), Morecambe (H), Oldham (A), Stevenage (H), MK Dons (A). Verdict: Just like Lincoln, Mansfield look well equipped to finish the season strongly and they invested heavily in their squad in January for the second half of the campaign. A tricky trip to MK Dons on the final day of the season could decide whether it is automatic promotion ro the play-offs for Mansfield, but I expect them to follow Lincoln up automatically. Verdict: The Shakers start a tough run of fixtures with a trip to promotion rivals Exeter this weekend before a derby at home to Paul Scholes' Oldham. Fixtures: Carlisle (A), Newport (H), Crawley (H), Macclesfield (A), Morecambe (A), Stevenage (H), Yeovil (H), Forest Green (A), Lincoln (H), Tranmere (A), Notts County (A), Port Vale (H), Colchester (A), Mansfield (H). A favourable run of fixtures should see Paul Tisdale's men pick up points now, before the acid test in April and May with games against Lincoln, Colchester and then that potentially huge clash with Mansfield in May. Fixtures: Macclesfield (A), Carlisle (H), Swindon (A), Newport (H), Forest Green (H), Exeter (A), Tranmere (H), Cambridge (A), Oldham (H), Bury (A), Grimsby (H), Yeovil (A), MK Dons (H), Lincoln (A). The Us will want to get as many points on the board as possible as they face a tough end to the season with a home clash against MK Dons followed by a trip to Lincoln, while a trip to Yeovil could be tough as well with the Glovers needing the points to stay in League Two. Fixtures: MK Dons (H), Colchester (A), Newport (A), Swindon (H), Notts County (H), Forest Green (A), Cambridge (H), Tranmere (A), Bury (H), Stevenage (A), Lincoln (H), Grimsby (A), Crawley (H), Yeovil (A). Fixtures: Yeovil (H), Mansfield (A), Lincoln (H), Morecambe (A), Colchester (A), Carlisle (H), Port Vale (A), MK Dons (H), Crawley (A), Macclesfield (H), Tranmere (A), Cambridge (H), Crewe (A), Exeter (H). Mansfield, Lincoln, Colchester, Carlisle and MK Dons are all to play before April before the season ends with a home clash against another promotion rival in the shape of Exeter. Fixtures: Bury (H), Crewe (A), Lincoln (A), Tranmere (H), Northampton (A), Macclesfield (A), Colchester (H), Notts County (A), Mansfield (H), Cheltenham (A), Port Vale (H), Crawley (H), Stevenage (A), Oldham (H), Forest Green (A). Verdict: Exeter have picked up four points form clashes with MK Dons and Carlisle and it doesn't get any easier with Bury, in-form Crewe and league leaders Lincoln up next for the Grecians. Sunderland managed to nab a point in what was an entertaining affair down at Wycombe thanks to a Duncan Watmore goal, in a game that saw captain George Honeyman sent off when he was on the bench due to his part in a fracas between both sets of benched players and coaching staff. Within the first five minutes of the second half, Sunderland hit the bar after a brilliant free-kick from Leadbitter found Tom Flanagan - unfortunately his header crashed against the Wycombe woodwork. Lynden Gooch soon replaced Morgan thereafter as Sunderland continued to struggle - only a good save from Jon McLaughlin prevented Wycombe from grabbing a second. A long shot from Leadbitter was parried as far as Watmore who slammed home a late equalizer with but a few minutes left to play. Duncan Watmore scored a stoppage time equaliser and three players saw red as Wycombe humbled Sunderland to a 1-1 draw at Adams Park on Saturday. Wycombe were coming into the game on the back of four straight defeats and were at risk of losing five in a row in the league for the first time since February 2017 but Ainsworth's side were desperate to put their poor run of form to bed and looked bright in the opening stages. Bloomfield was played across by Luke Bolton after some good work but a desperate challenge from Jimmy Dunne saw the dream start go begging for the hosts' man of the moment inside just two minutes. The visitor's early chance didn't seem to faze the Chairboys though as they nearly grabbed a second when Jacobson's corner flew across the face of goal but was just inches away from a Wycombe touch. A number of injuries saw the fourth official award six minutes of additional time in which Wycombe's resilient efforts to hold out for the slender lead were diminished as Leadbitter's strike was fumbled by Allsop and the loose ball fell to Watmore to lash home. The Imps looked set to extend their lead at the summit to four points thanks to two goals from Bruno Andrade but were denied by a pair of magnificent efforts from Queens Park Rangers loanee Chair. Lincoln, whose lead is down to two points after a fourth successive draw, made a dream start to the second half, taking the lead on 48 minutes through Andrade, who did brilliantly to rise and head home a cross from Danny Rowe. Goals in each half from Bruno Andrade handed three points to the League Two leaders and kept the Shrimps too close for comfort to the bottom two. Lincoln City fans brought inflatable penises to their away game against Notts County in League Two today as a tribute to Magpies chairman Alan Hardy.