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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Lee Frecklington (31')
  • Matthew Green (34')
  • Scott Wharton (39')
  • Ben Davies (45'+2' PEN)

Lincoln take derby spoils as they brush Grimsby aside

A three-goal burst inside eight first-half minutes ensured Lincoln secured derby bragging rights with a 3-1 victory over struggling Grimsby.
Lee Frecklington, Matt Green and Scott Wharton were all on target in the first half as the Imps strengthened their play-off bid.
Frecklington opened the floodgates in the 31st minute when a corner was partially cleared to the midfielder, whose first-time volley appeared to take a deflection amid a crowded area before finding the corner of the net.
The Imps then took control as the Mariners crumbled. It was 2-0 four minutes later when great work down the left from Elliott Whitehouse ended with his cross being turned home by Green for his 14th goal of the season.
The torrent of City pressure continued as they made it 3-0 in the 39th minute. Following another poorly-defended corner, the ball dropped to Wharton, who produced a tidy finish.
The Mariners were given hope before half-time when they pulled a goal back. After Ryan Allsop had tipped over an effort from Harry Clifton, the resulting corner was handled by Whitehouse and Ben Davies cracked home the penalty.

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