Lincoln City 0 Aldershot 1: full-time match report
Lincoln City slipped to only their second home defeat of the season as they were beaten 1-0 by Aldershot this afternoon.
Brett Williams's second half penalty was enough to separate the two sides after Nat Brown handled Jordan Roberts' cross.
Lincoln huffed and puffed for an equaliser but the closest they came was when Andrew Boyce saw an effort cleared off the line.
Imps boss Gary Simpson went into the game without the services of top scorer Ben Tomlinson and with Nick Wright dropped to the bench, in came Adie Yussuf and Waide Fairhurst.
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Simpson was certainly rewarded with a bright start as within three minutes they nearly moved in front when Sean Newton whipped in a terrific cross from the left wing.
The ball fizzed right across the six-yard box and was begging for a touch but it evaded everybody.
Aldershot's response was to move the ball sharply to Brett Williams whose shot from 25 yards zipped past the upright.
It was the spark of a frenzied assault by the visitors, but their hopes of taking the lead were denied by a series of breathtaking saves by Paul Farman.
The Lincoln goalkeeper did brilliantly to deny Jaydon Gibbs, before denying Brett Williams at point-blank range.
The former Gateshead stopper than showed his bravery as well as his agility as he denied Lewis Young which left him needing treatment.
Lincoln's riposte was swift with Jon Nolan shifting through the gears before slamming a 20-yard shot into the midrift of Nick Lowe.
In what a thoroughly entertaining opening, Gibbs went on a mazy run in the 30th minute but his final effort was tame and Farman collected easily.
With 10 minutes to go to half-time, Lincoln created another half chance when Adi Yussuf seized on a mistake by Jake Goodman.
The striker burst into the box only to see his left foot drive fly high and wide of the post.
Waide Fairhurst was next to try his luck from distance from long range and his low grasscutter flew past the upright.
Lincoln were pushing for the first goal and on the stroke of half-time it nearly arrived but Jordan's low cross was somehow cleared from danger.
Gary Simpson would certainly have wanted more from his team in the second half but they got off to a dreadful start.
Nat Brown's handball from Jordan Roberts' cross was instantly penalised by the referee and Brett Williams slammed home the spot kick.
Simpson's response to going a goal down was to send on Dixon for Jordan and Wright on for Yussuf.
It was allied to a tactical switch to as Lincoln reverted to 4-3-3 and sent Boyce up front.
It almost paid dividends too as Boyce saw a shot cleared off the line, as Fairhurst and Nolan also went close.
Lincoln were throwing everything forward in a bid to snatch an equaliser, but they needed Farman to be alert as he beat away a Martin Rowlands free-kick.
Lincoln pushed hard for an equaliser but desite huffing and puffing they could not find a way through.
Lincoln (4-2-3-1): Farman, Miller, Boyce, Brown, Newton, Foster, Nolan, Jordan (Dixon 51), Power, Fairhurst, Yussuf (Wright 61). Subs: Fofana, Sheridan, Gray.