Lincoln City 1-0 Southport: Match report
Tom Miller's first-half header was enough to earn Lincoln City a 1-0 win over Southport in the Skrill Premier at Sincil Bank.
Lincoln had dominated large chunks of the game and looked dangerous going forward.
They caused several problems on the flank, with Sean Newton proving deadly with several crosses.
After a couple of missed opportunities there was no mistake from Miller on 26 minutes as he leaped to meet a cross and head home.
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Miller was then in the thick of it as he denied Scott Brown Southport's best chance to draw the game level in the second half as he cleared the ball off the line.
City dug in and even had a penalty miss from substitute Nick Wright with 10 minutes to go.
Gary Simpson stuck with the same line-up which grafted out a 1-1 draw at Barnet at the weekend.
There was still no Waide Fairhurst, who missed Barnet due to illness.
After dominating the first opening minutes and forcing a series of corners, Lincoln were on the back foot.
Southport ground their way up the right flank and earned their first corner as Andrew Boyce played it safe and knocked the ball out.
Thankfully, Lincoln City managed to weather the brief storm and get back on the ball.
They looked composed with Alan Power again dictating the play in the centre of the pitch.
On 13 minutes, he was key as the ball moved out to Sheridan on the right wing, he got to the byline and produced a superb cross, but it fell comfortably for Danny Hurst in the Southport goal to collect.
City continued to press and on 16 minutes, clever link-up play between Power and Jon Nolan set Newton free on the left. He showed some clever control before rolling a perfect ball into the box, but the chance went begging.
Southport were not out of it, and a moment of quick thinking from Steve Akrigg on 18 minutes saw him take a free kick that caught Paul Farman off his line. The stopper had to back peddle and leap up to tip it over the bar.
However, Lincoln continued to threaten and got the goal their pressure deserved on 26 minutes. Again Newton was the catalyst and this time his cross was risen up into the air and hung perfectly in the six yard box for Tom Miller to race in and head home.
City kept up the pressure and two minutes later Mo Fofana got in on the act with a long-range effort that kept Hurst guessing until it inched over the bar.
Alan Power then threatened on 30 minutes with an effort that had to be pushed wide
Leadsham had a great chance on 37 minutes to bring the scores level. The striker was unmarked when the ball fell to him, plum in the centre on the edge of the Imps box, but he fluffed his lines and sliced the shot well wide and curling towards the corner flag.
They did have another great effort to go level when Scott Brown struck a superb 30 yard effort that forced Farman in to a good save.
AFter the restart Lincoln were put on the back foot in the early passages. However, five minutes in Jon Nolan unleashed a stinging long range effort that went just wide of the post and had Hurst at full stretch.
On 56 minutes Miller had to be at his best at the back. A scramble in the box saw Brown shoot, but Miller blocked the effort on the line, then rushed forward to head it away.
Lincoln got back on top and continued to dominate and Tomlinson went close as he struck the side netting on 62 minutes.
The hosts continued to dominate and forced another corner on 78 minutes. This time Newton's ball was met with a glancing header from Boyce, but it just went wide.
On 85 minutes Cty had the chance to put the game to bed. Nick Wright brought down by Jake Smith, the penalty was given but Wright's effort from the spot was straight down the middle and Hurst saved with his legs.
Thankfully, Lincoln managed to hold on to collect a deserved three points.
Lincoln City (4-2-3-1): Farman; Miller, Boyce, Brown, Newton; Nolan, Fofana; Sheridan, Power, Jordan; Tomlinson. Subs: Rowe, Wright, Gray, Dixon, Foster.
Southport (5-3-2): Hurst; Challioner, SMith, Akrigg, George, Fitzpatrick; Brown, Irie-Bi, Ledsham; Hattersley, Tames. Subs: Chalmers, Milligan, Almond, Stevenson (GK), Osawe.