Lincoln City 1 Southport 0: Half-time report
Lincoln City head into half-time against Southport with a deserved lead thanks to Tom Miller.
The defender jumped brilliantly to meet a superb cross from Sean Newton and give City the lead on 26 minutes.
It was no more than City deserved after a superb start.
Gary Simpson had 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.
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.