Lincoln continue unbeaten run against Crawley

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League two leaders Lincoln took another step towards automatic promotion with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Crawley.

League two leaders Lincoln took another step towards automatic promotion with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Crawley.

The Imps extended their unbeaten run to 16 games with goals from Bruno Andrade, Shay McCartan and Cian Bolger.

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley had billed the game as ‘the toughest of the season’ and the Imps started well with top-scorer John Akinde going close early on.

Former Crawley striker Akinde was off target from six yards following a cross by Harry Toffolo.

The Reds, with only two wins from their previous 12 games, threatened when Reece Grego-Cox released Lewis Young and his cross narrowly eluded Ollie Palmer.

But Lincoln broke the deadlock eight minutes before the break when a low cross by skipper Neil Eardley was volleyed into the bottom corner by Andrade for his 10th goal of the season The Imps should have increased their advantage when Danny Rowe headed a Harry Anderson cross over 14 minutes after the interval.

Crawley, thrashed 6-1 at Crewe the previous week, had a rare chance when Panutche Camara shot just over after being set up by Palmer.

But Anderson blazed over before substitute McCartan made it 2-0 in the 76th minute by slotting home from inside the area after an assist by Tom Pett.

The Imps sealed their victory five minutes from time when defender Bolger headed in a corner from Pett for his first goal for Lincoln.

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