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 Swindon Town 20 +13 39
2 Exeter City 20 +5 36
3 Forest Green Rovers 20 +9 35
4 Cheltenham Town 19 +16 34
5 Crewe Alexandra 19 +10 34
6 Bradford City 19 +9 34
7 Northampton Town 20 +8 31
8 Colchester United 19 +7 30
9 Plymouth Argyle 19 +5 29
10 Port Vale 20 -1 28
11 Cambridge United 20 +5 27
12 Newport County 18 +2 27
13 Salford City 20 -6 25
14 Scunthorpe United 20 +1 24
15 Macclesfield Town 19 -3 23
16 Crawley Town 20 -6 22
17 Walsall 20 -11 22
18 Mansfield Town 20 -3 21
19 Leyton Orient 20 -8 21
20 Grimsby Town 18 -5 20
21 Oldham Athletic 19 -7 20
22 Carlisle United 20 -12 20
23 Stevenage 19 -9 15
24 Morecambe 20 -19 15