Stevenage 0-1 Lincoln City: John Akinde’s penalty clinches victory for Imps

PUBLISHED: 18:45 08 December 2018 | UPDATED: 18:45 08 December 2018

Terence Vancooten of Stevenage puts a cross in under pressure from Tom Pett of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Terence Vancooten of Stevenage puts a cross in under pressure from Tom Pett of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage hosted Lincoln City at the Lamex in League Two on Saturday.

Terence Vancooten of Stevenage clashes with Bruno Andrade of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOTerence Vancooten of Stevenage clashes with Bruno Andrade of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Dino Maamria’s side lost 1-0 at home Lincoln City after a John Akinde’s penalty proved sealed the victory for Danny Cowley’s side.

The Imps had drawn their previous last two league games, but the Sincil Bank-outfit hell on to clinch all three points.

Despite Boro keeper Seny Dieng diving the right way, Akinde slotted home in the 11th minute.

Joel Byrom of Stevenage on the edge of the area in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOJoel Byrom of Stevenage on the edge of the area in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

The striker nearly doubled the score after 30 minutes but shot into the side netting.

Lincoln keeper Grant Smith was in fine form after making a string of excellent saves to deny Maamria’s men including a diving effort to keep out Ben Kennedy’s free-kick.

Stevenage created openings, most notbably when Danny Newton missed a chance on the hour mark after shooting over the bar.

Ben Kennedy of Stevenage takes on Michael O'Connor of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOBen Kennedy of Stevenage takes on Michael O'Connor of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

With the clock ticking down Smith kept out Scott Cuthbert’s header after the former Luton Town captain headed at the target in a crowded box while Joel Byrom’s free-kick was tipped over as Lincoln saw out the game.

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