Lincoln City stretch unbeaten run to five with victory over Aldershot Town

Lincoln City made it four home wins in a row as they eased to a 2-0 win over Aldershot Town at Sincil Bank.

Goals in either half from Jamie McCombe and a Joe Oastler own goal helped the Imps to victory.

City were hardly threatened during their win over Aldershot (Photo: James Williams)

City were hardly threatened during their win over Aldershot (Photo: James Williams)

It took the Imps just eight minutes to open the scoring. Terry Hawkridge’s free-kick from the left hand side was cleared straight back to him on the edge of the area. This time Hawridge’s floated cross found centre-back Jamie McCombe who powered a header into the back of the net past the helpless Aldershot goalkeeper Phil Smith.

City were in control throughout much of the first half but it took them to the 27th minute to create their next opening. After good build up play, Bradley Wood released Alan Power into the right hand channel of the penalty area but from a tight angle, Power could only shoot into the side-netting.

Aldershot looked lively on the counter attack but didn’t test City goalkeeper Paul Farman and on the stroke of half-time they presented the Imps with a great opportunity to double their lead.

After dribbling his way into the Aldershot penalty area, Alan Power was brought down by Jim Stevenson and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Matt Rhead stepped up but saw his low penalty parried away by Smith meaning the Imps went into the half-time with just the one goal advantage.

Rhead had another good chance eight minutes after the interval. Jack Muldoon’s cross from the right flashed across the six yard box and was met by a diving Rhead. However, City’s leading goalscorer this season, saw his header clip the top of the Aldershot crossbar and fly over.

But it didn’t take the Imps much longer to find that elusive second goal. On 61 minutes, Bradley Wood’s cross was inexplicably turned into his own net by Aldershot Town defender Joe Oastler.

City continued to look for more goals and Jamie McCombe nearly scored his second of the day but his header from Greg Tempest’s free-kick dropped inches wide of the right-hand post.

With five minutes remaining, Aldershot mustered their first real chance of any note. Rhys Browne was allowed far too much time on the edge of the penalty area and his shot clipped Paul Farman’s left hand post on its way wide.

In truth, City could and probably should have won by more which underlines just how comfortable a win this was against a disappointing Aldershot side.