Exeter 1-0 Lincoln City - 19-Aug-2017 : Match Report
Exeter maintained their unbeaten start to the League Two season with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lincoln at St James' Park.
Reuben Reid grabbed the only goal of the game in the 43th minute with a fine strike following neat build-up play from Liam McAlinden.
The Grecians had the best chance of the opening 30 minutes through Jake Taylor when found himself one-one-one with goalkeeper Paul Farman but he could only fire over the crossbar.
Lincoln responded with a neat passing move that led to Jordan Maguire-Drew being played in on goal, but Christy Pym was quick off his line to smother the ball to avert the danger.
Lloyd James was off target with a strike from distance before striker Reid gave Exeter the lead just before the break.
The striker laid the ball off to McAlinden, whose penetrating run caused panic in the Imps defence before he fed the ball back to Reid to drill a powerful shot into the roof of the net from 15 yards.
Pierce Sweeney almost made it 2-0 with a spectacular effort while at the other end, substitute Harry Anderson saw an effort deflect just wide as Exeter held on for the win to move up to second in the table.