Lincoln Stuns High-Flying Plymouth with Lightning Counter-Attack
Promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle suffered a setback in their bid to reach the Championship next season after losing 2-0 to mid-table Lincoln City in a sold-out match at Home Park. The hosts started the game brightly, but it was Lincoln who took the lead on 28 minutes through a lightning counter-attack. Imps goalkeeper Carl Rushworth started the move after collecting a corner, and forward Olamide Shodipo finished it, tucking away Danny Mandroiu’s cross into the box. Plymouth pressed forward, but Lincoln’s solid defense kept them at bay.
Ben House’s Goal Seals Victory for Lincoln City
In the second half, Plymouth came out with renewed vigor, but their efforts were thwarted by Lincoln’s defense. City extended their lead in the 47th minute through Ben House, who held off central defender James Wilson before turning and letting fly past Greens goalkeeper Callum Burton from inside the box. Plymouth tried to mount a comeback, and Jay Matete came close to scoring, but his volley was turned over by defender Harry Boyes.
Plymouth Argyle’s Missed Chances
Plymouth Argyle’s best chance of the first half fell to their top scorer Ryan Hardie, who raced clear to beat the offside trap but could not beat Rushworth at his near post. The hosts continued to press forward, but they were unable to find the back of the net. Plymouth’s Callum Burton made a superb save in the 70th minute to deny City substitute striker Luke Plange, but it was too little too late for the hosts.
Plymouth Argyle’s Promotion Hopes Take a Hit
Plymouth Argyle’s promotion hopes took a hit after suffering their second home defeat of the season. The loss sees them drop to fifth place in the Sky Bet League One table, three points behind fourth-placed Oxford United, who have a game in hand. Meanwhile, Lincoln City move up to 13th place in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone.
Plymouth Argyle will need to regroup quickly if they hope to achieve their promotion goal this season. The defeat to Lincoln City highlights the importance of converting chances in front of goal, and they will need to improve in this area if they hope to secure a spot in the Championship.