REPORT: Wanderers v Lincoln City

Wanderers picked up where they left before the international break as frontmen Dion Charles and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson got the goals to secure a fourth successive League One win.

Boss Ian Evatt has wanted his strikers to join the party after seeing most of the Whites’ league goals come from other departments in Wanderers’ increasingly impressive start to the season.

And Charles and Bodvarsson answered the call with goals towards the end of each half to secure another assured win which keeps Wanderers firmly camped inside the top six.

Charles netted from the spot for the second time in three games to give the hosts a 40th-minute lead.

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And just when the Whites needed a second to kill off any remote prospect of a late City fightback, Bodvarsson came off the bench to provide it with his first league goal of a campaign now hopefully about to take off following his recent injury absence.

With an almost fully fit squad to choose from, Evatt brought back Kieran Lee as the only change from the side that had beaten Peterborough to make it five home wins from six a fortnight ago.

Lee was involved in a couple of Wanderers’ better early moments, although a rare mis-cue cost an early chance after the midfielder had been played in behind City’s back line by Jack Iredale.

With his radar switched back on Lee then released the over-lapping Conor Bradley, whose low cross was just blocked as Elias Kachunga closed in.

Kachunga had been a lively presence, testing City keeper Carl Rushworth at his near post, and the frontman then earned the penalty that saw the Whites go ahead.

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Evatt’s men had gradually been turning the screw and when Iredale played another probing pass behind the visitors’ defence, Kachunga gave Adam Jackson the slip to pave the way for the breakthrough five minutes before half-time.

The City defender pulled the striker back by the shirt and after initially seeming to ignore Wanderers’ appeals, referee Neil Hair belatedly awarded a penalty.

Charles accepted the opportunity to calmly slot home his fifth goal of the season in all competitions to give Wanderers the lead which should have been doubled two minutes into the second half.

The Imps’ defence struggled to contain Charles all afternoon and when he spun clear again and delivered an inviting low cross, Kachunga couldn’t convert from close in.

City were happy to try and just stay in the contest and look to strike on the counter-attack – Jack Diamond having a reasonable penalty shout turned down following a challenge by Ricardo Almeida Santos – as almost all the threat came from the Whites.

But the second goal wouldn’t come as Lee saw an effort blocked from Gethin Jones’ pull-back before making way for Kyle Dempsey in Wanderers’ first change of the afternoon.

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Dempsey was immediately involved by picking out Charles for a shooting chance he delayed before looking to be tripped and claiming another spot-kick with 20 minutes to go.

With nothing given at either end in a frantic few minutes Wanderers still needed to get over the line and they finally did so thanks to two of their substitutes and a major helping hand.

City defender Sean Roughan threw the ball in straight to Bodvarsson who helped it onto Dapo Afolayan.

With virtually his first touch Afolayan returned the compliment by slipping Bodvarsson back in and the Icelander showed a typically cool finish to deservedly wrap things up and bank another home win.

Wanderers also made it three clean sheets in a row in the league with James Trafford capping another tidy afternoon’s worth with a superb save from Matty Virtue in stoppage time to finish on a high as Lincoln were beaten for just a third time this season.

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Wanderers: Trafford; Jones; Almeida Santos, Johnston; Bradley, Williams, Thomason, Iredale; Lee (Demspey 68); Charles (Afolayan 82), Kachunga (Bodvarsson 73). Substitutes: Sadlier, Bakayoko, Aimson, Morley.

Booked: Williams, Johnston, Trafford

Lincoln City: Rushworth; O’Connor, Jackson, Poole; Eyoma, Virtue, Sorensen (Sanders , Roughan; Garrick (Mandroui ), House (Oakley-Boothe, 78), Diamond. Substitutes: Wright, Vernam, Robson, Gallagher.

Booked: Jackson, House


Attendance: 17,263 (Lincoln 782)

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