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Result: Lincoln City, Exeter City draw blanks in playoff semi-final first leg

Lincoln City and Exeter City play out an entertaining goalless draw in Saturday's League Two playoff semi-final first leg at Sincil Bank.

Lincoln City and Exeter City have played out a 0-0 draw in Saturday's League Two playoff semi-final first leg at Sincil Bank.

The visitors dominated the opening exchanges but the first effort of the game came courtesy of the hosts on six minutes as Matt Green swivelled and fired into the arms of Christy Pym.

Luke Waterfall then powered a header just over the bar from a 14th-minute corner, while at the other end, Ryan Harley's close-range placed shot was easily caught by Ryan Allsop.

Both sides continued to engage in end-to-end football as Neal Eardley's low free kick from range was kept out by Pym and Jayden Stockley threatened up the field moments later.

The latter stages of the first half then saw Stockley spurn two gilt-edged opportunities for Exeter as the opening 45 minutes eventually finished goalless.

Lincoln came out flying at the start of the second period, Pym deflecting Green's close-range effort wide for a corner and the Grecians having to hold firm at the back.

On 49 minutes, Green forced yet another save from Pym's legs before Elliot Whitehouse's effort on the rebound went over the bar.

Lincoln then hit the woodwork through just before the hour, with Exeter countering through Jake Taylor's close-range effort, which was parried away by Allsop.

For all of the two sides' endeavour to claim a first-leg goal, the game finished goalless and the tie remains on a knife's edge ahead of Thursday's second leg at St James' Park.

LINCOLN CITY (4-3-3): Allsop; Wilson, Waterfall, Wharton (Long 90+3'), Eardley; Whitehouse (Pett 84'), Bostwick, Woodyard; Rhead, Green, Anderson (Palmer 84')

EXETER CITY (4-1-3-2): Pym; Sweeney, Storey, Moore-Taylor, Moxey; Tillson; James, Boateng (Simpson 74'), Harley (Archibald-Henville 90'); Taylor, Stockley

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Lincoln City26157447262152
2Bury28147753322149
3Mansfield TownMansfield271212338201848
4MK Dons26138544232147
5Colchester UnitedColchester28137842301246
6Carlisle UnitedCarlisle281431145351045
7Forest Green RoversForest Green261111439251444
8Exeter CityExeter27128738281044
9Tranmere RoversTranmere2711974133842
10Stevenage28125113335-241
11Oldham AthleticOldham2710984033739
12Swindon TownSwindon2891093137-637
13Newport CountyNewport26106103745-836
14Crewe AlexandraCrewe28105133036-635
15Grimsby Town27104132934-534
16Northampton TownNorthampton2771283535033
17Crawley TownCrawley28103153441-733
18Cheltenham TownCheltenham2778123241-929
19Port Vale2778122636-1029
20Cambridge UnitedCambridge2885152547-2229
21Morecambe2877142844-1628
22Yeovil TownYeovil2669112832-427
23Macclesfield TownMacclesfield2866162544-1924
24Notts County2849152957-2821

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