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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 City17113332151736
2MK Dons1797124101434
3Colchester UnitedColchester1794431161531
4Tranmere RoversTranmere178632516930
5Exeter CityExeter178542617929
6Newport CountyNewport178542529-429
7Mansfield TownMansfield17610125131228
8Stevenage178452116528
9Forest Green RoversForest Green176922617927
10Bury1775528181026
11Carlisle UnitedCarlisle177281922-323
12Crawley TownCrawley177282429-523
13Port Vale176471721-422
14Yeovil TownYeovil165652318521
15Oldham AthleticOldham175662118321
16Northampton TownNorthampton175662021-121
17Swindon TownSwindon175661922-321
18Crewe AlexandraCrewe175481619-319
19Cambridge UnitedCambridge175391627-1118
20Morecambe1752101729-1217
21Grimsby Town1743101123-1215
22Notts County173592036-1614
23Cheltenham TownCheltenham162591225-1311
24Macclesfield TownMacclesfield1714121435-217

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