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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 May, 2005, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
Macc'field 1-1 Lincoln (agg 1-2)
Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring for Lincoln
McAuley put Lincoln ahead
Lincoln sealed their place in the League Two play-off final after resisting a Macclesfield fightback.

Gareth McAuley had put Lincoln ahead early in the game, his looping far-post header going in off the post.

Lincoln dominated the early stages, with Paul Harsley also clearing off the line from Jamie McCombe's flick.

Harsley equalised for Town with a strike on the turn and Danny Whitaker almost forced extra-time but Alan Marriott tipped his shot over.

  • Macclesfield boss Brian Horton:
    "I'm proud of my players - I can't praise them highly enough.

    "We were tremendous in the second half - we've lost to two set-pieces over the two games, but credit to Lincoln, they were organised and good luck to them.

    "There are plenty of bigger clubs below us, with far bigger budgets, who would have swapped places with us today."

  • Lincoln manager Keith Alexander:
    "The team worked their socks off and we got the right result.

    "The fans were magnificent - we were lucky to get 2,000 a few years ago but now we've taken 2,000 away with us.

    "Macclesfield had to try and score - we get slaughtered for having two or three big 'uns, but we don't score many from set pieces so we're delighted."

    Macclesfield: Fettis, Morley, Swailes, Carragher, Barras, Bailey (Whitaker 65), Harsley, McIntyre, Townson (Miles 60), Parkin, Tipton (Briscoe 75).
    Subs Not Used: Wilson, MacKenzie.

    Booked: Morley.

    Goals: Harsley 76.

    Lincoln City: Marriott, McCombe, Morgan, Futcher, McAuley, Sandwith, Butcher, Gain, Taylor-Fletcher (Asamoah 90), Yeo (Bloomer 87), Green (Beevers 77).
    Subs Not Used: Hanlon, Rayner.

    Booked: Sandwith, McAuley, Morgan.

    Goals: McAuley 15.

    Agg: (1-2)

    Att: 5,223

    Ref: P Crossley (Kent).


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