Lincoln City 2 Rochdale 0

Last updated : 13 August 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Strike partners Simon Yeo and Dene Cropper netted their first ever league goals to give Lincoln an impressive home victory over disappointing Rochdale.

Yeo put the Imps ahead after 58 minutes with a left-footed super strike from 20 yards and Cropper sealed the win with a header from close range after 81 minutes.

Lincoln manager Keith Alexander was delighted after seeing new strike partners Yeo and Cropper fire the Imps to victory as the pair repaid the Lincoln boss' faith after being handed their home league debut.

Yeo, signed from non-league Hyde in the summer, put Lincoln ahead with a brilliant solo effort on 58 minutes.

The tiny forward burst through the Rochdale defence and gave keeper Neil Edwards no chance with a stunning left-footed shot which crashed in off the post.

A delighted Alexander said afterwards: "It was a magnificent goal. Simon will say it was a shot but it could have gone anywhere.

"The goal came at the right time, we were putting them under a bit of pressure, they are a good side. We are going to be difficult for teams to beat and we have to be."

Cropper, signed from Sheffield Wednesday after an impressive loan spell at Worksop, followed Yeo's example with his first league goal nine minutes from time.

The hard working forward was set up after good work between Peter Gain and Paul Smith, making no mistake with a simple header at the back post.

Disappointed Dale player-manager Paul Simpson added: "We came here to win, but things didn't really drop for us and we didn't finish it.

"I can't really remember a time when we tested their keeper."