FA Cup heroes Lincoln City end dream season with promotion back into Football League

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Lincoln made the FA Cup quarter final this season - PA
Lincoln made the FA Cup quarter final this season - PA

Lincoln City clinched promotion back to the Football League thanks to a Terry Hawkridge brace in a 2-1 win at home to Macclesfield.

They had to come from behind after an accurate snapshot by Mitch Hancox midway through the first half put the visitors ahead.

But nothing was going to spoil the Imps' party in the last home game of a phenomenal season and just three minutes later, Hawkridge prodded in from close range after Scott Flinders had let slip Lee Angol's strike.

<span>Terry Hawkridge was at the double for Lincoln</span> <span>Credit: PA </span>
Terry Hawkridge was at the double for Lincoln Credit: PA

Hawkridge's second after the break capped Lincoln's return to the top 92 clubs after a six-year absence. The winger curled beautifully into the far bottom corner to finish the job.

Lincoln won at Premier League side Burnley in the FA Cup fifth round in February to become the first non-league side to make the quarter-finals of the competition in 103 years.

Their FA Cup dream came to an end in the next round when they were comprehensively beaten by Arsenal.

How it sounded when the full-time whistle went & @LincolnCity_FC were crowned champions #imps#Impvasionpic.twitter.com/j0faoKWmAF

— Thomas Feaheny (@ThomasFeaheny) April 22, 2017

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