With just two games remaining, the U’s were consigned to League Two football again next season, by Waterfall’s goal in the final minute.
The U’s made one change from the side that were beaten by Notts County last weekend, with Murray handed a start at the expense of lead-scorer Szmodics.
Colchester arguably made the brighter start, with early attempts by Shodipo and Stevenson. On 16 minutes, Eardley was booked for the Imps, but Mandron headed Stevenson’s resulting free kick over the bar.
Anderson had Lincoln’s first chance of the match on 20 minutes, but it was blasted wide. The game plodded somewhat for the first half, the only further action of note being Shodipo’s booking for a challenge outside the box in the 30th minute.
Thankfully for the 325 U’s fans who made the trip, the game livened up in the second half with two goals in the first quarter of an hour.
Lincoln took the lead in the 55th minute, thanks to Whitehouse’s penalty after Palmer was pushed in the box.
Just five minutes later, sub Senior equalised for the U’s, out of the blue, having only been on the pitch for three minutes. This was just reward for his signing a new contract earlier in the week.
Mandron missed an excellent chance to give the U’s the lead on 73 minutes, and the Imps twice came close in the 81st minute.
Lincoln were reduced to 10 men in the 83rd minute; Bostwick sent off for a professional foul on Mandron. However, they dug deep, with Waterfall blasting into the roof of the net in the 93rd minute to take all three points.
Next up for the U’s: the penultimate game of the season, at home to Swindon Town on Saturday 28th April.