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Bury caretaker manager Richie Barker admitted his side are now "within touching distance" of promotion after Tom Lees scored the only goal to defeat relegation-threatened Lincoln.

It was almost inevitable that the goal that gave Bury their victory - and consigned Lincoln to a sixth defeat in seven games - would come from an unusual source. And it was central defender Lees who provided it with a firm header past Elliott Parish from a Peter Sweeney corner 10 minutes after the break.

Barker said: "Managing becomes more stressful with every week. It was harder than my first day because on the first day there was no pressure at all. The longer it goes on the harder it becomes. I'm still minding the shop until July 1. On the first day back in training who will be in charge, I don't know, but to be honest at the minute I don't think it really matters."

He added: "The more we talk about that, the more focus we take off what is going on out on the pitch. That is by far the most important part.

"I never ruled being the manager out, I never ruled anything out, and to be honest for the time being I will say the same thing. The minute we start talking about other things, such as other results, you take your eye off the ball and that could be costly."

Imps boss Steve Tilson rued "a lapse of concentration" after his side failed to boost their survival hopes.

He said: "It's always going to be a tough game away at Bury. Obviously, they are going for promotion and at home looking to win the game.

"It was almost an perfect away performance, just a lapse of concentration on one set play has cost us.

"It was very similar to the Crewe game. We had more chances at Crewe but there wasn't a lot of chances in the game here so I'm disappointed to come away with nothing.

"With our system, it tends to keep you in the game. When we played Bury at home we played 4-4-2 and we got so over-stretched that they beat us 5-0. There was no way we were going to come here and play 4-4-2 and get battered again. It worked for long periods but just one corner has killed us. We've got to concentrate on Monday now and be positive."

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