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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
06:41 15th February 2015

Lincoln City 0 Chester FC 1

Chester FC made it four matches unbeaten with a 1-0 win at Sincil Bank against Lincoln City. The Imps struggled to make an impact on the match in the opening forty-five minutes and it paid dividends when Sean McConville fired home to make sure the Blues travelled back to the Swansway with all three points.

Despite being an equal first half, the Visitors seemed to be the side on top of the game with the earliest chance falling to right back Ryan Higgins, who saw his effort deflect into the gloves of Imps keeper Farman.  Then, a flurry of yellow cards proved how competitive the fixture was with Heneghan booked for a high boot and Burrow seeing yellow for a challenge on Chester FC skipper Michael Kay.  Imps midfielder Mendy then went into referee Dean Trevelean’s book for a poor tackle on Rooney which then led to another chance for Abbott but he clashed with Hughes and the ball was cleared.

A dark afternoon in Lincoln meant that even though the conditions were not great, the Imps created several chances for themselves. From a free kick on the half way line, Bencherif had the chance to tuck the ball away but a foul on Heneghan gifted Chester a free kick. Soon after, Cranston created some space but saw his low right wing cross roll out of play for a Blues throw in.

Suddenly after some fantastic passing play, Higgins placed a perfect pin-point pass for on-loan striker McBurnie. Surrounded by Lincoln defenders, McBurnie weaved his way past Brown with McConville collecting the ball just inside the area and striking the ball into the top corner leaving Farman unable to scramble the ball away. He similarly twisted and turned past Brown who was rooted to the spot.

The second half didn’t prove to be a great spectacle with neither side having a clear cut chance at goal. Rooney had the only opportunity on target with an excellent 30-yard free kick curling around the Lincoln wall with Farman punching it to safety. The Chester midfielder had a similar effort from 25-yards out with only minutes left on the clock, but Farman was in the right place to collect the ball.

Within the final ten minutes, Lincoln were chasing the game with Farman joining the Imps attack of several occasions. But McConville had the chance to wrap up the game when he was fed through by Abbott, only to fire wide of Farman’s right hand post.

Chester climb up to tenth in the Vanarama Conference, overtaking their opponents who drop down to eleventh.

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