A late goal from George Maris condemned the Blues to defeat at Sincil Bank – in the first game for McCarthy and Sharps’ caretaker tenure.
Even though Chester started as the brighter side in the game, Lincoln made their opportunity count early on as McDaid went close for the Imps. Hawkridge whipped in a cross from the right which met the on-loan Leeds striker in the area – but his effort, which looked to be on target, clipped the crossbar.
It wasn’t for another twenty minutes when the Blues had a clear run at goal. George’s cross field ball to Mahon was nodded across to Rooney by the Irishman, but the Blues midfielder miscued his effort from eighteen yards out, allowing Imps keeper Farman to collect the ball with ease.
Throughout the game, possession seemed to be in the hands of the home side – with the Blues often catching the Imps on the break. Rooney started a counter charge on the half hour mark, setting free Lloyd into a two-on-two situation deep into the Lincoln half. The on-loan Port Vale winger fed the ball across to Hannah – whose shot was blocked by Howe, and easily caught in the air by Farman.
But it was the home side who broke the deadlock deep into the first half through McDaid. Hawkridge found himself in space on the right wing, before sending in a looping ball for the on-loan Leeds man. All McDaid had to do was find the target – and he did just that, guiding a floating header into the far corner of Thompson’s goal.
Chester had the first convincing opportunity of the second half – as Hunt smashed the ball from inside the area. Lloyd held up the ball on the left wing – before finding Mahon to head the ball across for the Blues left back. Hunt found himself on the penalty spot but his effort was blocked well by Bush and away from danger.
And the Blues got their equaliser on the 73rd minute through substitute James Alabi. After a short spell of pressure by the Blues, Rooney found himself with acres of space on the right by-line, before hooking the ball over for Alabi, unmarked inside the six yard box headed home. Alabi’s leveller means he scored six goals for the Blues during his three month spell for the Blues.
The Imps got themselves back in front soon after – as Maris scored his second for the season. Hawkridge once again the provider for an outstanding ball into the area, which was headed down by substitute Rhead, allowing the free running Maris able to smash the ball into the top corner.
Chester: Thompson, Hughes (Higgins 36), Heneghan (Alabi 46), Astles, Hunt, Lloyd, George, Shaw, Rooney, Mahon (Chapell 68), Hannah. Subs not used: Worsnop, Hobson
Lincoln City: Farman, Wood, Bush, Muldoon, Hawkridge, Hodge (Rhead 59), Beevers, McDaid (Simmons), Sparrow, Howe, Caton (Maris 46). Subs not used: Grant, Wildin