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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:15 29th October 2016

Chester 2 Lincoln 5

A double from Matt Rhead ensured the Imps travelled back to Lincolnshire with all three points, after a 5-2 win over Chester at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

Jon McCarthy’s Chester were looking to capitalise on their positive draw with Macclesfield in midweek, but Lincoln are known to be consistently difficult to beat away from home – winning five of their eight away fixtures so far in this campaign

The home side silenced the travelling Imps supporters behind the goal by taking a well-deserved lead on the half hour mark. The ever-present Tom Shaw hooked the ball back into the area from a Chapell cross, leaving Farman with no chance – as Astles nodded home his first home goal for the Blues.

Danny Cowley’s patience proved vital - and he did not have to wait long for an equaliser. Rhead was found unmarked at the back post, and rose the highest to guide his header past Lynch – despite a last-ditch deflection at the near post.

Moments later and the Blues’ hard work was rewarded as Shaw sent Farman the wrong way from the penalty spot. After Shaw was thrown to the floor in the box, the stand in Captain coolly placed the ball into the back of the net – scoring his third penalty of the season.

Chester could not go in at the break as the team in front as Raggett found an equaliser, being found at the back post for the second time in quick succession. The ex-Dover Atheltic defender nodded home his second goal for the Imps – asking questions about man marking within the eighteen-yard box from the Blues supporters.

Lincoln sealed the three points with three goals in the second half. A questionable free kick was awarded on the left flank, with tricky winger Arnold firing in a cross but the punch by Lynch was destined for the boot of Rhead, who looped the ball over the defence and past Lynch in the Blues goal.

Second half substitute Jack Muldoon added a fourth for the Imps, running through on goal with only the keeper to beat. It was all over for the Blues with six minutes left to play, as Muldoon’s goal was swiftly followed by Harry Anderson – who, in a similar way, tucked the ball past the on rushing Lynch to extend the unbeaten run for the away side to eight games.

Chester: Lynch, Hughes, Hudson, Astles, Hunt, Chapell, Shaw, Lloyd, Mahon (Richards 60), Durrell, Alabi (Akontunde 67)
Subs not used: Horwood, Waters, Joyce

Lincoln City: Farman, Wood, Habergham, Waterfall, Power (Whitehouse 76), Rhead, Anderson, Raggett, Arnold, Woodyard, Robinson (Muldoon 64).
Subs: Hawkridge, Miles, McCombe

Attendance: 2586 (413 away)

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