Chester ended their unbeaten run away from home with a 1-0 defeat at Sincil Bank to Lincoln City.
Danny Cowley’s impressive Imps side rode their luck in the opening stages – as Chester tended to just have the edge on their Lincolnshire opponents. James Alabi chased down Paul Farman who fumbled at the chance to get his clearance right – before Elliott Durrell couldn’t quite execute a successful final touch whilst counter attacking.
Blues were without a win at Sincil Bank since a 1-0 victory back in 2015 – when a solitary Sean McConville wonder strike separated the two sides.
Jon McCarthy must have been proud of his sides’ early endeavour – but it could have started worse however. Sam Habergham’s curling cross caught the breeze and nearly shocked Alex Lynch between the Chester sticks – as it sailed just inches past the post.
Chester did not go into the break without their fair share of chances. James Alabi found himself unable to convert two efforts – with a close chance within box hitting the side netting, and an audacious attempt from range flying inches over the crossbar.
Within just his opening five minutes since replacing the injured Lee Angol, Harry Anderson gave Lincoln the lead. Habergham began to cause further problems along the left, and got the better of Wade Joyce.
The 24-year old full back whipped in a dangerous cross – and on-loan Peterborough United winger was on hand to flick the ball past Lynch.
The Imps seemed to dominate much of the second half – but Chester showed moments of promise. Fantastic build up play from Durrell resulted in Alabi having a goal bound shot cleared off the line – inches from pulling the game level.
Three minutes into his game – substitute Alan Power saw red for a strong foul on Blues captain Luke George, his first sending off so far in this campaign.
Chester found themselves reduced to ten men within added time – when Kane Richards followed through on a late challenge on Bradley Wood.
Lincoln City: Farman, Wood, Habergham, Whitehouse (Power 72), Waterfall, Rhead, Raggett, Arnold, Woodyard, Angol (Anderson 30), Knott (Ginnelly 69)
Subs not used: Marriott, Long.
Chester: Lynch, George, Hudson (Vassell 67), Astles, Hughes, Durrell, Shaw, Joyce (Hunt 87), Lloyd (Dawson 87), Alabi, Richards.
Subs not used: Roberts, Davies.
Referee: Alan Young
Attendance: 7401 (97 away)