FC Halifax closed to within one point of the play-off places after a comfortable win over 10-man Lincoln.

Dan Gardner slotted in from the penalty spot after Imps skipper Alan Power was sent off for a foul on Matty Pearson.

Ben Tomlinson equalised for the visitors from a tight angle before Gardner played Lee Gregory in to put the hosts back in front.

Adam Smith scored a fine individual goal, Jon Worthington crashed home from range and Reece Gray curled in.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

Post-match: Lincoln manager Gary Simpson

"They were a decent side, but to go down to 10 men on that surface and with our walking wounded, people playing who shouldn't have been, the top and bottom of it is that that one [penalty] decision has absolutely killed us.

"We kept them at bay, even with 10 men, for large parts of the game, but just ran out of legs. I can't knock the players because they simply had nothing left. They had the extra man and they started to get through us at the end because we were out on our feet.

"He (Alan Power) got the ball as clean as a whistle and his foot went on top of the ball so I can't understand why it was a red card and I can't understand why it was a penalty. We did brilliantly to get back into the game but at the end there was nothing left in the players."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

FC Halifax Town

  • 01 Glennon
  • 22 Ainge
  • 03 McManus
  • 15 Roberts
  • 20 Maynard Booked
  • 05 Pearson
  • 18 Marshall (Worthington - 67' )
  • 10 Gardner (Gray - 76' )
  • 07 Smith
  • 11 Gregory (Ironside - 82' )
  • 14 Wilson

Substitutes

  • 16 Worthington
  • 12 Senior
  • 35 Anderson
  • 33 Gray
  • 36 Ironside

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 03 Newton
  • 27 Foster
  • 23 Brown
  • 06 Fofana (Fairhurst - 57' )
  • 08 Power Dismissed
  • 17 Dixon
  • 04 Jordan
  • 09 Rowe
  • 11 Tomlinson Booked
  • 16 Robinson (Nolan - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Preece
  • 24 Cunningham
  • 07 Fairhurst
  • 19 Nolan
  • 29 Thomas
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 1,979

Match Stats

Shots

23 4

On target

9 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

+4:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, FC Halifax Town 5, Lincoln City 1.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, FC Halifax Town 5, Lincoln City 1.

90:00 +1:58

Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

90:00 +0:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 5, Lincoln City 1. Reece Gray (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Scott McManus.

88:47

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

88:47

Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

84:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 4, Lincoln City 1. Jonathan Worthington (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Smith.

82:47

Hand ball by Danny L. Rowe (Lincoln City).

82:16

Attempt missed. Jonathan Worthington (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

81:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Joe Ironside replaces Lee Gregory.

81:10

Foul by Luke Foster (Lincoln City).

81:10

Reece Gray (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

78:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 3, Lincoln City 1. Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

77:30

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

77:30

Jonathan Worthington (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

76:35

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

75:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Reece Gray replaces Dan Gardner.

75:36

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Lee Gregory tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

73:15 Booking

Booking Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:49

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

72:49

Bohan Dixon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

68:53

Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

67:58

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

66:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Jonathan Worthington replaces Paul Marshall.

66:24

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

63:37

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

63:37

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

62:46

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

62:00

Attempt missed. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

61:12

Foul by Danny L. Rowe (Lincoln City).

61:12

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

57:54

Foul by Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town).

57:54

Jon Nolan (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

56:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Waide Fairhurst replaces Mamadou Fofana because of an injury.

54:13

Foul by Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town).

54:13

Danny L. Rowe (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

49:24

Attempt missed. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

48:19

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

48:07

Attempt saved. Dan Gardner (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Jon Nolan replaces Conner Robinson.

45:00

Second Half begins FC Halifax Town 2, Lincoln City 1.

45:00 +2:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, FC Halifax Town 2, Lincoln City 1.

45:00 +1:55

Attempt missed. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00 +1:14

Attempt missed. Dan Gardner (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00 +0:18

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

44:44 Booking

Booking Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:36

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

44:36

Dan Gardner (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

41:27

Attempt missed. Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

39:37

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

34:21

Attempt saved. Dan Gardner (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

33:16

Foul by Dan Gardner (FC Halifax Town).

33:16

Bohan Dixon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

32:03

Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).

32:03

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

30:56

Attempt saved. Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

26:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 2, Lincoln City 1. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Gardner.

24:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 1, Lincoln City 1. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

20:55

Attempt missed. Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

18:50

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

18:50

Luke Foster (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

18:39

Attempt blocked. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:28

Foul by Danny L. Rowe (Lincoln City).

17:28

Dan Gardner (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

13:53

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) hits the woodwork with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

12:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 1, Lincoln City 0. Dan Gardner (FC Halifax Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

11:19 Dismissal

Dismissal Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

11:16

Penalty conceded by Alan Power (Lincoln City) after a foul in the penalty area.

11:16

Penalty FC Halifax Town. Matthew Pearson draws a foul in the penalty area.

10:58

Attempt saved. Dan Gardner (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

10:02

Attempt saved. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) header from the left side of the box is saved.

8:30

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

7:43

Foul by Danny L. Rowe (Lincoln City).

7:43

Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

7:07

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Smith.

6:54

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

6:36

Attempt blocked. Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

4:11

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

4:11

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

2:22

Attempt missed. Bohan Dixon (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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