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Chester2Lincoln City5

Chester 2-5 Lincoln City

Lincoln City twice came from behind to end Chester's nine-game unbeaten National League run by handing out the hosts' heaviest defeat of the season.

Big centre-half Ryan Astles was left unmarked to score his first goal of the campaign when Chester went in front against the run of play after 33 minutes.

That kicked off a frenetic 15-minute burst of five goals either side of half-time, Lincoln's Matt Rhead equalising with his eighth of the season four minutes before the break.

Chester skipper Tom Shaw's penalty put the hosts back in front on 44 minutes, but Sean Raggett levelled again for Lincoln in first-half stoppage time.

Rhead then gave Lincoln the lead for the first time three minutes after the interval, coolly slotting home a loose ball after Nathan Arnold's free-kick.

Substitute Jack Muldoon and Harry Anderson made it 5-2 with late goals as the visitors spectacularly ended Chester's run of just one goal conceded in nine National League matches.

The Imps climb to second in the table, while Chester remain 12th - now eight points adrift of the play-off places.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Lynch
  • 5Hudson
  • 12Hughes
  • 8Shaw
  • 16Hunt
  • 6Astles
  • 11Chapell
  • 21Lloyd
  • 7MahonSubstituted forRichardsat 60'minutes
  • 10Durrell
  • 9AlabiSubstituted forAkintundeat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 14Joyce
  • 15Richards
  • 19Waters
  • 20Akintunde

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 2Wood
  • 3Habergham
  • 9RheadSubstituted forHawkridgeat 85'minutes
  • 8PowerBooked at 43minsSubstituted forWhitehouseat 76'minutes
  • 5Waterfall
  • 12Anderson
  • 25Raggett
  • 28Arnold
  • 30Woodyard
  • 31RobinsonSubstituted forMuldoonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehouse
  • 7Muldoon
  • 11Hawkridge
  • 14Miles
  • 27McCombe
Referee:
David Richardson
Attendance:
2,586

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 5.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Terry Hawkridge replaces Matt Rhead.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 5. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City).

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 4. Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Elliot Whitehouse replaces Alan Power.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. James Akintunde replaces James Alabi.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jack Muldoon replaces Theo Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Kane Richards replaces Craig Mahon.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 3. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 2.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 2. Sean Raggett (Lincoln City).

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 1. Tom Shaw (Chester FC) converts the penalty with a.

Booking

Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 1, Lincoln City 1. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 1, Lincoln City 0. Ryan Astles (Chester FC).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green18124234122240
2Lincoln City18113436162036
3Dag & Red18113428131536
4Tranmere18113425111436
5Barrow1897230171334
6Aldershot189542114732
7Dover1810173431331
8Eastleigh1886429191030
9Boreham Wood188642214830
10Macclesfield189362518730
11Gateshead1885530191129
12Chester187562621526
13Sutton United187472424025
14Wrexham186661724-724
15Solihull Moors186482329-622
16Maidstone United186482332-922
17Bromley186392128-721
18Torquay1853101524-918
19Southport1844101637-2116
20York183691931-1215
21Woking1834112639-1313
22Braintree1834111633-1713
23Guiseley1824122032-1210
24North Ferriby United183114729-2210
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