Ben Tomlinson struck a hat-trick as Lincoln City defeated Conference Premier play-off hopefuls Halifax Town.

Todd Jordan flicked on Tom Miller's long throw and it was scrambled home by striker Tomlinson for an early lead.

Tomlinson's second then came after just 11 minutes, latching onto a bouncing ball to lob home from 18 yards.

Ryan Crowther pulled one back straight after the break with a free-kick but, just two minutes later, Tomlinson's cheeky chip completed his hat-trick.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Imps manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

Post-match: Lincoln manager Simpson

"We've not been playing too badly of late and today we got the goals, Tomo was terrific and there were good performances from Delano Sam-Yorke and the two lads who've come in.

"We've battled our socks off in terrible conditions and deserve the three points. They beat us 5-1 in December and it hurt. We owed them one so I was pleased for the lads.

"As I've said before, on our day we're a match for anybody. We've just got to get that consistency and go on a decent run now and see where it takes us."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 23 Brown Booked
  • 02 Miller
  • 03 Newton
  • 05 Audel
  • 08 Power
  • 04 Jordan
  • 26 Adams
  • 11 Tomlinson Booked (Sheridan - 85' )
  • 18 Sam-Yorke
  • 16 Robinson (Austin - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Sheridan
  • 15 Gray
  • 19 Nolan
  • 28 Austin
  • 09 Rowe

FC Halifax Town

  • 01 Glennon
  • 20 Maynard
  • 15 Roberts
  • 22 Ainge
  • 05 Pearson Booked
  • 03 McManus
  • 32 Challinor
  • 28 Crowther
  • 07 Smith Booked (Jackson - 71' )
  • 30 Clay (Gray - 46' Booked )
  • 11 Gregory

Substitutes

  • 12 Senior
  • 14 Wilson
  • 31 Jackson
  • 33 Gray
  • 29 Bolton
Ref: Wayne Barratt
Att: 2,077

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

3 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

14 5

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Lincoln City 3, FC Halifax Town 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Lincoln City 3, FC Halifax Town 1.

90:00 +3:08

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

90:00 +2:51

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

90:00 +2:29

Attempt saved. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

90:00 +2:11

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

90:00 +2:11

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

90:00 +1:32

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Reece Gray tries a through ball, but Reece Gray is caught offside.

89:33

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

88:33

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

85:32

Attempt missed. Alan Power (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

84:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Jake Sheridan replaces Ben Tomlinson.

84:09 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:45

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

77:10

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

76:41

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

76:41

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

76:03 Booking

Booking Reece Gray (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

75:41

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

74:19

Offside, Lincoln City. Alan Power tries a through ball, but Alan Power is caught offside.

71:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Mitchell Austin replaces Conner Robinson.

70:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Marlon Jackson replaces Adam Smith.

69:29

Corner, Lincoln City.

67:53

Attempt blocked. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

67:29

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

67:11

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

66:02

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

64:29

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

64:29

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

63:08

Foul by Charlee Adams (Lincoln City).

63:08

Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

62:06

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

62:06

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

61:07 Booking

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

59:51

Corner, Lincoln City.

59:16

Attempt missed. Conner Robinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

58:43

Hand ball by Jon Challinor (FC Halifax Town).

57:06

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

56:49

Attempt missed. Todd Jordan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

55:16

Attempt saved. Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) header from the left side of the box is saved.

52:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 3, FC Halifax Town 1. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Delano Sam-Yorke.

51:57

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

51:57

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

50:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 2, FC Halifax Town 1. Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

49:35

Foul by Tom Miller (Lincoln City).

49:35

Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

46:23 Booking

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

46:16

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

46:16

Alan Power (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

45:24

Attempt missed. Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Newton.

45:04

Corner, Lincoln City.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Reece Gray replaces Craig Clay.

45:00

Second Half begins Lincoln City 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Lincoln City 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +0:13

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

44:29

Offside, Lincoln City. Delano Sam-Yorke tries a through ball, but Delano Sam-Yorke is caught offside.

42:04

Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

40:44

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

40:44

Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

39:23

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

33:26

Foul by Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town).

33:26

Tom Miller (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

30:54

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

30:54

Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

30:29

Hand ball by Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City).

27:22 Booking

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

24:30

Attempt saved. Craig Clay (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

22:55

Attempt missed. Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

21:14

Corner, Lincoln City.

17:12

Attempt missed. Todd Jordan (Lincoln City) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Newton.

16:55

Corner, Lincoln City.

16:43

Attempt missed. Conner Robinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box.

14:04

Foul by Thierry Audel (Lincoln City).

14:04

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

13:36

Foul by Tom Miller (Lincoln City).

13:36

Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

11:38

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

10:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 2, FC Halifax Town 0. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Farman.

9:21

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City).

9:21

Craig Clay (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

8:22

Hand ball by Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City).

7:26

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Adam Smith tries a through ball, but Adam Smith is caught offside.

6:50

Hand ball by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

4:14

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

4:14

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

2:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 1, FC Halifax Town 0. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Todd Jordan with a headed pass.

1:25

Corner, Lincoln City.

0:48

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

0:25

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers