Lincoln City 3-1 FC Halifax Town

Ben Tomlinson

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.

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Imps manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson

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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."

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