National League
Chester4Lincoln City0

Chester 4-0 Lincoln City

Chester beat nine-man Lincoln to move to within six points of the play-offs.

John Rooney stabbed in Matty Hughes' cross before Sean McConville slotted the ball under Paul Farman to make it 2-0 inside the first 12 minutes.

Lincoln's Todd Jordan was then sent off for a professional foul before Ryan Higgins added a third, when his left-foot shot flew into the top corner.

Alan Power was shown red for a poor challenge on Craig Mahon, before Brad Abbott's long-range effort sealed it.

Chester's four-goal victory margin, capped by stunning first strikes for the club from Higgins and Abbott, was their biggest since returning to the Conference in 2013.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

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Burr on Chester v Lincoln

"We should have had more. That's the kind of football that gets me excited. We've injected some pace into the side and the confidence has come back.

"The lads who looked tired and burnt out at Christmas now look like different players again.

"I hope Lincoln don't use the fact that they were down to 10 men, then nine, as our first-half display was as good as we've had here.

"I'm just disappointed that they had two sent off as they could have 12 men on the park. Our performance was excellent."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 23Higgins
  • 4Kay
  • 22HeneghanBooked at 84mins
  • 3RobertsSubstituted forCharnockat 73'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 16McConvilleSubstituted forThomsonat 69'minutes
  • 18Abbott
  • 7MahonSubstituted forRichardsat 65'minutes
  • 17McBurnie
  • 27Hughes

Substitutes

  • 2Thomson
  • 6Charnock
  • 13Viscosi
  • 15Richards
  • 19Hobson

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 17Caprice
  • 4JordanBooked at 15mins
  • 23Brown
  • 3Newton
  • 22MarshallSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 80'minutes
  • 8PowerBooked at 61mins
  • 12Mendy
  • 9BurrowBooked at 18mins
  • 11Tomlinson
  • 16RobinsonSubstituted forEveringtonat 25'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 18Everington
  • 25Waite
  • 27Barr-Rostron
  • 30Grant
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
1,569

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 4, Lincoln City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 4, Lincoln City 0.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC).

Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Chester FC.

Booking

Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Marcus Marshall.

Corner, Chester FC.

Offside, Chester FC. Kane Richards tries a through ball, but Kane Richards is caught offside.

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Offside, Lincoln City. Kegan Everington tries a through ball, but Kegan Everington is caught offside.

Attempt missed. George Thomson (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Kieran Charnock replaces Gareth Roberts.

Corner, Chester FC.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. George Thomson replaces Sean McConville.

Foul by Kegan Everington (Lincoln City).

Matty Hughes (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 4, Lincoln City 0. Brad Abbott (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean McConville.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Kane Richards replaces Craig Mahon.

Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).

Sean McConville (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Dismissal

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

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Chester FC. Oliver McBurnie tries a through ball, but Oliver McBurnie is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Sean Newton.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jake Caprice (Lincoln City).

Sean McConville (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC).

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