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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:

"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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 4, Lincoln City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC).

  4. Post update

    Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

  9. Post update

    Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Kieran Charnock replaces Gareth Roberts.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. George Thomson replaces Sean McConville.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kegan Everington (Lincoln City).

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