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Lincoln City 5-3 Macclesfield Town

Liam Hearn
Liam Hearn joined Lincoln City from Mansfield in the summer

A Liam Hearn hat-trick helped Lincoln recover from going two goals down inside the first seven minutes to beat Macclesfield in an eight-goal classic.

Headers from Kristian Dennis and Paul Lewis made it 2-0 to the Silkmen before Hearn grabbed his first with a header and then rifled home for 2-2.

Matt Rhead's header put the hosts in front after 26 minutes and he hammered home his second after the break.

Hearn got his treble with a good finish and Dennis scored in the last minute.

Lincoln City manager Chris Moyses told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

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Moyses on Lincoln v Macclesfield

"This is what we looked for in our close-season recruitment - characters that would not lay down, but keep going and get back into the game. They've done that brilliantly tonight.

"You get a goal back and you're back in the game. We kept going, kept doing the right things and ended up winning.

"Liam's coming back to full fitness now, he gets half a yard and he's in and he scores goals. He's so sharp and his movement in the box is very difficult to track."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 4Stanley
  • 5Waterfall
  • 18Beevers
  • 10HearnSubstituted forRobinsonat 76'minutes
  • 6Bush
  • 11NolanSubstituted forPowerat 80'minutes
  • 21Sparrow
  • 26Howe
  • 9Rhead
  • 7MuldoonSubstituted forTempestat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tempest
  • 8Power
  • 13Grant
  • 14Robinson
  • 23Brown

Macclesfield

  • 13JalalSubstituted forBranaganat 71'minutes
  • 12Cowan
  • 5Pilkington
  • 8Lewis
  • 2Halls
  • 4Byrne
  • 6TurnbullSubstituted forWhiteheadat 77'minutes
  • 23Whitaker
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forRoweat 62'minutes
  • 10Sampson
  • 14Dennis

Substitutes

  • 1Branagan
  • 11Rowe
  • 17Boyle
  • 18Whitehead
  • 19Marsden
Referee:
Jason Whiteley
Attendance:
2,320

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 5, Macclesfield Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 5, Macclesfield Town 3.

Attempt missed. Chris Bush (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 5, Macclesfield Town 3. Kristian Dennis (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dan Cowan.

Attempt blocked. Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Lee Beevers (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Kristian Dennis tries a through ball, but Kristian Dennis is caught offside.

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Attempt saved. Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Foul by Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

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

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Attempt missed. Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Greg Tempest replaces Jack Muldoon.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Alan Power replaces Jon Nolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Danny Whitehead replaces Paul Turnbull.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Connor Robinson replaces Liam Hearn.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 5, Macclesfield Town 2. Liam Hearn (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Ritchie Branagan replaces Shwan Jalal because of an injury.

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Attempt missed. Kristian Dennis (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Danny M. Rowe replaces Chris Holroyd.

Attempt missed. Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Hand ball by Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City).

Foul by Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Attempt saved. Callum Howe (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Foul by Jack Sampson (Macclesfield Town).

Craig Stanley (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 4, Macclesfield Town 2. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lee Beevers with a cross.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Jack Sampson tries a through ball, but Jack Sampson is caught offside.

Second Half

Second Half begins Lincoln City 3, Macclesfield Town 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Lincoln City 3, Macclesfield Town 2.

Foul by Matt Sparrow (Lincoln City).

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