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Lincoln City 2-1 Chester

Chester lost away from home for the second time in five days as defeat by Lincoln City drew them further into the National League relegation scrap.

Following manager Steve Burr's sacking after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Torquay, the Cestrians trailed again through Robbie McDaid's 38th-minute header.

Chester substitute James Alabi then came off the bench to head in a superb hanging cross from John Rooney.

But Matt Rhead nodded on Lee Beevers' cross for Imps sub George Maris to net.

Chester had to play the final quarter of an hour with 10 men after losing top scorer Ross Hannah, just two minutes after Alabi's 73rd-minute equaliser.

The Imps' 81st-minute winner, in their first game since manager Chris Moyses announced his end-of-season departure, earned their first victory in six games.

It leaves Chester in 17th, still four points clear of trouble, but having played one match more than most of the teams around them.

They have now picked up just three points from seven games since beating Aldershot 8-2 last month - the biggest win Chester fans had seen since 1972.

Alabi had not scored in six starts since his four goals that night, but at least responded to being dropped by ending his personal drought.

Lincoln City coach David Preece told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

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Preeece on Lincoln City v Chester

"It was familiar territory, wasn't it? Going 1-0 up and being pegged back but this time it was different. We showed a bit more resilience. We were always in control in the first half.

"Sometimes this season we've been accused of not having a Plan B, but what everyone's seen as Plan A all season turned out to be Plan B.

"We just want to finish the season as strong as possible. It's been a big week for the club and the players and sometimes when things like that happen you don't know how players are going to react, but this shows how Chris Moyses has always had the backing of the boys and he will do until he steps down."

Chester caretaker manager Jon McCarthy told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I'm certain we would have taken at least a point, so to be hit by the blow of losing Ross Hannah is really frustrating. We definitely would have got something.

"We'd just gone 1-1, we'd turned the game completely around and, with the psychology of that, everybody knows we were waiting for that.

"You would have seen Lincoln go under a little bit and our players grow an extra six inches and that we feel would have been chance to go on and win."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 2Wood
  • 6Bush
  • 12Hawkridge
  • 18Beevers
  • 26Howe
  • 17HodgeSubstituted forRheadat 61'minutes
  • 7MuldoonBooked at 90mins
  • 19McDaidSubstituted forSimmonsat 77'minutes
  • 28CatonSubstituted forMarisat 46'minutes
  • 21Sparrow

Substitutes

  • 9Rhead
  • 13Grant
  • 16Simmons
  • 24Wildin
  • 29Maris

Chester

  • 13Thompson
  • 12HughesSubstituted forHigginsat 42'minutes
  • 17Astles
  • 10Rooney
  • 3Hunt
  • 22HeneghanSubstituted forAlabiat 46'minutes
  • 7MahonSubstituted forChapellat 67'minutes
  • 5George
  • 8Shaw
  • 26Lloyd
  • 9Hannah

Substitutes

  • 1Worsnop
  • 2Higgins
  • 11Chapell
  • 19Hobson
  • 23Alabi
Referee:
Alan Young

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamChester
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Chester FC 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Chester FC 1.

Booking

Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City).

Luke George (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Chester FC. James Alabi tries a through ball, but James Alabi is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Terry Hawkridge (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Alex Simmons (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Alex Simmons (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Tom Shaw (Chester FC).

Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Offside, Chester FC. James Alabi tries a through ball, but James Alabi is caught offside.

Corner, Chester FC.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 2, Chester FC 1. George Maris (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Foul by Jordan Chapell (Chester FC).

Bradley Wood (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Alex Simmons replaces Robbie McDaid.

Offside, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead tries a through ball, but Matt Rhead is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 1, Chester FC 1. James Alabi (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by John Rooney with a cross.

Corner, Chester FC.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Jordan Chapell replaces Craig Mahon.

Attempt missed. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

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

Foul by Luke George (Chester FC).

Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Terry Hawkridge with a cross.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead replaces Elliot Hodge.

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

Foul by James Alabi (Chester FC).

Bradley Wood (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. George Maris (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Callum Howe (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Matt Sparrow (Lincoln City).

Ryan Lloyd (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Lee Beevers (Lincoln City).

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham432711581295292
2Forest Green432511767392886
3Dover422381173502377
4Grimsby412113777393876
5Tranmere4320121158421672
6Braintree4219121146341269
7Eastleigh411911115849968
8Wrexham421991466471966
9Gateshead431810155262-1064
10Macclesfield421871758461261
11Lincoln City431612156460460
12Bromley43179176564160
13Barrow421612145966-760
14Aldershot43158204967-1853
15Woking421410186361252
16Southport431312184558-1351
17Chester431112205768-1145
18Torquay421111204570-2544
19Guiseley42916174064-2443
20Halifax411110205378-2543
21Boreham Wood43914203848-1041
22Altrincham42914194366-2341
23Welling43811243561-2635
24Kidderminster42711244367-2432
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