Match ends, Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 5.
Chester 2-5 Lincoln City
Lincoln City twice came from behind to end Chester's nine-game unbeaten National League run by handing out the hosts' heaviest defeat of the season.
Big centre-half Ryan Astles was left unmarked to score his first goal of the campaign when Chester went in front against the run of play after 33 minutes.
That kicked off a frenetic 15-minute burst of five goals either side of half-time, Lincoln's Matt Rhead equalising with his eighth of the season four minutes before the break.
Chester skipper Tom Shaw's penalty put the hosts back in front on 44 minutes, but Sean Raggett levelled again for Lincoln in first-half stoppage time.
Rhead then gave Lincoln the lead for the first time three minutes after the interval, coolly slotting home a loose ball after Nathan Arnold's free-kick.
Substitute Jack Muldoon and Harry Anderson made it 5-2 with late goals as the visitors spectacularly ended Chester's run of just one goal conceded in nine National League matches.
The Imps climb to second in the table, while Chester remain 12th - now eight points adrift of the play-off places.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 7MahonSubstituted forRichardsat 60'minutes
- 9AlabiSubstituted forAkintundeat 67'minutes
- 9RheadSubstituted forHawkridgeat 85'minutes
- 8PowerBooked at 43minsSubstituted forWhitehouseat 76'minutes
- 31RobinsonSubstituted forMuldoonat 64'minutes
- David Richardson
Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 5.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Terry Hawkridge replaces Matt Rhead.
Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 5. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City).
Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 4. Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City).
Substitution, Lincoln City. Elliot Whitehouse replaces Alan Power.
Substitution, Chester FC. James Akintunde replaces James Alabi.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Jack Muldoon replaces Theo Robinson.
Substitution, Chester FC. Kane Richards replaces Craig Mahon.
Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 3. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).
Second Half begins Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 2.
First Half ends, Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 2.
Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 2. Sean Raggett (Lincoln City).
Goal! Chester FC 2, Lincoln City 1. Tom Shaw (Chester FC) converts the penalty with a.
Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Chester FC 1, Lincoln City 1. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).
Goal! Chester FC 1, Lincoln City 0. Ryan Astles (Chester FC).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.