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Lincoln City 1-0 Chester

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Sincil Bank

Lincoln City substitute Harry Anderson netted a first-half winner as the Imps beat Chester to go clear at the top of the National League table.

Just six minutes after coming on for the injured Lee Angol, a hard, low cross from the left broke kindly and Anderson scored from close range.

In a game of two red cards, Danny Cowley's side climb three points clear of Tranmere Rovers, beaten at home by Forest Green.

But Lincoln were given a stern examination by a battling Chester side still needing points to be sure of staying up.

The hosts had to play a man short from the 75th minute after substitute Alan Power was sent off for a late challenge on Chester captain Luke George just three minutes after coming on.

But Chester then had Kane Richards red carded at the start of the seven minutes of injury time for a late challenge on Bradley Wood, an incident that culminated in an angry mass exchange between both benches.

Nathan Arnold and Elliott Whitehouse both shot over from an angle before the break for the Imps, but Chester pair Wade Joyce and James Alabi both struck powerful drives only just over.

And a mix-up left Richards clear on goal only to be denied by a superb piece of defending by Sean Raggett, who got back to clear the danger.

After the break, Alabi had a low left-foot shot cleared from almost off the line, Chester were denied a penalty when Richards went down under Alex Woodward's challenge, and it need a spectacular save by Paul Farman to claw away Elliott Durrell's long-range drive.


Lincoln City

  • 1FarmanBooked at 90mins
  • 2Wood
  • 3Habergham
  • 28Arnold
  • 25Raggett
  • 5WaterfallBooked at 32mins
  • 4WhitehouseSubstituted forPowerat 72'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 30WoodyardBooked at 68mins
  • 34KnottSubstituted forGinnellyat 68'minutes
  • 31AngolSubstituted forAndersonat 30'minutes
  • 9Rhead


  • 8Power
  • 10Marriott
  • 12Long
  • 26Anderson
  • 36Ginnelly


  • 1Lynch
  • 5HudsonSubstituted forVassellat 67'minutes
  • 6Astles
  • 12Hughes
  • 8Shaw
  • 4George
  • 10DurrellBooked at 43mins
  • 14JoyceSubstituted forHuntat 87'minutes
  • 21LloydBooked at 53minsSubstituted forDawsonat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15RichardsBooked at 90mins
  • 9Alabi


  • 13Roberts
  • 16Hunt
  • 17Vassell
  • 26Dawson
  • 33Davies
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 1, Chester FC 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Chester FC 0.

  3. Booking

    Lucas Dawson (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Paul Farman (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Dismissal

    Kane Richards (Chester FC) is shown the red card.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Johnny Hunt replaces Wade Joyce.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Lucas Dawson replaces Ryan Lloyd.

  8. Dismissal

    Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the red card.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Alan Power replaces Elliot Whitehouse.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Josh Ginnelly replaces Billy Knott.

  11. Booking

    Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Theo Vassell replaces Blaine Hudson.

  13. Booking

    Ryan Lloyd (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Second Half

    Second Half begins Lincoln City 1, Chester FC 0.

  15. Half Time

    First Half ends, Lincoln City 1, Chester FC 0.

  16. Booking

    Elliott Durrell (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 1, Chester FC 0. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City).

  18. Booking

    Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Harry Anderson replaces Lee Angol.

  20. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

As It Stood

1Lincoln City41277776364088
3Forest Green42249982503281
4Dag & Red422441472492376
10Boreham Wood421413154640655
15Sutton United421311185159-850
16Maidstone United41148195371-1850
18Solihull Moors42139205571-1648
23North Ferriby United42113282973-4436
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