Lincoln United beat Chasetown 3-1 at the Sun Hat Villas on a cold, Wednesday evening last night repeating the same score-line of the opening match of the league campaign in August.
A penalty from Paul Grimes, a right-foot effort by Kallum Smith and a trademark Sean Wright header gave the Whites a much-deserved win.
The visitors, however, were focused on complaining to the referee most of the game instead of playing the type of football that has made them the form team of the Evo-Stik South League.
Sam Wilkinson’s men started brightly and could have easily gone 1-0 up in the first minute but Wright’s header went just wide.
Chasetown replied minutes later when a 30 yard effort from skipper Jack Langston rattled Michael Emery’s bar.
After 15 minutes, striker Ryan Oliver had to leave the field with a knee injury caused by a legitimate clash with the Chasetown keeper.
Substitute Steve Ridley slotted into midfield and Matt Cotton pushed forward to join Paul Grimes up front.
Chasetown looked dangerous on the break and it was Langton again who caused problems after rounding two defenders only to shoot straight at Emery in the United goal.
After 34 minutes, the Whites were awarded a penalty for handball and striker Grimes coolly slotted home from the spot to make it 1-0.
It looked like that would be the score-line at half time but in the 45th minute Matthews mistimed his tackle and Langton equalised from the resulting penalty.
Two minutes after the break, a dangerous break saw Chasetown hit the bar.
Midway through the second half, Kallum Smith drove into the visitors’ area and planted a right foot shot beyond the reach of keeper Pond to make it 2-1.
Minutes later, a magnificent save from Emery from a header enabled his team to retain the lead.
Four minutes from time, a Rob Norris corner found the head of Sean Wright who finished with aplomb to make the final score 3-1 to Lincoln United.
Seven points from the last nine shows Sam Wilkinson’s team are in a good run of form as they prepare to finish strongly before the season ends next month.
Man of the Match: Sean Wright