Writer: Jamie Earls
Date:Sunday February 23 2014
Lincoln City had to dig deep to withstand a late Chester surge, as the points were shared at a volatile Sincil Bank on Saturday.
Gary Simpson opted to change nothing after back to back victories, and Lincoln City began the brighter of the two teams and were duly ahead after 16 minutes when a Tom Miller throw into the box caused pandemonium with Sam-Yorke turning home, after some good pressure from Ben Tomlinson.
City were firmly on top of the game and Todd Jordan tried his luck from range narrowly missing. It looked more like how many rather than would they win, and Jordan had his second chance of the game just before half time when he should have scored with the goal gaping, narrowly putting wide.
Chester would have been pleased to have gone in only one behind, and they levelled quickly after the break when Matty Taylor spun off Thierry Audel too easily before firing past Nick Townsend at his near post. I personally think Townsend should have done better and his positioning looked poor but that's what can happen with a rookie keeper learning his trade.
This seemed to wake City up, and they should have been ahead on the hour after Matthew Brown handled in the Chester box. Keeper Chapman who looked like a giant in the Chester goal, guessed well though and got down well to save Alan Powers penalty to keep the scores level.
As the game came to its conclusion Lincoln had lost the midfield battle and began to be over run, amazingly as is usually the case Gary Simpson didn't freshen it up as Chester became more and more dominant.
Thankfully for Simpson goalkeeper Townsend wasn't going to be beaten again and a couple of fine saves, including one excellent save onto the post late on, would secure the Imps a vital point in what was probably a fair result.
Lincoln are now 15th in the league, only 7 points away from the magic 50 points mark firmly in mid table, 11 points from the drop. Hopefully they can pick up a couple of wins in the next few weeks to ease across that line, so there isn't a grandstand finish for the third year in a row.
Date:Sunday February 23 2014
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