CHESTER CITY’S current rich vein of form continued on Saturday, when they demolished high-flying Lincoln City at the Deva Stadium with a performance of high quality.
City have now banged in 13 goals in their last four outings with slick, passing football can be maintained.
Chester ‘out-footballed’ Lincoln in this Coca-Cola League Two fixture from start to finish and as the visitors trooped off a well-beaten side at the end of the game, you got the feeling that City are beginning to get a blend and shape that will cause a number of teams a lot of problems.
Roberto Martinez, who controls events in midfield with all the panache and alacrity of an orchestra conductor, opened the scoring after 20 minutes.
Stephen Vaughan launched a high ball into the visitors’ area, goalkeeper Alan Marriott failed to collect the cross and the ball fell to Jon Walters who slipped it to the Spaniard, who side-footed home from 10 yards.
Walters, who had an outstanding match, fired narrowly wide and Vaughan flashed an effort over the bar.
Chester doubled their advantage nine minutes into the second period.
Gregg Blundell broke down the right, and his exquisitely delivered cross was met by Walters whose header from 10 yards hit the underside of the Lincoln bar, which allowed the former Wrexham striker to bundle it over the line.
Against the run of play Nat Brown scored a scrappy goal from close range for the visitors 10 minutes later, but normal service was restored after 76 minutes. Blundell rose to meet a free-kick from Sandwith and the ball flew past Marriott via the underside of the bar.
The excellent afternoon for Chester was completed eight minutes from time when Lawrence Wilson, who isn’t normally recognised for his aerial prowess, rose to sweetly head home Blundell’s cross.
A delighted Chester boss Mark Wright said: "This is a big step forward for us. We did a lot of good things, got bodies into the box and put them under pressure.
"I am very pleased to get a result against one of the top teams in the league. It is a major scalp for us."
Wright added: "In the early part of the season we were creating chances but we weren’t sticking them away. Now the lads are starting to find their range. There are going to be some very exciting times for Chester City if we carry on like this.
"The lads were fantastic. We created chances and to be honest it was looking like it could have been more at one stage."
Wright said: "I was delighted for Jon (Walters) and Gregg (Blundell). They absolutely worked their socks off.
"It would have been nice to have kept a clean sheet, but when you put four goals past a team who are second in the table, you really can have no complaints."
Chester are next in action tomorrow evening when they face Bury in an FA Cup second round replay at the Deva Stadium (kick off 7.45 pm).
Chester City: Danby, Marples (Linwood 69), Artell, Bolland, Sandwith, S Vaughan, Hand, Martinez, Wilson, Blundell, Walters. Subs: Hessey, Rutherford, Bennett, Steele.
Lincoln City: Marriott, Eadon, Beevers, Brown, Nicholson (Mayo 82), Amoo, Frecklington, Kerr (Morgan 63), Birley (Moses 62), Stallard, Gritton. Subs: Rayner, Kell.
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).