CHESTER’S month-long unbeaten run came to an abrupt end this afternoon as Peter Jackson enjoyed a happy return to the Deva Stadium.
Lincoln boss Jackson – a former Blues centre-back – saw his side pocket all three points with a goal in each half.
Chester went into the game on a five-match unbeaten run but were second best in all departments and failed to trouble Rob Burch in the Imps goal.
The first half was a low-key affair but Lincoln gained the upper hand two minutes into added time courtesy of a scrappy goal. Scott Kerr’s corner from the left wing was headed on by Janos Kovacs and appeared to deflect into the back of the net off the back of Chester midfielder Damien Mozika. Dany n’Guessan was on hand at the far post to make sure the ball had crossed the line.
The Imps were the more purposeful side after the break and their second goal of the game - scored on 57 minutes - was richly deserved.
It came following a free-flowing move which ended in Paul Green crossing from the right for Adrian Patulea, who applied a neat finish at the far post.
Blues boss Simon Davies used all three of his substitutes in a bid to liven up his team, but the hosts were unable to break down Lincoln’s stubborn defence.
An enterprising run from sub Paul Taylor ended with a scuffed shot wide of target and Laurence Wilson thudded a late piledriver off the crossbar. But that was as good as it got for Chester, who were well beaten.
Chester: Danby, J Vaughan, Linwood, Kelly, Wilson, Mozika, S Vaughan (Barry 73), Hughes, McManus (Taylor 58), Lowe (Partridge 59), Ellison. Subs: Harris, Rutherford.
Lincoln City: Burch, Green, Hone, Kovacs, Beevers, Frecklington (Brown 46), Kerr, Clarke, John-Lewis, Patulea, N'Guessan. Subs: Duffy, Gall, Wright, Mullarkey.
Referee: O Langford.
Attendance: 1,962 (245 away).