Macclesfield 1 Imps 2

Just practising writing match reports in the vain hope one day I might get to do it for an actual job.

Lincoln City won their fourth game of the season after battling back against Macclesfield Town this afternoon.

Both teams went into the game on nine points and both were looking to build on decent early season form. The Imps welcomed back powerful striker Matt Rhead who had bagged five goals in five games. He started up alongside Johnny Margetts who scored four in his last outing.

City didn’t look very inspiring in the first 45 minutes and it was a fair reflection of the game when Kingsley James put The Silkmen ahead just before half time. A Chris Holroyd shot came back off the post and it was James who reacted first to give the hosts the lead.

Macclesfield came out strongly in the second half as well and it looked like it would be a damp afternoon all round for The Imps. However a swift breakaway in the 56th minute saw Terry Hawkridge slide the ball through to loanee Harry Anderson. He struck a shot from the edge of the area that looped over an unimpressive Richie Branagan in the Macclesfield goal.

Shortly afterwards Matt Rhead came off after an ineffective display and Adam Marriott came on to add a different dimension to the Imps attack. Instead of a direct approach Marriott offers some skill and unpredictability and it was the former Stevenage man who made the difference. A 75th minute knockdown from Luke Waterfall was cleverly converted to put Lincoln 2-1 ahead.

The 380 travelling fans had little to be nervous about as the final fifteen brought no real drama to speak of. Lincoln controlled the second half extremely well and they continue to build on a series of good performances in the early part of the season.

The referees whistle brought the three points home for Lincoln and sent them to fourth in the table, with a crucial match against fifth place Gateshead up next at Sincil Bank in two days time