Lincoln City extended their unbeaten home form to seven games with a 2-0 win over Torquay United at Sincil Bank this afternoon.
Neither side could really get going for the opening half an hour, and the frustration was beginning to show on the terraces. However, two goals in three minutes completely changed the game.
Firstly, Liam Hearn did superbly to latch onto a Rhead flick on and outmuscle two Torquay defenders before calmly slotting past Fabian Speiss on 35 minutes.
The second came just two minutes later, a superb floated cross from Lee Beevers found Matt Rhead’s head and the ball looped wonderfully over Speiss for Rhead’s ninth of the season.
It could have been three but Rhead could not quite get on the end of a Muldoon cross. After a lacklustre opening half an hour the Imps went into the break two goals to the good.
The start of the second half was much more entertaining than the first with both sides having early chances to score. Torquay tested Paul Farman in the City goal for the first time in the game.
First Louis Briscoe forced Farman to parry from a long range effort and the Imps’ keeper then had to get down low and tip Fergus Bell’s header around the post.
Moyses’ men then had the chance to go three goals ahead when Muldoon picked out Liam Hearn who struck agonisingly wide.
The game went a little flat in the final third of the game with chances at a premium.
The Imps never looked like sacrificing their lead and condemned the visitors to their third defeat in a row.
Assistant manager Grant Brown was happy his side managed to keep a clean sheet.
He said: “We were quite comfortable and never really felt under threat but we needed the clean sheet because one goal for them can lead to two and it’s a nice lead to have 2-0 but can be a precarious one.
“In the past when we’ve had a lead we’ve been a bit guilty of going for the third and opening ourselves up.
Man of the Match Bradley Wood spoke about the importance of Lincoln’s fantastic home form.
Wood said: “Being unbeaten at home is the biggest thing for us, we want to make this (Sincil Bank) a fortress and we don’t want anyone beating us on our patch, we’ve had some big teams here and done the job.”
Grant Brown also confirmed that captain Alan Power missed today’s game due to the imminent arrival of his and his partner’s new baby and shed some light on Jon Nolan’s future at the club.
He said: “We said last week he is available for loan and that’s the situation at the moment.”