History was certainly on Lincoln City’s side as they travelled to north London in the knowledge that they had won nine of their last 11 meetings with Barnet. The Bees, though, emphatically upset the form book with a 4-2 victory over the Imps at Underhill.

City boss, Steve Tilson, handed a starting berth to Ghanaian midfielder Ali Fuseini in place of the injured Gavin Hoyte, meaning Reading loanee Julian Kelly started at right back.

Former Sheffield United forward Steve Kabba opened the scoring after just six minutes, and the veteran doubled his tally from the penalty spot after Fuseini felled Jordan Parkes nine minutes later.

Bees midfielder Mark Hughes put the game further out of the Imps’ reach seven minutes before the break with strike from the edge of the box.

Lincoln rallied after half-time and set about reducing the arrears. Luke Howell opened his City account after Ashley Grimes put him in the clear two minutes after the restart, firing home from just inside the penalty area.

Grimes himself was on the score sheet just three minutes later, stabbing home Delroy Facey’s lay-off to claim his 13th goal of the season and give Tilson’s side hope of gaining at least a point.

Those hopes though were dashed in the 68th minute, when former Derby forward Izale McLeod grabbed his seventh goal of the season to effectively end the Imps’ fight back.

Defeat sees Tilson’s side drop to 16th place in League Two with as many as two games in hand over their rivals. Barnet, on the other hand, climb out to the relegation places at the expense of Burton Albion.

Tilson will now turn his attentions to the visit of Oxford United, who will travel to Sincil Bank on Tuesday, 1st March. Kick off for that game is at 7.45pm.