Delroy Facey’s third goal of the season was enough to the see the Imps claim their fifth league win in a row against Hereford at Edgar Street.

The two sides had already met three times this season – once in the league, and in the FA Cup second round, when a replay was required to see the Bulls scrape through.

Steve Tilson will be particularly pleased with the victory after seeing his team cope admirably with a resurgent Bulls side – themselves chasing a fifth League Two win on the trot.

Tilson made two changes to the side that claimed an impressive 2-1 win away to Bradford on Tuesday. Adam Watts returned to the heart of defence at the expense of Patrick Kanyuka, whilst Gavin Hoyte dropped to the bench, allowing Julian Kelly to reclaim his favoured right-back berth.

Facey’s strike – just his third of the season – came after 29 minutes, with a sharp volley beyond Adam Bartlett between the Bulls sticks after Ashley Grimes’ lay-off.

Hereford rallied, enjoying the lion’s share of possession and finished the game with 13 attempts on Trevor Carson’s goal, but to no avail.

Victory lifts the Imps up to 15th place in League Two; eight points clear of the relegation zone and their highest position so far this season.

The Imps will now set their sights on claiming their sixth consecutive win when they play host to play-off hopefuls Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.