TWO GOALS in quick succession late in the first half condemned Torquay United to a 2-0 defeat at Lincoln City.
In the Sincil Bank sunshine, it was United who launched the first attack but James Hurst’s cross in the area was cleared without too many problems by the home defence.
A long throw-in from Exodus Geohaghon caused panic amongst the home defence as Tyrone Marsh managed to get his head to the ball and his effort looped just over the crossbar.
United were seeing plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges, but chances were few and far between for either side.
Some space opened up in front of Durrell Berry and as he strode forward, his eventual strike from distance flew over.
As the home side started to get into their stride, Nathan Smith had to defend well to cut out an inviting cross at the near post, but the opening goal arrived for Lincoln City with ten minutes to go until the break.
Liam Hearn managed to get away from the attentions of Geohaghon before getting in a low strike from an acute angle that beat Fabian Spiess.
The second goal soon followed when Matt Rhead met a cross and his towering head found its way beyond Spiess to make it 2-0 and that’s how the scoreline remained going into the half-time interval.
There was a change at the break when Geohaghon was replaced by Alex Fisher as United reverted to a back four with debutant, Harry Hickford, moving into the heart of the back-line having sat just in front during the opening period.
It also meant that the captain’s armband went to Louis Briscoe as United looked to find a way back into the game.
The first chance of the second half saw Hurst try his luck from distance, but his effort was dragged just wide of the target.
Then Briscoe was denied by a smart save from Farman as the resulting corner was scrambled clear.
At the other end, it was Spiess’ turn to make a great save as he thwarted Hearn and from the corner that followed, Briscoe did well to clear the danger.
The second half certainly began in an open fashion with both teams having opportunities and another opening for United saw Briscoe try his luck only for his strike to be deflected away from goal.
A corner from Dan Butler was delivered tantalisingly into the danger zone but Lincoln City managed to clear their lines ahead of Fisher.
The home side started to up the pressure as the half went on and a shot on the turn from Hearn was well saved by Spiess.
With Shepherd Murombedzi on for Marsh, there was an effort from Briscoe, who was pushed up front alongside Fisher, that was straight at the ‘keeper.
A foul by Angus MacDonald yielded a yellow card.
There was a late change by John Ramshaw as Ashley Yeoman was introduced in place of Fergus Bell for the closing stages of the game.
Into stoppage time and a strike from Murombedzi was on target but kept out by Farman and that was to be the last action as it ended in a 2-0 defeat for United.