AFTER 35 days without a home game, we finally returned to The Launa Windows Stadium for the visit of Lincoln City.
The early action saw United go close with just seven minutes on the clock when Shepherd Murombedzi did well on the edge of the area before teeing up Dan Butler who fired over.
With Ben Gerring making his debut in the heart of the United back-line, he was involved in the early action as the visitors looked to get a foot-hold in the game.
They took the lead just past the quarter-hour mark when a corner was met by the head of Luke Waterfall who came up from the back to find the net from close range.
The goal gave our visitors a real lift and Dan Lavercombe, who spent the week on trial at Championship club, Bolton Wanderers, had to be alert to deny Muldoon.
The young ‘keeper was beaten by Hearn in the next raid on the edge of his area as the Lincoln front-man took the ball past him before slotting home.
It was a blow for United as our visitors upped the pressure with Alan Power firing just over and then Hearn striking the woodwork before having a goal ruled out.
As half-time approached, player-manager, Kevin Nicholson, warmed the hands of Paul Farman with a powerful drive, but it was Lincoln who ended the half in threatening fashion with Waterfall missing a good opportunity and then Rhead seeing a strike beat Lavercombe but rebounding off the woodwork where Hearn’s follow-up was ruled out for offside.
The opening exchanges of the second period saw the on-loan Achille Campion forced to leave the field with a facial injury following an off-the-ball incident.
His departure from the action saw fellow loanee, Andre Wright, take his place in attack.
Another long-range effort from Nicholson flew over before there was a welcome return to action for Waide Fairhurst who had his first taste of action since August as he replaced Louis Briscoe.
The killer third goal for the Imps game with 73 minutes on the clock as a free-kick into the danger zone caused problems and Waterfall was able to profit.
To their credit, United failed to let their heads drop and it wasn’t long before we reduced the arrears when a neat move involving Fairhurst and Wright saw Simon Heslop set up Dan Butler whose strike found its way beyond the ‘keeper.
There were further chances for Gerring and Nicholson late on but it ended in a 3-1 defeat for United.