Magpies make history with thrilling win against Imps
IN a season when the Magpies rewrote the record books on their way to the Division Three title, they made history at Sincil Bank.
Sam Allardyce's side moved a staggering 13 points clear of their nearest promotion rivals as they won a thrilling eight-goal encounter against the Imps.
It was a club record ninth successive victory and the first time they had scored five goals away from Meadow Lane in a decade.
Lincoln had inflicted the first defeat on Notts in only the third game of the campaign but they gained revenge in the sweetest of style.
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They were three goals ahead at the end of a rampant first-half display, with Sean Farrell, Ian Baraclough and Gary Strodder all on target.
The home side, managed by John Beck, looked dead and buried at half-time.
But they were gifted a lifeline just three minutes into the second half when a back-pass to keeper Darren Ward bobbled over his foot and rolled towards goal. Former Forest youngster Paul Smith seized onto the loose ball and prodded it into the net from a yard out.
Mark Hone then reduced the Imps' deficit from six yards just five minutes later and substitute Steve Brown completed a remarkable fight-back with a wonderful volley just after the hour mark.
Their parity was short-lived, however, as Gary Jones rifled home a Steve Finnan cross a minute later to restore the Magpies' lead.
Farrell then doubled his tally ten minutes later to kill off Lincoln's hopes of staging a second stirring fight-back.
Notts won a tenth consecutive league game against local rivals Mansfield, with Jones netting a double at Field Mill, before the run was ended with a draw against Shrewsbury at Meadow Lane.
It is a club record that still stands.
LINCOLN: Vaughan, Barnett, Whitney, Fleming, Holmes, Austin, Walling, Hone, Gordon (Brown, 45), Thorpe, Smith. Subs not used: Alcide, Bimson.
NOTTS: Ward, Redmile, Pearce, Richardson, Strodder, Baraclough, Finnan, Robinson, Farrell (Martindale, 84), Jones, Derry. Subs not used: Robson, Kiwomya.