Lincoln City romp to first win of the season

Lincoln City secured their first victory of the season after beating 10-men Carlisle United 4-1 at Sincil Bank.

An Alex Woodyard brace, a Matt Rhead penalty and a Billy Knott strike ensured the Imps won their first Football League match since March 2011.

Tom Parkes was sent off for the visitors after hauling down Matt Green before Reggie Lambe scored a consolation for the Cumbrians.

The Imps started well when Woodyard opened the scoring with a 25-yard shot, beating Carlisle goalkeeper Jack Bonham.

Woodyard doubled the lead in the second-half when he latched onto Matt Rhead’s through ball and his effort went past the Carlisle goalkeeper.

Five minutes later Lincoln were awarded a boost when Parkes was sent off after brining down Green when he failed to deal with a long ball.

Rhead, who has been Lincoln’s top scorer the last two seasons, scored his first goal of the campaign when he slotted home the resulting penalty.

Carlisle grabbed a goal back a few minutes later when Lambe took the ball around Imps’ goalkeeper Paul Farman and scored from an improbable angle.

Knott completed the rout for Lincoln when he curled his left-footed effort into the top corner with three minutes remaining.

Sean Raggett and Luke Waterfall defended brilliantly throughout the game.

The win sees Lincoln shoot up to 13th and they will travel to Mansfield in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday, 29 August before hosting Luton Town at Sincil Bank on Saturday, September 2.

Lincoln City: Farman; Eardley, Raggett, Waterfall, Long; Arnold, Woodyard, Bostwick, Maguire-Drew (Knott 56); Rhead (Palmer 70), Green (Anderson 73)

Subs not used: Vickers, Habergham, Dickie, Whitehouse

Carlisle United: Bonham; T Miller, Parkes, Ellis, Grainger; Devitt, Liddle (S Miller 68), Jones, Lambe; Bennett (Cosgrove 68), Hope (Adams 68)

Subs not used: George, Joyce, Brown, Kennedy

Attendance: 8,345 (616 away fans)

The Lincolnite Man of the Match: Alex Woodyard