Macc shot down after bright start
MACCLESFIELD suffered a disappointing defeat after giving away a two-goal lead, as Lincoln powered back to take all three points at the Sincil Bank Stadium.
Two early goals by Kristian Dennis and Paul Lewis were almost immediately wiped out after 20 minutes as Lincoln were 3-2 up in the 26th minute, before scoring twice more.
The Silkmen took the lead in the third minute after a free-kick from Paul Turnbull on the right-hand side was met by Dennis who was free in the box and put it past Paul Farman.
Just a few minutes later it was 2-0 after another cross from Turnbull was headed home by Lewis to double the lead.
Lincoln soon pulled one back though when Liam Hearn got on the end of a corner to score his first goal of the evening.
It was a fast energetic start to the game and Macc nearly scored again when Dennis got on the end of a Chris Holroyd pass but he could only steer his shot wide.
Shwan Jalal made a great save in the 20th minute when Chris Bush stood over a free-kick from 25-yards out but the goalkeeper managed to tip it on to the post and Pilkington was on hand to clear.
Lincoln were back on level terms in the 24th minute though when Hearn won the ball in the box and smashed it into the top corner leaving Jalal with no chance.
The turnaround was then complete two minutes later when Matt Rhead climbed well to head the ball into the net and put his team in front for the first time in the game.
In the second half Macc came out looking to amend the result and controversially in the 46th minute, Jack Sampson had an effort ruled out for offside.
But then it was Lincoln who added to their tally when Rhead bought down the ball and fired home to get their fourth goal.
There was a pause in the game in the 68th minute when goalkeeper Jalal took a knock to the face and was stretchered off, replaced by Ritchie Branagan.
Things then got worse in the 72nd minute when Lincoln scored their fifth as Hearn completed his hat-trick after latching onto a back pass from Paul Turnbull.
Macclesfield had the final say though as Dennis pulled one back deep into stoppage time to make the final score 5-3.
●● Kristian Dennis