Lincoln City have lived up to their pre-season hype by taking a two-point lead at the top of the early League Two table.
The Imps ended Kevin Nolan’s spell in charge of Notts County with a resounding 301 win that, in truth, was more comfortable than the goals for suggests.
The big player for City was Lee Frecklington, their former youth star who has enjoyed Championship football with Rotherham and Peterborough. He rolled back the years to score a wonderful chip in the first half, an early contender for Goal of the Season.
County got back into the game via a fortuitous free kick, but Lincoln asserted their dominance in front of a lively crowd with goals from the impressive former QPR man Bruno Andrade and Harry Anderson, courtesy of Andrade.
The winger was a friend of Raheem Sterling at QPR, but his performance yesterday stood out in its own right. He terrorised Matt Tootle at right back for Notts County, so much so it aggravated an injury which forced him off the field. In the second half Cowley swapped the wingers over and left County floundering.
Another key battle saw former Norwich left back comfortably deal with the threat of £100,000 winger Enzio Boldewijn, with the latter barely getting a kick out of the 23-year old.
There are two big tests for the Imps coming up, MK Dons and Exeter City. Those two are second and third and if they take maximum points from those games, it is hard to see even at this early stage who is going to stop them.
As for Notts County, Nolan’s dismissal today says it all. they were awful, offering very little in front of goal and missing a chance to silence the Sincil Bank crowd after pulling level. There’s quality in those black and white shirts, but at present it is hard to spot.