Lincoln City avenged their play-off defeat to Exeter as they walked away after defeating the Grecians 3-0.
Goals from Lee Frecklington, John Akinde and an own goal from Troy Brown saw the Imps put daylight between themselves and the visitors.
The opening exchanges were even with both sides going close. The Imps were able to play neatly down the left to find the head of Akinde. But his header would fall just wide of Christie Pym’s post.
Tristan Abrahams went closest for the hosts before the interval as his stinging volley was comfortably held by Imps stopper Grant Smith.
A three minute spell would then change the course of the game. Once again, the Imps were able to play delicately down the left. John Akinde drove at the defence before squaring to captain Frecklington who couldn’t miss from two yards out.
In what appeared to be the next phase of play, Akinde was driving at the Grecian’s defence once more. Again, the hosts had no answer and allowed Akinde to advance who finally produced a wonderful slip finish into the bottom corner.
The Imps then put the game to bed just ten minutes into the second half when full-back Harry Toffolo’s whipped low cross was put into his own net by Brown. Had Brown not tapped the ball in, Akinde was poised behind him to score again.
Lincoln nearly added the gloss onto the performance as quick feet from Tom Pett saw him slot through Akinde who’s thunderous effort beat Pym but couldn’t beat the post.
The Imps were able to get across the finishing line unscathed and handed a debut to Derby loanee Kellan Gordon.
New signing Bernard Mensah was forced to sit out of the squad as he was not registered in time.
Lincoln next face Mansfield Town in the Checkatrade Trophy, but next return to Sky Bet League Two action as they host Crawley Town.
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