Stockport County 3-4 Lincoln City
Saturday January 22, Edgeley Park, (Att: 4,348)
Ashley Grimes's hat trick ensured bottom side Lincoln City earned a precious three points in their fight against relegation in a pulsating match against fellow strugglers Stockport.
The Imps took the lead after just five minutes when an instinctive finish from Grimes saw him lob the ball from distance over a stranded Matt Glennon.
However, the home side were level 20 minutes later when Adam Griffin reacted quickest to crash home a loose ball after Trevor Carson failed to hold onto Greg Tansey's free-kick.
Lincoln made sure they went back into the break on top when Adam Watts finished from close range after Danny Hone's nod down from a free kick.
Steve Tilson's men stretched their advantage on the hour mark, Grimes getting his second as he tapped home Gavin McCallum's intelligent pull back into an unguarded net.
County reduced the deficit three minutes later though, with David Poole sweeping the ball home after City failed to deal with a deflected cross from the right.
However, the Cheshire side soon found themselves two goals behind again as Grimes completed his hat-trick - tucking away the ball away after Glennon had kept out Luke Howell's initial effort.
Stockport rallied and ensured a nervy end to the game for the visitors when Watts deflected in Ishmel Demontanag's effort from outside the box.
Lincoln held on for a precious three points however which, although not moving them off the foot of the table, sees them just two points behind 22nd-placed County with five games in hand.