Evostick Northern Premier League First Division
South Lincoln United 1 Leek Town 5
BLUES turned in a five-star performance at Ashby Road to remain unbeaten in league action this season.
The win moved them into second spot behind Romulus on goal difference, having dropped only two points from a possible 15.
Leek manager Lee Casswell was looking for a response to his side’s disappointing exit from the FA Cup earlier in mid-week.
Lincoln suffered the misfortune of having keeper Michael Emery, on loan from Gainsborough Trinity, carried off with concussion.
Leek rarely tested his replacement, defender Stuart King, after taking their foot off the pedal in the second half.
Casswell made two changes to his starting line-up with Mitch Husbands, on loan from Worksop Town, making his debut in place of Andy Kinsey.
Ryan Dicker returned to the side at the expense of Paul Donnelly.
Casswell’s other new signing, Nial McGuire from Nantwich Town, won a seat on the bench.
Leek took the lead after only nine minutes when Shelley drove a low corner to the near post and Dicker stooped to glance a header into the net.
The visitors extended their lead in the 20th minute when Matt Bell pulled a corner back for Shelley to blast the ball into a crowded box, from where Husbands hit the target with a clever backheel.
Six minutes later, Blues found themselves three goals to the good.
Jordan Johnson’s speculative cross for Shelley entered the net at the far post after the keeper was deceived by the flight of the ball.
Johnston outpaced his marker in the 34th minute but when his cross was converted the referee ruled out the effort, indicating he had seen the ball handled.
Emery went down injured during the incident and needed lengthy treatment to a head wound before continuing.
There was a bizarre incident in the 39th minute when Lincoln defender Tom Batchelor argued with Husbands, who picked up a yellow card while the big Lincoln defender escaped with just a warning.
Deep into time added at the end of the half, Leek scored a fourth goal.
Johnston chased a lost cause before tracking along the goal line, and while Husbands dragged defenders away with him, Johnston drilled the ball into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles.
The second half was barely three minutes old when Leek were gifted a fifth in the form of an own goal that was to prove even costlier for the home side.
Lincoln defender Stuart Wright collided with goalkeeper Emery in attempting to clear a long through ball and only succeeded in heading into his own net. The unfortunate collision resulted in Emery being stretchered off.
As Leek eased off Lincoln netted a consolation goal in the 65th minute when the ball was poked home by Sam Triffitt from a corner.
Lincoln came close to further reducing the deficit when Josh Bowden unleashed a shot that had Chapman going full length to turn round the post.
Leek found themselves with some defending to do in the last 15 minutes but they were content to soak up the pressure