Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson could not hide his delight at the way his side earned their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Altrincham last night.
Goals from Jordan Burrow and substitute Conner Robinson gave Simpson's side a comfortable 2-0 lead until Damian Reeves reduced the deficit in injury time for the Robins.
It was a sign of how far City have developed in recent seasons that the only blot on the night was not keeping a clean sheet.
Simpson said: "I am delighted with the win. I thought we made hard work of it to be honest. We were quite dominant at times but probably our own carelessness put us into trouble.
"We have gone 2-0 up and been a bit sloppy again. They have ended up pinching one at the death and it was perhaps 45 seconds we didn’t need to go through.
"It was a game we needed to win if I am perfectly honest but I knew it would be difficult. The pitch was difficult, you couldn’t run with the ball. The grass was that long it was untrue. We struggled to run with it."
Altrincham, beaten by Aldershot on the opening day, were not match for a City side with solidity in defence and guile in midfield.
That combination, allied to the willing endeavours of Burrow, Ben Tomlinson and Marcus Marshall in attack, was too much for the newly promoted hosts.
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— Jordan Burrow (@JordBurrow) August 13, 2014
Burrow deservedly put City ahead in the 12th minute when he rose at the far post to head home Sean Newton's perfectly placed cross.
They could have added to their tally with Hamza Bencherif's 25-yarder in the 33rd minute had not found Altrincham goalkeeper Stuart Coburn in fine form.
The Robins had one shot of note in the opening half when Sean Williams forced Nick Townsend into a superb left-footed save.
But it was the only scare for a City side that dominated possession and substitute Robinson added a second with a volley from another Newton cross in the 81st minute.
The home pulled a goal back in injury time through Reeves, but there was even time for Simpson to give new signing Karl Ledsham his debut as a second-half sub.
However, Simpson revealed that the striker is to undergo surgery in the next couple of weeks to sort out a groin problem.
Simpson added: "He has got this problem – tendonitis right in his groin. It is right into his pubis bone. He has got to have an injection in it.
"We have got the scan back and the surgeon is going to put him to sleep next week or the week after, he will have an injection in it and hopefully it will settle down after that.
"We can get 20 mins or half-an-hour out of him. The kid is so frustrated at the moment it is untrue. At least we can use him for a bit while we get the others patched up."