Date: 13th February 2018 at 6:02pm
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We take a look at the current form of both sides, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and past meetings between the two sides.

Ahead of tonight’s game against Cheltenham Town we take a look at the current form of both sides, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and past meetings between the two sides.

Lincoln City: Last Six Results (League Two):

Luton Town 4-2 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 2-2 Notts County
Barnet 1-1 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-1 Newport County
Lincoln City 2-2 Swindon Town
Cambridge United 0-0 Lincoln City

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Crawley Town (a)
Crewe Alexandra (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 7,320 (v Barnet)
Highest: 9,603 (v Notts County)

Total: 138,096 (16 games)
Average: 8,631

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (9)
2: Matt Rhead (7)
3: Harry Anderson (6)
4: Michael Bostwick (4)
5: Ollie Palmer (3)

Scotimp’s Views From the Season PreviewPart One | Part Two:

Lincoln City’s promotion to the Football League last season was as unexpected as it was breathtaking. Their run to the FA Cup quarter-final astonished and enthralled football supporters all over the world, and that is one reason why they are expected to do well this season. Wins over Oldham, Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley suggest that City will have little trouble with the likes of Crawley and Newport, and they have a far stronger squad this season. The methodical and analytical approach of Danny Cowley and his management team should deliver results regardless of which tier they are in; and whilst promotion to League One at the first attempt seems a tall order, they have plenty of momentum. Cowley has made some interesting signings during the close season, with Peterborough’s Player of the Season Michael Bostwick the headline-maker. Off the field, their policy of attracting sustainable investment has been enhanced through the advent of a couple of new directors. With a bespoke training ground scheduled to open in December and a new 15,000-seat stadium very much on the horizon, developments in infrastructure are set to keep pace with progress onfield. The people of Lincoln are certainly convinced: they have snapped up almost 6,000 season tickets over the summer, a response not seen since their Second Division days in the mid-1950s. City are almost guaranteed an average crowd of between 7,000 and 8,000, even if consolidation is the outcome next May. But the Cowleys have the opportunity they have worked for ten years to secure – to test their skills in the Football League – and they are unlikely to settle for anything less than a promotion challenge.

Prediction: Automatic promotion.

Cheltenham Town: Last Six Results (League Two):

Colchester United 1-4 Cheltenham Town
Cheltenham Town 0-2 Accrington Stanley
Mansfield Town 3-2 Cheltenham Town
Cheltenham Town 1-1 Barnet
Grimsby Town 1-1 Cheltenham Town
Cheltenham Town 5-1 Port Vale

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Wycombe Wanderers (h)
Luton Town (a)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 2,266 (v Cambridge United)
Highest: 5,050 (v Swindon Town)

Total: 49,040 (16 games)
Average: 3,065

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Mohamed Eisa (14)
2: Kevin Dawson (6)
3: Brian Graham (4)
4: Carl Winchester (4)
5: Will Boyle (3)

Scotimp’s Views From the Season PreviewPart One | Part Two:

Contrary to expectation, Cheltenham struggled badly last season after cantering to the National League title in 2015-16. Relegation was avoided by just 4 points, with safety only secured with a 1-0 win over Hartlepool in the penultimate game. More worrying will be the return of just 49 goals, a direct contrast to the 87 scored the previous season, and the fact that top scorer Billy Waters has departed for Northampton. Sudanese striker Mohamed Eisa has been brought in to replace Waters after scoring 57 goals in 2 seasons for Greenwich Borough, although the four-tier step up will be a test. Former Lincoln youth Jerrell Sellars has also joined after a spell at Aston Villa, but the signings in other positions look run of the mill. Cheltenham spent a lot of money in an effort to escape the National League at the first attempt, and the budget may be restricted accordingly; it will never be large on average gates of around 3,300. Confidence will not have been boosted by a poor pre-season campaign which delivered three defeats by sides from National League South. On the positive side, Gary Johnson signed a new two-year contract 26 May after recovering from multiple heart bypass surgery. Johnson has one of the better managerial records in League Two with an impressive 5 previous promotions to his name, but he is very unlikely to add to that just yet.

Prediction: Relegation battle, should survive because of Gary Johnson.

Last 7 Meetings:

14/11/09: Lincoln City 1-1 Cheltenham Town (League Two)
3/4/10: Cheltenham Town 1-0 Lincoln City (League Two)

25/1/11: Cheltenham Town 1-2 Lincoln City (League Two)
25/4/11: Lincoln City 0-2 Cheltenham Town (League Two)

8/8/15: Lincoln City 1-1 Cheltenham Town (Conference)
30/4/16: Cheltenham Town 3-1 Lincoln City (Conference)

21/10/17: Cheltenham Town 1-0 Lincoln City (League Two)

Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City FC for the photograph.