Date: 9th March 2018 at 11:27pm
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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 tomorrow afternoon’s game against Chesterfield 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.

Chesterfield: Last Six Results (League Two):

Yeovil Town 1-2 Chesterfield
Chesterfield 0-1 Stevenage
Chesterfield 1-2 Crawley Town
Chesterfield 2-3 Cambridge United
Carlisle United 2-0 Chesterfield
Chesterfield 2-1 Swindon Town

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Cheltenham Town (a)
Notts County (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 3,955 (v Yeovil Town)
Highest: 7,925 (v Grimsby Town)

Total: 92,498 (18 games)
Average: 5,139

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Kristian Dennis (14)
2: Jak McCourt (5)
3: Louis Reed (3)
4: Joe Rowley (3)
5: Andy Kellett (2)

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

The last twelve months have proved something of a disaster for Chesterfield. Not only were they relegated from League One in abject fashion, off-field shenanigans including a deeply embarrassing supporter competition did nothing to enhance their image. Rumours of a dire financial situation gained momentum with wholesale resignations from the board after chairman and main financier Dave Allen quit the club in November following a row over writing off interest payable on director loans. None of which was the way they envisaged celebrating their 150th-year in existence. As expected following relegation, there have been major changes to the playing side, with 15 of last season’s poor squad moving out. Some tightening of the belt during the summer might have been expected, but this is Chesterfield we are discussing. The club admits that the contract given to Chris O’Grady is the biggest in the history of the club, and has been rumoured to consist of a £50,000 signing-on fee plus £4,500 per week in wages. Not bad for a club allegedly £12 million in debt. Taking into account a pre-season training camp in Spain and Portugal for a week, there is obviously money there somewhere. The dangerous Gozie Ugwu from Woking may well prove to be the best signing of the lot, whilst the highly-rated Louis Reed has joined on loan from Sheffield United. Other than that, there appears to be very little to get excited about. Further scandal erupted over the club in July with news of an FA investigation into the payment of players and fielding one player under a false name in a reserve match. You really could not make this up. Pre-season results have been very mixed, with three wins over vastly inferior non-league opposition followed by four successive defeats with only two goals scored. Chesterfield have bounced back to League One at the first attempt twice in the last six seasons, both as champions; a hat-trick is clearly the intention, but they are going to be very disappointed this time.

Prediction: Upper mid-table, just on account of the money spent.

Lincoln City: Last Six Results (League Two):

Lincoln City 2-2 Swindon Town
Cambridge United 0-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 1-0 Cheltenham Town
Crawley Town 3-1 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 1-4 Crewe Alexandra
Mansfield Town 1-1 Lincoln City

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Grimsby Town (h)
Morecambe (a)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

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

Total: 154,259 (18 games)
Average: 8,570

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (10)
2: Matt Rhead (7)
3: Harry Anderson (6)
4: Michael Bostwick (5)
5: Ollie Palmer (4)

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.

Last 7 Meetings:

18/10/08: Lincoln City 3-1 Chesterfield (League Two)
7/4/09: Chesterfield 1-1 Lincoln City (League Two)

26/12/09: Lincoln City 2-1 Chesterfield (League Two)
6/2/10: Chesterfield 2-1 Lincoln City (League Two)

4/9/10: Chesterfield 2-1 Lincoln City (League Two)
19/2/11: Lincoln City 0-2 Chesterfield (League Two)

7/10/17: Lincoln City 2-1 Chesterfield (League Two)

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