Date: 20th April 2018 at 8:17am
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Ahead of tomorrow’s game against Colchester United, 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):

Lincoln City 3-1 Grimsby Town
Morecambe 0-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-2 Exeter City
Carlisle United 0-1 Lincoln City
Port Vale 1-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Remaining Fixtures (League Two):

Coventry City (a)
Accrington Stanley (a)
Yeovil Town (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 7,320 (v Barnet)
Highest: 9,785 (v Exeter City)

Total: 182,766 (21 games)
Average: 8,703

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (13)
2: Matt Rhead (7)
3: Harry Anderson (6)
4: Michael Bostwick (6)
5: Ollie Palmer (6)

Scotimp’s Views From the Season Preview Part 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.

Colchester United: Last Six Results (League Two):

Morecambe 0-0 Colchester United
Stevenage 0-1 Colchester United
Colchester United 2-1 Luton Town
Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Colchester United
Colchester United 0-1 Accrington Stanley
Colchester United 1-3 Notts County

Remaining Fixtures (League Two):

Swindon Town (h)
Exeter City (a)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 2,552 (v Chesterfield)
Highest: 5,461 (v Luton Town)

Total: 72,685 (22 games)
Average: 3,304

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Sammie Szmodics (12)
2: Mikael Mandron (10)
3: Tom Eastman (3)
4: Sean Murray (3)
5: Courtney Senior (3)

Scotimp’s Views From the Season Preview Part One | Part Two

The 2016-17 season could have been a testing one for Colchester after relegation from League One, but the record books show that only promoted Doncaster Rovers won more points at home in League Two last season than Colchester, and only champions Portsmouth scored more goals. That should have been more than enough to carry them to a promotion place, but a poor away record with only 5 wins proved costly. They acclimatised very well in the early stages and remained in the top six into September. Injury problems then caused a run of ten games without a win which dumped them into the bottom two, before seven wins from eight games carried them back up to sixth. The inconsistency continued after that, although a six-game unbeaten run at the end of the season saw them just miss a play-off place by a couple of points. It could certainly be viewed as a successful first season in management for John McGreal, and Colchester will be keen to build on a promising foundation. Top scorer Chris Porter has gone to Crewe, and has been replaced by Frenchman Mikael Mandron from Wigan; Lincoln fans may remember him starting last season for Eastleigh. There has been a significant overhaul at the back, with seven defenders and two goalkeepers departing during the summer. Colchester are another club completing a very undemanding pre-season schedule, but lost the two more meaningful games. Status quo would appear to be on the cards this time around, although Mandron could prove the difference between promotion and another near miss.

Prediction: Play-off challenge again, will just miss out.

Last 7 Meetings:

26/10/96: Lincoln City 3-2 Colchester United (Division 3)
30/11/96: Colchester United 7-1 Lincoln City (Division 3)

22/11/97: Colchester United 0-1 Lincoln City (Division 3)
28/3/98: Lincoln City 0-1 Colchester United (Division 3)

12/12/98: Lincoln City 0-0 Colchester United (Division 2)
1/5/99: Colchester United 1-3 Lincoln City (Division 2)

21/11/17: Colchester United 1-0 Lincoln City (League Two)

Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City for the photograph!

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Friday, 20 April 2018

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