Date: 16th August 2017 at 8:32pm
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Ahead of Saturday’s game against Exeter City we take a look at pre-season results, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and past meetings between the two sides.

Ahead of Saturday’s game against Exeter City we take a look at pre-season results, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and past meetings between the two sides.

Exeter City Pre-Season Results:

P5 W3 D0 L2 F11 A4

14/7: Bath City – A 2-0
18/7: Weymouth – A 0-1
20/7: Taunton Town – A 3-0
25/7: Poole Town – A 0-2
29/7: Dorchester Town – A 6-1

League Two Results:

Exeter City 1-0 Cambridge United
Swindon Town 1-1 Exeter City

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Lee Holmes (1)
2: Liam McAlinden (1)
3: Reuben Reid (1)

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

Exeter City had a very eventful 2016-17. A 3-2 defeat at Carlisle on 19 November left The Grecians bottom of the Football League and staring trips to Boreham Wood and Solihull in the face. Even the most die-hard supporters of long-serving manager Paul Tisdale were doubting his future at St James Park, but a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Leyton Orient in the next game was the start of a 12-match unbeaten run which carried them to 4th place in the table and a sustained play-off challenge. A 6-5 aggregate win over Carlisle in the play-off semi-final took them to a largely empty Wembley Stadium where they were beaten 2-1 by supporter-less Blackpool. The estimated £150,000 to £200,000 earned from the play-off campaign will not benefit the team, however, as it has been earmarked for the extensive redevelopment of the ground currently under way. Two star players have departed during the summer: highly-rated 16-year-old Ethan Ampadu has moved to Chelsea for limited compensation only, while 16-goal Ollie Watkins has been sold to Brentford for a rumoured £1.8m, payable in instalments. Exeter chairman Julian Tagg says the money will be used to underpin the budget for the next four seasons and will not result in any spending sprees. Striker Joel Grant has also departed for Plymouth, although top scorer David Wheeler remains. The decision to play every pre-season friendly against sides from two or three tiers below them looks to have backfired a touch, with two defeats from five games. Another promotion challenge looks unlikely this time around unless Tisdale can replace those key departures.

Prediction: Mid-table.

Lincoln City Pre-Season Results:

P6 W4 D0 L2 F14 A10

8/7: Lincoln United – A 4-0
12/7: Benfica B – N 1-3 (three 30-minute periods; played in Portugal)
15/7: Millwall – N 1-0 (played in Portugal)
22/7: Peterborough United – H 2-3
25/7: Nottingham Forest U23 – H 4-3
29/7: Walsall – H 2-1

League Two Results:

Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 1-1 Morecambe

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (2)
2: Josh Ginnelly (1)

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 Six Meetings:

27/10/01: Lincoln City 0-0 Exeter City (Division 3)
30/3/02: Exeter City 1-1 Lincoln City (Division 3)

19/10/02: Lincoln City 1-0 Exeter City (Division 3)
18/3/03: Exeter City 2-0 Lincoln City (Division 3)

6/12/08: Exeter City 2-1 Lincoln City (League Two)
18/4/09: Lincoln City 0-1 Exeter City (League Two)