Date: 12th September 2017 at 7:15pm
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Ahead of tonight’s game against Forest Green Rovers we take a look at the current form of both sides, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and more!

Ahead of tonight’s game against Forest Green Rovers 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.

Forest Green Rovers: First Six Games:

Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Barnet
Mansfield Town 2-0 Forest Green Rovers
Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Yeovil Town
Colchester United 5-1 Forest Green Rovers
Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Forest Green Rovers
Forest Green Rovers 1-3 Exeter City

Home Attendance Stats:

Lowest: 2,615 (v Yeovil Town)
Highest: 3,171 (v Barnet)

Total: 8,695 (3 games)
Average: 2,898

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Christian Doidge (4)
2: Reece Brown (1)
3: Omar Bugiel (1)
4: Charlie Cooper (1)
5: Shamir Mullings (1)

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

Love them or loathe them, Ecotricity FC and their controversial owner are in the Football League. The embarrassingly predictable references to fairy tales have been quietly consigned to the rubbish bin together with the ill-informed journalists who wrote them, and it is now time to deal with the reality. This season is an entirely new ball game for Forest Green, as they are suddenly competing against clubs with similar wherewithal: Dale Vince’s millions no longer give them an outrageous advantage, and the Football League’s financial fair play rules now come into play. On the field, Forest Green will have to fix their defence. Last season they were promoted having conceded 56 goals – only two teams have ever won promotion to the Football League having conceded more. Similar frailty this season will undoubtedly see them relegated straight back to the National League, as League Two forwards will be less forgiving. The loss of star defender Ethan Pinnock to Barnsley has been offset by the acquisition of the experienced Scott Laird from Scunthorpe, but last season’s naive defending could still prove their Achilles heel. The forward line which scored 88 league goals last season has been retained and should produce enough goals to ensure survival. The most striking thing about FGR’s 11 summer acquisitions is their average age of just 21, and 9 of the 11 are aged 22 or under. As usual, there has been a fair sprinkling of eccentricity over the summer. Their pre-season schedule was curious to say the least – apart from Bristol Rovers, no opponent was higher than two divisions below them. Furthermore, their final home friendly was moved to an alternative venue in case it harmed their new organic pitch. Off-field developments include a move to training facilities in Chippenham, 21 miles away, which is the equivalent of Lincoln building their new training ground in Horncastle. At least they keep us entertained.

Prediction: Lower mid-table.

Lincoln City: First Six Results:

Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 1-1 Morecambe
Exeter City 1-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 4-1 Carlisle United
Lincoln City 0-0 Luton Town
Stevenage 1-2 Lincoln City

Home Attendance Stats:

Lowest: 8,060 (v Morecambe)
Highest: 9,332 (v Luton Town)

Total: 25,737 (3 games)
Average: 8,579

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (2)
2: Alex Woodyard (2)
3: Billy Knott (1)
4: Josh Ginnelly (1)
5: Sean Raggett (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 6 Meetings:

1/11/14: Forest Green Rovers 3-3 Lincoln City (National League)
28/3/15: Lincoln City 1-2 Forest Green Rovers (National League)

22/8/15: Forest Green Rovers 3-1 Lincoln City (National League)
16/1/16: Lincoln City 0-1 Forest Green Rovers (National League)

19/11/16: Forest Green Rovers 2-3 Lincoln City (National League)
25/3/17: Lincoln City 3-1 Forest Green Rovers (National League)

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