Date: 29th December 2017 at 10:38pm
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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’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.

Lincoln City: Last Six Results (League Two):

Colchester United 1-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-1 Port Vale
Yeovil Town 0-2 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 2-0 Accrington Stanley
Newport County 0-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-0 Stevenage

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Luton Town (a)
Notts County (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 7,320 (v Barnet)
Highest: 9,581 (v Coventry City)

Total: 103,053 (12 games)
Average: 8,588

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Harry Anderson (6)
2: Matt Green (6)
3: Matt Rhead (5)
4: Ollie Palmer (2)
5: Josh Ginnelly (2)

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.

Forest Green Rovers: Last Six Results (League Two):

Forest Green Rovers 3-2 Crewe Alexandra
Chesterfield 3-2 Forest Green Rovers
Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham Town
Grimsby Town 1-0 Forest Green Rovers
Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Luton Town
Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Carlisle United

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Wycombe Wanderers (h)
Port Vale (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 1,887 (v Lincoln City)
Highest: 3,641 (v Cheltenham Town)

Total: 32,757 (12 games)
Average: 2,730

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Christian Doidge (11)
2: Omar Bugiel (3)
3: Reece Brown (2)
4: Keanu Marsh-Brown (2)
5: Scott Laird (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.

Last 7 Meetings:

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

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

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

12/9/17: Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Lincoln City (League Two)

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