Date: 10th August 2017 at 10:32pm
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Ahead of tomorrow’s game against Morecambe we take a look at pre-season results, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and past meetings between the two sides.

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

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

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.

Morecambe FC Pre-Season Results:

P6 W2 D0 L4 F5 A8

11/7: Bamber Bridge – A 2-1
15/7: Lancaster City – H 1-0
18/7: Preston North End – H 0-2
21/7: Blackburn Rovers – H 1-2
25/7: AFC Fylde – A 1-2
29/7: Rochdale – H 0-1

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

Life has never been easy for Morecambe since they entered the Football League in 2007. With one of the smallest budgets in the League and crowds which can almost be counted on the fingers of one hand, likeable manager Jim Bentley has his hands full just to keep Morecambe out of the National League. Relegation was avoided by six points last time around, not helped by a transfer embargo imposed between December and February after wages were not paid on time, and this season promises another struggle ahead. Last season’s star man and top scorer Paul Mullin has departed for relegated Swindon. Close season signings look mediocre, with former Imp Vadaine Oliver tasked with scoring enough goals to avoid the non-league trapdoor; Oliver has been relegated in each of his last two seasons with York City and will want to avoid a hat-trick of a less welcome kind. Survival this season will require Morecambe to punch above their weight in no uncertain terms; and to hope there are two teams worse than they are.

Prediction: Bentley has kept his club in the Football League against the odds, but this season the odds are about to catch up. Nailed-on relegation.

Last Six Meetings:

27/9/08: Lincoln City 1-1 Morecambe FC (League Two)
10/2/09: Morecambe FC 1-1 Lincoln City (League Two)

31/10/09: Morecambe FC 3-1 Lincoln City (League Two)
5/4/10: Lincoln City 1-3 Morecambe FC (League Two)

13/11/10: Morecambe FC 1-2 Lincoln City (League Two)
12/2/11: Lincoln City 2-0 Morecambe FC (League Two)