Date: 29th January 2018 at 6:37pm
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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 night’s game against Newport County 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):

Newport County 0-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-0 Stevenage
Lincoln City 2-1 Forest Green Rovers
Luton Town 4-2 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 2-2 Notts County
Barnet 1-1 Lincoln City

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Swindon Town (h)
Cambridge United (a)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 7,320 (v Barnet)
Highest: 9,603 (v Notts County)

Total: 121,620 (14 games)
Average: 8,687

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (8)
2: Harry Anderson (6)
3: Matt Rhead (6)
4: Michael Bostwick (3)
5: Ollie Palmer (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.

Newport County: Last Six Results (League Two):

Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Newport County
Cheltenham Town 1-1 Newport County
Newport County 2-1 Exeter City
Grimsby Town 1-2 Newport County
Newport County 2-1 Crawley Town
Newport County 1-1 Morecambe

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Colchester United (a)
Forest Green Rovers (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 2,275 (v Barnet)
Highest: 5,741 (v Crawley Town)

Total: 44,231 (13 games)
Average: 3,402

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Pádraig Amond (9)
2: Frank Nouble (7)
3: Shawn McCoulsky (6)
4: Matthew Dolan (3)
5: Joss Labadie (3)

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

On 4 March 2017, Newport County looked certain to be relegated at the end of the season. A 4-0 home defeat to second-from-bottom Leyton Orient left them 11 points from safety with just 12 games to play. Manager Graham Westley was sacked the following week, with young coach Mike Flynn appointed to oversee what was surely to be the club’s return to the National League after four seasons away. What happened next was truly unexpected. Flynn won his first two games – both away from home – and County began a run which slowly but surely lifted them out of the bottom two. They went into the final game of the season against Notts County at Rodney Parade two points ahead of second-from-bottom Hartlepool, needing a win to guarantee survival. It was 1-1 after 89 minutes, and with Hartlepool leading Doncaster 2-1, Newport were going down. Then a goal out of the blue by defender Mark O’Brien proved enough to keep Newport in the Football League. It was one of the great escapes in recent football history, but reality soon bites: Flynn may have kept them up against all odds, but can he have a similar impact over the course of a whole season? There has been a dramatic overhaul on the playing side, with 14 players departing. New signing Lamar Reynolds scored 28 in 36 games for Brentwood Town last season and will be hoping to bridge the four-tier gap to the Football League. Much-travelled Frank Nouble has also been brought in – Newport is his seventh club in little over two years, and it is hard to believe he is still only 25. They do not look likely to create a promotion bid by any stretch of the imagination, and another season of struggle will surely be on the cards. County have one of the smallest budgets in the division, and are forced to play their home games on a pitch shared with both Dragons and Newport RFC . They will be playing away for the first three games of the new season due to installation of a new Desso pitch at Rodney Parade to try to overcome drainage issues. On the positive side, they have sold 1,000 season tickets for the first time. The original phoenix club will need all the support it can get if relegation is to be avoided again.

Prediction: Relegation battle, should just survive.

Last 5 Meetings:

3/12/11: Newport County 1-0 Lincoln City (Conference)
24/3/12: Lincoln City 2-0 Newport County (Conference)

18/8/12: Newport County 2-1 Lincoln City (Conference)
12/1/13: Lincoln City 2-4 Newport County (Conference)

23/12/17: Newport County 0-0 Lincoln City (League Two)

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