Date: 7th September 2017 at 5:42pm
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Ahead of Saturday’s game against Stevenage we take a look at the current form of both sides, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and more!

Ahead of Saturday’s game against Stevenage 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.

Stevenage: First Five Games:

Stevenage 3-3 Newport County
Colchester United 1-1 Stevenage
Stevenage 3-1 Grimsby Town
Barnet 0-1 Stevenage
Cheltenham Town 0-1 Stevenage

Home Attendance Stats:

Lowest: 2,650 (v Newport County)
Highest: 2,793 (v Grimsby Town)

Total: 2,722 (2 games)
Average: 5,443

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Danny Newton (3)
2: Tom Pett (2)
3: Dale Gorman (1)
4: Ben Kennedy (1)
5: Joe Martin (1)

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

Although not fancied by the bookmakers at the start of the 2016-17 season, Stevenage surprised many by coming within 4 points of a play-off spot. A great run in February and March of 8 wins from 9 games looked certain to give Stevenage a play-off place at least, but a late season dip in form saw them fall back to finish tenth. The unorthodox management team of Darren Sarll and Glenn Roeder has been retained, and summer transfer business has been very impressive. The retention of Matt Godden could be pivotal to another promotion challenge, and the addition of 29-goal Danny Newton from Tamworth should produce even more goals than the very satisfactory 67 scored last season. Midfielder Tom Pett has yet to leave despite rumours of a move away, and midfield options have been boosted further by the return of Chris Whelpdale to the Lamex Stadium after a season at Wimbledon. Clever winger Blair Turgott has been signed from Bromley, although his impending trial on fraud and money laundering charges may curtail his season, and Harry Beautyman was impressive for Welling in the Conference a few seasons ago. Stevenage could be the surprise package this season if all goes well.

Prediction: The bookies are wrong. Play-offs.

Lincoln City: First Five 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

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: Matt Rhead (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.

Past Meetings:

25/9/10: Lincoln City 0-1 Stevenage (League Two)
19/3/11: Stevenage 2-1 Lincoln City (League Two)