Date: 2nd February 2018 at 8:07pm
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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 Swindon Town 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):

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
Lincoln City 3-1 Newport County

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Cambridge United (a)
Cheltenham Town (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

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

Total: 129,187 (15 games)
Average: 8,612

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (9)
2: Matt Rhead (7)
3: Harry Anderson (6)
4: Michael Bostwick (3)
5: Ollie Palmer (3)

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.

Swindon Town: Last Six Results (League Two):

Swindon Town 1-0 Notts County
Barnet 1-2 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 1-0 Forest Green Rovers
Coventry City 3-1 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 4-3 Crewe Alexandra
Stevenage 0-1 Swindon Town

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Accrington Stanley (a)
Mansfield Town (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 5,439 (v Crewe Alexandra)
Highest: 8,526 (v Luton Town)

Total: 97,688 (15 games)
Average: 6,513

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Luke Norris (11)
2: Keshi Anderson (4)
3: Timi Elsnik (3)
4: Kellan Gordon (3)
5: Paul Mullin (3)

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

It has been a case of all change at Swindon this summer since relegation in May. Head coach Luke Williams was relieved of his duties with immediate effect, whilst director of football Tim Sherwood – appointed just five months earlier – followed in the middle of June. Swindon now have an ex-Lincoln City ghetto in their dugout, with former City players David Flitcroft appointed head coach and Ben Futcher his assistant. No fewer than 11 of the relegation squad have left the County Ground, whilst the relatively high average age of their summer signings (almost 27) suggests that Flitcroft sees experience as the way to escape League Two. Paul Mullin from Morecambe appears to be the stand-out signing, and could form a potent strike partnership with highly-rated loanee Harry Smith from Millwall. It may take some time to gel as a team, and other than a couple of games against relative minnows, pre-season results have been uninspiring. Swindon bounced back to League One at the first attempt after each of their previous two relegations (promoted automatically in 2007 and as champions in 2012), and chairman Lee Power is expecting another instant return this time around. Presumably Swindon have backed their manager with another big budget despite some serious financial challenges in recent years. Flitcroft took Bury to promotion in 2015 in his first full season at Gigg Lane, so he has a proven track record.

Prediction: Play-offs.


28/10/06: Swindon Town 0-1 Lincoln City (League Two)
25/3/07: Lincoln City 2-3 Swindon Town (League Two)

17/10/17: Swindon Town 0-1 Lincoln City (League Two)

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