After 45 games back in the hallowed Football League, Lincoln City need just a point from Saturday’s home clash with Yeovil to confirm their place in the League Two play-offs and prolong their season.
In what has been another memorable campaign under Danny Cowley, with the Imps having pocketed the Checkatrade Trophy last month as well as fighting for a top-seven finish for the majority of the season, City could well better last season’s exploits by returning to Wembley again, if they can overcome the Glovers and then make it through the first stage of the end-of-term lottery.
City do need just one point to be sure of making it, but even a defeat could see them through should Mansfield and even Coventry lose on Saturday.
Cowley, though, is taking nothing for granted ahead of Yeovil’s trip north and is expecting a tough challenge in front of what should be a jam-packed Sincil Bank.
‘If we went back a year ago today, we’d cut our right arm off to be in the position we’re in,’ said Cowley. ‘We’ve had a really good season to date, but the aim has always been to get in the playoffs.
‘We have one point to get and no doubt it will be the hardest point we’ve had to get all season, but we are looking forward to the challenge it beings.
‘We’ll look to try and get on the front foot and we’re confident at home, but we’re very respectful of a very good Yeovil team. They are a really dangerous team and good on the counter-attack.
‘They’ve had some good results in the league and can beat anybody on the day. I am pleased Mansfield won on Saturday because we want to do this off our own accord. None of it has been easy this season, we’ve had to work really hard to be where we are.’
Not only has City’s chief got his eyes on a playoff spot, but he’s also got an Imps record in his sights, adding: ‘If we win on Saturday, I have been reliably informed that it will be the highest points tally of any Lincoln City team in the Football League. For us that would be a great achievement.
‘If we can get to the playoffs, for me that will supersede what we did last year. The step up in level and the amount of transition we have had to make both on and off the pitch, then to be in the top seven would make this season, particularly with the Checkatrade Trophy win, a more successful campaign than last year.’
Lincoln have been backed in huge number this season, both home and away, and Cowley was quick to hail the magnificent support.
‘It is a good opportunity for me to thank all our supporters as they have been brilliant home and away. Just look at the game at Coventry, taking 3,000 fans there as a League Two club on a Tuesday night was phenomenal.
‘They have drove our energy all season and now it’s time for one final big push and it will need everybody on board.
‘The will that we’ll have at Sincil Bank on Saturday will be pretty special and I hope they’ll crank it right up.’
Writer: The Imposter.
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City for the photograph!
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) May 3, 2018