Date: 17th April 2018 at 3:42pm
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Ahead of tonight’s game against Wycombe Wanderers, 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):

Chesterfield 1-3 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-1 Grimsby Town
Morecambe 0-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-2 Exeter City
Carlisle United 0-1 Lincoln City
Port Vale 1-0 Lincoln City

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Colchester United (h)
Coventry City (a)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 7,320 (v Barnet)
Highest: 9,785 (v Exeter City)

Total: 173,818 (20 games)
Average: 8,691

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (13)
2: Matt Rhead (7)
3: Harry Anderson (6)
4: Michael Bostwick (6)
5: Ollie Palmer (6)

Scotimp’s Views From the Season Preview Part 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.

Wycombe Wanderers: Last Six Results (League Two):

Barnet 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Crawley Town 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Port Vale
Notts County 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Grimsby Town
Yeovil Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Accrington Stanley (h)
Chesterfield (a)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 3,295 (v Crewe Alexandra)
Highest: 5,538 (v Lincoln City)

Total: 93,236 (21 games)
Average: 4,440

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Adebayo Akinfenwa (17)
2: Paris Cowan-Hall (8)
3: Craig Mackail-Smith (8)
4: Luke O’Nien (8)
5: Nathan Tyson (7)

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

Wycombe had an inconsistent season last time around, with a poor start leaving them hovering just above the relegation zone at the end of October. Eight wins from nine games then took them into the top seven, but their run to the fourth round of the FA Cup may have proved a distraction as form dipped thereafter. Three wins from their last four games was not enough to earn a spot in the play-offs, falling two points short. On that basis, manager Gareth Ainsworth has chosen to maintain continuity with comparatively few changes to the playing staff over the summer. Wycombe were hardly the most entertaining side to watch last season, scoring and conceding barely a goal a game. Having a tight defence is the dream of every manager, but who is going to score the goals? At 35, new signing Nathan Tyson is highly unlikely to replicate his 44 goals in 87 appearances from his first spell at Wycombe more than a decade ago. Their pre-season campaign reflected last season in every way, with few goals scored and few conceded. Season ticket sales have passed the 2,000-mark, but it is difficult to see Wycombe making a challenge for promotion with practically the same squad as last season.

Prediction: Mid-table.

Last 7 Meetings:

17/11/07: Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Lincoln City (League Two)
1/3/08: Lincoln City 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers (League Two)

23/8//08: Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Lincoln City (League Two)
10/3/09: Lincoln City 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers (League Two)

30/10/10: Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Lincoln City (League Two)
15/1/11: Lincoln City 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers (League Two)

5/8/17: Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Lincoln City (League Two)

Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City for the photograph!

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Tuesday, 17 April 2018

 

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