Date: 5th May 2018 at 1:45pm
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Ahead of today’s game against Yeovil 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):

Carlisle United 0-1 Lincoln City
Port Vale 1-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Lincoln City 2-1 Colchester United
Coventry City 2-4 Lincoln City
Accrington Stanley 1-0 Lincoln City

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

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

Total: 191,977 (22 games)
Average: 8,726

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (13)
2: Ollie Palmer (8)
3: Matt Rhead (8)
4: Harry Anderson (6)
5: Michael Bostwick (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.

Yeovil Town: Last Six Results (League Two):

Swindon Town 2-2 Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Accrington Stanley 2-0 Yeovil Town
Notts County 4-1 Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town 0-0 Forest Green Rovers
Yeovil Town 2-3 Mansfield Town

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 2,205 (v Morecambe)
Highest: 4,834 (v Exeter City)

Total: 67,651 (23 games)
Average: 2,941

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Francois Zoko (13)
2: Sam Surridge (8)
3: Alex Fisher (6)
4: Otis Khan (6)
5: Rhys Browne (4)

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

Yeovil Town suffered successive relegations from the Championship to League Two in 2014 and 2015, and have struggled at the foot of the League ever since. The safety margin was just 4 points last season despite an excellent first half which saw them occupy a play-off place in December. Relegation was finally averted with a 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage in the penultimate game, but the dismal run of only 3 wins from their last 27 games does not bode well for this season. Manager Darren Way has kept his job and will surely have to deliver more in his second full season in management. Former Bournemouth defender Stéphane Zubar, whose career was almost ended by a cruciate ligament injury, has been brought in from Weymouth in an attempt to add a bit of Premier League class to the defence. Defensive midfielder James Bailey from Carlisle should help shore up the midfield, but the exchange of players over the summer appears to be essentially like-for-like. Yeovil scored barely a goal a game last season, a problem which afflicted a surprising number of teams in League Two. Top scorer from the last two seasons François Zoko remains, but with the smallest squad in League Two at 18, it is hard to see anything more than another desperate fight for survival ahead. They need to find some goals from somewhere if they are to prevent this being th

eir fifteenth and final season as a Football League club.

Prediction: Relegation.

Past Meetings:

29/11/03: Yeovil Town 3-1 Lincoln City (Division 3)
8/5/04: Lincoln City 2-3 Yeovil Town (Division 3)

27/11/04: Lincoln City 3-1 Yeovil Town (League Two)
7/5/05: Yeovil Town 3-0 Lincoln City (League Two)

9/12/17: Yeovil Town 0-2 Lincoln City (League Two)

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

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Saturday, 5 May 2018

 

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