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  PGDPts
1Accrington Stanley000
2Barnet000
3Cambridge Utd000

4Carlisle000
5Cheltenham000
6Chesterfield000
7Colchester000

8Coventry000
9Crawley Town000
10Crewe000
11Exeter000
12Forest Green000
13Grimsby000
14Lincoln City000
15Luton000
16Mansfield000
17Morecambe000
18Newport County000
19Notts County000
20Port Vale000
21Stevenage000
22Swindon000

23Wycombe000
24Yeovil000

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Pride of Lincolnshire
Pride of Lincolnshire

Preview: Grimsby v Lincoln

By: Alex Green
Date: 27/12/2007

WITH our amazing run of two wins on the trot good old Stanley put us to the sword it’s the turn of the Lincolnshire limpets to travel up and try and give us a bloody nose.

Home > 2007-2008 Season > Previews > Lincoln (h)


The Opposition

Overview

Could this really be happening, could Lincoln be bored of the play-offs already? God knows why they usually enjoy them as well. One place behind us in the league they've been able to hall their keisters off bottom and out of the relegation zone, knowing a 3-0 win will help them climb above us and onward to the play-offs like a stuttering space shuttle heading to Mars or at least Manby. Since the emotional scenes at Bradford on Boxing day where Lincoln just missed out on a point for their endeavours supporters of the Imps can find hope in a team starting to spit and show some fire after a shocking start to the season. The departure of Schofield and the arrival of Jackson (left) has ignited a mini revival at Sincil Bank with 3 wins in 4 in the league only to see the run crushed by Darlington 4-0 last week.

The Team
With Jackson allowed back on the bench last week after a two match suspension from the dugout he can count on a nearly fully fit team ready for the local derby after several injuries at the back. Not much has changed for the Imps since Town travelled down to Sincil Bank in the early season. Up front they still count on Dodds (left) and Wright to supply the firepower and Frecklington is the midfield maestro hoping to provide the spark for what has been a struggling midfield quartet. At the back the experience of Croft and Green is expected to hold their own with Smith between the sticks. That’s pretty much it though having a team with experience and pace Jackson is still scratching his head to understand how they aren't up the right end of the table.

Key Player
Lee Frecklington. The former Lincoln youth player is going to be hard to keep hold of this season. Brought up through the youth system by Schofield himself the 21-year-old has set Lincoln’s midfield alight since playing against Manchester City in a pre-season friendly in 2003. Scoring regularly last season his goals this season will be essential to Lincoln’s survival. The local born player has also been touted by some top clubs and was placed in the PFA’s team of the season last year.

Recent Form

TownLincoln
LAccrington(h)1-2
DStockport(a)1-1
WMansfield(h)1-0
WBrentford(a)1-0
LDarlington(h)0-4
Currently 20th in League Two.
LBradford(a)1-2
LDarlington(h)0-4
WBarnet(h)4-1
LHereford(a)1-3
WStockport(a)3-1
Currently 21st in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownLincoln
Ciaran Toner4
Paul Bolland4
Wright6
Dodds4
Forrester4

Team News

TownLincoln

  • Nick Fenton is suspended for one game after his yellow card against Brentford and Justin Whittle is set to deputise.

  • Ciaran Toner is hoping to return again after missing the last game though injury.
  • Lincoln team news to follow
  • Probable Teams

    TownLincoln
    G1Barnes
    D5Bennett
    D15Whittle
    D3Newey
    M14Hird
    M8Bolland
    M11Boshell
    M10Toner
    M17Hegarty
    F9North
    F19Jones
    G28Ben Smith
    D14Ryan Amoo
    D6Nat Brown
    D4Adie Moses
    D3Gary Croft
    M7Lee Frecklington
    M17Dany N'Guessan
    M26Jamie Hand
    F9Mark Stallard
    F15Ben Wright
    F19Louis Dodds

    Subs

    TownLincoln
    13Montgomery
    24Atkinson
    4Hunt
    20Taylor
    23Butler
    20Wallow
    11Kerr
    18Ryan
    13Duffy
    8Forrester

    Head to Head

    Lincoln are Town's earliest adversaries of all, pre-dating Town's entrance into the Football League which City helped to engineer late in the 19th century. Town have the overall edge against the Imps, and are especially strong historically at Blundell Park.

    P 103 W 46 D 27 L30 F 193 A 147

    Lincoln Head-to-Head (19th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Lincoln 1 Grimsby 2 (Sat 22nd September 2007)

    Town recorded their first win of the season in September at Sincil Bank in their seventh game. A rare Justin Whittle goal set them on their way, before a penalty by Toner restored Town's lead after Jamie Forrester had equalised just before half time.

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    Prediction

    Grimsby Town 3-1 Lincoln

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