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Lincoln v Grimsby Preview

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 29/08/2008

THE Mariners travel to fellow strugglers Lincoln City with both teams looking for their first league win, and Grimsby looking for their first league goal!

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The Opposition

Overview

Lincoln started the 2007/2008 campaign poorly, managing just two wins before a winless streak that lasted from August 25 to November 24th. During this winless streak the Managerial team of John Schofield and John Deehan were sacked, and replaced with former Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson. Jackson turned things around and City were one of the form teams of the second half of 2007-2008.

This season the losing start had been repeated, with City yet to pick up anything in any of their four games to date. In fact when the two teams met at the same time last year both were in similar positions to where they are now.

The Team
City have a small squad, but most of the players available to Peter Jackson look more than capable of doing well at this level. Jackson rung in the changes during the summer and now in midfield City have got Stefan Oakes (left), Scott Kerr, Lee Frecklington, Shane Clarke and Martin Pembleton all competing for two places.

New keeper Rob Burch was sought after by others, including City, while Frank Sinclair could prove a clever buy if he still has the legs.


One to Watch
Frank Sinclair. Former Chelsea defender and Jamaican international, Sinclair has chosen to spend his twilight years at Sincil Bank. Since leaving Stamford Bridge a decade ago, Sinclair now 36, has played for Leicester and Huddersfield.

Recent Form

TownLincoln
LBlackburn(a)1-4
LChesterfield(h)0-1
LBrentford(a)0-4
WTranmere(h)2-0
DRochdale(h)0-0
Currently 17th in League Two.
LWycombe(a)0-1
LDagenham(h)1-3
LDerby(a)1-3
LRotherham(a)0-1
Currently 18th in League Two.

Team News (by Ryan Robinson)

TownLincoln

  • Midfielder Robbie Stockdale and defender Richard Hope (ankle) are out. Stockdale had hoped to be fit in time for the game, but recovery from his injury has taken a setback,

  • Town's attempted loan move for Manchester City full-back Javan Vidal has been put on hold after the 19-year-old apparently had second thoughts on a one month deal at Blundell Park.

  • Town either have to play Jamie Clarke or Ryan Bennett at right back, on continue with a three man defence that they employed at Blackburn.
  • Lincoln City have completed the signing of striker Adrian Patulea from Romanian club Petrolul Ploesti.
  • Squads

    TownLincoln
    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9FWMartin Butler
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21MFSimon Heslop
    22FWNathan Jarman
    23MFGrant Normington
    24GKLeigh Overton
    1GKRobert Burch
    2DFPaul Green
    3MFAaron Brown
    4DFJános Kovács
    5DFLee Beevers
    6DFFrank Sinclair
    7MFStefan Oakes
    8MFLee Frecklington
    9FWKevin Gall (on loan from Carlisle United)
    11MFScott Kerr (captain)
    12MFDany N'Guessan
    13GKAyden Duffy
    14FWLenell John-Lewis
    15FWBen Wright
    16DFDaniel Hone
    17FWDavid Graham
    18MFMartin Pembleton
    19MFShane Clarke
    21MFGary King
    22FWSam Mullarkey
    23FWAdrian Patulea

    Head to Head

    Lincoln are probably Town's oldest adversary and the two have met in competitive matches over 100 times. Grimsby have the edge overall, although Lincoln just shade it at Sincil Bank.

    P 104 W 47 D 27 L30 F194 A 147

    Lincoln Head-to-Head (15th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 1 Lincoln 0 (Sat 29th Dec 2007)

    A late goal by Gary Jones ensured that Town did the double over the Imps last season.

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    Prediction

    Lincoln 0 Grimsby 0

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