Preview: Lincoln City vs Notts County

Notts County are the latest side to travel to Sincil Bank tasked with ending Lincoln City’s unbeaten start of the season.

The Imps have gathered 10 points from their opening four games and sit in second, only behind Exeter City on goal difference.

Notts have had a disastrous start to the season, currently sitting bottom of Sky Bet League Two. The Magpies are several people’s tip for promotion having introduced a lot of high quality faces into their ranks.

Kristian Dennis, Kane Hemmings and David Vaughan are just a few names who have been drafted in to ensure that they arrive in League One in May.

Notts come into the game having lost back-to-back games, with a crushing 4-0 home defeat to Yeovil Town followed by a dramatic loss to Newport.

Summer signings Dennis and Hemmings were on the scoresheet but that wasn’t enough as Newport fought back to claim the points.

Fraser Franks, Mark Harris and a 95th minute winner from Jamille Matt condemned Kevin Nolan’s side to yet another defeat.

The Imps are in far better form than their counterparts having won three of their first four league games.

The latest a 2-1 home win over Bury with a dramatic comeback completed in the second half. Eoghan O’Connell put the Shakers ahead before a John Akinde penalty and a Lee Frecklington strike saw the Imps claim another three points.

The two sides will have familar faces in their ranks this season. Michael O’Connor was a part of the Notts side who made the play-offs last season. It was reported that he had rejected two contract offers from County to move to Danny Cowley’s Lincoln.

Lincoln fans will remember one Notts County player with familiarity. Terry Hawkridge was a mainstay in the side who won the National League in 2017 as well as the famous FA Cup run which concluded in a quarter-final away at Arsenal.

Lincoln have also made a signing ahead of this game following the injury to Josh Vickers. Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Sam Slocombe joined on a season long loan to offer some competition to Grant Smith.

Neal Eardley also pulled up on Tuesday night having gone down to what appeared to be cramp but was able to finish the game.

The former Boreham Wood keeper made his Football League debut on Tuesday night and looked very comfortable in between the sticks.

Another sell-out crowd is expected at Sincil Bank to add to the atmosphere of a local derby.


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