Lincoln City Preview vs Macclesfield Town

Table topping Lincoln will be looking to get back to winning ways after defeats in both Sky Bet League Two and the Checkatrade Trophy have seen the Imps go on their longest winless run of the season.

The Imps lost 1-0 last time out to Crawley with an own goal from Michael Bostwick giving the visitors the points.

However, despite back-to-back defeats, the Imps are still sat at the top of the league. However, the gap was closed last weekend with Newport getting an impressive win at Oldham.

Danny Cowley’s side now lead the division on goal difference, in which they have a +7 superior difference on Newport.

Opponents Macclesfield will also be going into the game on the back of a defeat to a Southern based rival.

The Silkmen were defeated by the same 1-0 scoreline but to Stevenage. Former V9 striker Danny Newton scored the only goal of the game.

Macc did enjoy some success just last season as they were crowned champions of the National League, to many people’s surprise.

John Askey’s side stormed to the league title, winning by a huge 10 points. Fellow promoted side Tranmere Rovers were the side that came closest to them.

Since promotion, life has been tough for Macclesfield. Manager John Askey was taken by Shrewsbury to replace the Ipswich-bound Paul Hurst. Results have also gone against Macc so far this year, finding themselves sat in 23rd spot.

New manager Mark Yates has brought in several new faces and in a division like Sky Bet League Two, it is going to take time for the results to come good.

The last time these two sides met was a historical day for Lincoln City. The Imps just needed a point to guarantee themselves promotion back to the Football League.

In front of the BT Sport camera’s, Mitch Hancox gave the away side the lead to silence a sold out Sincil Bank.

The Imps were back in the tie just five minutes later. Lee Angol’s shot was too hot to handle for the Macc keeper who could only parry it straight into the path of Terry Hawkridge.

From that moment on, there was only ever going to be one winner.

And that winner came with 14 minutes left to play. Hawkridge found the net once again. A drilled shot into the bottom corner saw Sincil Bank erupt. The rest is history.

This must have inspired those in the blue of Macclesfield who would go on the achieve the same feat just 12 months later.

Picture Credit: Lincoln City

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  1. SAFC says:

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