Lincoln City Preview vs Tranmere Rovers (A)

Lincoln City and Tranmere Rovers will lock horns for the first time since their race to the National League title in 2016/2017.

The Imps were victorious that season, claiming the title whilst Tranmere fell at the last hurdle. Losing to Forest Green Rovers in the play-off final.

The Whites would have to wait another year until their promotion to the Football League, this time winning the play-offs.

Lincoln come into the tie sat at the top of Sky Bet League Two having won eight of their first 10 games. This run of form has put Danny Cowley’s side seven points clear of 4th placed Stevenage, comfortably sitting in the automatic promotion places.

Tranmere on the other hand are sat in 15th, but despite this low position, they are just two points outside the play-off places.

Cowley’s side have won their last three, with the latest coming against Cheltenham Town on Saturday. A Craig Alcock own goal as well as a tap in from Shay McCartan secured the Imps an eighth win of the season.

Opponents Tranmere come into the tie having won four points from their last three games, A victory over Carlisle, a defeat to second placed Newport and most recently, a respectable point away at MK Dons.

Jonny Smith put Micky Mellon’s side in charge before half time before former Arsenal man Chuks Aneke drew the home side level.

As said previously, these last two met in a title charge in the 2016/2017 season. The last meeting ending in a 2-1 win for Lincoln at Sincil Bank.

Nathan Arnold scored inside three minutes for the Imps but they were pegged back by a former Imp. Jeff Hughes’ penalty comfortably beat Paul Farman to make the tie interesting again.

The game would be decided by a substitute. Adam Marriott was introduced with 10 minutes to play to replace the hard working Theo Robinson. Within 60 seconds, Cowley’s plan had worked. With Marriott picking the ball up 20 yards from goal, spinning and putting the ball in the bottom corner.

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