Lincoln City Preview vs Stevenage (A)

Lincoln City will be looking to bounce back to the top of the Sky Bet League Two table as they travel to Stevenage on Saturday.

These two sides are the only two in the division to have beaten current league leaders MK Dons.

Danny Cowley’s men will be on a high after reaching the FA Cup third round for the second time in three seasons.

The Imps easily swept aside Carlisle United on Saturday with goals from John Akinde and Matt Rhead enough to set up a third round tie.

Their reward for this victory was a trip to Premier League side Everton in one of the ties of the round.

Lincoln will not have been in league action for over 10 days when they face Stevenage on Saturday. The Imps were able to pick up a point away at Oldham Athletic courtesy of a Michael O’Connor strike.

The game did not go without controversy as Oldham striker Ishmael Miller was given his marching orders for a late tackle on Lincoln stopper Josh Vickers.

This looks to be an injury that will leave the former Arsenal man on the sidelines for few weeks. This thesis was proved when Lincoln City recalled Grant Smith early from his loan at National League outfit Maidstone United.

Also recalled into the Imps squad this week was attacking midfielder Joan Luque. The Spaniard had spent the last six weeks at Bromley but had failed to make an impact in South London.

Tom Pett looks to be in line for a start for his visit to Stevenage in a Lincoln City shirt following his January deadline day switch to the Imps.

Stevenage currently sitting in 9th in the league, only outside the play-offs on goal difference. A defeat to Swindon last Tuesday did not help them propel themselves into the top seven as they ran out 3-2 losers at the County Ground.

The 1000 or so Lincoln City fans could well see a familiar face at Broadhall Way as Paul Farman made the switch to Hertfordshire in the summer.

The stopper spent six years at Sincil Bank and was a mainstay in the side that went on to win the National League as well as reaching an FA Cup quarter final.


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