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13 February 2018 Venue Sincil Bank Attendance

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Preview: Lincoln V Robins

13 February 2018

Cheltenham Town make the trip north to face Lincoln City in a midweek encounter in Sky Bet League Two at Sincil Bank (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Robins will be full of confidence after a 5-1 victory over Port Vale at the weekend – that included a first ever Football League hat-trick from Mo Eisa to move him into second spot in the goalscoring charts.

Lincoln – in eighth spot in the league - are a team in form. The Imps have lost just one of their last 16 matches in all competitions (W9 D6), a 4-2 away defeat at top of the table Luton in January.

Lincoln have won just one of their previous 14 League Two matches against Cheltenham (D3 L10), failing to score in eight of those matches and in each of the last two.

Cheltenham have lost just one of their eight visits to Lincoln in the Football League (W4 D3), a 1-0 defeat in October 2000.

When then teams met earlier in the season it was the Robins who claimed a 1-0 win at the LCI Rail Stadium courtesy if a goal from Danny Wight.

The Opposition:

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley admits aiming for the play-offs is the aspiration for the Imps this season – but believes there is no expectation to make it back-to-back promotions.

The Impsy have drawn four of their six league games since the turn of 2018, mostly recently at Cambridge United on Friday night as they look to back up last season when they were promoted to the Football League.

“No-one who has got a God-given right to win in this league,” said Cowley. “The aspiration is to get into those play-off places. If we do that – along with the Wembley appearance – it would supersede anything we did last year.

Last season was one of the most memorable seasons in the club’s history. If we can back that up by getting to the play-offs, it would be unbelievable.

“But I don’t think there is an expectation to get promoted and there shouldn’t be an expectation. That would be wrong because the club is not ready to cope with that expectation.

“But that doesn’t mean it can’t be an aspiration and we’ll be working really hard every single day to try and get there.”

Cowley has also explained why he turned down the chance to manage Barnsley with his assistant manager brother Nicky.

"For us we want to finish what we start. We love Lincoln and we're really appreciative of them allowing us to go full-time for the first time." he said.

"It's a club that we think a lot of. We're on a journey and we feel like we're making progress every day and while we do that we're really focused on what we're trying to achieve there."

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Manager Gary Johnson will be able to call upon Taylor Moore and Danny Wright after both players completed three-match suspensions. Joe Morrell will undergo a fitness test after a groin injury while Jake Andrews is a doubt after missing training in the week to attend the birth of his daughter.

Lincoln team news: James Wilson is an injury concern for Lincoln after the central defender was forced off with an injury early in the second half of the goalless draw at Cambridge. Should Wilson miss out, Imps boss Danny Cowley could replace him with Scott Wharton.

The man in the middle:

Referee Sebastian Stockbridge – who has taken charge of 30 games this season and handed out 99 yellow cards and six red cards - will take charge of the league clash at Sincil Bank. He will be assisted by Joe Clark, Darren Strain and fourth official Wayne Grunnill.

Last time we met:

21/10/17 – Cheltenham Town 1-0 Lincoln City (L2)

30/04/16 – Cheltenham Town 3-1 Lincoln City (NL)

08/08/15 – Lincoln City 1-1 Cheltenham Town (NL)

25/04/11 – Lincoln City 0-2 Cheltenham Town (NL)

25/01/11 – Cheltenham Town 1-2 Lincoln City (NL)

Ticket Information:

Fans are advised that tickets will be available from the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium until 1pm on the day of the game.

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) or email via tickets@ctfc.com

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REPORT: Lincoln 1-0 Robins

13 February 2018

A Neal Eardley wonder strike on the brink of half-time was the difference as Cheltenham Town narrowly lost to Lincoln City in a close Sky Bet League Two encounter at Sincil Bank.

After an even opening 44 minutes, where the Robins did well to nullify Lincoln’s threat, Eardley smashed in a stunning strike from distance to put the hosts ahead deep into first half added time.

Cheltenham pushed hard for a leveller in the second half but Imps goalkeeper Ryan Allsop stood firm when both Sanmi Odelusi and Mo Eisa were played clean through on goal to help his side hold on for a first home victory over the Robins in 18 years.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to the team that started in the 5-1 weekend victory over Port Vale, as Nigel Atangana and Elijah Adebayo replaced Odelusi and Brian Graham at Sincil Bank.

Taylor Moore and Danny Wright, who scored the winner when the sides last met, also returned to the bench after serving three-match suspensions.

The Robins went into the match unbeaten at Sincil Bank in seven meetings, a record that stretched back to 2000, but knew they would face an uphill task against the in-form Imps, who had only lost at home twice this season.

Michael Bostwick had the first chance for Lincoln, heading a corner wide as the hosts started on the front foot in front of a noisy home crowd.

With five minutes gone, Danny Rowe then cut inside and flashed a cross-shot over the crossbar before an important header from Atangana denied a tap in at the far post.

Scott Flinders then produced a brilliant save on his goal-line to smother a close range shot from Matt Green, after Matt Rhead headed the ball down to him deep inside the Cheltenham penalty area.

Eisa had the Robins’ first chance of the game after 12 minutes when Adebayo played a neat through ball into his path, but Allsop pushed the shot away at a tight angle before the rebound was eventually cleared.

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis then nearly played Eisa clean through but the ball bobbled into Allsop’s hands as Johnson’s side sought to go ahead against the run of play.

The match settled down after an entertaining opening half an hour as Green forced Flinders into making a great save when his powerful header looked goal bound.

But Danny Cowley’s side finally broke through deep into first half added time when Bostwick set up Eardley, who thundered in his first goal of the season from fully 30-yards-out to send the near sell out home crowd wild.

Wright replaced Adebayo up front ahead of the second half as Cheltenham looked to get back the game, but the Imps remained on top in the early periods after the interval.

Green and Rhead were proving to be a handful for the visiting defence, but the Robins were far from out of the contest.

A Kevin Dawson free-kick was hooked back across the face of goal by Atangana but despite wrestling with Sam Habergham at the far post, Will Boyle failed to make a connection.

Both sides made further changes with an hour played as Odelusi replaced the Atangana, while Rhead was brought off in the place of Ollie Palmer, who looped a header onto the roof of the net just moments after being introduced.

Palmer then powered another header towards goal, this time on target, but Flinders pushed the ball over for a corner before Bostwick stretched but failed to get a volley on target.

Then came a massive double chance for Cheltenham, as Odelusi was denied one-on-one by Allsop, before the frontman nearly picked out Boyle at the back post again.

Eisa was then released on the right-hand side but, despite having two players in support unmarked in the six-yard-box, he opted to shoot and Allsop saved at his near post.

Dawson then drove a long-range effort wide late on before Green smashed a half-volley marginally over the top as the Imps held on for three points on a cold night in Lincolnshire.

LINCOLN CITY: Allsop (Gk), Habergham, Waterfall, Wharton, Pett (Whitehouse 90), Rhead (Palmer 59), Green, Bostwick, Eardley, Rowe (Anderson 36), Woodyard. Subs not used: Farman (Gk), Long, Williams, Stewart.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Grimes, Atangana (Odelusi 60), Pell, Dawson, Winchester, Adebayo (Wright 45), Boyle, Eisa, Rodon (Moore 81) Chatzitheodoridis. Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Sellars, Graham, Onariase.

REFEREE: Sebastian Stockbridge

ATTENDANCE: 7,891(108 from Cheltenham)

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Ticket News

Ticket & Travel News: Lincoln City

12 February 2018

Cheltenham Town travel to the Sincil Bank Stadium to face Lincoln City in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday evening – and we now have the latest ticket and travel news for this fixture.

Tickets for this fixture are available from the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium until 1pm on Tuesday.

Ticket prices from our office can be seen below:

  • Adults - £18
  • Concessions (60+/Disabled) - £14
  • Student (Photo ID required) - £7
  • Under 18s - £7   
  • Family– 1xAd & U18 £22 / 1x60 & U18 £17

We also have a double decker bus going to Lincoln, with places available on a first come, first served basis. The bus will depart the LCI Rail Stadium at 3pm.

  • Members: £16 adults, £14 concessions
  • Non-members: £18 adults, £16 concessions

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) or email our Ticket Office Manager via tickets@ctfc.com

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