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Preview: Lincoln City

17 April 2022

Match Previews

Preview: Lincoln City

17 April 2022

It's an Easter Monday trip to Lincoln City for Cheltenham Town in what is the club's 1,000th Football League game (kick-off: 3pm).

Having held relegation threatened Gillingham to a 2-2 draw on Friday at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, Michael Duff's side head to the Imps with the search still on for a club record highest finish.

The match at the LNER Stadium gets underway at 3pm and tickets are available to buy on the day at Lincoln.

In another milestone on Monday, Michael Duff will be taking charge of his 200th game as Cheltenham manager.

Team news

There are no new injury concerns after Friday's game. Left wing back Ben Williams is the only player who misses the match due to injury.

Media talk

Having the right mentality will be crucial in Michael Duff's eyes heading into the game.

"They've got good players, a very good manager, a clear way of playing. I think they've changed a little bit during the season. They seem to have gone back to what traditionally a Michael Appleton team looks like," he said.

"It is going to be a difficult game. I don't think they will go down, I don't think we'll go down and obviously we're both not going to get in the play-offs so it's hopefully which team turns up with the right mentality."

Watch the full interview with Duff discussing the match for free on iFollow.


With three games to go Lincoln are eight points clear of the relegation zone and will be looking to tie up their safety.

They've got a good buffer between themselves and the bottom four but have won only once in their last seven.

They'll be hoping the attacking qualties of Anthony Scully and former Robins loanee John Marquis, two proven goal scorers at League One level, will help play a part in their remaining games, while Swansea City loanee Liam Cullen is another option for them at the front end of the pitch.

In Conor McGrandles and Teddy Bishop they boast talent in their midfield department, while Lewis Fiorini is a younger talent who is on loan from Manchester City.

Former Nottingham Forest youngster Jordan Wright is their current go to in goal. That's because Josh Griffiths, who helped Cheltenham to the League Two title last season, is out injured for the remainder of the season having made the switch to the Imps this season on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

The manager: Michael Appleton

Since 2011 Michael Appleton has been managing in the Football League. After a caretaker spell at West Bromwich Albion, he has managed at Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Oxford United.

He's also had a stint as caretaker boss of Leicester City in the Premier League, while he took charge at Lincoln in September 2019 when he replaced Danny Cowley.

His time in the dugout has come after a playing career where he started at Manchester United but spent most of his time at Preston North End, before ending his playing days at West Brom.

Tickets & travel

Tickets are available to buy for the game from the away ticket sales window next to the club shop entrance. They can be bought with either cash or card. Collections are also available from the same window.

Fans will be located in the Stacey West Stand behind the goal at the north end of the stadium.

The Travel Club coach heading to the match will be leaving from the car park at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 9.30am.


Watch: You can purchase a match pass on iFollow for £10 to watch the game in full online

Social media: Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for updates. You can also keep up to date with the latest score on the club's Facebook and Instagram

Website: Visit the club website post-match to read a match report and to hear reaction from the manager to the final score

Listen: An audio match pass for full match commentary is available to buy online for £2.50. Listeners in Gloucestershire can also tune in on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Highlights: Watch extended highlights of the game on iFollow. You can also see shorter highlights on YouTube and Sky Sports

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