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PREVIEW: Lincoln City

6 October 2017

Chesterfield's next game sees them travel to 11th place Lincoln City tomorrow for a 3pm kick off, as the Spireites go into the clash buoyed by a midweek win over Rotherham in the Checkatrade Trophy. Here’s our match preview………

Tickets

Tickets for tomorrow's match are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and its website, but fans will be available to purchase on the gate.

Supporters should note that there will be a £2 increase for adults, and £1 increase for other categories if buying at the ground.

The prices for fans wishing to purchase tickets when arriving at Sincil Bank are as follows: -

• Adults - £20
• Concession (60+) - £15
• Student (with valid photo ID) - £8
• U18s - £8

Team news

Lincoln will be without midfielder Billy Knott who will sit out the final match of his three-game suspension. Aside from Knott's absence, the Imps have a clean bill of health.

As for the Spireites they will check on the fitness of goalkeeper Tommy Lee and Sam Hird who both missed out in midweek due to injury. Louis Reed and Matt Briggs missed out in midweek but could come into contention for the match at Sincil Bank.

Connor Dimaio misses out as he is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland U21s.

The opposition

Manager - Danny Cowley

Imps boss Danny Cowley is now in his second season with the club, having guided Lincoln back to the Football League following their mightily impressive promotion campaign last season.

Lincoln were promoted in style, winning the league with 99 points. Since then, Cowley has gone on to establish his side in Sky Bet League Two, with the Imps losing just three of their 11 games so far.

Cowley's first job in football management was at Concord Rangers, where he managed from 2007 until 2015. He then moved to Braintree for a season, taking them to their highest ever National League finish before moving onto his current job with Lincoln.

His record with the Imps has been particularly good, as he boasts a win percentage over 60%, leading his side to 45 wins from 74 games he's managed.

One to watch – Alex Woodyard

One of Lincoln's key players is midfielder Alex Woodyard. The 24-year-old has played every minute of the Imps' season so far, and has two goals and two assists to show for his performances.

Woodyard signed from Braintree in 2016, following his manager Cowley to Sincil Bank. He has previously had spells with Farnborough, Dartford and Concord Rangers.

During the summer of 2017, he signed a new contract with the club, turning down interest from elsewhere to sign on until 2019.

Head to head

Chesterfield and Lincoln have met 106 times, with the first game between the two being played on September 9, 1899 when the Spireites held the Imps to a 2-2 draw at home. Since then, the record between the pair of clubs has been very evenly matched, with the overall record as follows -

Chesterfield - 40 (wins)

Draws - 25

Lincoln City - 41 (wins)

The last time the two sides met was in 2011 when the Spirietes won 2-0 away from home thanks to goals from Craig Davies and Dean Holden. Meanwhile Chesterfield's highest scoring victory over Lincoln came in January 1970 when they ran out 4-0 winners.

From the dugout

Jack Lester's team come into this game following his first win as manager on Tuesday night. It was a performance that will give the team a much-needed morale boost going into the weekend.

Lester said, “You want to win and it never changes, it gives us the belief which is massive in football, the confidence and belief was as important as anything on the night.

“The signs in training are that we’re stepping in the right direction and we’re in the right place, there’s a good feel about the place and the training ground is lively."


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