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Opposition in Focus: Lincoln City

An in-depth look at Friday's opponents

28 March 2018

Exeter City make the long trek to Sincil Bank to face Lincoln City on Friday in EFL League Two action.

The Grecians will go into the match in a confident mood, on the back of two wins against Port Vale and promotion-rivals Swindon Town, and will be looking to bridge the gap between 5th and the automatic promotion places against a strong Lincoln City side, that are looking to break back into the play-off places.

If you are planning on attending please note the match is ALL TICKET, and tickets must be purchased by 5pm on Thursday, March 29.

Brief history of Lincoln City

Lincoln City play at the 10,120-capacity Sincil Bank, and are nicknamed the Red Imps after the legend of the Lincoln Imp.

Traditionally they play in red and white striped shirts with black shorts and red and white socks.

Their most recent championship win was the Football Conference, is the 2016/2017 season that also saw the Imps go through to the quarter finals in the FA Cup.

The club's highest-ever position is fifth in the Second Division in 1901–02. They have not been higher than the third tier since 1960–61, and they hold the record for the most demotions from the League (five, in 1908, 1911, 1920, 1987 and 2011 – though in all but the last case, they returned to the League the following season).

After reaching the last 16 in the FA Cup three times, Lincoln managed to win and progress to the quarter-finals on the fourth attempt, when on 18 February 2017 they became the first non-Football League side since Queens Park Rangers in 1914, and first outright since the non-league became feeder to the League, to reach the Quarter Finals, registering a 1–0 victory over the Premier League's Burnley.

Season so far

Lincoln's first season back in the Football League has been a successful one so far, currently sitting in eighth place, just two points outside of the play-off places, with eight matches to go.

The Red Imps have been consistent so far this season, hovering in and around the play-off places.

Key stats

Ones to watch

Matt Green
The Red Imps current top scorer with 11 strikes so far this season. Matt joined Lincoln at the start of the 2017/18 season and settled quickly, scoring in a 2-2 draw with Wycombe Wanderers on the opening day of the season.

Matt Rhead
Powerful striker Rhead joined Lincoln in 2015 and has scored over 40 goals so far for the Red Imps. Rhead ended up Lincoln's top scorer in the National League last season with 24 goals in all compeitions. He has chipped in with seven goals and six assists so far this season.

Michael Bostwick
The strong midfielder joined Lincoln at the start of the season, dropping down a division, signing from Peterborough on an undisclosed fee. Bostwick has made a strong start to life with Lincoln, finding the back of the net six times this season from midfield.

Last time out

City faced the Red Imps at St James Park back in August and took all three points thanks to Reuben Reid's strike just before half-time and a strong defensive performance.

City last traveled to Sincil Bank in League action in April 2009, taking a vital 3 points after a late freak Rob Birch own goal gifting the 3 points to the Grecians which kept them second in League Two.

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