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18 October 2019 Venue Sincil Bank Attendance

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Lincoln City Match Preview

18 October 2019

Marcus Braddock previews this evenings trip to Sincil Bank

Tonight, we play Lincoln City, who have had a pretty good time of things over the last few years with a couple of promotions and a win in the Leasing.com Trophy. After promotion last season, the Imps started the season in style with wins with clean sheets in their first three league games, beating Accrington 2-0 and Southend 4-0 at home and Rotherham 0-2 away. They also kept a clean sheet in the League cup when they beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 away, giving them a faultless start to League One.

However, things took a distinct turn for the worse in their fifth game of the season, losing 2-1 at Milton Keynes and in the 12 games since then, the Imps have won just twice. Things took a further turn for the worse when the talismanic Cowley brothers moved to Huddersfield, leaving them without a manager. Michael Appleton was appointed in their stead and has been on the winning side once in his first four games since signing.

The last time we played the Imps was a couple of seasons ago in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley when they beat us 1-0. Before that, the last game between us was back in 2011 when we beat them 5-1 away at Sincil Bank in Skybet League Two with a hat-trick from Lionel Ainsworth, an own goal and a goal from Jon Taylor. The last time Lincoln beat us in the league was back in 2008 when they beat us 2-1 at the Meadow. The last time the Imps beat us at home was back in 2005 when they beat us 2-0 with goals from Francis Green and Simon Yeo. In total, we've played Lincoln 32 times with Town winning 17 times and the Imps winning 16.

Top Scorer
Young Notts Forest loan striker Tyler Walker has scored seven times in 13 League games. The 23-year-old has also spent time on loan from Forest with Mansfield, Bolton, Port Vale, Burton and Stevenage. Last season was his best so far with 22 goals in 44 League Two games, and he's played a total of 115 games in his career so far and has scored 39 times.

Assists
Jorge Grant 5
Harry Toffolo 2

Clean Sheets
Four at home and one away from home.

Referee
Josh Smith from Stamford in Lincolnshire is in his first year as a Football League referee. So far he's officiated eight times with six of those games being in League Two and the other two in the Football League Trophy. So far he's shown one red card and 30 yellow cards.

Squad News
Striker Callum Lang will be out for three months after his operation this week. Fellow striker Steve Morrison has left to coach at Northampton following his retirement from playing.

Summary
This may be an excellent time to play Lincoln with the Imps with new manager Michael Appleton still learning about his team. Having said that, they beat Sunderland last time they played at home and kept a clean sheet, so they're likely to want to reinforce that record with a win with a second. Town won their last two games and will be targetting a third away win this weekend, it won't be easy, but three points would lift us above Lincoln with two games in hand.

COYB!!!

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Match Reports

Lincoln City 0 Shrewsbury Town 0

18 October 2019

A point apiece at Sincil Bank

Shrewsbury Town: 25 Max O’Leary, 2 Aaron Pierre, 5 Ro-Shaun Williams, 6 Omar Beckles, 8 Ollie Norburn (c), 10 Fejiri Okenabirhie (7 Shaun Whalley 70), 11 Ryan Giles, 17 Donald Love, 22 Sean Goss (21 Louis Thompson 85), 28 Josh Laurent, 35 Jason Cummings (23 Daniel Udoh 60)

Subs: 1 Joe Murphy, 3 Scott Golbourne, 4 Dave Edwards, 15 Brad Walker

Lincoln City: Josh Vickers, Harry Toffolo, Michael O’Connor, Jason Shackell, Cian Bolger, Jack Payne (Callum Connolly 85), Bruno Andrade, Tyler Walker, Jorge Grant (John Akinde 69), Joe Morrell, Neal Eardley

Subs: Grant Smith, Ellis Chapman, Max Melbourne, Harry Anderson, Jake Hesketh,

Ref: Josh Smith
Assistants: Grant Taylor and Ian Dudley

Town make two changes from the side that started the last Sky Bet League One game at Tranmere. Callum Lang is out after an operation on his foot, in come Fejiri Okenabirhie and Jason Cummings with Dan Udoh dropping to the bench.

Heavy rain showers had stopped just in time for the start of the game, and both sides were getting the ball down and playing football from the off.

The first five minutes saw both sides trying to stretch each other and Town were doing all the right things to keep the home crowds noise to a minimum.

The first good effort on goal came from he home side after a cross-field ball from Norburn was cut-out, the ball was played to Andrade who hit a shot from the edge of the box but it zipped over.

Town were looking to get the ball wide quickly and when it was played to Okenabirhie he showed good pace to get away down the right, he crossed the ball into the box but it was too high for Cummings.

Lincoln were starting to create the clearer openings and the Town defence had to be alert on a number of occasions to snuff out the danger.   The Imps got a good sights of goal around the 20 minute mark with first Morrell firing a long range effort over and then Grant putting a header just wide of the post.

The first booking of the game came with 28 minutes on the clock, Toffolo went flying under the challenge of Love and stayed down, the ref stopped play and Pierre must have protested too much as the card was shown to him.

Town had a great opening on 30 minutes after a Lincoln pass across the edge of the box was cut out by Cummings, he turned his marker and laid it off to set up Okenabirhie, but he slipped at the vital time and Vickers was down to collect the ball.

Town were starting to press higher up the pitch and managed to nick the ball away on a number of occasions, the counter attacks looked dangerous but just broke down at the vital moment though.

Town were awarded a free-kick with 10 minutes of the half remaining, Goss was over the ball and whipped an inviting ball in behind the defence, Vickers was down to punch but the ball dropped to Love on the edge of the box, he hit a first time shot but it flew wide of the farpost.

Lincoln were looking dangerous on the counter and when the ball was played in behind Beckles it looked dangerous, he got back to close down but the low cross came in, O’Leary was alert though and down quickly to smoother the ball.

Town were pressing as the half-time break was approaching, they were moving the ball around the Lincoln half looking for the openings. A ball from Norburn found Love at the back post, the took he ball down and then set it for Laurent, it looked like a great chance to take the lead but a Lincoln foot nicked the ball just as Josh was about to pull the trigger.

As the half ended Town had a good sight of goal, Okenabirhie cut out a pass on the halfway line and then drove forward, he played it to Cummings who held off his marker and fired in a long-range effort that flew over the bar.

Half time: 0-0

Town were still creating good chances and when Goss cut out a pass he drove forward and had options, he played it to Cummings who was free on the left, he got in a cross but it had a little too much on it for Okenabirhie who had found space in the box.

Town had another good opening with 10 minutes on the clock, the ball was played out of defence and found Cummings, he brought the ball down and played it wide for Giles, he found space in the box and drove in a low shot but it was blocked by a clutch of Imps defenders.

Moments later Town pulled out a great save from Vickers, it came after a free-kick was awarded 25 yards from goal, Goss lined it up and curled a great effort in but Vickers was equal to it tipping the ball around the post.

Sam Ricketts made his first change of the evening on 60 minutes, bringing on Dan Udoh to replace Jason Cummings in a straight swap.

The game was still end-to-end but neither team was stamping their authority on it, there were good periods but both sides were making mistakes and slips.

On 70 minutes Sam Ricketts made his second change of the evening brining Shaun Whalley on to replace Fejiri Okenabirhie.

Town picked up another booking on 75 minutes, Morrell looked to burst through the Town defence and into the box, Norburn slid in and the Imps player went flying, free-kick and a booking for Norbs.

There was a big decision for ref Smith with 10 minutes of the game remaining, the ball was played wide for Whalley and he burst over the half-way line and looked to get in, Bolger came across and blocked off Whalley who went to ground, the ref was quickly over and produced a red card for the block.

With 5 minutes of normal time remaining Sam Ricketts made his final change with Louis Thompson on to replace Sean Goss.

Town were continuing to push and when the ball came to Norburn on the edge of the box he found the space to drive in a low shot, but Vickers was down quickly to save. Moments later Thompson moved the ball wide to Giles, he crossed it and it dropped to Love who hit a first time volley that was deflected wide.

Town kept pushing and creating chances but Lincoln dug deep and Town’s pressure didn’t pay off, so it was a point apiece.

Full-time: 0-0

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Ticket News

Lincoln City Ticket News

15 October 2019

Ticket details for our Sky Bet League One trip to the Sincil Bank

Lincoln City v Shrewsbury Town
Friday 18th October - 7:45 pm kick-off
Sincil Bank
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One trip to Sincil Bank.

We have been allocated an initial 469 reserved seating tickets for the game with Town supporters allocated in the Stacey West Stand, which is situated in the south of the stadium behind the goal.

FAMILY TICKETS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED FROM THE TICKET OFFICE OR OVER THE PHONE

Prices:

Adult - £24
Concessions (60+ | Young Adult 18-21 | supporters with disabilities) - £19
Juniors (Under 18) - £10

Family Ticket - Adult and Junior - £28.50
Concession/Young Adult and Junior - £22

Supporters with disabilities - Supporters with disabilities should have a medium/high level of Disability Living Allowance and any rate of PIP to qualify for a concession rate. Complimentary helpers’ tickets are only issued upon proof of high rate of DLA or enhanced rate of PIP.

Tickets will go off sale at 5 pm on Thursday 17th October from the ticket office at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Town supporters can buy from Ticket Point 2 (CASH ONLY) on the evening of the game with no increase, collections will also be from this point.

Online Sales will continue to be available until 9 am on Friday 18th October, Any tickets not collected from STFC will be taken to Lincoln for collection from the stadium.

Accessible Parking - There are three car park bays available to Town supporters with disabilities to purchase at a cost of £5 per space. The bays are for blue badge holders and supporters are required to reserve the bay by contacting LCFC Ticket Office (01522 880011 option 1).

Checks will be in place on the day of the game and anybody who has purchased age-related tickets will be asked for proof when entering the ground. Failure to do so will result in a full adult price being charged.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In-person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Away tickets are set up online with the following delivery options:

Standard post 
Special delivery
Collect from Shrewsbury Town - Free

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

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