4 Points From 6 Will Do Then?
Grimsby Town, Luton Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge Utd, Wrexham FC and Forest Green Rovers will be fighting for the top 5 places this season. So far we have played Rovers, with Cambridge Utd (A on Saturday) and Wrexham FC (H on Monday. It is a little early in the season to be talking defining moments and the Lincoln Loco but if the Imps can get a win from these two, or better still four points, we could seriously start to view ourselves as play-off contenders. Ten or 11 points from the first 5 games would equate to Championship credentials over the season, although in these early days it would be seen as a very encouraging start indeed.
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The Imps will be missing both Wright and Yussuf for the Cambridge Utd and Wrexham FC clashes this Bank holiday weekend. Both players have leg injuries that look set to keep them out for about a month at least. There could also be further minor injury concerns ahead the two games although Simmo will want to keep his cards close to his chest. To give a heads up to two sides who already have strong squads and superior financial resources at their respective disposals, would not be wise.
The Imps defensive side will certainly be tested this weekend, but Miller aside, there are no fresh injury concerns with Foster set to feature in one if not both of the games. The spine of the City side has been fantastic over the first three games but the size and physical attributes of Money’s Cambridge side will be a stiff test. United look strong this season and will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. Wrexham have strengthened too with Bishop likely to be one of the leading marksmen in the Skrill Premiership this season.
If the side can continue to keep things tight the Imps can hurt people as we have already shown. Nolan, Rowe, Fairhurst and Thomlinson have a fighting streak to match their undoubted quality on the ball, with Power and Bohan Dixon also capable of pitching in to turn games at either end. If Lincoln come away pointless there is no shame in it, given our budget and resources, but if can get 3-4 points even the pessimists will start to think that this could be a season to enjoy.
The unity of the side is certainly starting to mirror that of some of the promotion sides of the past. Lincoln no longer play in fear home or away and seem prepared and organised in the face of the foe, with defence and team spirit paramount. The desire is there to back each other up with everyone prepared to go that extra yard to turn defence into attack. Lincoln have not dominated possession in any of their first three games yet have yet to taste defeat. The shot count is also higher than last season suggesting there is now an end product as the Imps make those hard earned chances count.
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