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Lincoln City vs Northampton Town

As another two of my former clubs go head to head I thought I would preview the match.

Lincoln City look for their first victory under new manager Steve Tilson. An encouraging result away at Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend may provide the momentum for The Imps to begin to climb the table.

Steve has immediately added to the squad by adding Ashley Grimes, Luke Howell, Gavin Hoyte and Josh Gowling. This is a sign that he wants to put his own stamp on the squad as soon as possible. The signing of Hoyte looks a particularly interesting one.

I know Steve and am sure that he will be looking to play an exciting, expansive game. This can be aided by results and I make Lincoln City slight favourites for this clash.

Northampton Town have so far showed their best form in the League Cup. Now that their run in that competition is over it is imperative that they start to produce that form in League 2. They have slipped down close to the bottom of the table somewhat surprisingly and results will need to improve. I know that Ian Sampson has had his budget cut from last season which is always going to make things tougher. I saw the corresponding fixture last term and at that time Northampton were looking to secure a play off spot towards the end of last season.

For now, for both sides, it is all about gathering some points quickly to steer them to safety.

In what is a hugely important match for both teams I think that the impetus that the new signings can bring will see Lincoln City win by the odd goal to take all three points.

  1. November 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    For many years Lincoln have played with a lump it forward style of play but with Tilson now in charge think they will become more of a passing side as my beloved Northampton Town have been so far this season until Saturday when we decided to play ugly to get a result so tonight will be a very interesting six pointer, already this early in the season.

  2. Tim
    November 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Love this fixture, born and bred in Lincoln, went to college in Northampton and lived around the corner form the County Ground. First Cobblers game was a 7-1 demolition of Bristol City and my second three days later a 2-0 defeat to Bury. Lincoln in those days were much, much better than Nuthampton and favorites to get to the old second division.

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