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Preview: Lincoln City

20 April 2019

Setting the scene…

Next up for Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League Two is an Easter Monday fixture away at already-promoted Lincoln City, 3pm kick-off as they make the trip to Sincil Bank aiming to return to winning ways.

Micky Mellon’s men head to Lincolnshire firmly in the mix for an automatic promotion place in the fourth-tier with just three games to go and are four-points behind third-placed MK Dons.

TRFC slipped to a narrow 1-0 home defeat against Forest Green at Prenton Park on Good Friday with Junior Mondal’s first-half strike enough for the visitors to take all three-points.

Lincoln also lost their Good Friday outing, going down 1-0 away to Carlisle United at Brunton Park which meant that the Imps will have to wait to add the title win to their promotion.

The Imps’ season so far

It has been another season of success for Danny Cowley’s Imps as they celebrated their promotion from the fourth-tier.

The league leaders have been the standout performers in the division and having lost out in the Play-Offs last term, Cowley guided his side to a second promotion in his three campaigns as manager.

Promotion was sealed following a 1-1 home draw with Cheltenham Town at Sincil Bank earlier this month which means Lincoln will compete in the third-tier of English football for the first time since 1999.

From their 43 games played so far in 2018/19, Lincoln have won 23, drawn 15 and suffered only five defeats.

One to watch

Forward John Akinde’s 17 league goals has spearheaded Lincoln City’s promotion-winning year.

A native of Camberwell, London, Akinde began his career in non-league with Gravesend & Northfleet, Whitstable Town, Ebbsfleet United and Margate.

In 2008, he was signed by Bristol City, going on to made 16 appearances over three-years, sandwiched in-between loans at Wycombe Wanderers, Brentford, Bristol Rovers and Dagenham and Redbridge.

He became a Crawley Town player in 2011, winning promotion from League Two in 2012 with the Red Devils before plying his trade with Portsmouth, Alfreton and 166 appearances in a four-year stint at Barnet.

In July 2018, the 29-year-old linked up with Lincoln and leads the scoring charts for the promoted Imps.

Tickets

We have been allocated an initial 640 tickets in the Stacey West Stand and there will be around another 400 match tickets available if needed in advance or on the day.

Admission prices as followed:

Adult: £22

Concession (60+/disabled): £17

Young adult (18-21): £17

U18: £9

Disabled supporters pay the disabled price/the other relevant age category. Supporters should be on medium or higher rate of care, disabled supporters do receive a free carer ticket.

Wheelchair users will be situated alongside the pitch towards the corner flag

Coach travel will also be available for this game. The coaches will depart Prenton Park at 10am and you can buy your coach tickets in store or online here.

Match officials

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistants: Alan Clayton and Simon Clayton

Fourth Official: Scott Oldham

Match coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ away game at Lincoln City on Easter Monday? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Sincil Bank.

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

To sign up, click here

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers


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