Big match preview: Aldershot v Imps

Last Saturday’s win over Bury means that the Imps will travel to Aldershot safe in the knowledge that they will be playing League Two football next year.

However, manager Chris Sutton by no means wants his team to take their feet off the pedal and hopes that the easing of relegation fears will afford his players the freedom to express themselves.


Chris Sutton's side goes into the game tomorrow against Aldershot knowing that they can relax after securing League safety last weekend. Photo: The Linc

They face an Aldershot side very much harbouring promotion ambitions, finding themselves in fifth place with just two matches left.

Sutton, though, is confident that his side can cause some upset at the Recreation Ground this weekend, and leave the Shots with it all to do when they travel to Morecambe on the last day of the season.

He said:  “Ultimately, we want to finish the season strongly, but we’re also looking to next season. Aldershot will prove a stern test because they really have to win to stay in the play-offs.

“We don’t want go there and roll over. We want to put on a good show and get something out of the game.”

The Imps are likely to play much the same side that secured their Football League status last week, with Davide Somma and Brian Gilmour continuing their partnership in attack.

On-loan Norwich youngster David Stephens will almost certainly retain his place in the heart of defence alongside Danny Hone after his impressive debut last week. Cian Hughton and Joe Anderson will complete the back four.

Sutton will continue to do without Nathan Baker (hamstring), Ian Pearce (back), Adam Watts (leg) and Paul Green (metatarsal), whilst his only new injury worry comes from Matthew Saunders.

The Shots look relatively unchanged with Kevin Dillon likely to stick to the side that took all three points at Cheltenham last weekend, with on-loan MK Dons man Dean Morgan likely to keep his place in the side. Reading loanee Oliver Bozanic returns to the Berkshire club after his spell at the Recreation Ground finished.

Aldershot are likely to provide what Sutton decribes as a “stern test” as they look to secure their place in the promotion race, and in Scott Donnelly they have a player capable of opening up any League Two side.

Sutton will hope that his makeshift defence that performed so well last week will continue their fine form.

The Linc’s prediction: Aldershot 1-1 Imps

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