Imps turn to FA Cup to end current poor form

Lincoln City play host to Hereford United on Saturday, January 8th, in an FA Cup Second Round replay that at one point looked destined never to be played.

The Imps’ tie with the Bulls was postponed on two occasions last year because of the treacherous pitch conditions, but both sides will be hoping it will be third time lucky, as they battle it out for a place in the Third Round.

Adam Watts could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury against Northampton. Photo: Tom Farmery

The eventual winners of the fixture – which can go to extra time and penalties if needed – will be awarded with a Third Round tie against League Two high-fliers Wycombe Wanderers, as well as an estimated £27,000 in prize money.

The Imps haven’t won since overcoming Saturday’s opponents Hereford in the league back in November – some five games ago, and unfortunately for Steve Tilson’s men, the Bulls’ festive period was slightly more satisfying. The relegation threatened side took home four spirited points out of a possible nine, against some tricky opponents, leaving them in 23rd place in League Two, level on points with Lincoln in 22nd.

Adam Watts is set to undergo a scan on his knee injury on Friday and will miss Satuday’s game, meaning Moses Swaibu could return to play. Danny Hone, who was recalled for Monday’s 2-1 defeat against Northampton, is cup tied so Paul Green could make a return to the City starting 11.

Away from the game, Steve Tilson has expressed his interest in signing Ashley Grimes on a permanent basis at the end of the season. Under his current deal, Grimes will be playing his final game for the Imps on Saturday, but Tilson is keen on keeping hold of the striker, who’s scored three goals this season.

Meanwhile, young striker Andrew Hutchinson has signed for Blue Square Bet North side Harrogate Town on a month’s loan.

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