Imps face tough Shrews test

Lincoln City host promotion-hopefuls Shrewsbury Town at Sincil Bank in League Two on Tuesday, 8th February, hoping to record their sixth consecutive league win.

The Imps have significantly eased relegation worries by taking maximum points from their last five games – propelling them nine points clear of the drop zone to 15th place – and a win on Tuesday would mark their longest winning run in nearly 19 years.

Graham Turner’s Shrewsbury are currently 4th in League Two, two points away from an automatic promotion spot, and have the upper hand in terms of recent results against the Imps.


The Imps have only won four times at Sincil Bank all season. Photo: Tom Farmery

Although Lincoln manager Steve Tilson had been appointed a few days earlier, it was coach Scott Lindsay who was in charge during the two sides’ last meeting back in October – a game which the Shrewsbury ran out comfortable 2-0 victors.

That result meant the Imps dropped to 21st in League Two, and was the beginning of a run that saw them pick up just two wins in 10 league games, before their current winning streak began with the a 4-3 victory over Stockport in January.

Prior to this season, Lincoln hadn’t beaten the Shrews in four attempts – with their last victory coming in the 2007/08 season, when two Louis Dodds goals gave them a 2-1 away win.

Following the Shrewsbury game, Steve Tilson’s side face two mid-table rivals in quick succession – Morecambe on Saturday, 12th February and Aldershot three days later.

Lincoln goalkeeper Joe Anyon is once again doubtful for the game through illness, meaning Trevor Carson is set to keep his place between the sticks. Meanwhile, Clark Keltie, Mustapha Carayol and Paul Green are all likely to miss the visit of Graham Turner’s side.

Grenada international Delroy Facey is once again expected to don the captain’s armband for the Imps, after leading his side in all five victories in their current run.

Kick-off at Sincil Bank is at 7.45pm.

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