Tilson aims for City response against U’s

Lincoln City will attempt to collect their first win in three games on Tuesday, March 1st, when play-off hopefuls Oxford United visit Sincil Bank.

City’s surge up the League Two table has stalled in recent weeks, with Steve Tilson’s men now 16th in the league after a disappointing 4-2 reversal at strugglers Barnet at the weekend.


Mustapha Carayol may be recalled to the starting line-up for the visit of the U's. Photo: Tom Farmery

Oxford suffered a similar defeat on Saturday, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at home to Hereford United—a side who, like Lincoln, have managed to haul themselves away from relegation worries for now.

The U’s had a reasonably poor start to the season which was compounded by an extremely poor run of form in October and November. Over the New Year period though, performances picked up, helping them to the brink of the play-off positions.

And Chris Wilder’s team are unbeaten in their last three away matches—tough trips to Gillingham, Stevenage and Morecambe. With six of the Imps’ last eight home matches ending in defeat for the home side, the U’s will be confident of coming away from Sincil Bank with points.

The last time the two teams met in Lincoln was back in the 2005/06 season when a Derek Asamoah strike gave City a 2-1 victory on their way to reaching the play-offs.

Steve Tilson may make changes after City’s poor show at the weekend. Mustapha Carayol could be offered a start in place of Luke Howell or Josh O’Keefe, giving the Imps more width in their line-up.

In James Constable and Tom Craddock, Oxford have a striking partnership worthy of any in League Two, and the duo have contributed 11 goals apiece so far this season.

Kick off at Sincil Bank is 7:45pm.

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