Top half beckons as Imps take on Shrimps

Lincoln City could potentially find themselves in the top half of League Two this weekend, if they overcome Morecambe at Sincil Bank on Saturday, 12th February.

Three points could propel the Imps, who currently sit in 16th place, as high as 12th – meaning they would be in the top half of the table for the first time this season.

After a disappointing 5-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury in midweek, Steve Tilson’s side will be looking to build on their early 2011 form, which has seen them pick up five wins in nine games.


Morecambe ran out 3-1 victors the last time the two sides met at Sincil Bank. Photo: Tom Farmery

Similarly to Lincoln, Saturday’s opponents Morecambe have themselves found this season to be a difficult one, having dwindled in the lower reaches of the league for the most part.

The Shrimps’ last three fixtures have all ended in 1-1 draws, and in all three cases, they have squandered 1-0 leads in the second half.

Lincoln meanwhile, haven’t drawn a league game since the end of October last year, when Steve Tilson’s first two games ended as stalemates, with 0-0 and 2-2 results against Stockport and Wycombe respectively.

The Imps have somewhat of a psychological advantage over Sammy McIlroy’s side, after defeating them 2-1 in the reverse of this fixture earlier in the season – Steve Tilson’s first league win as Lincoln boss.

Since Morecambe’s promotion to the Football League in the 2006/07 season, the head-to-head statistics between the two sides read pretty evenly, with both teams having beaten each other twice, but looking ahead to Saturday’s game, the Imps have never beaten the Lancashire club at Sincil Bank in the league.

Steve Tilson has no fresh injury worries ahead of the clash, whilst Morecambe defender Paul Scott is Sammy McIlroy’s only long-term absentee.

Kick-off at Sincil Bank is at 3.00pm.

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