City head to English Riviera

Lincoln City make the long journey south on Saturday, April 1st to take on an in-form Torquay United side.

City’s recent form has partly ruined what looked to be a rejuvenation in late January and early February, when Steve Tilson helped pull the Imps well away from the danger zone in League Two.


Torquay United's Plainmoor has played host to plenty of goals this season. Photo: yellowbook via Flickr

Lincoln still remain well clear of the relegation places but have lost their last three league matches and have won just one game out of their last seven – statistics which have seen them drop to 17th position in the fourth tier.

In contrast, Torquay have lost just one of their last eight games and are unbeaten in five as they aim to sneak into the play-offs come May.

And the Gulls are certainly not goal-shy – scoring 14 goals in their past five matches including a 5-0 hammering of Shrewsbury Town who are currently flying high in 3rd position in the league.

City though will be boosted by the news of a possible return to action for Ashley Grimes. The on-loan Millwall man, who has scored 15 league goals since arriving at Sincil Bank, was struggling with a leg injury but returned to training this week.

Andrew Hutchinson will not be involved though after he joined Blue Square South side Lewes on loan. Lincoln have recalled Drewe Broughton from his spell at AFC Wimbledon though, and he may feature against the Gulls.

Long-term absentee Clark Keltie is finally back to fitness and he could make the squad, but Luke Howell is still a week away from recovery. Pat Kanyuka is available again after serving a suspension for being dismissed in the 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Rotherham United last week, but Danny Hone may keep his place in the team if he recovers from a shoulder injury he received against Port Vale on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Torquay manager Paul Buckle has the luxury of picking from a full squad of players, after forward Ronan Murray returned from international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad.

The two teams last met back in August when two Elliot Benyon strikes meant City left Sincil Bank empty-handed in their first home match this season.

Kick-off at Plainmoor is at 3pm.

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