Imps host Alfreton for place in FA Cup first-round

Lincoln City take on Alfreton Town tonight in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay at Sincil Bank, 7:45pm kick-off.

The two sides drew 1-1 in Saturday’s original tie with Karl Hawley’s second half equaliser denying the Imps after Sean Newton had given then the advantage from the spot.

Sincil Bank will play host to tonight’s FA Cup replay

Much of the pre-match build up has been focused around Alfreton Town, who will have to play an outfield player in goal.

Under FA rules, the club are only allowed to field players who were registered for the original tie at noon last Friday.

James Severn, who started the game for Alfreton on Saturday, ruptured his thigh during the game – and Alfreton had not named a goalkeeper on the bench.

Alfreton’s Cameron Dawson, who has been a regular in the net this season, missed the game on Saturday with a thigh strain, meaning he is ineligible for the tie.

The Reds had an appeal to the FA to bring in an emergency goalkeeper turned down on Monday morning under the jurisdiction of FA Cup Rule 15, Provisions Concerning Players.

The Imps are likely to remain unchanged from Saturday’s original tie although Sam-Yorke may be preferred to Marcus Marshall.

Paul Farman will continue in goal, as Nick Townsend cannot play as part of his loan deal from Birmingham.

Farman will be making his first appearance at Sincil Bank this season, having lost his place to Townsend before being loaned out to Boston.

The winner of the tie will face a long trip to Eastleigh, having been drawn against their divisional rivals in Monday’s First round draw.

Match facts

  • Lincoln have made the first round of the FA Cup for the last two seasons – the last time they failed to do so, Alfreton beat them at the same stage as tonight’s match.
  • Lincoln are unbeaten at Sincil Bank in four games, the last defeat coming against Bristol Rovers in early September.
  • Alfreton are second bottom of the Conference, and have lost their last four away games on the spin.

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