Lincoln City Match Preview

Lincoln City return to action at the LNER Stadium as they host Wolverhampton Wanderers U21’s in the EFL Trophy.

The Imps came out with an unfortunate 2-0 defeat against Peterborough at the weekend, whilst the Wolves side drew 0-0 with Bournemouth’s U21’s in the Premier League Cup.

Regarding the EFL Trophy, the young outfit beat Notts County 1-2 at Meadow Lane, whilst the Imps lost 2-0 to Derby County at Pride Park.

Opposition: Wolverhampton Wanderers U21’s

Wolves U21’s are currently managed by James Collins, who most noticeably played for Crewe Alexandra on four occasions in his career. Collins joined Wolves on January 1, 2020, following a three-year spell as Director of Football at Crewe Alexandra.

Collins spent 11 games with the senior team, originally as the Assistant Manager of Steve Davis for eight games, before lining up alongside Julen Lopetegui for three.

This season, Wolves have had a slow start to the Premier League 2 season, winning two out of their first six, and losing the other four. They have, however, had a much brighter start to the season in the Premier League Cup. They are currently second in their group, after drawing to Norwich and Bournemouth.

Team News:

Mark Kennedy has confirmed that Jack Vale is in training with the squad for the first time this week but will spend this week in rehab before joining the squad in full training next week.

He has also confirmed Mide Shodipo will be in action tomorrow and could be expected to start.

Lasse Sorensen suffered a hamstring strain in the match against Leyton Orient last Tuesday and so will not be in the squad. Tyler Walker, Ben House, and Lewis Montsma will all be out the squad still as well.

As for Wolves, we could see Nathan Fraser start up top, after scoring against Notts County last time out in the EFL Trophy. 21 year-old Joe Young could start in goal too, after starting against Notts County too.


The Imps have only played Wolves U21’s once before, in the 2018/19 EFL Trophy, which ended in a 2-2 draw at the LNER Stadium. Should we expect to see another goal-fest on Tuesday night?

Played for Both:

Imps manager Mark Kennedy has previously played and managed the midlands club. From 2001-2006, Kennedy played 167 games, scoring 12 times. In October 2019-January 2020, Kennedy coached the Wolves Academy, as well as their under 23’s.

Current Imps goalkeeping coach Scott Fry joined from Wolves in 2022, a club he coached at from 2015.

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