Lincoln have spent most of the last 60 years in the 4th tier of the EFL. During that time they have had 4 relatively brief spells in the 3rd tier and a couple of drops to the 5th tier. Two promotions under then boss Danny Cowley put the Imps back in the 3rd tier in 2019 before Cowley left for Huddersfield (he’s now managing Portsmouth).
Last season Lincoln finished 17th in League 1. They were comfortably clear of relegation but more than 30 points adrift of the play-off places. Offensively, they didn’t really fire, and their home form was lack-lustre. They managed 14 wins, 10 draws and 22 losses during last season.
This season they began with a 1-1 home draw against Exeter. Captain Tom Hopper’s (number 9) 49th minute strike cancelling out Nombe’s 14th minute opener for Exeter. Their second outing saw Lincoln draw 0-0 at Portsmouth.
Top scorer last season Anthony Scully (number 11) netted 11 times but was hampered by injury in the latter half of the season. The highly-rated 23 year old Irishman will be hoping to start the season fresh. For those with long memories, Scully’s father is Tony Scully, who played top flight football in the 1990’s for QPR, Crystal Palace & Man City.
Former Newport and Manchester Utd defender, Regan Poole (number 2), was named Player’s Player and Player of the Season for Lincoln last season. The right-sided defender has clearly made his mark in the one and a half seasons he has been at the club.
The recent record between the sides does not make for good reading. In their 4 League 2 encounters, Rovers have been beaten by Lincoln 4 times. The most recent meeting between the sides was in the FA Cup in November 2020. Lincoln won 6-2 at Sincil Bank.