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WE'VE MET BEFORE: Lincoln City

City take on the Imps this weekend...

19 December 2019

We take a look back at the head-to-head record between the Sky Blues and the weekend's opponents, Lincoln City.

Head-to-Head:

The Sky Blues and Lincoln are two clubs that have faced off sparingly in history, with the Sky Blues spending much of their time in higher divisions than this weekend’s rivals.

The clubs first met way back in 1920 in a Division two encounter, and the Sky Blues were on the end of a 4-1 hammering. However, Coventry won the return fixture just a week later which set them on the path to a favourable run of form against the Imps.

The Sky Blue currently boast seven wins to Lincoln’s four, with a further two meetings ending all square. This is only the sixth season that the two clubs have shared a division,

Last Visit:

The two clubs last faced off in the 2017/2018 League Two season in a crucial match as both teams were in pursuit of the play-off positions.

City had won the first meeting at Sincil Bank and both teams knew that a win would all but seal their place in the play-offs. Lincoln took the lead early on when Matt Rhead hammered home a half volley, before Tom Bayliss levelled the scores with a well taken finish.

Ollie Palmer had Lincoln back in front again for less than a minute before Jordan Shipley turned in from Bayliss’ cross to level things up once more.

Palmer put Lincoln in front for a third time on the stroke of half time before Frecklington sealed the win with a cool finish after an incisive Lincoln breakaway. Max Biamou and Jordan Ponticelli were unfortunate with late efforts but it was Lincoln who took home the points and all but secured their route into the play-offs.

 

Memorable Game:

The most memorable fixture between the two clubs came in the first meeting in the same League Two season. Lincoln went into the game with a formidable home record, after only losing one game on their own patch going into the match.

Lincoln took the lead in the match, Matt Rhead proving to be a thorn in City’s side once more. On the first-half performance the home side looked good value for the victory, but a rejuvenated City stole the show in the second half and talisman Jodi Jones equalised with a low curling effort.

City rallied and pushed for a winner and got their rewards when loan man Duckens Nazon crashed home the winner at the third time of asking to seal an impressive away win for the Sky Blues against a promotion rival.

Biggest Win:

Coventry’s biggest win over their opponents came in the shape of a 5-1 FA Cup win away from home in the 1962/1963 season.

Coventry were in the division above their opponents, who had suffered back to back relegations in the seasons prior, and their class really prevailed on the day.

Goals came from Hugh Barr, Terry Bly, Ron Farmer and Kimmy Whitehouse, as well as an own goal to pile on the misery for the imps.

FA Cup winning managerial duo George Curtis and John SIllett were in the Sky Blues line-up on the day of another impressive FA Cup performance for Coventry.

 

Fancy That:

The Sky Blues and Lincoln have only met on 13 occasions, since first playing each other 99 years ago.


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