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PREVIEW: Notts County (A)

1 February 2019

The Imps spent January unbeaten in SkyBet League Two and will be looking to continue their fine form as they travel to Notts County this Saturday. The Imps are currently top of the table with 59 points to their name and a game in hand over second placed Mansfield who are four points behind City.

Danny Rowe continued his spectacular goal scoring form with Lincoln’s opener against Bury in front of the Sky Sports cameras last Saturday.

The 26-year-old who joined the Imps during the winter transfer window was City’s top scorer in January with three goals.

Gigg Lane witnessed a total of six goals in the top of the table clash with the score finishing 3-3. John Akinde scored Lincoln’s third goal from the penalty spot with their second coming from Chris Stokes who put the ball in the back of his own net.

Danny Cowley made two deadline day signings with the arrival of Lee Angol on loan from Shrewsbury and Matt Gilks joining the club on a permanent deal from local rivals Scunthorpe United.

Angol previously had a spell with Lincoln in 2017 where he won the National League title after scoring five goals in 11 league appearances for the Imps.

Goalkeeper Gilks brings a wealth of experience to the side having won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2010 with Blackpool.

He spent six seasons with the Seasiders, making a total of 182 league appearances.

Recent Form

Notts County picked up just one point in January, a 3-3 draw away to Colchester United. The rest of their results saw them concede a total of five goals from three games.

Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain was sent off in the 83rd minute on New Year’s Day when County lost 2-0 to Oldham Athletic at Boundary park.

The Magpies’ last home game also ended in defeat with Cambridge United scoring one goal in the 41st minute to pick up three points.

County have failed to score in their last two games, the most recent being an away game against Yeovil Town who put two past Neal Ardley’s side.

Notts have not won a game since December where Jon Stead’s 76th minute penalty saw them beat Tranmere 3-2 with Kane Hemmings also getting on the scoresheet.

Last six league games: LDLDLL

League position: 24th    

Manager’s comments

Neal Ardley had a lengthy career as a player starting with Wimbledon in 1991. The 46-year-old helped reach the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the Football League Cup with the Dons before joining Watford in 2002.

He went on to play for Cardiff City and Millwall as well as making 10 appearances for England U21.

Ardley, who had a six-year spell in charge of Wimbledon joined Notts County as manager in November 2018 alongside his assistant Neil Cox.

The County boss spoke about his squad ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Imps: “We’ve tried to find balance in our signings by bringing in a mixture of know-how and experience along with some that are younger.

“We’ve noticed a different atmosphere at training today with the two new additions. Fresh faces give everything a lift and by the time we finish our session on Friday with all the new players involved, I think everyone in the squad will have a sense of optimism.

“With the work, we’ve done both inwards and outwards, it’s been the best possible transfer window to give ourselves the chance to retain our status in the EFL.

“We’ve brought in the players we feel can get us the points we need and they’ve come here, seen where we are and said ‘let’s do this’.

“I believe they can all be absolute heroes and everyone we’ve signed seems right up for that.”

Previous Meetings

With a number of players having played for both the Imps and County, the tie is an historic one which has always provided goals. In 1968 Lincoln put five past the Magpies in front of 8,177 fans at Sincil Bank when the pair met in Division Four.

Most recently City have been the victorious side with a 3-1 win in August 2018. Lee Frecklington scored after just seven minutes before Andy Kellett equalised for County 12 minutes later.

Bruno Andrade put the Imps back into the lead prior to half-time and Harry Anderson was able to add to Lincoln’s tally in the 55th minute.

Danny Cowley’s side faced County in the Checkatrade Trophy last season, when they won 2-1. The Imps have not lost against Notts in three games.

Imps fans will remember Josh Ginnelly’s 86th minute strike which gave City the win in the Group G clash.

One to Watch – Craig Mackail-Smith

The experienced forward arrived at Meadow Lane during the January transfer window on loan from Wycombe Wanderers.

Mackail-Smith could feature for County this weekend for the first time after making 62 league appearances for parent club Wycombe.

The former Scotland international broke onto the scene in 2004 after signing for Dagenham & Redbridge from non-league Arlesey Town.

The 34-year-old went on to join Peterborough United where he scored 80 league goals in 185 games over a four-year period.

Mackail-Smith was then rewarded with a move to Brighton in July 2011 for an initial £2.5million.

He went on to make 109 league appearances in the Championship, featuring 45 times in his debut season for the Seagulls. During the 2012/13 season Mackail-Smith scored 11 goals in 29 league appearances.

After a return to the Posh in 2014/15, the forward signed for Luton Town of League Two. He only made two appearances in his second season with the club due to joining Peterborough for the second time on loan in two years.

Mackail-Smith was released at the end of the 2016/17 season and signed for Wycombe Wanderers on an initial one-year deal. This was later extended by a further two years in April 2018.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Notts County V The Imps

2 February 2019

The points were shared at Meadow Lane as The Imps came from behind to take a point from their hosts, Notts County.

It was a competitive clash with goals at either end of a fiery first half settling the result. County got off to a quickfire start, Jon Stead firing home from the spot, before a moment of magic from Bruno Andrade levelled things up on the stroke of half time.  City remain two points clear at the summit of SkyBet League Two ahead of two consecutive home games against Northampton Town and Stevenage.

City made three changes to the starting line up from that which kicked off the thrilling 3-3 draw at Bury last weekend, Cian Bolger missed out, while Tom Pett and Harry Anderson took up places on the bench. Michael O’Connor returned against his former side and Bruno Andrade was back following his recent suspension.  

The game started at breakneck speed and couldn’t have been much worse for The Imps, the home side won a penalty following a collision in the box, between Harry Toffolo and Jon Stead, and it was Stead who got to his feet to take the spot kick and the Magpies had the early lead.  Naturally boosted by the goal, the home side were keen to pour forward at the earliest opportunity to test Grant Smith but they couldn’t find their way past the custodian of the Imps’ goal for a second time as he dived to his right to save Enzio Boldewijn’s low drive.

City gradually regained composure as the atmosphere continued to be electric with over 4,000 travelling fans doing their all to urge The Imps forward, challenges started to thunder in from both sides giving the game a true derby feel.  The home supporters quietened as City had more of the ball, even though chances had yet to go the way of The Imps who continued to probe, playing the ball from left to right keeping possession and being patient looking for the chance to strike.

The game became stretched as play went from end to end rapidly, firstly Bruno Andrade’s left wing cross was just cut out and lashed clear which left Craig Mackail-Smith haring after the ball but the footrace was won by O’Connor who got back to block the danger. The Imps then won a corner following a neat link between Neal Eardley and Danny Rowe down the right, and it gave the visitors the chance to level, the ball bounced inside the County area causing panic but somehow the home side managed to just get to the ball first and hack clear.

County rallied, gradually pressing forward and moving higher up the pitch but there was no real threat to Smith’s goal, the City stopper only called upon to claim a left-wing corner confidently.  

Patience and persistence was the name of the game for the visitors and just ahead of half time City were close to that leveller, first Neal Eardley’s dangerous curling centre was just deflected away from Frecklington and the resulting corner saw Ryan Schofield save from Shackell’s goalbound header. County then survived another late scare following a second corner in quick succession, a deep ball into the box was first fumbled by Schofield but the follow up couldn’t be forced home by City as County were awarded a free kick.

However the best moment of the half was to come in the dying moments of stoppage time, Andrade who had been growing more influential as each minute passed, took the ball from Toffolo on the left, he cut inside, racing beyond three County players before smashing home an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner to send the visiting fans into delirium.

Half Time

Notts County 1 The Imps 1

County looked to get back on top early into the second half, a looping header from Stead who connected with Alessandra’s free kick was watched onto the top of the crossbar by Smith who didn’t seem too concerned.

City then went close as Akinde squared the ball back across the face of goal, it seemed to be rolling towards the goal but Mitch Rose cleared at the last, then Anderson made a quick break following a Notts corner, he carried possession for almost half the length of the field before firing a just which kept rising and went over the top.

The Imps were now pressing harder than ever, looking hungry for the lead and Akinde was in the thick of the action, winning a fifth City corner of the game at this point. The corner was half cleared, O’Connor tried a thunderous effort which was blocked, the ball ran to Toffolo who tried his luck but it rose over the top. County were penned into their own half as The Imps closed down quickly, and when in possession they were confident and assured with their passing and it seemed like a matter of time before the third goal of the game was incoming.

City were winning corners with an alarming frequency from a County point of view, but to their credit they were defending them stoutly but James Wilson tried to take things into his own hands as he hit one with the outside of is foot that just curled away from goal and out for a County goal kick.  Whilst the game was level, there was of course always the threat that County could nick one up the other end of the field and Stead was disappointed to see his header from a Boldewijn hanging cross just drift wide of the far post.

Virgil Gomis, on as substitute for the hosts, was close to finding space inside the City area but Toffolo was on hand to deny the Nottingham Forest loanee before the ball was again back in County territory as The Imps carried the ball upfront again with boss, Danny Cowley, urging the travelling army of fans to ramp up the atmosphere and provide the perfect backdrop for a grandstand finish to the game.

However, the home side almost had their supporters off their seats as a swift break down the right from Boldewijn and Mitch Rose was close to creating the winner, the pair combining with Boldewijn latching onto the low cross but his effort cannoned off the foot of the post. But The Imps responded quickly as Andrade stepped over the ball, tricking his way into the box before being brought down and the referee pointed to the spot. Akinde however, saw his spot kick roll agonisingly wide of the goal.

It was to be a shot in the arm for the hosts who looked to snatch an unlikely winner of their own, but the game was to end with the spoils shared.

Full Time

Notts County 1 The Imps 1

The Teams

Notts County

27        Ryan SCHOFIELD

6          Ben BARCLAY

7          Lewis ALESSANDRA

11        Enzio BOLDEWIJN

18        Sam STUBBS

21        Jim O’BRIEN

24        Robert MILSOM

26        Mitch ROSE

28        Craig MACKAIL-SMITH

30        Jon STEAD

43        Michael DOYLE


1          Ross FITZSIMMONS

2          Matt TOOTLE

3          Pierce BIRD

4          Elliott HEWITT

8          David VAUGHAN

10        Virgil GOMIS (64’ for Mackail-Smith)

15        Kane HEMMINGS (64’ for Alessandra)

Booked: Boldewijn 19’,  Stubbs 71’ Doyle 85’

Goal: Stead 2’ (pen)

The Imps

21        Grant SMITH

4          Michael O’CONNOR

5          Jason SHACKELL

8          Lee FRECKLINGTON

11        Bruno ANDRADE

14        Harry TOFFOLO

16        Michael BOSTWICK

17        Shay McCARTAN

19        Danny ROWE

23        Neal EARDLEY

29        John AKINDE


1          Josh VICKERS

6          Mark O’HARA

7          Tom PETT

9          Matt RHEAD

10        Lee ANGOL (90’ for Rowe)

15        James WILSON (50’ for Bostwick)

26        Harry ANDERSON (46’ for McCartan)

Goal: Andrade 45’

Referee: Anthony Coggins

Assistants: Graeme Fyvie & Simon Shaw

4th Official: Paul Graham

Attendance: 10,641 (4,285 Imps’ supporters)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Notts County (A)

21 January 2019

Ahead of the trip to face Notts County on Saturday 2nd February we are able to provide Imps' supporters with ticket and travel information.


The initial 80 per cent has sold out, with the final 20 per cent on sale on Friday for both My Imps members and Season Ticket Holders.

Ticket sales periods and ticket pricing are as follows:

Notts County

Full Allocation – Notts County has issued the full allocation as suggested below, this fixture will be ‘All Ticket’ to visiting supporters.

Update - Notts County have provided the Imps with an extra 319 tickets following the sales during the Season Ticket and My Imps windows.

Full Allocation

Season Ticket Priority





General Sale

(any tickets remaining)

Postal Order Deadline

Sales Deadline

Collection Deadline

Pay on the day

4273 plus 9 wheelchair disabled concessions

Monday 14th January


Friday 18thJanuary @7pm

Monday 21st January 


Sunday 27th January

@ 23:59

Friday 1stFebruary @ 12pm

Friday 1stFebruary @ 2pm


Red Imps Travel

Coaches depart @ 12:30pm

Price: £11 per person

Ticket sales end: Friday 1st February @12pm

Tickets to be collected by: Friday 1st February @2pm






Senior 65+




Under 18


Under 16


Under 12 (Must be accompanied by an Adult/Senior)


Under 7 (Must be accompanied by an Adult/Senior)


Ambulant Disabled Carer



To purchase tickets for the fixture, click HERE

To purchase RedImps travel to the fixture click HERE

A few things to note:

  • Ambulant disabled supporters should select the age appropriate ticket from the general allocation and then add a carer if applicable.
  • Wheelchair disabled supporters should select the age appropriate ticket in the wheelchair disabled section, the carer is included free of charge.
  • There are a limited number of parking spaces available for disabled supporters. These MUST be booked in advance by calling 0115 9529000 during office hours.

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