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Match Previews

Match preview | Portsmouth vs Imps

22 September 2023

The Imps will aim to build on their positive league start when travelling to Portsmouth on Saturday 23 September (3pm KO).

All the key information ahead of the Sky Bet League One encounter can be found in this match preview.


Supporters will not be able to pay on the day at Fratton Park, but pre-paid tickets can be collected from Portsmouth's ticket office in their club shop.

Click HERE for the full ticket details.


The match is available for live streaming internationally for just £10, or the equivalent cost in your local currency.

The feed includes expert commentary from the BBC Radio Lincolnshire sports team, including replays of key moments as well as match statistics and latest scores around the division.

Alternatively, UK-based supporters can listen to live match commentary using an iFollow Imps audio pass - which can be bought HERE.

City supporters unable to get to Portsmouth will also be able to follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official X (Twitter), Facebook and Instagram pages.


Nickname: Pompey

Founded: 1898

Stadium: Fratton Park

Head coach: John Mousinho 

Top scorer: Colby Bishop (five goals)

League position: 1st


Derby County 2-0 Imps 

EFL Trophy group stage

Imps: Wright, Brown, Smith (Hamilton 78’), Burroughs, Duffy (Bishop 62’), Benn, Adelakun (Sorensen 62’), Eyoma ©, Mitchell, Gallagher (Erhahon 78’), Makama. Subs (not used): Jensen, O'Connor, Roughan.

Barnsley 2-3 Portsmouth

Sky Bet League One

Portsmouth: Norris, Rafferty, Poole, Shaughnessy, Ogilvie (Sparkes 68,), Morrell, Pack ©, Lane (Devlin 78’), Robertson (Anjorin 78), Whyte (Kamara 66), Bishop. Subs (not used): Schofield, Towler, Stevenson.


Portsmouth: DWDW



Hear from the head coach below…


Portsmouth: Home

Imps: Away


Referee: Paul Howard

Assistant referee: James Vallance

Assistant referee: Conor Farrell

Fourth official: Neil Hair

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Match Reports

Portsmouth 2 Imps 1

23 September 2023

City fell to their first league defeat since the opening day of the season - losing narrowly at high-flying Portsmouth.

The Imps took an early lead on the South Coast thanks to a first goal of the season from Hakeeb Adelakun who latched onto a ball through the middle of the defence from Reeco Hackett.

Conor Shaughnessy looked to clear the lines but struck it against City’s No. 21, with the ball rebounding up into the top right corner to put his side ahead.

Portsmouth were back on level terms soon afterwards though as they regained possession in the final third due to a poor defensive header before Alex Robertson laid the ball to Paddy Lane who found an inch of space to squeeze a shot into the bottom right corner.

Pompey then enjoyed a fair amount of possession in the minutes that followed this, however the best chance they could conjure up in this time was Marlon Pack’s deflected free-kick which bounced comfortably wide of the target.

The next best chance of the game arrived in the 39th minute after Adelakun’s long throw from the left came straight back to him, which he delivered back into the box towards Paudie O’Connor who sent a flicked header over the crossbar.

On the stroke of half-time John Mousinho’s side went in front after Jack Sparkes’ sent a looping first-time cross towards Regan Poole at the back post who got in front of Jack Burroughs to head home.

The Imps almost equalised shortly after the break as Erhahon sent a smart pass into Burroughs who cut in from the left and sent a low effort which just failed to curl in at the far post.

Pompey regained possession and tested City’s resilience with a counter which finished with Lane striking a fierce angled effort from inside the box which stung the palms of Lukas Jensen.

The hosts had another big chance to go further in front just after the hour mark after a goalmouth scramble ended with the loose ball bouncing for Pack to race onto it and fire over the bar.

Joe Morrell was next to try his luck in the 68th minute after the ball came out to him on the edge of the area for him to send two shots goalwards which was first blocked by Abu Kamara and then by Lasse Sorensen.

Mark Kennedy’s side had a golden opportunity to level with the almost the last kick of the game as Sorensen’s delivery was headed goalwards by O’Connor. The ball was then cleared only as far as Adam Jackson just inside the box who sent a first-time effort bouncing up and over the crossbar.

Portsmouth: Will Norris, Regan Poole, Marlon Pack ©, Alex Robertson (Tino Anjorin 74’), Colby Bishop, Joe Morrell (Sean Raggett 90+4’), Joe Rafferty, Conor Shaughnessy, Jack Sparkes (Ryley Towler 90+4’), Abu Kamara (Gavin Whyte 74’), Paddy Lane (Terry Devlin 87’). Subs (not used): Ryan Schofield, Ben Stevenson.

Goals: Lane (8’), Poole (45+3’).

Imps: Lukas Jensen, Lasse Sorensen, Adam Jackson, Ethan Erhahon, Reeco Hackett (Jovon Makama 75’), Ted Bishop (Ali Smith 75’), Ethan Hamilton, Paudie O’Connor ©, Jack Burroughs (Jaden Brown 84’), Hakeeb Adelakun (Dylan Duffy 75’), Sean Roughan (Alex Mitchell 84’). Subs (not used): Jordan Wright, TJ Eyoma.

Goals: Adelakun (5’).

Referee: Paul Howard.

Attendance: 17,748 (475 away).

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Ticket News

Tickets: Portsmouth (A)

28 August 2023

City can confirm ticket news ahead of the Sky Bet League One trip to Portsmouth on Saturday 23 September (3pm KO).

Portsmouth have provided an allocation of 600 away tickets at Fratton Park. 

Tickets will be made available for Gold members on Tuesday 29 August at 10am.

Silver, Bronze and Junior Imp members can secure their seat on Wednesday 30 August at 10am, with any remaining tickets available to general sale from Thursday 31 August at 10am.

Click HERE for City's ticketing website.


Portsmouth (A)




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Sales dates

Initial allocation

Gold members

Silver/Bronze/Junior Imp members

General sale


Tuesday 29 August at 10am

Wednesday 30 August at 10am


Thursday 31 August at 10am

Disabled supporters

Portsmouth are offering eight pairs of wheelchair spaces and carers tickets. 

The hosts have five parking spaces for blue badge holders which can be requested via Lincoln City’s ticket office. These are charged at £5.50 per space and a valid blue badge must be displayed. 

Level Playing Field information on Portsmouth can be found HERE.

Further details

Red Imps Travel Association coaches depart the LNER Stadium at 8.15am for this fixture, with tickets costing £37 per person - purchase your travel HERE.

Fratton Park is a cashless stadium and there will be strictly no ticket sales on the day.

Online sales deadline 

Pay on the day 

Friday 22 September at 9am

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