House at home at Lincoln

Lincoln City striker, Ben House, was one of many January arrivals who joined the club and operates at the top end of the pitch.

A powerful forward with an array of attributes, House says he is eager to learn from Michael Appleton, a manager with a reputation for developing young players, and from the senior strikers at the club in John Marquis and Tom Hopper. 

Ben says: “The manager is brilliant. Even just talking in meetings you can really see he sets high standards.  

“His only vision is for your development and to make you better which is all I need right now at this stage of my career; I need someone who is going to guide me as much as they can to get the best out of me. 

“John Marquis is very vocal, he is positive as well. There are some players who, if you make a mistake, will be on you. But John is a person who tells you not to worry and to keep your head up and gives off those positive vibes.  

“Tom Hopper has just come back into training but you can see the quality already and I feel like he will be a major impact on me because he is such a nice guy off the pitch and a very good player on it as well."

Having twice been capped at Scotland Under-21 level, Ben was likely to be a name few had heard of before his arrival. Despite this, a chant for the forward’s name, to the tune of ‘Our House’ by Madness, soon caught wind on social media. 

The frontman says he has thoroughly enjoyed the welcome he has received and believes the supporters are a huge factor for the players and their successes. 

He added: “It's really nice. Most of the boys around the training ground are signing it now, I’ll be in a different part of the building, and I’ll hear somebody singing 'Ben House...' so I think the boys love it just as much as I do and it’s great to have a little chant about you. 

"But they have been brilliant overall. To be honest, I never expected it to come from Eastleigh where you would be getting about 2,500 maximum, it’s mad to be playing in front of more than 9,000.  

“You can really tell how important they are to get us over the line and are our 12th man to help us because we do need it. They are going to be very important over the remainder of the season, and I think they are an important factor for us."

Ben House is the feature interview in the matchday programme for the visit of Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday. The programme is available from sellers around the stadium as well as from the ticket office, with fans able to pay by cash or card. If you cannot get to the match then order your copy online now.