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30 March 2019 Venue Sincil Bank Attendance

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Match Preview: Lincoln City v Macclesfield Town

30 March 2019

Sol Campbell takes his side to Sincil Bank this afternoon, as league-leaders Lincoln City provide our next Sky Bet League Two test.

Despite the fact that The Imps are in pursuit of the coveted title, The Silkmen will go into the contest full of confidence following our Magic Man Danny Whitaker's dramatic injury-time equaliser against Stevenage last Saturday.

Nobody is under any illusions that we face a gargantuan battle this afternoon, but the team and our loyal fans have the passion and the defiance to render the challenge as far from insurmountable.

Speaking ahead of the game, here are the Manager's pre-match thoughts -

In terms of squad availability, Sol is thought to have a full side to chose from with the exception of Rhys Taylor who continues his rehabilitation after having a hip operation earlier in the year.

The two sides will forever share a special bond through the legacy of Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher, yet for ninety minutes there will be no time for sentiment as both sides go in vehement pursuit of the three precious points on offer.

The two sides last met back in September and although the visitors claimed maximum points, it wasn't without a monumental fight here at the Moss Rose.

Tom Pett gave The Imps the lead on 21 minutes, yet parity was to be restored by defender Jamie Grimes, as he fired the ball home from close range with seven minutes left on the clock.

Four minutes later Lincoln sealed the victory however, as Jason Shackell's ferocious drive pierced it's way through a crowded penalty area and flew into the back of the net.

The Imps have continued their imperious form since then - especially at Sincil Bank where they have suffered just one defeat in nineteen outings.

That came way back in September, as Crawley Town claimed a 1 - 0 victory courtesy of a Michael Bostwick own goal on the stroke of half-time.

The hosts currently command an eight point lead at the League Two summit and have won four of their five outings.

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Match Report: Lincoln City 1 -1 Macclesfield Town

30 March 2019

Macclesfield Town secured a vital point in their fight for Sky Bet League Two survival with an excellent 1-1 draw away to Lincoln City.

The Silkmen fought valiantly and were good value for their superb result away to the league-leaders as Scott Wilson’s 28th minute strike was cancelled out by Neal Eardley’s free-kick.

Sol Campbell’s side began proceedings on the backfoot as Lincoln, who have not lost a league game since December, sprang out of the traps and looked to test the resolve of the Silkmen defence.

Kieran O’Hara stood up to the test, with the Manchester United loanee producing a heroic reflex save to parry John Akinde’s goal-bound effort away from danger.

Macclesfield soon began to impose themselves upon the game and were linking up neatly within Lincoln territory. Wilson collected the ball out wide on the left before driving into the penalty area, and the forward teed the ball off to the on-rushing David Fitzpatrick, who’s ferocious first-time effort grazed the top of the crossbar.

O’Hara had to be on hand again after 18 minutes when Akinde found himself free at the back post, but the goalkeeper scrambled across his line to deny the striker from breaking the deadlock.

With the pace of Wilson and Ben Stephens lurking on the shoulders of Lincoln’s backline, the Silkmen looked to make good use of their counter-attacking threat and it almost paid dividends 21 minutes in when O’Hara launched the ball forward for Elliot Durrell to flick on.  Reece Cole latched onto Durrell’s cushioned header and he distributed the ball out wide to Michael Rose, who in return switched it back to Durrell, but his strike was excellently blocked by Harry Toffolo.

The Silkmen evolved into the game and their growing confidence finally bore fruit on the 28-minute-mark when Durrell capitalised on a misplaced backwards header from Bruno Andrade and raced towards goal before finding Wilson free in the area, and the striker made no mistake as he smashed in his 10th league goal of the season.

Unsurprisingly, Danny Cowley’s outfit looked to make an immediate response, and it took great awareness and positioning by Fiacre Kelleher to read the danger and make a heroic clearance from Harry Anderson’s flick on.

Lincoln equalised via a sublime free-kick from full-back Neal Eardley, who’s curling effort nestled into the top left corner. The free-kick originated from a miscommunication amongst the Silkmen midfield, which enabled Andrade to break and the winger was eventually brought down by Nathan Cameron on the edge of the area.

After seeing themselves through to the end of the opening period, Macclesfield initially struggled to assert themselves at the start of the second-half but finally mustered a decent opportunity 60 minutes in when Stephens and Wilson combined deep in Lincoln territory, giving the latter the opportunity to strike at goal but Wilson snatched at his effort.

The width of Sincil Bank’s pitch allowed plenty of space for full-backs to advance in, and Fitzpatrick optimised that space on the 67th minute mark when he bamboozled his way past two defenders before playing in Wilson, but an excellent recovery tackle from Eardley denied Wilson from making it goal number 11 for the season.

A number of late collisions and the element of fatigue began to creep into Sol Campbell’s team, but they fought courageously to keep the hosts at bay. The central defensive trio of Cameron, Kelleher and Zac Jules barely put a foot wrong as they dealt with the physical threats of Akinde and Matthew Rhead.

James Pearson, who had made a number of lung-busting runs down the right-hand side for most of the afternoon, was inches away from producing the spectacular as he hit a sublime volley that looked to be dipping into top corner before Matt Gilks somehow managed to tip the ball behind for a corner – a goal of the season contender if it had of gone in.

With the presence of Rhead up front, Lincoln launched a continuous cycle of long balls towards the Silkmen area, however once again the Macclesfield defensive line dealt with each situation excellently and O’Hara was on hand to collect any loose ball that bounced through.

Five minutes of injury time could not deter Campbell’s side from gaining what could be an extremely valuable point come the end of the season, with Macclesfield now holding a three-game unbeaten run ahead of a crucial home clash against Morecambe next week.

By Jaquob Crooke

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Ticket News

Lincoln Ticket News

29 March 2019

Ahead of our trip to Sincil Bank to face Lincoln City on tomorrow, we are pleased to bring you the ticket news for the game.

Silkmen fans will be situated in the University of Lincoln stand, with prices as per the below -

Adult - £22.00

Concession (60+ / Disabled) - £17.00

Young Adult (18-21) -  £17.00

Under 18s - £9.00

Family Tickets

1 Adult and 1 Under 18 - £26.00

1 Over 60 and 1 Under 18 - £21.00

Tickets are available to buy direct from Lincoln City now and you can do this by visiting their online ticket office here.

There will be no price increase on the day of the game, but fans are strongly advised to purchase in advance due to the expected crowd at Sincil Bank.

Disabled supporters should have a medium/high level of Disability Living Allowance and any rate of PIP to qualify for a concession rate. Disabled helpers tickets are only issued upon proof of a HIGH rate of DLA or ENHANCED rate of PIP

Wheelchair disabled supporters may purchase their tickets online if they are in receipt of above criteria, proof of such may be required on the day of the fixture.

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