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16 February 2019 Venue Sincil Bank Attendance

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Big Match Preview: Lincoln City v Stevenage

14 February 2019

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Get set for Saturday's visit to the league

  • Tickets…

Tickets are priced the same both in-advance or from Sincil Bank on the day of the game at the following cost:

  • Adult: £22
  • Concession (60+/Disabled): £17
  • Young Adult (18-21): £17
  • Under 18s: £9

Family Packages (Available in Club Shop only)

  • 1 Adult & 1 U18: £26
  • 1 Concession & 1 U18: £21

Please note that advance sales will end at 12pm on Friday 15th February 2019.

  • Travel...

Need a lift to the game? The Supporters Association Coach leaves the Lamex Stadium at 11:15am and costs £20 for non-members and £25 for SA members. 

To book a seat, please call John Carroll on 01438 814285 after 6pm or visit www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel.

  • Onto the game...

Following defeat at Tranmere last Saturday and the subsequent midweek League Two fixtures, Stevenage travel to Lincoln four points shy of the play-offs. The season has largely been defined by a win-loss-win-loss pattern with 14 wins and 13 defeats picked up so far, with just 5 defeats.

In fact, it has been 11 games since Boro last shared the spoils, away at Northampton on Saturday 15th December when Ben Kennedy's late strike salvaged a point. Since then, Stevenage have won five and lost  five.

Victory on Saturday would be no mean feat. Lincoln have lost at home just once this season, backed by an average attendance of nearly 9,000 supporters.

They have however slowed down the pace in recent weeks, having drawn four of their last six games. They are still unbeaten in their last eight league games though - a 2-1 defeat at Crewe on Boxing Day – a record more than strong enough to consolidate their place at the top of the table.

  • Team News...

Elijah Adebayo (3 games) and Ben Nugent (2 games) are both suspended for the game after their dismissals at Tranmere last time out. Danny Newton remains injured and out of contention whilst the rest of the squad should be in a good place physically to travel to Sincil Bank.

  • Officials... 

Referee – Jeremy Simpson

Assistant Referee 1 – Michael George

Assistant Referee 2 – Shaun Hudson

Fourth Official – Carl Boyeson

  • Boot in both camps…

Lincoln City have four former Stevenage players currently in their ranks, whilst there is only one former Imp as part of Maamria’s squad.

Jamie McCombe, Bruno Andrade, Tom Pett and Michael Bostwick have all found their way up the A1, across the Wolds and into Lincolnshire following spells with Stevenage. McCombe and Andrade’s time at Broadhall Way was only short-lived, whilst Pett (149 apps) and Bostwick (206 apps) became household names at the Lamex Stadium.

Whilst McCombe is now part of Danny Cowley’s Coaching Staff, Andrade, Pett and Bostwick have all been regular starters and contributors for the Red Imps this season.

Stevenage stopper Paul Farman is much-loved at Lincoln after seven seasons and 228 appearances for the club, before joining Boro last summer.

After an injury halted Farman’s progress at the start of the season – which also saw him on the bench for Lincoln’s visit in December – he has now settled nicely into the team and is the club’s undisputed #1.

  • Previous Meetings...

Played: 6 | Won: 2 | Drawn: 0 | Lost: 3

Last Game: Stevenage 0-1 Lincoln City | Saturday 8th December 2018

It has been three straight defeats against the Imps for Stevenage since their promotion back into the EFL in 2017. Prior to that, Boro had won twice in a row during their League Two promotion campaign and the first ever meeting between the two sides came back in 1998, a 4-1 defeat at Sincil Bank in the FA Cup Second Round.

  • Online coverage...

Live match commentary will be available for UK iFollow subscribers so make sure you sign up to listen to every game. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can stream the game LIVE! 

Make sure you are following our Twitter account throughout the day as we bring you the very latest from Sincil Bank.

iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction on Sunday.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Lincoln City 2-2 Stevenage

16 February 2019

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Stevenage stunned league leaders Lincoln City with a late fightback that saw Ilias Chair strike twice to rescue a valuable point...

It was a hard fought and well contested game from Maamria’s men as they managed to largely stifle the high-flying opposition whilst hitting the woodwork twice at the other end and causing the Imps defence all kinds of problems throughout the encounter.

In the end, Boro got what they deserved with two wonderful goals from QPR loanee Ilias Chair who took the game by the scruff of the neck in the final 10 minutes.

Dino Maamria named two changes to the side that fell to defeat at Tranmere the previous weekend, replacing the suspended Ben Nugent with Luke Wilkinson whilst Captain Ronnie Henry came in for Kurtis Guthrie. Such a change meant for a switch of formation as Boro came out in a 5-3-2 to try and combat Lincoln’s obvious strengths.

The switch appeared to work as Stevenage put in a superb first half performance full of endeavour and enterprise. Ilias Chair was once again at the centre of much of the good work, taking the game towards the opposition and letting off shots and putting in crosses at a regular rate.

Stevenage’s best chance of the game came on 22 minutes after Chair whipped in a brilliant ball for the on-rushing Hunt to latch onto from the back-post. The wing-back managed to reach the cross but his effort towards goal flew wide. A few minutes later Revell headed wide from another aerial opportunity after being found with a deep, central cross but he couldn’t steer it on target.

John Akinde had Lincoln’s two best sights of goal in the half and on both occasions, was denied only by a Stevenage defender on the line. The first came about after Farman spilled a simple-looking cross into the path of the striker and just as it looked like he had the simplest of headers to put the Imps in-front, Cuthbert appeared out of nowhere to hook it off the line.

Chair then made Lincoln stopper Smith work with an outrageous strike from distance which had the goalkeeper scrambling before palming over the bar. Before the half was out Akinde had one more opportunity which was denied at the last-second as Lincoln tried to make the most of their many set-pieces. After Akinde rose highest towards the back-post to head towards goal, this time Hunt was back in-time to make the vital clearance.

Despite all the good work up to that point, Stevenage conceded within minutes of the second half. A deep cross from Rowe found Andrade umarked at the back-post and his looping header gave Farman virtually no chance. There was some controversy in the build-up as the Assistant briefly raised his flag, before withdrawing and allowing play to continue.

Rather than lick their wounds, Boro got back on top and took the game to the league leaders. Collective heads were in hands as Chair rattled the woodwork with a wonderful free-kick that had Smith completely beaten.

Right down the other end, Andrade grabbed his second of the game with a brilliant long-distance strike that seemed to all but kill the game in what felt like an unjust fashion giving Boro’s efforts all afternoon. Almost as a way to accentuate the point, five minutes on Chair hit the woodwork again with a shot from the edge of the box.

17 year old Liam Smyth, James Ball and Emmanuel Sonupe all soon entered the fray and with just five minutes to go, Ilias Chair finally made it count with a beautiful hit after shifting the ball inside onto his right foot from just inside the box.

Imps nerves were now frayed and their worst fears were realised in added time as Chair scored what must be Stevenage's goal of the season with a unnerring finish from 25 yards into the top corner.

Chair would go onto force another fine save from Smith during added time but the game ended all square at 2-2 in what was a thrilling encounter at Sincil Bank. The result leaves Stevenage four points outside the Play-Off places ahead of next weekend's home clash with Northampton Town.

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Lincoln City

12 February 2019

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Tickets for Stevenage's upcoming game at Sincil Bank are now on sale...

Stevenage face League leading Lincoln City on Saturday 16th February 2019 in the latest important Sky Bet League Two clash for Dino Maamria's squad.

Tickets are available at the following prices, both in-advance and on the day of the game:

  • Adult: £22
  • Concession (60+/Disabled): £17
  • Young Adult (18-21): £17
  • Under 18s: £9

Family Packages (Available in Club Shop only)

  • 1 Adult & 1 U18: £26
  • 1 Concession & 1 U18: £21

Disabled supporters should have a medium/high level of Disability Living Allowance and any rate of PIP to quality for a Concession rate. Disabled carer tickets are only issued upon proof of a high DLA or enhanced rate of PIP.

Advance tickets - available from borotickets.co.uk, the Club Shop or over the phone on 01438 223223 - will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 15th February 2019, before being available again from Sincil Bank on the day of the game.

Travel:

The Supporters Association coach is leaving the Lamex Stadium at 11:15am - please arrive in good time to ensure a timely departure.

Tickets cost just £20 for SA members and £25 for non-members. 

To book a seat, please call John Carroll on 01438 814285 after 6pm or visit www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel.

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