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Lincoln City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 17th April 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Referee: John Brooks
A near sold-out Sincil Bank awaits two teams challenging for glory as the race for promotion enters the home straight, with both sides guaranteed a superb ovation as they take to the field off the back of fantastic campaigns so far.
The Imps have excelled in their first season back in the EFL, winning the Checkatrade Trophy just nine days ago and remaining around the top seven throughout the course of the season, guided by the highly-rated Cowley brothers in charge.
In the away dugout tonight will be an Imps legend, former Player of the Year Gareth Ainsworth, whose side have gone seven games unbeaten to climb to third in the table, and they now seek a third successive victory after overcoming Grimsby and Yeovil.
Neither side’s destiny can be decided tonight, but a win for either team would be a massive step forward in their pursuit of success. Cancel any other plans; this one can’t be missed.
Lincoln could make changes after a disappointing loss at Port Vale on Saturday, with Scott Wharton, Ollie Palmer, Jordan Williams and Harry Anderson all pushing for a recall. Former Chairboys loanee Ryan Allsop will play in goal, with first-choice keeper Josh Vickers sidelined through injury.
Wanderers will check on Luke O’Nien after he was substituted in the first half of the win at Yeovil, while Randell Williams could be in line for a start after making a match-winning appearance from the bench on Saturday. Will De Havilland could feature in the squad after being recalled from his loan at Maidstone.
Man in the middle
John Brooks takes charge of his second Chairboys game this term; he was in the middle for the 1-0 loss at Swindon in October.
He’s shown 137 yellow and six red cards in his 45 games so far.
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters with light blue shorts and socks for this fixture.
Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival at the stadium. Pre-booked tickets will be available to collect from 6.30pm.
The Chairboys have been given an allocation of 1,052 tickets (all seated) for this fixture.
Prices are as follows.
Concession (60+/Disabled): £14
Students (ID required): £7
Under 18s: £7
Family Ticket (1 Adult, 1 Under 18): £22
Family Ticket (1 60+, 1 Under 18): £17
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: LN5 8LD
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the northbound M40 to J10, then the A43 signposted Northampton to pick up the northbound M1 at J15a. Continue on the M1 to J21a, then merge onto the A46 (signposted Leicester, Newark). Continue on the A46, following signs first to Newark, then to Lincoln. At Hykeham roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the A4134, signposted Lincoln South. After 4.3 miles take the inside lane (signposted City Centre, Worksop A57) and go straight on at roundabout (1st exit) into High Street. After 0.5 miles get in outside lane, and go straight on at lights (s/p City Centre, Worksop A57). After 0.1 miles, turn right into Scorer Street for the ground.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 149 (average journey time 2 hours 40 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
There are a number of small car parks and parking on side streets around the High Street, but be warned they fill up quickly. There are also a number of multi-storey car parks in City Centre.
Fancy using the train?
As this is now an evening fixture, travel by train, returning on the day, is not an option. If you are going up by rail, services depart from London Kings Cross but have at least one change. The 15:48 departure from Kings Cross for example arrives into Lincoln at 18:04 but a change is needed at Retford. Lincoln Central is a 10-15 minute walk from the ground. Turn left out of the station and left again at the main road (High Street), over the level crossing. Take the seventh turning on the left (Scorer Street) and first right into Sincil Bank.
Facilities for away fans
Away fans are located in the Stacey West Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 2,000 fans can be accommodated. Entrance is by turnstiles numbers 4,5,6,7 and 8.This is a covered, all seated stand and generally has good views of the playing action, although it does have a couple of supporting pillars at the front of the stand that could affect your view. The acoustics of this stand are very good, meaning that even relatively few travelling fans can really make some noise.
Spare time before or after match?
I have heard that away supporters are allowed into the Supporters Club (called the Trust Suite) that is behind the South Park Stand. Meanwhile there are some good hostelries to be found along the High St heading towards the town centre. The “Golden Eagle” which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer guide is recommended. Nearby is the Wetherspoon's pub “The Ritz”. Close to Sincil Bank on the High Street is the “Hop and Barley” micro pub. Also near to Sincil Bank on Scorer Street is the handy “Back of the Net” Fish and Chip Shop.
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