Lincoln City vs Southend United...
Blues will be looking to build on their midweek win against Stevenage in the Carabao Cup tomorrow afternoon as they return to league action to take on Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.
Southend haven’t picked up a point from their opening two league fixtures, but the win on Tuesday night – their first since 2010 in the League Cup – will have given Blues a confidence boost.
It’s been 27 years since Southend last lost their opening three league games in a row and Kevin Bond’s side will be desperate for history not to repeat itself come Saturday.
Southend have not made the best of starts to their league season with back-to-back defeats meaning Blues are without a point in this early stage of the campaign.
A narrow 1-0 defeat to Coventry was followed by a 3-1 loss to Blackpool, although Southend will be buoyed by the come-from-behind win against Stevenage in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Lincoln have settled immediately into League One with wins over Accrington and Rotherham. The Imps then went on to beat Huddersfield in midweek and have yet to concede a single goal.
Saturday 12th March 2011
Lincoln City 2-1 Southend United
Grimes 38’, 78’; Sturrock 60’
Ashely Grimes was the match-winner last time these two sides met back in 2011 at Sincil Bank, with his brace securing a 2-1 win over Blues in League Two.
Grimes opened the scoring before the interval before Blair Sturrock levelled matters on the hour. But Grimes was on hand again to snatch the winner and the points with 12 minutes remaining.
Blues Team News
Kevin Bond will be checking the fitness of a number of players ahead of Saturday with Blues picking up a few knocks in the midweek cup win.
Harry Lennon was forced off with a head injury on Tuesday and will need to be assessed. Mark Milligan also struggled midweek and missed training yesterday so is a doubt for the weekend.
Jason Demetriou is back in training but is unlikely to feature, along with fellow defender Rob Kiernan who has returned to light training and will definitely not be available on Saturday.
Harry Anderson appears to be the one to keep an eye on for Lincoln tomorrow with the midfielder looking in fine form already this season.
The 22-year-old has grabbed two goals in his last two starts for the Imps, scoring a decisive second goal in a 2-0 win at Rotherham before scoring the winner in Lincoln’s 1-0 win at Huddersfield.
Anderson joined the club permanently in 2017 after a couple of loan spells and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the club, becoming an integral figure in their midfield.
Andy Haines from Tyne & Wear will be the man in the middle at Sincil Bank tomorrow afternoon in what will be his third match of the season after refereeing at Macclesfield and Rochdale already this month.
Haines took charge of 38 matches last season, issuing 108 yellow cards and four reds, and he last took charge of Blues in the 2017/18 season when Southend drew 1-1 at Blackpool.
Tomorrow, Haines will be assisted by Simon Clayton and Richard Wigglesworth, while the fourth official will be Robert Atkin.
Away Fans Guide
It’s been eight years since Blues fans will have last ventured to Sincil Bank to watch their side against Lincoln and those travelling tomorrow will find themselves in the Stacey West Stand.
The stand is situated behind the goal to the right of the player’s tunnel and can typically hold up to 2,000, with “Sinny Bank” as it’s colloquially referred to having a capacity of just over 10,000.
For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.
Tickets go off sale at midday Friday for this fixture with ticket prices ranging from £10 up to £24, while family tickets are available for up to £28.50.
So far, Blues have sold over 500 tickets with any pre-sold tickets available for collection from the Ticket Office at Sincil Bank if you haven’t already collected them.
If you haven’t bought tickets prior to the day however, away fans can still purchase tickets at the Stadium, again from the Lincoln ticket office. Please note there will be no cash turnstiles in operation.