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Preview V Gateshead

It seems to have been a fair while coming, but Lincoln City have finally got a league game! The Imps face 10th placed Gateshead on Tuesday night in only their second home league game since the 12th of October, a pretty astonishing run.

On current form the Heed pose quite a tough test. They have won six and drawn one from their last eight in the Skrill Premier, and took league outfit Oxford United to a replay and then extra time in the FA Cup last week. While City's league form reads rather poorly, the home results have generally been pretty good! The Imps are currently unbeaten in four at Sincil Bank and have only lost twice at home this season, to Salisbury and Aldershot respectively. Gateshead meanwhile have won four of their last five away from home in the league under the leadership of ex-York City manager Gary Mills. The former Forest player (and European Cup winner) has gained a bit of a reputation for playing decent football at this level, with his York side well versed in the art of keeping possession and playing neat and tidy stuff. Mills cut his teeth in management with local sides Grantham Town and Kings Lynn before ultimately leading York to promotion and FA Trophy glory in 2012, a job he has no doubt been brought in to repeat in the North East.

If City are to get a result they will once again have to do it without the services of top scorer Ben Tomlinson, who is still serving his suspension following the red card received against Hereford last month. Chris Sharp is eligible to play in what may well be his last game in red and white before the end of his loan spell, so expect him to step in up front. If you're looking for good omens then Sharp has netted against Gateshead before, scoring for parent club Hereford last March, so let's hope he can repeat that feat! Aside from that the only real team news is that Danny Rowe will still be unavailable for City despite his return to training, while you'd expect this to be a game for Mo Fofana as Simpson has made known his preference for using the Frenchman's mobility in midfield against some of the 'footballing' teams in this division.

There will be one or two familiar faces on show, with ex-Imp Colin Larkin likely to be involved having netted five times this campaign, while Paul Farman will be no stranger to the Heed army having turned out over sixty times for the club in a three year spell. Other players to look out for include evergreen midfielder John Oster who has had spells at Everton, Sunderland, Reading and of course Grimsby Town, as well ex-Newcastle youth team player James Marwood who tops Gateshead's goal scoring charts with six.

Overall a tricky game for the Imps but a vitally important one with just one more home league game in the pipeline before the end of 2013.

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Date:Monday December 9 2013

Time: 10:28PM


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