Preview: Lincoln City v Barnet
Our fifth home league game of the season sees us entertain a regular 'old foe' of late, Barnet. We first played them competitively in our first season in the Conference back in 1987/88; indeed they were our first opponents as we lost 4-2 at Underhill. The return fixture saw a resurgent Imps gain the upper hand with a fine 2-1 at Sincil Bank; famous for the Barry Fry incident!
Three years later, September 1991, saw City's worst home defeat in a very, very long while as the Bees stung us good and proper with an astonishing 0-6 scoreline, one which was not repeated until Rotherham smashed us by the same score in March 2011. Since then there have been many memorable matches between the two sides, usually producing a fair few goals. One of my personal favourites was the 0-5 away win we had at Underhill in October 2006 which followed our previous win there, 2-3, in March of the same year. Our last meeting in the Football League produced the very same result as our first ever meeting (see above) a 4-2 Barnet win at Underhill on 26 February, 2011.
On to tonight's game, and with Billy Knott's red card at Meadow Lane being (unsurprisingly) upheld by the FA, Danny Cowley will have to make a forced change to his side. I wonder if he'll bring Matt Rhead back or perhaps try Elliott Whitehouse in behind Matty Green. I can't see any reason to change the rest of the team and I don't expect DC to tinker with it. I also wonder if Simeon Akinola will be in the starting line-up following his first goal of the season at home to Crawley last Saturday, just seconds after coming on as a 65th minute substitute. It's a shame that we won't get to see Dave Tarpey due to a serious injury, but at least he won't be able to bang them in for our opponents tonight.
A slightly reduced gate is expected tonight which is a shame because I reckon any stay-aways will miss the opportunity to witness a great home victory by 4 goals to 1.
(At least, that is what I am hoping for!)
Up the Imps.