Let’s forget that Danny Cowley’s men are second in the National League, unbeaten in 11 games and top the goal-scoring charts.

Difficult to ignore these facts but try. Humour me, please.

Equally, cast out thoughts that York City are in the League’s bottom four, have accrued only 16 points and lost their last home game on Saturday.

Now remind yourself that each team will be lining up with 11 players and that when the referee blows his whistle, all things are equal.

Whether they remain so is open to debate.

This is when psychology takes over.

York City know that their opponents are flying-high especially after inflicting a first home defeat of the season on Forest Green Rovers at the weekend.

They also know the previously-stated facts associated with the successful Imps’ campaign so far.

As for the Imps? What is their mind-set? Confidence. Belief. Spirit. Positivity.

So although all the physical aspects of tonight’s game are equal in that 11 foot soldiers of York will be pitched into battle against 11 Centurions from Lincoln, the real fight will be one of confidence over fear, belief over frailty, spirit over trepidation.

That’s where Lincoln City come out on top.

That’s why you will see a resounding 4-0 victory for Danny Cowley’s troops.

Peter Hayward



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