EXCITEMENT BUILDS AS WHITES PREPARE TO TAKE ON IMPS
One of the biggest events ever seen at Ashby Avenue is only 48 hours away and the atmosphere being created is unique.
Lincoln United are aiming to repeat last year’s victory over League Two newcomers Lincoln City in the inaugural City United Trophy at the Sun Hat Villas stadium this Saturday afternoon, kick off 3pm.
A year ago Big Sam Wilkinson’s men pulled off a surprising 2-0 win over the Imps to progress to the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup Final.
However the Whites’ boss Wilkinson is wary that Danny Cowley’s men will be going all out for revenge at the weekend.
He said: “I didn’t expect us to win last year in all fairness.
“This year Lincoln City are a lot fitter than they were at this stage a year ago.
“It’s Danny Cowley’s team now and he has got all his preparations sorted out.
“He will be wanting to see how his new signings fit in. They are all League Two players and not from the National League so they are going to be good.
“However we think we have improved since last year and we will be giving it everything we can.
“We will try and give them a good game of football.
“We certainly won’t be trying to kick Lincoln or make it ugly.
“Obviously we may have to defend a lot as we will be up against it but we still aim to try to show what we can do with the ball.
“Our lads will certainly be lifted playing against League Two players and will certainly raise their game.
“You would like to think it will be a celebration with a party-type atmosphere, especially if it’s a nice day.”
Saturday’s match is the biggest on the calendar for Lincoln United in terms of income and a large crowd is expected.
The Whites attract an average weekly gate of around 200 although there have been occasions in some FA Cup matches in the past where gates have reached 700.
Over a thousand spectators are expected to turn up on Saturday as it is the first opportunity for both sets of fans to see their teams in action this season.
Whites’ Chairman, Rob Bradley said: “I anticipate a friendly, ‘all-in-it-together’ atmosphere for both sets of fans.
“The relationship between the two clubs is very good and I think we can build on that and make it even better.
“Lincoln City are fantastic at the moment. They are making everyone in the city happy.
“We may be a lot further down the line but we are just as ambitious.
“We are aiming to be successful in the League and in the local Community.
“The name ‘Lincoln’ is firmly emblazoned here as it is at Sincil Bank.
“We want Lincoln United to be a credit to the city like Lincoln City already are.
“There’s a lot to be said for supporting both teams.
“Saturday will be a great event for the City of Lincoln.”