Lincoln City: 2015/16 Preview

2014/15 Season: National League: 15th    FA Cup: First Round Proper (vs Eastleigh) FA Trophy: First Round Proper (vs Alfreton) Captain: Alan Power       Manager: Chris Moyses Top Scorer (2014/15): Ben Tomlinson (14 League Goals) – Now at Barnet 

The Imps had an up and down season last year starting off with three wins and a draw out of their first five games. One of those wins came against the “Big Boys” of the league, Barnet in a 2-1 victory inspired by goals from Jordan Burrows and Hamza Bencherif at the Hive. Lincoln had a superb start to September as they beat Woking 3-1 and then just three days later recorded a 3-2 victory over fierce rivals Grimsby Town. But following on from the Lincolnshire Derby things got a bit rough on the Lincoln City ship. The next three games all resulted in loses against Bristol Rovers, Aldershot and Welling. Come November and manager Gary Simpson was put on gardeners leave with director and coach, Chris Moyses being put in charge. Moyses didn’t get off to the best of starts with a 2-1 loss against Altrincham followed by a cup loss to Eastleigh. As December came around Simpson had agreed to step down as manager with Moyses taking over permanently. In the last game of 2014, Lincoln faced rivals Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. Following Charlee Adams’ long range goal of the season effort, the Imps left with bragging rights to Pride of Lincolnshire as they manage to get another three past James McKeown with the final score this time being 3-1. This settled Moyses in nicely with the fans as they had doubted his appointment due to his minimal managerial experience. 2015 started just as well as 2014 ended with a 4-1 win over, to-be champions Barnet. February saw Lincoln without a victory as they lost three on the bounce. With play-off hopes long gone, Lincoln continued with a run of poor performances through March. As the final few fixtures approached Moyses got a mixture of responses from his players with two wins, two losses and two draws including the season finale, away at Dartford which ended goalless. Building up to the new season, Moyses has brought in 10 new faces including striker Liam Hearn and midfielders Craig Stanley and Matt Sparrow. This means the Imps now have a goal scorer to help fill the boots of top scorer, Ben Tomlinson as well as Stanley who is seen as a leader to assist Alan Power in Midfielder

Key Player: Liam Hearn Liam Hearn was the Imps fourth signing over summer as manager Chris Moyses started to rebuild his City side. Hearn signed on a one-year deal at Sincil Bank with the option to have this deal extended after making a certain number of appearances. This is a safe move from the Imps manager as Hearn has a reputation to be hit by injuries. Hearn has played for teams such as Grimsby and Mansfield Town in the past few years and this obviously shows he is a player of quality. I see Hearn as City’s key man this season as when fit Hearn is unstoppable. The 29 year-old scored over 30 times for City’s vitals during his three year spell at Blundell Park.

Captain: Alan Power The Imps captain, Alan Power has now been at the club since 2011. Following a number of disappointing seasons under a variety of managers, Power is keen to get the Imps up and back into the Football League. With Power committing his future at Sincil Bank with a contract running until the end of the 2016/17 season, City fans can be reassured their captain is going nowhere.

Your Say (Colin Green): Where do you think you will finish this season? “I’m going for a top half finish. I think we’ll flirt with the playoffs, but we will eventually finish 9th.” What’s different this year compared to last? “The quality of the signings. There have been some excellent players snapped up. I am looking forward to seeing what Matt Sparrow has to offer in particular.” Which former player would you bring back? “Gareth McAuley. He is one of my all-time favourite players to have turned out for the Imps, and as a Northern Ireland supporter, it would be amazing to see him at the European Championships, as we have an excellent chance of qualifying.” Best away ground? “I really enjoyed the trips to Dover and Gateshead last year as a fan, but there’s nothing like going to Blundell Park and coming away with all 3 points!” One thing you’d change about the club? “The St Andrews Stand. It just doesn’t look right at all!” Highlight of the upcoming season? “Obviously the Grimsby games home and away, but going away to some of these smaller clubs like Borehamwood, Bromley and Guiseley. They look like they could be good days out.”

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