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Preview: Lincoln City (A)

Notts face must-win game at Sincil Bank to keep Checkatrade Trophy hopes alive

7 November 2017

Notts County travel to Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy needing a win to progress to the next phase of the competition.

The Magpies won their opening Group G game 2-1 against Everton before falling to a 2-1 defeat at home to Mansfield Town in their next outing.

And, after the Stags beat the Toffees last week to move to six points from their three games, Kevin Nolan's side go to Sincil Bank knowing anything less than a victory will end their chances of reaching Wembley.

The Imps are defending a 100% record in the competition and only need a point to finish top of the group to ensure home advantage in the next stage.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"It's a big game. We've got lads who need gametime, it's a derby and if we win we go through.

"After our fantastic win on Friday we want to carry that forward, and then take it on to Stevenage."

Click here for more from the manager.

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley says...

"We'll move the squad around and it might give us the opportunity to look at a couple of the younger players.

"But we want home advantage [in the next round], especially with our home form.

"We're taking this competition seriously because we can realistically win it."

Team news

Adam Collin and Michael O'Connor remain sidelined for the Magpies.

Cowley, meanwhile, could start the likes of Paul Farman and Elliott Whitehouse, while youngsters Ellis Chapman and Danny Horton are also expected to be in his squad.

Dangerman: Jordan Maguire-Drew

After scoring 15 times in 46 appearances for Dagenham and Redbridge during a loan spell last season, the winger made another temporary move away from Brighton this summer to spend 2017-18 with the Imps.

Following a slow start to the campaign, he scored his first goals in the red and white stripes by bagging a brace against Everton under 21s in Lincoln's second group stage game, which was enough to secure a 2-1 victory.

We've met before...

The two sides last met in September, when Notts beat the 10-man Imps 4-1 at Meadow Lane.

Billy Knott was sent off for a high challenge on Ryan Yates before Jon Stead gave the Magpies a narrow half-time lead.

Harry Anderson equalised within two minutes of the restart but Notts eventually took control and romped to victory.

Matt Tootle arrowed in a shot after collecting Jon Stead's cross and Jorge Grant's superb free-kick doubled the lead.

Terry Hawkridge's first goal for Notts - against his former employers no less - wrapped up the three points in the closing stages.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 2/1 outsiders to get the win they need to progress to the next round, while the Imps are 11/8 to maintain their 100% record. The draw, which would see the match go to a penalty shootout, is available at 12/5.

Notts' last win at Sincil Bank was a 3-0 success in September 2009 and a repeat result can be backed at 33/1 this evening.

Both of the Magpies' Checkatrade Trophy fixtures so far have had a 2-1 scoreline and a Notts win by that score is 10/1.

Terry Hawkridge scored his first and only Notts goal in September's league meeting and is 10/1 to be the first name on the scoresheet tonight.

You can bet on the game here.

Supporters who sign up to Sky Bet using this link can help the club financially.

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Match Reports

Lincoln 2-1 Notts

Magpies exit Checkatrade Trophy

7 November 2017

Notts County exited the Checkatrade Trophy after losing 2-1 at Lincoln's Sincil Bank.

The Magpies took the lead through Jonathan Forte but an own goal from debutant Pierce Bird and a spectacular late effort from Josh Ginnelly handed the group-winning Imps victory.

Kevin Nolan made 11 changes to the side that beat Bristol Rovers last week.

That meant Branislav Pindroch replaced Ross Fitzsimons in goal. He was protected by a back four of Nicky Hunt, Bird, Haydn Hollis and Dan Jones.

Curtis Thompson partnered Rob Milsom in midfield, while Liam Walker and Lewis Alessandra provided the width.

Alan Smith led the line alongside Forte.

The first opportunity of the match fell to the hosts, Luke Waterfall's header from a corner skidding up off the damp surface and posing Pindroch a problem. The Slovakian managed to hang on the ball.

Ollier Palmer curled an effort wide before Waterfall had another chance with his head, this time nodding wide from six yards when he looked certain to score.

Cameron Stewart sent a tame long-distance effort wide as the hosts continued on the front foot.

But it was Notts, with their first opening of the match, who would take the lead.

Walker lobbed the ball over the top for Forte, who burst away from the City defence, rounded Josh Vickers and rolled the ball home neatly from a tight angle.

The Magpies' lead was to last only 10 minutes, however, as Josh Ginnelly's whipped free-kick caused panic in the Notts box. Bird dived to head the ball wide but could only divert it beyond Pindroch, inadvertantly levelling the scores.

There were no Notts changes at the break and it was the Imps who started the second half the brighter.

Hollis was booked for a foul on Palmer before Elliott Whitehouse sidefooted an effort straight at Pindroch following a neat move from the hosts.

Nolan's first change saw Jorge Grant replace Thompson, with Alessandra slotting into central midfield, shortly before Callum Saunders came on for Forte.

And Grant nearly made an immediate impact, keeping the ball in play with an incredible touch before curling it goalwards. Sean Raggett did brilliantly to divert it wide.

Hunt saw his own goalbound effort blocked before Elliott Whitehouse's low piledriver was saved by Pindroch.

Time was slipping away from Notts, however, and when Walker's well-struck effort flashed a yard wide with 12 minutes to play it looked like their Trophy campaign was slipping away.

The Gibraltarian fired a 30-yard free-kick narrowly over as Notts continued their pursuit of the crucial next goal, but they were having to remain resolute at the other end as Hunt was called upon to make a big block to deny Harry Anderson.

Raggett then nearly wrapped the game up for the hosts, skimming the bar with a header from point-blank range with five minutes to play.

Jon Stead replaced Milsom in Notts' final change but the game was put beyond doubt moments later when Ginnelly curled a beautiful effort into the top corner from 30 yards.

Four minutes were added on at the end of the match, at the end of which Stead's deflected effort flashed agonisingly wide of the far post.

But 2-1 was how it stayed as Notts bowed out of the Checkatrade Trophy.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Lincoln City (A)

6 November 2017

Tickets for Notts County's Checkatrade Trophy trip to Lincoln City will remain on sale from the club shop until 2pm on Tuesday 7 November.

After this time, any remaining tickets will be returned to Lincoln to be sold on the night. Supporters will be able to pay cash at the turnstiles at no price increase.

Notts have received an initial allocation of 467 reserved covered seat tickets located behind the goal in the Stacey West Stand. An additional allocation of tickets is available of required.

Tickets are priced:

Adult: £10
60 and over: £5
Student (Photo ID required): £5
Under 18: £2

Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 955 7210. Tickets for away fixtures are not currently available online.

It is essential supporters provide their customer number/postcode when purchasing away tickets.

Disabled supporters

In line with Lincoln's policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those who receive the middle or higher rate of Living Allowance or equivalent.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced £5 for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Ambulant disabled supporters will be allocated tickets from the main allocation.

Wheelchair disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at £5 for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Notts have been allocated six pairs of tickets.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 5.30pm.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £13
General under 18: £10
Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £12
Season ticket holder under 18: £9

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