Lincoln City: The story so far

By Gary Moss
Last updated : 20 November 2007

It has been a disastrous start to the season for Lincoln City so far with just two wins from their opening 16 games.

The Imps are rock bottom of the Football League with just nine points to their name.

Without a win in 14, City boss Peter Jackson faces a struggle to rescue his team from falling out of the league.

August

An opening day 4-0 drubbing at home to Shrewsbury set the tone for what has been a horrendous start the campaign.

N 'Guessan... In fine form at the start of the season


Andy Cooke netted twice as the Imps fell at the first hurdle, but hope of a playoff finishing season was restored with back-to-back wins over Mansfield and Accrington. Two goals in two for both Louis Dodds and Dany N'Guessan had City firing up the table.

But that was to be the end of the wins for Lincoln as form spiralled.

September

Five games and five defeats in September, scoring just two goals in the process, saw Lincoln fall deep into an early season relegation battle.

A lack of fight was costing City league positions, and more importantly costing the club its fans. Manager John Schofield was feeling the heat with both the fans and media starting to call for his head.

'Schoey' remained resolute - adamant he would see out his three-year deal at Sincil Bank.

But, it was not to be the case.

October

October was to be Schofield's last month in charge despite a mini revival.

Kerr... Hit cracker at Bury
Scott Kerr scored at Bury as the Imps picked up a hard fought 1-1 draw at Gigg Lane. The midfielder hit City's goal of the season so far, to earn the Imps their first tie of the campaign.

City were unlucky not to return to winning ways when they entertained Morecambe next. A Lee Beevers own goal levelled Ryan Amoo's opener - as the frustration continued to build amongst the fans.

Just as the Imps looked to start turning the corner, a 4-0 hammering at MK Dons was followed by the sacking of John Schofield and director of football John Deehan.

Chairman Steff Wright had decided to take action before it was too late.

And, it's impact was instant as City claimed a 1-1 draw with local rivals Peterborough under the caretaker management of Grant Brown.

Ben Wright's goal looked to have secured all three points on his first team debut, before Gary Croft put through his own net late on as the Imps dropped another vital two points.

Defeat at Brentford stepped up the boards chase for a new boss and as the month drew to a close, former Huddersfield Town man Jackson took the reins at Sincil Bank.

November

It could not have been a worse start for 'Jacko,' robbed at home as they went down 1-0 at home to Chester.

A dubious penalty decided the game while Ben Wright saw his perfectly scored goal inexplicably ruled out.
Goal... Former Notts ace Kelvin Wilson scored an OG as Forest could only draw at the Bank


With Jackson still in search of his first win, Jack Lester strolled into town for high-flying Chesterfield. His hat-trick guided the Spireites to a 4-2 win on the road.

The FA Cup provided City fans with something to cheer about though as Lincoln held League One giants Nottingham Forest to a 1-1 draw at the Bank.

However, back in the league and it was the same old story. Ollie Ryan saw straight red on Saturday at Wycombe, and it was this dismissal that cost the Imps. Scott McGleish bagged for the Chairboys in a narrow 1-0 in at Adams Park.

The season has been all too familiar so far for City with defeat after defeat deflating their confidence.

Notts County are up next and as funny as it sounds, the Imps are well due a win......

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