NCM's pick for Lincoln

By Gary Moss
Last updated : 21 November 2007









Goalkeeper
- Ben Smith: Enjoyed a solid debut for the Imps at Wycombe. Had no chance of denying Scott McGleish the winning goal. On loan at City for a month from League One side Doncaster Rovers- it would be wise to take every opportunity to see what the 21-year-old can do.










Right-back
- Paul Green: The former Aston Villa youngster has made some impressive showings so far this season. New boss Peter Jackson has moved him to his preferred right-back position and it is certainly paying its rewards. Always sound defensively and can attack if needed.

Centre-backs - Aide Moses: Again his experience could be vital for City. He is probably the best centre-back at the club at the moment, and this has showed in recent games where he has held together the low in confidence Lincoln back line. Alongside him - Danny Hone: A favourite of 'Jackos' so far and it is understandable why. He looks completely comfortable after just three games in the Football League and is building a formidable partnership with Moses.

Left-back - Gary Croft: Has been criticised in recent weeks by some City fans but the experienced full-back could prove useful in a local derby against Notts County. A good player to have in the back four with other inexperienced members of the squad starting to establish themselves.










Right-wing
- Dany N'Guessan: A recall to the side for the Frenchman could make all the difference on Saturday for the Imps. An inconsistent performer for City so far this campaign but on his game he makes the vital difference. His pace and trickery could make for a torrid return for Paul Mayo at Sincil Bank.

Centre-midfielders - Lee Frecklington: The man of the moment for Lincoln in recent weeks. Jackson seems to be getting the best from NCM's young player of the season. His attacking instincts will always create chances for the Imps. His fantastic range of passing should keep the Magpies on their toes and Scott Kerr: The engine room of the Lincoln midfield. An influential skipper who wears his heart on his sleeve and will never shy away from a challenge. Provides a perfect foil for Frecklington winning the loose balls and dropping deep to collect the ball from the back four.

Left-wing - Owain Warlow: Growing in confidence and a huge potential talent. His inclusion gives City much needed balance across the middle. Failed to produce his best against Wycombe but is one of the players Schofield's departure is likely to affect the most. He needs some nurturing, but is a danger with his pace and sharp left peg.









Strikers
- Jamie Forrester: Last season's top scorer for the Imps has not featured as much this season as much as he should have. His formidable partnership with Mark Stallard was the main reason for Lincoln's success last term and it is no surprise to see that goals have dried up since his omission. Louis Dodds made a poor showing at Wycombe and as a result should be demoted to the bench. With Wright able to win the aerial balls Forrester could benefit a lot from the flick-ons. Play Forrester consistently and City will get goals and: Ben Wright: You cannot fault the displays of Wright since breaking into the side but I am afraid I cannot see Lincoln becoming anything more than a struggling side with players of his quality in the side. A lot of people really rate Wright but personally I think he will get found out soon - as for Saturday though there are few up front to choose from so Wright should keep his place based on recent form.

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