A 1-0 away win against recently relegated Northampton Town, with Josh Vickers excelling in goal, was followed by a 4-1 home win over Swindon Town. A great start to the new season.
A tough away draw at local rivals Grimsby was followed by 2 home wins against Bury and Notts County, who promptly sacked their manager after the game.
After beating Port Vale 4-0, August finished with the Imps out of the EFL Cup having lost to Championship side Blackburn Rovers 4-1.
September started well with a 3-0 away win at Exeter City. However, a defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy to Mansfield and a home loss to Crawley, where Imps captain Lee Frecklington was sent off for a dangerous challenge, were setbacks.
2-1 wins at Macclesfield and at home to MK Dons, saw recent signing Jason Shackell scoring a last minute winner. The month finished with a comfortable 2-0 win at Cheltenham Town.
October was a mixed month. Starting with 1-0 losses away at promoted Tranmere and at Colchester. Home draws against Carlisle and Cambridge were interspersed with a 1-0 win at home to Crewe and a 6-2 win at Port Vale.
The Imps started November beating Forest Green 2-1 and Northampton 3-2 in the FA Cup with Bruno Andrade scoring a fantastic last minute winner, which was voted goal of the round nationally. Drawing 1-1 at home to Mansfield and away at Oldham finished a steady month.
December was a success with 4 out of 5 league wins against Stevenage, Morecambe, Newport County and Cambridge – the latter attracting over 2200 away fans sent Lincoln to the top of the table. Only a 1-0 loss to Crewe on Boxing Day holding them back.
Unfortunately, the team lost to Accrington Stanley on penalties to go out of the Checkatrade Trophy, the cup which we won at Wembley last year.
New signings are required to maintain the push for promotion, especially with last years top scorer Matt Green departed for Salford.
Optimism for 2019 is high with a FA Cup 3rd round tie against premiership Everton with 5500 supporters travelling to Merseyside.