Jim’s roundup of Lincoln City as we enter the final quarter

The new year started with a disappointing 1-1 home draw v lowly Port Vale with a last minute equaliser, the sign of things to come.

However, FA Cup 3rd Round day arrived away at premiership Everton. After conceding twice in 15 minutes, Lincoln battled hard and with a little luck could have forced a replay but lost 2-1 in front of 4,500 City fans.

An away trip to Swindon followed with Lincoln 2-0 up thanks to a wonder goal from Shay McCarten, but City were then reduced to 9 men and held on for a 2-2 draw which led us to the Lincolnshire derby. A 1-0 victory ensued in a tight encounter with Grimsby with their goalkeeper being sent off late on for a lunge on Danny Rowe. Next came a 2-0 away win against Yeovil Town keeping the spirits high.

Four successive draws followed, the first being live on Sky Sports with a 3-3 draw away at 2nd in the table Bury, where Lincoln led 3 times but were succumbed to a late leveller.

4,500 fans flocked to Nottingham to see a 1-1 draw with local rivals Notts County, with John Akinde missing a late penalty.

A home 1-1 draw with Northampton resulted in City’s Harry Anderson being sent off in the first half. This was not as disappointing as the 2-2 home draw versus Stevenage with us leading 2-0 with 3 minutes remaining.

An excellent 2-0 away victory at Morecambe with Bruno Andrade scoring both goals. He has therefore scored the last 6 goals for Lincoln, in fact the only Lincoln player to score in February.

February finished with another 1-1 draw at home to play off chasing Exeter. This time Lincoln equalising deep into injury time where many fans had already left after a somewhat frustrating display.

As the final quarter of the season approaches, Lincoln remain top of the league, 3 points clear