Lincoln City fought hard with a 0-0 score against Newport. This was followed by two successive wins against Stevenage (3-0) and former National league rivals Forest Green (2-1). A brace for Matt Rhead propelled City to 3rd place in the table.
Optimism was high as Lincoln City took the lead twice against the 10 man team from Luton before losing 4-2 to the top of the table side after having Harry Anderson sent off.
Notts County arrived and after going a goal down, City were 2-1 up thanks to a home debut goal from Lee Frecklington on his return, before County equalised against the run of play the game finished 2-2. A slightly disappointing away 1-1 draw against bottom club Barnet was followed by a 3-1 home win over Newport.
A last minute equaliser saved a point against 10 man Swindon in an exciting 2-2 draw. On the following Friday a workmanlike 0-0 against Cambridge and a 1-0 home win over Cheltenham put the imps 7th in the table. Unfortunately the month ended with successive defeats against Crawley 3-1 and a 4-1 home defeat against lowly Crewe. This was a most un Cowleyesque performance and left City just outside the playoffs with a quarter of the season to play.
Whilst the league form has been keeping the team in and around the Play offs – it has been the much maligned Check-a-trade trophy that has got the fans really buzzing. A 1-0 away win at league 1 Rochdale set City up for a quarter final against Peterborough. A cracking game saw Lincoln come from behind twice before winning 4-2 to send them through to the semi-final against Chelsea under 21 and a chance of a first ever Wembley appearance for the club in its history.
An almost full Sincil Bank saw Lincoln overpower their young opponents live on Sky without a goal to show for it, until Captain Luke Waterfall scored in the 72nd minute to put Lincoln ahead. However, City’s goal lead was short lived as the Chelsea youngster Redan equalised almost immediately. After missing numerous chances City’s Wembley fate was left down to a penalty shootout. Lincoln’s first penalty taker was Sam Habergham who according to the referee “missed” his shot (skytv showed it was over the line)