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Preview: Wolves U21s (h)

6 November 2018

The Imps host Wolves U21s tonight, needing a win, either on penalties, or in 90 minutes, to stand a chance of progression to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Imps are hoping to continue their impressive form from last weekend's 2-1 win over Mark Cooper’s Forest Green Rovers side. 

John Akinde opened the scoring after eight minutes for the Imps, who still sit top of the SkyBet League Two table, holding a two-point lead over second-placed MK Dons. On-Loan youngster, Kellan Gordon scored the winner for City in the 72nd minute after coming off the bench.

Lincoln’s Checkatrade Trophy form has seen them pick up two points from their opening two Group H fixtures. City had to take SkyBet League One’s Scunthorpe United to penalties in their last game following a 1-1 draw. Harry Anderson scored Lincoln’s equaliser in the 84th minute before James Wilson saw red two minutes into added time. 

Recent Checkatrade Trophy Form

Wolves U21 have not won any of their Checkatrade Trophy fixtures losing 2-1 to Mansfield at the start of last month. Prior to that, the Wanderers lost to Scunthorpe United on penalties after the game remained goalless in 90 minutes.

Group H position: 4th

Previous Meetings 

The last time the pair met was in August 1989. Wolves travelled to Sincil Bank in the League Cup first round second leg after hosting the Imps in the first leg a week before. The Wanderers came out on top in both games, winning their home fixture 1-0 before adding to their lead at Sincil Bank with the final score being 2-0. 

Lincoln last beat Wolves in November 1986 when they hosted a side managed by former Shrewsbury Town centre-back Graham Turner. The 71-year-old spent eight years in charge at the Molineux Stadium before going onto manage Hereford United. The Imps picked up three points by scoring three and keeping a clean sheet in front of a home crowd on the day.

One to Watch – Will Norris

Watford-born goalkeeper Will Norris joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2017 for an undisclosed fee from Cambridge United. The 25-year-old made his Wolves debut in the Carabao Cup in a 1-0 win over Yeovil Town. He made his league debut against Sunderland in May 2018.

Norris started his career in Non-League with Hatfield Town and Royston Town before signing for Cambridge in July 2012. He was initially loaned back to Royston during the 2012/13 season in the Southern Football League Division One Central.

The goalkeeper was part of Cambridge United’s promotion winning team in the 2013/14 season as they won the Conference Premier play-offs. Cambridge won the FA Trophy in the same season beating Gosport Borough 4-0 in front of 18,120 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Norris spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Braintree Town where he picked up the National League Player of the Month Award for October 2015.

Not got a ticket yet for tonight? Supporters can pay on the gate at Sincil Bank.

It will also be available to stream via a Match Pass on iFollow.


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