MK Dons travel away to Lincoln City this coming Saturday in SkyBet League 2. MKDSA have investigated details ahead of this upcoming visit.
Lincoln City have started the season as one of the early season favourites after a fantastic August performance. The 4 league wins and 1 draw saw Lincoln to the top of League 2 with manager Danny Cowley picking up the manager of the month award. In the process Lincoln scored 11 league goals conceding just 4.
Lincoln also started September strongly with a 3-0 victory away at Exeter City before losing at home to Crawley Town. The latest fixture was away to Macclesfield which saw an 87-minute winner from Jason Shackell for Lincoln to record a 2-1 victory.
Whilst the Dons have maintained an unbeaten start to the league campaign after a 1-1 draw with another unbeaten side in Forest Green Rovers. That makes it 7 games unbeaten in the league with 3 wins and 4 draws. The last two outings have seen late goals to deny all 3 points
Lincoln are strongly expected to be in the promotion mix come the end of season and Dons will only strengthen their own promotion bid with points at Sincil Bank.
Players to Watch
The number 29 John Akinde is likely to be the main threat for the MK Dons defence to manage. Akinde moved to Lincoln City this season after 4 years at Barnet scoring 87 times in 166 appearances. Akinde has not taken long to adjust to his new side with 4 goals in 7 appearances. The 6ft 2in Striker will favour his right foot when shooting and will be a strong physical challenge for the dons.
Chuks Aneke has returned to the Dons squad after a summer which could have seen him leave. On his two returning appearances the target man has chipped in with 3 goals in 2 games and will be looking to add to his tally at Sincil Bank.
Danny Cowley was appointed Lincoln City Manager in 2016 after 2 previous successful management roles at Concord Rangers & Braintree Town. The former Wimbledon youth playing career was unfortunately cut short due to an injury whilst captaining AFC Hornchurch in their treble winning season. Danny’s assistant is his brother Nicky and the duo have overseen promotion to League 2 as champions of the National League. Last season they were victorious in the Checkatrade Trophy beating Shrewsbury 1-0 at Wembley. They also finished 7th and in the playoff position but were beaten in the semi-final stages losing 3-1 on aggregate against Paul Tisdale’s Exeter City team.
Lincoln are likely to set themselves up in a 4-4-2 formation and have a fairly fully fit squad to choose from.
Defenders Scott Wharton and Neal Eardley both missed the Macclesfield match through injury but are both pushing for a return on Saturday. Captain Lee Frecklington will miss out though as he serves suspension after receiving a red card in their 1-0 defeat to Crawley.
Longer term absentees Conor McGrandles (Facial) and Peter Pawlett (ankle) are still expected to miss the trip to Sincil Bank. Brandon Thomas-Asante & Sam Nombe will both be pushing for squad selection having both returned to training and participated in recent under 23 fixtures. However, Tis will have many attacking options to choose from with Healey, Simpson & Sow all pushing for starting places.
Lincoln City play their home fixtures at the Sincil Bank Stadium and Dons fans can find themselves positioned in the Stacey West Stand. This is a covered all seater stand with a good view of the pitch from behind the goal. There are a couple of supporting pillars which may limit some parts of play. The stand can hold up to 2,000 supporters and can be segregated if required to host both sets of supporters. The stand has been named as a memorial for two Lincoln City supporters who tragically lost their lives in the Bradford City fire.
To the right is the larger Co-op community stand which runs the length of the pitch. To the left is the Lincolnshire Echo stand which fills half of the touchline in front of the dugouts. A smaller Family stand can be found in the far-left corner with the Bridge McFarland stand behind the opposite goal.
Lincoln have 6 wheelchair user spaces available for away fans within the same section of the ground.
Level Playing Fields view is that many disabled supporters should be able to access general seating areas and only those with specific needs eg those who require extra legroom, or access via aisle seats or who need step free access etc should be allocated seats in the dedicated areas.
There is also limited disabled parking available at the stadium. Please contact Lincoln ahead of the match for details on disabled parking spaces. Lincoln City have now confirmed that all disability car parking has been sold.
Matchday ticket prices:
Concession (60+ and supporters with a disability): £17
Young adult (18-21): £17
No Away tickets will be sold on matchdays and will need to be purchased from MK Dons in advance of the match.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £19 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders.
If driving there are a couple of options to review. Fastest route is likely to be the M1 to junction 21A to join the A46. The A46 will lead you to Lincoln high street and the ground is indicated on sign posts from here.
Alternatively, you can avoid the motorways by taking the A5 to the A508 towards Northampton. Continue onto the A45 and take the left onto the A43 towards Kettering. Continue on the A43 to the A1 and head north. Leave the A1 at the A46 junction towards Lincoln which will lead you to the Lincoln high Street and the ground is indicated on sign posts from here.
By Train, turn left out of the train station towards St. Mary's church. Turn left at these traffic lights onto the High Street, walking over the railway level crossing. Walk along the High Street for approx. 10 minutes before turning left into Scorer Street. Walk along Scorer Street until you come to a bridge across the Sincil Drain river. Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge onto Sincil Bank, the ground is straight ahead.
Please note, Lincoln have announced the closure of the South common parking area due to a local fair. Alternative parking can be found via the below link:
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