FA Cup: Imps V Nuneaton

Lincoln City will face non-league opposition this weekend when they kick start their FA Cup campaign.

The Imps face Conference North side, Nuneaton Town. Steve Tilson’s men will be hoping that a potential cup run could not only boost their finances, but also their morale after failing to win in their last four games. City fell to their first defeat in two games when they lost to Northampton Town 2-0 on Tuesday.

According to the manager, the main worry from the game at the weekend was the second half performance.

He said: “I wasn’t too disappointed with the first half. I thought we were unlucky to go in behind. The second half, it looked although the confidence had drained from the side, which is worrying.”

The Lincoln boss will, however, be boosted by the availability of all four of his loan signings for the F.A Cup game after Ashley Grimes’ availability was confirmed by his parent club, Millwall.

The weekend tie won’t be easy for City, despite the two division gap between the teams. Since their formation as Nuneaton Borough, the Midlands team have made it to the the third round of the F.A. Cup three times, most recently forcing a reply against Middlesborough in 2006.

Nuneaton have only played twice in the F.A Cup under their new name and have reached the first round both times, losing 4-0 to Exeter city last season. Still nicknamed ‘The Boro’, Nuneaton Town are currently performing well in the league, lying in sixth place having only lost two of their last nine games.

If City are going to get anything out of the match, Tilson will need to gather his team after a disappointing midweek result. However, the team will be confident of picking up their first victory since last month’s 2-1 win against Macclesfield.