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  1. What's been happening in League Two over the last week? Here is Pride of Nottingham's round-up of the biggest League Two news from the last seven days. - Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley and his brother, assistant manager Nicky, have committed their future to Sincil Bank by signing new deals until 2022. - Carlisle United have announced that Keith Curle will leave Brunton Park at the end of the season. The former Notts County boss has been in charge of the Cumbrians since September 2014. - The 45th round of fixtures saw Luton Town clinch second place behind champions Accrington Stanley. - Wycombe Wanderers were assured of third place, leaving Exeter City, Notts County, Coventry City, Lincoln City and Mansfield Town in the running for the four playoff places. - At the bottom, Barnet sit two points adrift of safety, with Morecambe the only other team that could join Chesterfield in dropping to the National League. - Also relating to Morecambe, the sale of the club to Bond Group Investments Limited was completed ahead of their relegation decider. - EFL clubs are set to vote on the future of the matchday programme in June. Several of its members have questioned the requirement for clubs to offer a physical version of their product in an era of social media. - Veteran midfielder Sam Saunders has signed a new one-year deal with Wycombe Wanderers after helping the club win automatic promotion to League One. The 34-year-old has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season. - Defender Josh Doherty has signed a new two-year contract with Crawley Town. The 22-year-old, who has represented Northern Ireland at Under-21 level, has made 13 starts and a further four substitute appearances this season. - Crewe Alexandra striker Charlie Kirk has signed a new three-year contract at Gresty Road. The 20-year-old academy graduate's existing deal was due to expire this June, but he is now signed up until the summer of 2021. - Cambridge United have appointed interim boss Joe Dunne as their permanent head coach on a three-year contract. The ex-Colchester manager, 44, joined the U's as Richard Money's assistant in 2015 and also worked with Shaun Derry, who left the club in February. - Crewe midfielder James Jones has signed a new two-year contract following a frustrating injury-hit campaign with the club. Jones, 22, has made just five appearances this season, and was not fit for action until late March. Share your thoughts about this news roundup on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  2. What's been happening in League Two over the last week? Here is Pride of Nottingham's round-up of the biggest League Two news from the last seven days. - Elliott Whitehouse scored the only goal of the game as Lincoln City beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0 to win the EFL Trophy final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. - Crewe Alexandra have extended the contracts of goalkeeper Dave Richards, until 2019 with a year option, and forward Owen Dale, until 2020 with a two-year option. - Cambridge United defender Greg Taylor has signed a new two-year deal to keep him at the club until 2020. - Watford have poured cold water on speculation linking them with Stevenage and England Under-19 defender Ben Wilmot, saying they had pursued him in January but have since moved on. - Dermot Drummy killed himself six months after losing his job at Crawley Town, an inquest heard. The club sacked Drummy in May 2017, and he went on to seek counselling for his "low mood". - Accrington Stanley's John Coleman has won the EFL League Two Manager of the Month award for March, while Cheltenham's Eisa is the Player of the Month. - Crawley Town's Karlan Ahearne Grant, Crewe Alexandra's Jordan Bowery, Cheltenham Town's Mohamed Eisa, Morecambe's Sam Lavelle, Coventry City's Marc McNulty and Lincoln City's Ollie Palmer have been nominated for the PFA Player of the Month award. Share your thoughts about this news roundup on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  3. Notts County remain well in the hunt for an automatic promotion place thanks to a 2-2 draw at Lincoln City on Saturday. The Magpies took the lead after 35 minutes when a clipped pass from Lewis Alessandra was headed home by Jon Stead. Lee Frecklington, who returned to the Imps from Rotherham this week, fired in an equaliser two minutes later to head back in the changing rooms all square. The Magpies then fell behind after 67 minutes when Matt Green slotted home but Jorge Grant crashed in a shot off the underside of the crossbar for a share of the spoils. What was the reaction from the Notts boss, players and fans following the draw? Here is a collection of the best post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan “The lads were absolutely fantastic. It was a battle and they stuck in there. "We couldn’t get going with our fluidity today but these lads have got camaraderie, togetherness and determination to come away with a very good and respectable point. “When you come away to places like Lincoln you are going to be put under pressure and they are going to put balls into the box from all directions. "You have to make sure you are up for the battle and we were – we more than matched them and handled everything they threw at us. “It’s another fantastic result and we’re looking forward to another biggame next weekend against Exeter.” Jon Stead “The atmosphere made it an exciting game and these are the types of matches you want to be playing in. “We had a fantastic following and we could hear them as much as the home fans. “It was a good occasion and the way Lincoln play is direct. But, I tell you what, it is effective and you give them massive credit for that because they do it very well. “They made it very difficult for us. They took the lead but we are disappointed with the two goals we conceded. “But to get the point was pleasing because we were under the cosh at the end.” Matt Tootle The Black and White Army on PON Super_Danny_Allsopp: Decent point in the end. Some last ditch defending. Green and Rhead caused us no amount of problems. Chris: I'm pleased with the draw. I do feel we need to learn to control games away from home and maintain leads better, but obviously I would take the point any day of the week. It sounded like a typical derby game really - these are usually always close fought games and really I wasn't far off with my goal amount or score prediction. Hopefully Virtue can become a key player for us in midfield, a few fans who I have asked praised him. Yet it sounds like we bypassed a lot of play by hoofing it. TheSkipper: I would always take a point away from home. After we lost the focus in the game we could have easily lots the match. It was good play to get back into it, but it was not pretty football. Share your thoughts about this reaction round-up piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  4. Danny Cowley has claimed that Lincoln City were hard done by due to "three major decisions" going against them in the 2-2 draw with Notts County. The Magpies had taken the lead through Jon Stead’s header in the 35th minute, which led to Cowley being sent to the stands for protesting a foul in the build-up. Lee Frecklington and Matt Green then scored to put the Imps ahead, only for Jorge Grant to salvage a point midway through the second half. “Overall, I’m disappointed [to draw],” Cowley told Lincolnshire Live. “It took us 30 minutes to get going but from minute 30 to 90 we were really good. “Three major decisions went against us and they were game changers. For the first goal, there was a foul on Sam Habergham which he [the referee] didn’t see. “Credit to players because the way they responded was excellent. After that we created lots of chances and we’re disappointed we haven’t won the game. We feel it is two points dropped. “I must say that was a hard game to referee, I respect that, but I was disappointed with three decisions that went against us. “The first goal was a clear foul, then Matt Rhead was flattened at the back post. “Then Michael Bostwick gets in a great header and their boy lifts his hand and it clearly hits him on the arm. Those decisions didn’t go for us but I think referees need a bit more help.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  5. Notts County came from a goal down to salvage a 2-2 draw at Lincoln City in Saturday's League Two encounter at Sincil Bank. The Magpies had taken the lead through Jon Stead’s header in the 35th minute, which led to Lincoln manager Danny Cowley being sent to the stands for protesting a foul in the build-up. Lee Frecklington, however, equalised on his debut minutes later and Matt Green then put the Imps ahead. Jorge Grant, as is always the case, was the hero as he struck back with a powerful drive off the crossbar to secure a share of the spoils for Notts at Sincil Bank. Here are the highlights from the game, posted on the official Notts YouTube channel and shared by Pride of Nottingham. Share your thoughts about the game on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  6. Notts County have claimed a valuable point away at Lincoln City as Saturday's League Two encounter on Saturday finished as a 2-2 draw. The Magpies had taken the lead through Jon Stead’s header in the 35th minute, which led to Lincoln manager Danny Cowley being sent to the stands for protesting a foul in the build-up. Lee Frecklington, however, equalised on his debut minutes later and Matt Green then put the Imps ahead. Nonetheless, Jorge Grant struck back with a powerful drive off the crossbar to secure a share of the spoils for Notts at Sincil Bank. Notts vlogger and Pride of Nottingham contributor ARLukomski discussed the fixture ahead of kickoff, gave his thoughts as the game went on, and talked about the performance and result after the final whistle. Follow ARLukomski on his YouTube channel by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this vlog on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  7. Since its inception, Notts Alumni has provided an interesting look at the careers of renowned football players who have at some point worn the black and white stripes of Notts County. Sometimes they’ve covered professionals who began or flourished at Meadow Lane and are currently still active (Kelvin Wilson, Kasper Schmeichel). Other examples regard veteran players who are in their professional twilights or even semi-retired (Mike Edwards), recent retirees (Mark Draper, Michael Johnson) or even legends from yesteryear (Tony Hateley, Raddy Avramovic, Les Bradd). Today's piece is provided for you with a heavy heart, because it relates to a former Notts player who is sadly no longer with us. Richard Butcher was born on the 22nd January 1981 in Northampton, and came through the youth ranks of his local club Northampton Town. Though he was promoted to the senior team in 1999, the manager who originally put him forward, Ian Atkins, was dismissed and replaced with Kevin Wilson early on in Butcher’s maiden season. The new head coach never picked him, and so the young midfielder left without making a single appearance. Staying in Northamptonshire, he signed for Brian Talbot’s Rushden and Diamonds, then of the Football Conference, but again, didn’t get a game, and so moved clubs again, this time to Kettering Town of the Southern League. Finally, he was gifted regular first-team football with the Poppies, who had been relegated from the Conference the season prior, and helped them back into the highest level of non-league football thanks to his 13 goals in 44 appearances, a great tally for a midfielder. His next move was a year later to fourth-tier Lincoln City, joining up with Keith Alexander’s Imps in November 2002. He helped the club reach three successive play-offs between 2003 and 2005, but sadly, Lincoln weren’t able to make the step up to the Second Division. All in all, Butcher made 104 appearances for the Midlands club, scoring a modest 11 goals in that time. Despite the Imps not being promoted, Butcher made the step up the leagues anyway, as he signed for third-tier Oldham Athletic. His time with the Latics was mixed, playing the majority of games in the 2005-06 season, but being sent on loan for a month back to Lincoln City, and leaving the Greater Manchester club at the end of the season. He reunited with Keith Alexander at Peterborough United; again, he played part in most of the team’s games in 2006-07 (43), and again he left after only one season. Then came his spell with Notts County. Snapped up by Ian McParland at the start of the 2007-08 season, the club had just come off a relatively decent season, finishing in 13th place in League Two and claiming three League Cup scalps in Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Southampton, and were looking to build on this after very nearly going extinct. As it was, the next two years would prove to be the most testing of the club’s history from a footballing point of view. They survived the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons by the skin of their teeth. However, Butch was a shining light in a pit of darkness. He was a great leader, physical and commanding, knew how to control the game, and helped out in defence. And on top of all that, he also scored some brilliant goals, and frequently; his tally of 18 goals in 80 games, or roughly a goal every four games, is better than some of the strikers we’ve had at the Lane in recent years. Were it not for him, we may be talking about a club that used to be called Notts County, which was relegated from the Football League and eventually wound up. It’s a shame that Butcher didn’t stick around for the silly season of Sol, Sven and Schmeichel, but he made the decision to return to his beloved Lincoln in the close season, signing a two-year deal at Sincil Bank. Sadly, as it often had been in his career, changes took place at the club, which destabilised things. This time round, manager Peter Jackson, who signed him, was replaced by former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton in the hotseat, and the Premier League winner seldom gave Butcher a game. Once again, it was time to up sticks and head off. Butcher’s final club, his eighth in 11 years, was Macclesfield Town. He signed for the Cheshire club in February 2010. Sadly, tragedy struck the Silkmen and the town when manager Keith Alexander, who had been such an influential figure in Butcher’s life and who had signed him several times, including for his most recent club, suddenly died of a brain aneurysm a month later. The midfielder signed a two-year deal with Macclesfield in May 2010 after the expiry of his Lincoln contract, joining up with the Silkmen squad as a bona fide permanent player in July. His final game was on the 3rd January 2011 against Rotherham United. Just a week later, Richard Butcher passed away at his home in Swinton, Salford. He was 29 years old. The death shocked the footballing community. Tributes came pouring in from people within the English game, as they were forced to come to terms with a second premature loss in the space of a year. The next match for Macclesfield Town, an away game at Burton Albion originally scheduled for the 15th January, was postponed in respect to Butcher and Macclesfield Town. Butcher's shirt number, 21, was retired as a mark of respect. On the 22nd January 2011, at Macclesfield's next home game, a minute's applause was heard before the game and 30 white doves were released, to represent Butcher's 30th birthday. Family, friends and fans paid tribute to Butcher at Lincoln City's Sincil Bank stadium on the 2nd February 2011. A private service was then held at Lincoln Crematorium service following the thanksgiving service at the stadium. A coroner's verdict delivered in June 2011 determined Butcher's death to have been caused by the heart condition cardiac arrhythmia. Similar cardiac issues have claimed the lives of a number of professional football players over the years, sometimes on the pitch during a game. A year on, bronze memorial plaques featuring Butcher and Alexander arm in arm were unveiled at Sincil Bank and Moss Rose. It’s been seven years this week since Richard Butcher passed away at the age of 29, but he will always be remembered by all who knew him or knew of him, as a Notts County player, as a professional footballer, and as a great person. Thanks for the memories Butch!
  8. Kevin Nolan has praised his Notts County players for having come through their "battle" with Lincoln City in possession of a point. The Magpies played out a 2-2 draw against the Imps at Sincil Bank on Saturday. Jon Stead opened the scoring and Jorge Grant fired home the equaliser after Lee Frecklington and Matt Green had put the hosts back ahead. “The lads were absolutely fantastic,” Nolan told the official Notts site after the League Two encounter. “It was a battle and they stuck in there. "We couldn’t get going with our fluidity today but these lads have got camaraderie, togetherness and determination to come away with a very good and respectable point. “When you come away to places like Lincoln you are going to be put under pressure and they are going to put balls into the box from all directions. "You have to make sure you are up for the battle and we were – we more than matched them and handled everything they threw at us. “It’s another fantastic result and we’re looking forward to another big game next weekend against Exeter.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  9. Notts County have left Sincil Bank with a point after Jorge Grant struck the equaliser in Saturday's 2-2 League Two draw with Lincoln City. The visitors began brightly as Lee Frecklington gifted them possession just after kickoff, but the new signing from Rotherham United made amends by ushering the ball back to his goalkeeper with Jon Stead bearing down on goal. Grant then headed over the bar at the back post from Terry Hawkridge's cross, before again blazing over after being played in by Lewis Alessandra, but on the whole, the game provided little in the way of excitement for the opening 35 minutes. Notts went on to take the lead as debutant Matty Virtue did well to keep the ball alive at the six-yard box before shifting it to Alessandra, who in turn stood the ball up at the back post for Jon Stead to nod into the back of the net. However, no soon had the Magpies edged in front, the Imps - who lost manager Danny Cowley from the touchline after he had remonstrated with the referee - had drawn level through Frecklington, who was on hand to rifle home Matt Rhead's headed flick-on. On the stroke of half time, a clever ball down the side of the Lincoln defence from a free kick was rolled to Stead, but his effort was kept out by goalkeeper Paul Farman, who narrowed the striker's angle and made the block. In the second half, Matt Green came close to taking the lead when he beat the offside trap to send a header goalwards from six yards out, but Ross Fitzsimons was able to hold on. Green, however, did manage to find the net midway through the half when Danny Rowe's ball down the right channel found the striker, who this time made no mistake in slipping the ball underneath the Notts keeper to edge Lincoln ahead. It wouldn't be long before Notts would get back on equal terms as a long throw from Elliott Hewitt caused confusion among the Imps back line en route to Grant, who smashed the effort home via the underside of the bar. Share your thoughts about this match report on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  10. Kevin Nolan has done a great job to turn Notts County around, Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has stated. This weekend marks a year since Nolan has taken charge of a Magpies match and, in that time, the club has gone from the bottom rungs of the League Two table to the top three. "Kevin Nolan’s done a great job. He’s been there a year and he’s turned that club round,” Cowley, speaking ahead of Saturday's meeting between the two sides at Sincil Bank, told Lincolnshire Live. “I’ve got nothing but admiration for the job he has done there. “He’s been a top player but he’s really humble as well, which is nice to see because it’s not always the case. “We watched them on Saturday and they deservedly beat a Championship team. “It’s going to be a really tough game, but it’s a great game for us and one we’re really looking forward to.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  11. Head to head Notts County and Lincoln City have met a total of 66 times in competitive matches over the years. The first fixture took the place all the way back in November 1893, a Division Two game in Nottingham which resulted in an away win for the Imps. The record currently stands at 35 wins for Notts, 15 defeats, and 16 draws. Notts and Lincoln have played twice this season already - the Magpies won the first fixture 4-1 in League Two whilst Lincoln won 2-1 in the EFL Trophy in November. The Magpies won their last league visit to Lincoln 3-0 in September 2009, ending a run of four trips without winning there in League Two. Stats The Imps have only lost one of their last seven league games, keeping four clean sheets in that time. The Magpies have won just once on the road in League Two in their last eight attempts and have not kept a clean sheet on their travels in the competition since September. History Lincoln City were officially formed in 1884 as an amateur association - even though there had been a team playing since the 1860s - and turned professional in the 1891-92 season. The following season, Lincoln became one of the 12 founder members of the Second Division alongside Small Heath, Sheffield Utd, Darwen, Grimsby, Ardwick, Burton Swifts, Northwich Victoria, Bootle, Crewe, Burslem, Port Vale and Walsall T. Swifts. In 1895, Lincoln moved to Sincil Bank from the John O'Gaunts ground. They drew their first game at Sincil Bank 0-0 with Gainsborough Trinity and also drew their first League game 1-1 with Woolwich Arsenal. Lincoln have never won a major trophy in their history but have got their hands on the Division 3 (North) title three times, in 1932, 1948, and 1952, as well as winning League Two in 1976 and claiming the premier non-league title in 1988 and 2017. Last year, the Imps made history by becoming the first non-league side to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since Queens Park Rangers in 1914. Lincoln developed from the Roman town of Lindum Colonia, which developed from an Iron Age settlement. Its major landmarks are Lincoln Cathedral, a famous example of English Gothic architecture, and Lincoln Castle, an 11th-century Norman castle. Team news Lincoln will be without midfielder Harry Anderson, who must serve a one-match ban following his red card in the 4-2 loss to Luton Town on New Year's Day. The Imps have made several key signings this month as Lee Frecklington, Danny Rowe, Jordan Williams and James Wilson all arrived at Sincil Bank. However, Josh Ginnelly has been recalled by Burnley, while Billy Knott has left on loan to Rochdale. For Notts, Shola Ameobi has missed the last four matches with a knock but he is nearing a return. Magpies manager Kevin Nolan, who this weekend celebrates one year in charge at Meadow Lane, suffered a blow this week when Nottingham Forest recalled Ryan Yates from his loan spell and sent him to Scunthorpe. However, Liverpool Under-23s captain Matty Virtue has joined on loan, while fellow midfielder Noor Husin has joined from Crystal Palace on an 18-month deal, not to mention Liam Noble being back at Notts and pushing for a starting place. Share your thoughts about this Stat Attack preview piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  12. It feels like an age since we were last in League Two action given the glut of festive football followed up by the FA Cup and then nothing for a whole week! But here we are again in league action as we take on local rivals Lincoln City at Sincil Bank this weekend. Pride of Nottingham has spoken to Imps fan Sam to get an insight on the opposition for Saturday's short trip away. About Sam: I'm 25, been supporting the team since I was a kid with my dad taking me to games, and my favourite player of all time is Simon Yeo. How have Lincoln done so far this season? Amazingly. As a promoted side, there's always that anxiety in the back of the mind of how we'll do in the higher up league, but to be sitting in the playoffs and boasting such great form, we can keep on dreaming of back-to-back promotions, but we're just enjoying the ride. How would you say 2017 has been for the Imps? If things are going superb this season, the calendar year was pretty much perfect. The FA Cup run was the stuff of dreams and then ending the season with promotion before continuing the good form in League Two, well let's just say we hope 2018 will be just as amazing. Who have been your standout players this season? Most of the squad has been superb, but Michael Bostwick - what a signing he's been. He's a beast in midfield and in our Checkatrade game against Rochdale the other day played centre-back and was immense. But really, I can name so many quality players - Matt Green, Alex Woodyard, Neal Eardley, Harry Anderson and Matt Rhead just to name a few. Are you happy to see Terry Hawkridge delivering for Notts? Absolutely. His goals secured Lincoln the title last season and even though many fans didn't want him to leave, it's fair enough for him to join his hometown club. Also he didn't celebrate when he scored against us so yeah, happy to see him prospering. Where do you think you'll finish this season? I would love a top-seven finish and a go at the playoffs, though promotion may be a bridge too far this season. I'll be delighted with a top-half finish and hopefully the squad can develop even further and mount a proper promotion challenge next year. Score/scorer prediction? 2-0 to Lincoln, Matt Rhead with both goals! Share your thoughts about this Opposition View article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  13. Kevin Nolan has confirmed that discussions will be taking place between Notts County and the club's fringe players following the Magpies' EFL Trophy exit. The much-maligned competition has given the Notts boss the chance to give his lesser-used players some much-needed game time. However, Tuesday night's 2-1 loss at Lincoln City saw Nolan's charges eliminated from the competition with a total of two defeats and one win. “Now we are out of this competition, the games won’t be coming thick and fast like they have been doing,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We will be sitting down in the next couple of weeks and discussing who can go out on loan and who can’t. “I am sure we will have the agents and players asking about moves if they are not getting game time. “That’s going to be coming in the next few weeks so we will see what will happen.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  14. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has thrown his support behind young defender Pierce Bird and exonerated him from his mistake against Lincoln City. The 18-year-old made his competitive Magpies debut in Tuesday's EFL Trophy tie at Sincil Bank and impressed alongside Haydn Hollis at the back. However, Bird was unlucky to concede an own goal when Josh Ginnelly's cross caused havoc in the box and it was diverted into the County net, on the way to a 2-1 defeat. “I thought he did really well,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He was with three lads who have had a lot of experience, he won a lot of headers and did everything right. “He made the right decisions more often than not and looked a composed figure at the back. “I was delighted with him, but we have to get him fitter and used to this tempo and playing at this tempo for a long time. “He’s a young boy who has stepped up, but he should be delighted and his family should be so proud of him. “He has proven how much he has come on in leaps and bounds in just the few months he has been here. “It’s the next step for him now and we have to make sure we keep working hard. He has to learn the game and make sure he stays around us if he does go out on loan." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  15. Notts County have, to the indifference of many, been knocked out of the EFL Trophy following Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City. The hosts were brighter in the opening exchanges of the Group G encounter at Sincil Bank, but the Magpies' first opportunity of the game led to the opener. Liam Walker spotted Jonathan Forte into space and threaded a neat through-ball into the path of the striker, who bore down on goal, rounded goalkeeper Josh Vickers, and slotted into the unguarded net. With just under ten minutes of the first half remaining, the Imps drew level through an unfortunate own goal from Notts debutant Pierce Bird. Josh Ginnelly swung in a free kick from the left which caused havoc in the Notts back line and the 18-year-old got a head onto it but diverted the ball beyond Branislav Pindroch. The second half saw Lincoln push forward determined to kill the game off, with Ollie Palmer, Elliott Whitehouse and Billy Knott all weighing in with dangerous chances. Kevin Nolan was eager for his side to make it through to the next round and brought on top goalscorer Jorge Grant in a bid to get the goal necessary to claim second place in the group. However, Notts could not add to their opening strike, while the Imps found the winner in spectacular fashion through Ginnelly's 30-yard rocket into the far top left-hand corner of Pindroch's net. Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  16. Kevin Nolan has slammed the decision not to award a free kick to Alan Smith in the lead-up to Lincoln City's killer second goal in their EFL Trophy encounter at Sincil Bank. The Magpies had to beat the Imps to secure a top-two place in Group G and it seemed like it was going according to plan with Jonathan Forte's opener. However, a dangerous Josh Ginnelly free kick was unfortunately diverted by Pierce Bird into his own net, before the Lincoln man struck a long-range winner for a 2-1 home win. “I am very disappointed, because I thought there was a blatant foul on Smudge (Smith) leading up to the second goal,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We knew we had to win to go through, and maybe we showed them too much respect in the second half. “But overall I was pleased with a lot of performances, especially Pierce Bird. We shouldn’t have given the free-kick away which led to that goal. “Nicky Hunt gave the free-kick away and he is big enough, old enough and ugly enough to know that is not the way to defend. “We gave too many of them away on the night and Lincoln will always make it difficult for you as they throw the big men up. “But what disappointed me is that we do not get that free-kick on Smudge and they score the second. “I was disappointed but, in saying that, there were some good positives to come from the game. “We wanted to get through to the next round. But we gave too many free-kicks away and Lincoln will always make it difficult for you.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  17. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has praised young defender Pierce Bird ahead of his competitive debut against Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy tonight. The 18-year-old, previously at non-league club Dunkirk, quit his job to go on trial at Meadow Lane in the summer and was rewarded with his commitment and skill with a deal. “He’s a down to earth kid. His family are right behind him,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post ahead of the trip to Sincil Bank. “He left his job just to come here on trial so it shows how much he wanted it. “He’s been magnificent since he came in. He’s been brilliant since we spotted him at the end of last season. “I’m positive he’ll perform well. It’s about him enjoying the experience. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of him in the future but I feel this was the right time to bring him in after the progress he’s made. “If it doesn’t work we’ll go back to the drawing board with him to get him to where we feel he belongs. There’s no pressure. Pierce Bird will be at this club for a while.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  18. Kevin Nolan has suggested that he will make changes to his Notts County starting XI ahead of Tuesday night's EFL Trophy trip to Lincoln City. The Magpies currently sit third in Group G on three points but a win would see them edge into the top two and through to the next round. Although Nolan insists it's a big game and wants momentum to be built, he's also eager to give some of his fringe players some minutes. "It's a big game," he told the official Notts site. "We've got lads who need game time, it's a derby and if we win we go through. "We're trying to build momentum. It always helps when you're winning games - it breeds confidence around the club and city. "In the last couple of games we've been back to the intensity and tempo that earned us our six wins on the spin. "After our fantastic win on Friday we want to carry that forward, and then take it on to Stevenage. "It's a great opportunity for the lads who haven't had the minutes. They can put themselves in the forefront of my mind and show me they're ready. "The lads are really going at it in training and we're really looking forward to this week." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  19. Terry Hawkridge is hoping that he can embark on a successful FA Cup run with Notts County this season, much like he did with Lincoln City last year. The Imps went all the way to the quarter-finals of the competition in 2016-17, the first non-league team in 103 years to reach the last eight. Hawkridge was a key component of the Lincoln team that made it that far in the competition, as well as sealing promotion to the Football League. Now at Notts, who are preparing for their first-round encounter with Bristol Rovers at Meadow Lane on Friday, the winger spoke of his aspirations. “Obviously what we achieved at Lincoln was something incredibly special and we went on a great run which gave us plenty of memories,” he told the Nottingham Post. “I would love to do the same with Notts this season and it would be amazing to see if we could go one better as you always set out to try to go as far as you can. “But you cannot get too far ahead of yourselves. We’ve got a very tough game on Friday night and they will want to experience exactly the same. “We’ve got an excellent home record and nothing to fear, so it should be a good game.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  20. Lincoln City have confirmed that Billy Knott's red card against Notts County has not been overturned. The 24-year-old was given his marching orders by referee Sebastian Stockbridge 28 minutes into the Magpies' 4-1 win at Meadow Lane after catching Ryan Yates in the face with a high boot. The appeal was considered by the FA on Monday afternoon and, the following day, a statement on the Imps site announced that the dismissal has been upheld. As a result Knott will serve a three-match suspension, starting with tonight’s game with Barnet. He will also sit out Saturday’s Lincolnshire derby at Grimsby Town and the home clash with Chesterfield on October 7. Knott voiced his opinion on Twitter following the decision. In Monday's press conference, Imps boss Danny Cowley had told the press: “It’s difficult for referees, I accept that, but on this occasion it’s really clear to me. “The ball is low, the player [Yates] is not in Billy’s eye line, he’s just helping it on. If you look at the footage and how both players land, you can see that Ryan Yates comes into Billy. “It was a harsh punishment to take on Saturday and ultimately it has cost us three points in my opinion because I thought we were in a really strong position in the game. Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  21. Name: Meet the Fans 17/18 - Lincoln City (23/09/2017) Category: Meet the Fans Date Added: 2017-09-25 Submitter: Chris Pride of Nottingham spoke to a number of Notts County fans and asked them a few questions ahead of the Magpies' League Two derby against Lincoln City at Meadow Lane, which ended in a resounding 4-1 win over the Imps. If you would like to feature, get in touch! Feel free to submit potential questions below and we will look into asking them. Be sure to subscribe, share, like and comment - Your support is greatly appreciated. Visit us on: Website: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/ Community: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/community/ Don't forget to register on our site, look out for us on social media and at live games. COYP! Meet the Fans 17/18 - Lincoln City (23/09/2017) Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
  22. Pride of Nottingham spoke to a number of Notts County fans and asked them a few questions ahead of the Magpies' League Two derby against Lincoln City at Meadow Lane, which ended in a resounding 4-1 win over the Imps. If you would like to feature, get in touch! Feel free to submit potential questions below and we will look into asking them. Be sure to subscribe, share, like and comment - Your support is greatly appreciated. Visit us on: Website: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/ Community: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/community/ Don't forget to register on our site, look out for us on social media and at live games. COYP!
  23. Kevin Nolan has praised Notts County following their impressive 4-1 win over Lincoln City, claiming that fans have finally seen what the Magpies can do once they click. Notts rode out a tricky start at Meadow Lane to edge into a numerical advantage when Billy Knott was sent off for a high boot into the face of Ryan Yates. The hosts then took the lead through Jon Stead and, despite being pegged back by Harry Anderson's equaliser, went on to strike thrice more, through Matt Tootle, Jorge Grant and ex-Imp Terry Hawkridge. "I thought Lincoln started very well and put us on the back foot," Nolan told the official website. "They had a couple of good chances but once the sending off came, we dominated. "It's all about how we react to the red card. You've seen it before - we've gone down to 10 men and won games. "Just because it's 11 v 10 it doesn't mean you're going to win the game. I thought my lads handled it really well. "We've been working hard and we're starting to click. You saw a lot of good combinations today. These boys have a lot of quality. "When it went to 1-1 we could have buckled and felt the pressure of the crowd but we didn't - we thrived on it and showed our quality. "Lincoln are a top side - they're going to be in and around it this year. It was a tough game today and there are a number of other top teams who we're going to have to battle it out against. "But I think today, especially in the second half, you could see what we can do when we click." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  24. Notts County are enjoying a purple patch at present, sitting second in League Two thanks to a four-game winning run, and eight unbeaten in all competitions. Up next for the Magpies is a local derby with Lincoln City coming to Meadow Lane to try their luck against Kevin Nolan's well-drilled side. Here is Chris's Scouting Report for this week. History Notts County and Lincoln City have met a total of 65 times in competitive matches over the years. The first fixture took the place all the way back in November 1893, a Division Two game in Nottingham which resulted in an away win for the Imps. The record currently stands at 34 wins for Notts, 15 defeats, and 16 draws. The last game between the two took place on 13 April 2010, a 3-1 win at Meadow Lane with goals from Lee Hughes, Graeme Lee and Delroy Facey and a strike from Steven Lennon for the opposition. Notts have won the last two meetings, with a draw prior to those and three defeats preceding that. Run-down of their last six features Saturday 19th August – Exeter City 1 Lincoln City 0 Saturday 26th August – Lincoln City 4 Carlisle 1 Saturday 2nd September – Lincoln City 0 Luton Town 0 Saturday 9th September – Stevenage 1 Lincoln City 2 Tuesday 12th September – Forest Green Rovers 0 Lincoln City 1 Saturday 16th September – Lincoln City 0 Mansfield Town 1 The Players – Fact Sheet Highest Goal Scorers; Matt Green 3, Alex Woodyard 2, Oliver Palmer 2 and Billy Knott 2. Persistent Foulers; Matt Green 1 red card and 1 yellow card, Neal Eardley 3 yellow cards, Sean Raggett 3 yellow cards and Michael Bostwick 2 yellow cards. The Key Players Matt Green is the most well-known threat that Lincoln City bolster within their squad, he’s a mobile striker and useful on the ball – some may consider him past his former best but he is a player that is able to cause concern within any League Two defence. Despite the name Alex Woodyard is a very practical midfielder, he’s attacking minded but does have a bit of a temper. He’s pretty direct, likes to try to influence the tempo and adds a creative flair to The Imps midfield. They also have the experienced Michael Bostwick who plays to a similar fashion as Alex Woodyard, however he offers a defence mind-set even when going forward – his ability to pass and carve open teams is something Notts should be mindful of at all times. Style of Play, Strengths, and Weaknesses Lincoln City like to play the passing game, usually it starts from the back and builds going forward. The majority of play tends to come from the flanks, and The Imps move the ball around very nicely even in limited space – they also deal very well with scrappy play often making the most of any opportunities that presents itself. Like the majority of League Two teams, Lincoln prefer to play defensively but within an attacking mind-set. They tend to commit plenty of players at the back, yet can break extremely well through a single player at any given moment. Their height offers them good options on goal, and is useful at the back when defending. However, from a defensive point of view – they do not like pace or direct runs into areas whereby there’s plenty of space. Whilst struggling to defend on break, and even from set pieces or crosses. This can force them to rush their own play, and has seen them give the ball away quite cheaply but they prefer to get the play back on the ground and ball to feet. Positional wise they organise themselves very well when given time, yet in the moment or under heavy threat it can become a free-for-all. If allowed to play, Lincoln impress – they have the ability to deliver long throw ins and often shoot from distance if space isn’t available to them. For Notts it will be about controlling the play, whilst building themselves from the back – the midfield will have to be grouped and prepared to make direct runs when chances occur. As opportunities will arise where the Magpies’ will be able to make chances pay from the open play. Share your thoughts about this scouting report on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.

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