Of the players, most notabe is former captain Nathan Jarman, who returns to the Martin & Co Arena playing against the club he played 101 games for. The striker has moved into a player/coach role, assisting former Gainsborough manager Steve Housham who took over at United at the start of the season. Other former players who will also be returning will be Michael Jacklin, Matty Wilson and Noel Burdett. The visitors have been having an indifferent season, finding themselves in mid-table going into tomorrow’s game. Their away form has left some room for improvement, only winning two games so far. The Holy Blues will be looking to resurrect Saturday’s last minute defeat at the hands of Scarborough Athletic, in a game they arguably should have won.
This game in the Integro Cup will give Curtis Woodhouse the chance to make a number of changes in order to give fringe players the chance to get minutes under their belt. Liam King will get at least 70 minutes after a run out for the reserve side this weekend, as he attempts to return to fitness. Woodhouse has also stated that Ross Hannah, Brodie Litchfield, Shane Clarke and Nathan Stainfield will also get a start to impress.
On the cup tie, manager Curtis Woodhouse commented: "Tuesday will be a good game against Lincoln for us to get some of the lads that haven’t had much game time some game time. James Williamson will start in centre half, next to Staino who has not played for a while, so those two will play at the back. Liam King will start in central midfield. Michael Williams will start in there as well with George Green. George and Michael obviously played on Saturday and have not played much football, so it’s important for them to keep things ticking over."
He continued, "Kingy has trained really well, played for the reserves yesterday and has come through unscathed. It’ll be great for him to get another 60-70 minutes under his belt. Ross Hannah will play, who’s back from injury and it’ll be great for him to get another 60 to 70 minutes in his recovery. Ross is going to be an important player for us moving forward. Brodie Litchfield will start. Mitchell Dunne will start; Mitch has been ill and injured and that was his first game back on Saturday, so it’ll be good for him to get 90 minutes under his belt. Brodie has been in and out as well, so again, an opportunity to show what he’s got, show what he’s all about, and stamp his place in the team. It’ll be a good game and an interesting game." Listen to Curtis’ thoughts in full above.
This cup gives the club a good chance to get a win under their belt that can be taken into the league campaign. Make sure to show your support tomorrow night at the Martin & Co Arena and welcome back some familiar faces at Lincoln.