League Two leaders Lincoln City have explained why their match against Yeovil Town was switched to a Friday night. The match had its kick-off date and time changed last summer, shortly after the 2018-19 fixture list was published, giving Glovers fans a gruelling round trip of just under 500 miles, with the outbound journey having to compete with the Friday afternoon motorway traffic. This is the second occasion this season they've had to do this sort of trip, with the August 2018 match against Notts County also changed to a Friday evening.
For the earlier trip to Meadow Lane, that alteration had been forced by the authorities, with a cricket international taking place at Trent Bridge on the Saturday. However, in this instance first team manager Danny Cowley has said that there is no clash of events and told the Lincolnshire Echo that it was just an occasional thing they liked to do. He stressed that the decision had Yeovil Town's backing:
"As a club, we like to have a Friday night game occasionally. It spices things up a bit. I like Friday night football. I wouldn't want it every week, but it's nice on the odd occasion. It’s nice to get ahead of the schedule, if you can, although you need a positive result for that to work. Yeovil were kind enough to offer their services on a Friday night because both teams have to agree. Hopefully it will be well supported."
Although Lincoln have not lost in the League since Boxing Day - a run of twelve games - they have shown some signs of nervousness, drawing five out of their last seven matches, including their last three home games. Their last match was a 2-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, but Cowley said that weather conditions in Gloucestershire, and the style of opponent made for a different style game for them. He expected Yeovil to provide more of a counter-attacking threat than Forest Green did:
"We played at Forest Green, where the pitch, overhead conditions and our opponents encouraged us to play the way we did. We've had success playing that way against Forest Green in the past, but Yeovil are very different. They carry a real counter-attack threat. They had a good start to the season. They then picked up some injuries to key players which disrupted their form. But recently they've got them back on the pitch and it's been no surprise that they’ve picked up, winning their last two. We're very respectful of Yeovil. They are a team who have got physical players in defensive areas. One of the reasons we've had success this season is that we've got different weapons in the group and players who can adapt and apply the styles that we use. We've got to use the right style and personnel against a Yeovil team who will be very different to Forest Green."
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