We lost the game to Bolton last month as a consequence of the weather, meaning a huge gap of over two months between Saturday fixtures at home.
The postponement came at a time of heavy rain which caused some flooding to areas of Sincil Bank, resulting in a 10.45 am a postponement. Some Bolton fans took the opportunity to have a day out in Lincoln, smashing up local pubs and causing a nuisance in town.
With both sides being out of the FA Cup, this weekend would have seemed an obvious choice for the next fixture, but for reasons unknown it’s now set to take place on January 14th with a 7.45 pm kick off. Perhaps the police didn’t fancy another day of Trotters in town, or perhaps they fancied another two weeks of recruitment before the game, who knows.
One or two Imps’ fans are crying foul on Twitter over the decision. It was widely speculated that Bolton would want the game played after January 1st to give them more time to recruit; they only had a couple of days to add to their squad after their recent takeover and will have a much-changed XI by the time they reach Sincil Bank.
It could have been worse of course; we could have played them in February or March and given their new signings time to settle in as well. Still, the Trotters are an emotive subject this season, whether for postponing games, fielding youth teams in the league or avoiding points deductions.
That doesn’t look like improving with this announcement, even though it’s likely to have been the decision of both club. Supporters have had their say, as you’ll see below.
Typical. They'll have had 14 days to add players to their squad by then…
— Owen Dawson (@the_real_owen) December 3, 2019
I'm just surprised its not in February! Bunch of cheats!
— David Robson (@DavidImp1972) December 3, 2019
Unless their players are tired ?
— Spencer barton (@spencerjb26) December 3, 2019
Bit of a fix really could of been played last Saturday but now with all the money they've got to spend in January will no doubt give them a better chance then they would of had on Saturday
— Alex Yates (@yates_alex) December 3, 2019
Shock that it’s in January with new playing squad members..
— Ryan Willows (@RWillows) December 3, 2019
Maybe we should play the kids so you get an easy 3 points ?
— Kevin Fitzpatrick (@FitzpatrickKev) December 3, 2019
Gives you plenty of time to sort out some proper drainage.
— Ste Morris (@StemboatSociety) December 3, 2019
That's the current date but suppose it depends how their players feel a couple of days before. Might call it off for their well being if they've not got signings over the line.
— John (@John89260255) December 3, 2019