Who's playing?

Lincoln City v Chester FC .

When and where?

Saturday, April 9 (3pm) at Sincil Bank, Lincoln.

Any team news?

Central defender Ben Heneghan remains a doubt for the trip to Sincil Bank having missed the 2-0 defeat at Torquay United on Tuesday night after twisting his knee in the 2-2 draw with Boreham Wood.

Luke George returned to the starting line-up at Plainmoor in midweek following a lengthy lay-off and is likely to keep his place in the centre of midfield while winger Jordan Chapell is pushing for a recall.

However, there could be a number of changes in the wake of the sacking of Steve Burr as caretaker bosses Jon McCarthy and Ian Sharps take charge for the first time.

What has Jon McCarthy had to say about it?

Following the club's decision to dismiss manager Steve Burr on Thursday evening, ex-Northern Ireland internatonal McCarthy and club captain Ian Sharps will oversee the final four games of the season.

Ahead of the trip to Lincolnshire, McCarthy said: "Lincoln are strong. I think Bradley Wood will come back who has been out for a coupe of games and Matt Rhead hasn't been playing who is the big threat and a goalscorer so we'll check on that because we don't know whether that situation will change for Saturday.

"There's a flatness to them isn't there because their target was the play-offs and they've missed out on that. How much have they got left to play for? It can go one way or the other because they could come out with some freedom and play but have they got that real need for the points?

"Our players have and we have and that will be the thing that we stress. We need to get the balance between stressing that need for the points and that we want it more than them but to the point where it's positive and doesn't become anxiety. That's what we're striving for."

Ben Heneghan is a doubt for the clash with Lincoln City
Ben Heneghan is a doubt for the clash with Lincoln City

Tell me about Lincoln City...

One of the growing band of clubs who the Blues have faced both in non-league football and the Football League, the Imps have endured an up and down season and find themselves in mid-table obscurity, a position that Chester fans would so dearly love to be in for the final four games of the season.

They were dealt blow this week following the shock announcement that boss Chris Moyses will be stepping down from the managerial hotseat at the end of the season in order to concentrate on his business interests, with the search already on for his successor.

Like Chester, Lincoln are winless in their last six games, losing four of those. They come into Saturday's clash on the back of a 2-0 reverse at Bromley after halting a three-game losing streak the week before with a 1-1 draw at home to Gateshead.

What's their recent form been like (last 10 games)?


Ryan Higgins carries the ball forward in the defeat to Lincoln City
Ryan Higgins carries the ball forward in the defeat to Lincoln City

What happened the last time the two sides met?

Chester produced a poor performance when the sides clashed at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium in October, where the Imps ran out 3-2 winners.

Lincoln took an early lead through Matt Rhead before Jordan Chapell levelled the contest on 26 minutes against the run of play.

But the Imps were in charge during the opening half and were back in front on 29 minutes when Kegan Everington fired past Jon Worsnop in the Chester goal.

Alan Power made it 3-1 after the break, although Ross Hannah's effort on 67 minutes did make for a breathless finale but Moyses men held on for the points.

What are the match odds (bet365)?

Lincoln City 23/20, Draw 23/10, Chester 12/5.

What is the weather expected to be like (Met Office)?

Heavy rain is expected earlier in the day but should clear by lunchtime with sunny intervals expected throughout the afternoon. Temperatures of around 10°C.