Lincoln City prepare for televised FA Cup replay with Ipswich

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Lincoln City are preparing for yet another record breaking match this evening, when they entertain Ipswich Town of the Championship in their FA Cup third round replay (kick-off 8.05pm).

The match is being shown live on BBC One, and a bumper crowd is expected at the game.

It sold out on Wednesday within hours of the tickets going on general sale, with hundreds missing out after queuing all morning.

The club are expecting 9,500 fans, which would make it a record attendance for Sincil Bank since it became an all-seater stadium.

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Lincoln first met the 1978 winners 10 days ago, the Imps coming within eight minutes of beating their illustrious opponents. Two goals from Theo Robinson had twice given Lincoln the lead, only to be pegged back by Tom Lawrence’s brace.

The 2-2 draw was watched by almost 5,000 travelling Lincoln fans, which was also a record for the largest travelling contingent at Portman Road.

It has been a great season for City so far, under the watchful eye of manager Danny Cowley. They are currently top of the National League with games in hand of the chasing pack as they hunt a return to the Football League.

Crowds have been rising all season and many neutral observers feel there is the potential for a big FA Cup upset tonight.

Since joining Lincoln, Danny and his brother Nicky Cowley have revolutionised the on-pitch fortunes of the club.

The former PE teachers have easily stepped up to full time football management, with the club having only lost once since September 24.

On Saturday a fine 3-1 win at Gateshead left them just three games away from Wembley in the FA Trophy.

The winners will face Brighton and Hove Albion at home in the fourth round. Live coverage starts on BBC One at 8pm.