Lincoln’s route to the FA Cup quarter-finals

Lincoln will look to extend their improbable FA Cup run all the way to Wembley this weekend when they face ailing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.



Match Previews: Lincoln's route to the FA Cup quarter-finalsMatch Previews: Lincoln's route to the FA Cup quarter-finals

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the eight games the Red Imps have had to navigate so far in order to keep the dream alive:

4TH QUAL: LINCOLN 0 GUISELEY 0 (REPLAY 2-1)

Lincoln’s FA Cup started in somewhat controversial fashion with a 2-1 replay win at Guiseley. Theo Robinson scored both goals for the Red Imps, who had to withstand a second-half fightback which ended when Guiseley’s Connor Brown was controversially sent off in the 67th minute.

1ST RD: LINCOLN 2 ALTRINCHAM 1

Sean Raggett’s first half header steered Lincoln towards the second round for the first time since 2012. Alan Power doubled the hosts’ lead in the second half before John Cyrus hit a late consolation for the visitors.

2ND RD: LINCOLN 3 OLDHAM 2

The hosts clung on to book a place in the third round with victory over their League One opponents. Two more goals from Robinson and one for Terry Hawkridge put Lincoln in complete control before a dramatic fightback by the Latics almost secured them a replay.


3RD RD: IPSWICH 2 LINCOLN 2 (REPLAY 1-0)

A late equaliser from Tom Lawrence shattered Lincoln’s hopes of a famous win at Portman Road as Ipswich twice hit back to force a replay. But Nathan Arnold’s stoppage-time strike secured a dramatic replay win for the non-league side – and a place in round four for the first time in 41 years.

4TH RD: LINCOLN 3 BRIGHTON 1

Lincoln hit back from behind to see off Championship high-flyers Brighton at Sincil Bank. Richie Towell had put the visitors in front but second-half efforts from Power and Robinson, as well as an own goal, wrapped up another incredible victory for Danny Cowley’s men.

5TH RD: BURNLEY 0 LINCOLN 1

Raggett rose above the Burnley defence in injury time to send Lincoln into the quarter-finals with a stunning win at Turf Moor. It marked the first time a non-league club had reached the last eight of the competition for more than 100 years.

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