Lincoln City become first team promoted this season with Cheltenham draw confirming League One rise

LINCOLN CITY have become the first team promoted in the English Football League this season with four games still to play.

A 1-1 draw at home to Cheltenham was enough on Saturday afternoon thanks to Mansfield drawing with Northampton and MK Dons falling to defeat away to fellow promotion chasers Tranmere.

Lincoln’s rise up the league ladder has contained a couple of great cup runs
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After only 18 minutes, Shay McCartan set Lincoln on the way to the win they knew they needed to secure a top-three finish at Sincil Bank.

However George Lloyd upset the party atmosphere with a late equaliser for mid-table Cheltenham, leaving the hosts waiting nervously at the final whistle.

Results from Northampton and Tranmere then confirmed their second promotion in two seasons, led by the remarkable Danny Cowley.

The former midfielder took over in May 2016, at the end of a season which saw Lincoln finish 19 points outside on the National League play-offs.

His first season in charge ended with automatic promotion – secured with two games spare – and a historic run to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The club’s return season in League Two, after six years away, saw them bag the Checkatrade Trophy.

Next on their agenda will be the title, with Saturday’s result leaving them 10 points clear of second-placed Bury with just 12 to play for.

Lincoln spent six years in the National League before two promotions in three years
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