Life is full of surprises and nowhere more so than at Sincil Bank. Fans had been expecting reinforcements in the form of a striker and defender and indeed the club have confirmed that a bid to land former Imps central defender Ben Futcher had been thwarted by Bury. 

So another centre half and hopefully that elusive prolific striker desperate to revive his career at Lincoln were on supporters' wish list. Step forward Luke Howell, a midfielder signed on a month’s loan from MK Dons. Howell has been training with the club during the week.

Paul Brush told the Lincolnshire Echo: “We’re a bit short in numbers and a couple of players are on four bookings” 

The management duo confirmed that further acquisitions were being sought and sure enough, later in the day the club confirmed that Gillingham's Josh Gowling was also poised to sign for a month. Presumably both will be in contention for a place in the squad, subject to the necessary paperwork being registered. 

On Saturday City will be at Adams Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers, where they will lock horns with one of the most fondly remembered former players of recent times, Gareth Ainsworth.  

Ainsworth told Sky.com that there will be no room for sentiment though: "If I score I will celebrate because I am all Wycombe now. I am sure the Lincoln fans know that whatever club I am playing at I give 100 per cent and I will always remember my time there fondly. 

"They will know what I am about. Lincoln is close to my heart but Wycombe is my club now and I am proud to lead these lads out." 

Steve Tilson spoke to the press outside the club's Carlton Boulevard training complex very much giving an ‘open for business’ feel to the proceedings. At that time the announcement about the capture of Josh Gowling on loan had not been made but the manager confirmed that feelers were out for loan additions and that fellow bosses were being very accommodating towards the City supremo where they could. 

“The work rate was fantastic , every one of them gave everything they’ve got . On another day if Ben (Hutchinson) scores after about 20 minutes it might have been a different game,” said Tilson, alluding to City’s paucity in front of goal during last weekend's draw. 

“I think we can improve on what we’ve got , to score more goals but we may have to look at bringing someone in but everyone’s after a goalscorer so it’s not going to be too easy especially on the money we can probably offer.” 

Tilson was asked about Luke Howell. “Luke’s a central midfield player from MK Dons, decent on the ball, good creativity, he will pop up in the box which is why we’ve brought him in because he might just add something going forward, I’m sure he’ll do well," he added. 

A chance then for Southern based fans to see the team in action in the pleasant environs of Adams Park in what is generally a reasonably supported away day. 

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association. 

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