The Notts giant-killers firing their side through the FA Cup

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Could Lincoln make it to Wembley with the help of their Notts players. (Picture: The FA)

In the FA Cup tie of the weekend non-league Lincoln City take on Premier League side Burnley as they look to pull off another giant killing.

Four divisions and 80 places separate non-league Lincoln, who currently sit top of the National League, from their opponents.

And hoping to help the Imps to cause another cup shock at Turf Moor on Saturday are three players from right here in Notts; Nathan Arnold, Terry Hawkridge and Elliott Whitehouse.

Mansfield-born midfielder Arnold and Nottingham-born wingerHawkridge have both scored in Lincoln’s FA Cup journey.

Nathan Arnold

  • Age: 29
  • Place of Birth: Mansfield
  • Position: Attacking midfielder
  • Apps: 35 Goals: 11

Nathan signed for Lincoln on 29 July 2016 on a two-year contract using money raised from the club’s crowd funding scheme. The midfielder began his career at his home town team Mansfield and would go on to make 104 appearances scoring 13 goals.  Arnold already has experience under the arch of Wembley, as he was vital in Grimsby Town’s return to the Football League last season, scoring in the Mariners 3-1 victory against Forest Green Rovers. The 29-year-old scored the dramatic injury time winner for the Imps in a 1-0 FA Cup replay victory over Ipswich Town at Sincil Bank.

Video: Nathan Arnold grabs an injury time winner against the Tractor Boys.

Lincoln are joined by fellow National League side Sutton United in the fifth round, making it a record for two non-league teams in the FA Cup fifth round.

Sutton also face Premier League opposition in Arsenal, who they will play on Monday night.

Terry Hawkridge

  • Age: 26
  • Place of birth: Nottingham
  • Position: Winger
  • Apps: 70 Goals: 4

Terry joined Lincoln on loan from Scunthorpe United in September 2015 before joining on a permanent deal in early 2016. He made his debut in a 2-0 against Mansfield Town, where he had previously been on loan. The winger has previously played for Notts non-league sides Carlton Town and Hucknall Town. Between 2007-2009 Hawkridge made 15 appearences for Carlton and got four goals for the Millers. The 26-year-old enjoyed a brief spell for Hucknall Town before returning to Carlton to make another 84 appearances, scoring an impressive 21 goals. The tricky winger scored in Lincoln’s 3-2 second round FA Cup win against Oldham.

Video: Winger Terry gets the second goal against Oldham.

Lincoln have played seven matches in the competition to reach this point, including giant-killing victories over two Championship sides.

City saw off Ipswich Town in a 1-0 replay win after drawing 2-2 at Portman Road and then pulled off another shock to stun promotion hopefuls Brighton 3-1 in front of more than 9,000 fans at Sincil Bank.

If the Imps can pull off yet another giant-killing performance they will be through to the sixth round, putting them just two games from Wembley.

Elliott Whitehouse

  • Age: 23
  • Place of birth: Worksop
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Apps: 13 Goals: 2

A product of Sheffield United’s academy, Whitehouse began his career with the Blades. After a few loan spells away from Bramall Lane the midfielder joined Notts County after impressing for the Magpies in a pre-season trial. The 23-year-old made seven appearances for County, scoring once. Lincoln signed Whitehouse from Nuneaton Town for an undisclosed free in October 2016. He has made 13 appearances for the Imps and scored two goals.

Video: Elliott Whitehouse scoring the first in a 2-1 win against Nantwich Town.

Player-goalkeeping coach Jimmy Walker from Sutton-in-Ashfield can keep the Clarets at bay to give them a chance in progressing further in the competition.

Nottingham Forest academy graduate Alan Power has established himself as a first team regular at Sincil Bank and a fan favourite with City supporters collecting, more than 200 appearances for them and 31 goals.

Former Mansfield Town players Lee Beevers and Matt Rhead also make up the Lincoln City squad.

Forest legend Steve Hodge’s son Elliot Hodge is also part of the Imps squad, but is currently out on loan at Stafford Rangers.

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Could Lincoln find themselves on Wembley Way?

And City could be looking at two trips to Wembley in just one season as they find themselves in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy.

They will travel to Boreham Wood in their search for a game under the Wembley arch with Boreham overcoming Lincoln’s fellow FA Cup high-flyers Sutton United in the previous round.

 

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