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09 January 2018 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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Preview: Dale v Lincoln City

9 January 2018

Dale v Lincoln City: Checkatrade Trophy Round Three, Tuesday 9th January, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Dale’s Checkatrade Trophy adventure continues on Tuesday night, as Lincoln City visit the Crown Oil Arena in round three of the competition.

Just 16 teams remain in the competition, meaning both sides are just three wins away from the final at Wembley Stadium.

Dale topped Northern Group C and beat Doncaster Rovers in the previous round, whilst the Imps topped Group G with a 100% record, before beating Accrington Stanley in round two.



Manager Keith Hill has told iFollow that he is expecting a difficult tie against the League Two side.

Click HERE to read the Gaffer’s pre-match thoughts.



Reduced admission prices for Dale’s home Checkatrade Trophy matches remain in place for tonight’s game.

Adults - £10; Juniors (16 and under) - £5.

The Main Stand will be open to home supporters, while away fans will be housed in the Willbutts Lane stand.

Fans can pay on the night. Cash turnstiles will be available, or tickets can be purchased from the Dale Ticket Office.



Referee: Ben Toner

Assistants Referees: Graeme Fyvie & Neil Sharp

Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury



The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, open at 5pm on Tuesday, with visiting supporters also welcome.



Coming to the Crown Oil Arena for the first time? View our first-time visitor guide HERE.



Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Lincoln City.

The reduced 24-page programme opens with a cover image of the Checkatrade Trophy and continues with manager Keith Hill’s thoughts on Saturday’s FA Cup win at Doncaster and his hopes for Tuesday evening.

Click HERE for the full preview.



Dale are at odds of 7/5 to record victory over Lincoln City with Sky Bet.

Click HERE for full match odds.



Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow. The programme will start at 7.40pm.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

To access commentary/ watch live via your desktop, go through our match centre. The match centre will be located on the home page of the main website ( Once you’ve clicked through, a link will appear on the left-hand side of the page for you to access the commentary. This will appear on the site around half an hour before kick-off.

We will be tweeting live updates from the match, and will go behind-the-scenes with our Instagram Story feature. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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Match Reports

Report: Dale 0-1 Lincoln City (Checkatrade Trophy)

9 January 2018

A late Lincoln City goal saw Rochdale exit the Checkatrade Trophy at the third-round stage, as the visitors to the Crown Oil Arena progressed with a 1-0 win.

Ollie Palmer netted for the Imps in the 88th minute to deny Dale a place in the last eight.

Manager Keith made three changes to the side that lined up against Doncaster Rovers at the weekend, with Joe Rafferty, Harrison McGahey and Bradden Inman

Andy Cannon had the first real chance of the game on 11 minutes, when he curled an effort from 20-yards narrowly wide of the upright.

Dale came close again nine minutes later, when Mark Kitching delivered a dangerous low ball across goal, which skipped past the post.

The visitors had a golden chance to break the deadlock on 26 minutes when the unmarked Matt Rhead was picked out by a cross in from the right. He failed to get enough power on his effort, heading straight at Josh Lillis.

Soon after, Cannon hit over the bar from 18-yards, after good work by Daniel Adshead blocked an attempted clearance from the visitors. The ball fell for Cannon, who struck on the turn.

There were big appeals for a penalty on the half hour mark, when Joe Rafferty went to ground inside the area after taking the ball past his marker, but the referee was quick to say no.

The visitors were looking to utilise the stature of Rhead, and although chances were at a premium for the Imps, he had a second opportunity of the game to get his name on the score sheet when he met a ball to the back post, but he could only steer his header straight at the Dale goalkeeper.

The Imps’ Paul Farman was forced into a save to deny Joe Bunney who sent a powerful free-kick at goal, with the set-piece pushed over the bar by the ‘keeper.


Clear cut opportunities were hard to come by during the second half as the two sides defended resolutely.

Rochdale had the first chance of the period, when Calvin Andrew headed just wide of the upright from a corner, before Lillis was forced into a save to deny Alex Woodyard, who stuck from 20-yards.

Keith Hill made a double substitution on 70 minutes, with Andrew and Daniel Adshead making way for Jordan Williams and Callum Camps, before a third and final change came 11 minutes later, as Ian Henderson replaced Rafferty.

The Imps finished the half strongly and took a late lead through Ollie Palmer in the 88th minute, who finished from six-yards after latching onto a low ball in from the left.

Two minutes later, and in the last chance of the game, they came close to adding a second, when the ball ricocheted into the path of Harry Anderson, who lifted the ball up and over the outrushing Lillis and onto the top netting.

Dale threw men forward late on, but couldn’t find an equaliser that would send the game to penalties.


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