FA Cup win will help lift Lincoln City spirits - Gary Simpson

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson hopes that securing an FA Cup first round tie against Plymouth Argyle will restore his side's self-belief.

A Ben Tomlinson brace helped the Imps ease past Worcester  in their fourth qualifying round replay on Tuesday.

The hosts' first win in six matches in all competitions earned them a home tie with the League Two side in round one.

Lincoln's recent FA Cup record

  • 2012-13 - Second round replay - Mansfield (A) L 1-2
  • 2011-12 - Fourth qualifying round replay - Alfreton (H) L 1-2
  • 2010-11 - Second round replay - Hereford (H) L 3-4
  • 2009-10 - Third round - Bolton (A) L 0-4
  • 2008-09 - First round replay - Kettering (H) L 1-2

"They kept plugging away, and hopefully this gives them some confidence," Simpson told BBC Radio Lincoln.

"I'm pleased for the players because they have not been at their best the last few weeks, not picking up the wins we've wanted."

Tomlinson put Lincoln in front with a header before latching on to a deep Sean Newton cross to nod home a second before the break.

Newton created a third for the Imps, with Bohan Dixon steering his cross into the top corner.

Simpson heaped praise on Tomlinson after the former Macclesfield and Alfreton Town striker took his goal tally to seven for the season.

"He has been a bit out of sorts the last two or three games, but after that performance I thought he got back to where he was," Simpson said.

"He was back to closing people down, chasing lost causes and keeping them under pressure the whole time."