Imps boss prepared to get physical against United
Gary Simpson is preparing Lincoln City for a battle of physical strength as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
The Imps travel to Cambridge United on Saturday hoping to clinch a third successive victory in the Skrill Premier.
United have also made an unbeaten start to the season and like Lincoln have seven points on the board after an impressive opening to the campaign.
Richard Money has recruited heavily in the summer signing the likes of Tamworth duo Richard Tait and striker Adam Cunnington.
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Simpson says Cambridge have spent well and is expecting a hugely physical test.
"Cambridge will be a difficult game," he said.
"I drove to Welling to watch them play and they are a good team.
"They are big and physical, they've spent money and they've signed well.
"It will be another test for us without a doubt.
"But I said to the boys that the next three games, Forest Green, Wrexham and Cambridge will give us a barometer of where we are at this stage of the season.
"We came through the first test against Forest Green and we just have two more to go."
Lincoln head into the game on the back of hugely impressive 2-1 win against Forest Green Rovers who were among the title favourites.
But City produced a gutsy display against the division's big spenders, coming back from a goal down to claim all three points thanks to Waide Fairhurst's double.
It has been Lincoln's best start to a season since the 2006/07 campaign when John Schofield led the club to the League Two play-offs.
Some City fans are dreaming of a promotion push this season, but Simpson says his first target is to reach the magic 50-point barrier.
"We've got seven points, another 43 and it will be a bit more easier meaning we won't have to go through what we did last season," he said.
"As I have said before that is the first and foremost target to get to 50 points.
"If we get to it in February then brilliant, if we get to 50 in January then it's even better.
"That's where we want to be."
Lincoln make the short journey to Cambridge hopefully with Adi Yussuf fit after a niggling hamstring injury.
Striker Nick Wright looks set to be an absentee, however.
The former Mansfield forward is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in the 1-0 home win against Macclesfield.