Jim Carratt, a senior accountant at Nicholsons, is an avid Lincoln City supporter and gives us a summary of the pre-season games.
New signings Harry Toffolo and Bruno Andrade made their debuts in a preseason that put Lincoln up against 3 Championship clubs.
With a number of trialists, a 3-1 defeat against a strong Norwich side which included an own goal from former city star Sean Raggett wasn’t too disappointing. A 1-0 defeat followed, with a goal from record signing John Akinde starting for the first time v Sheffield Wednesday – the away side bringing almost 3,000 fans. Akinde looked strong with ever improving fitness and should be a great capture.
Another 1-0 defeat followed to newly promoted Blackburn Rovers but the re-signing on a season long loan of young centre half Scott Wharton lifted the mood.
A 4-1 win at Boston United, with Northern Ireland international Shay McCarten on a season long loan from Bradford City scoring on his debut.
The final friendly away at Scunthorpe finished a solid preseason against stronger opposition. A number of positive signings will give high optimism to the record number of season ticket holders in what we all hope is a promotion winning season.
Jim’s next report will give us a summary of the first part of the season.