Striker Sean Cann opened Lincoln United’s goal account in their third pre-season fixture with an 80th minute strike which gave his side a 1-0 win over higher-league Grantham Town in last night’s friendly at the Sun Hat Villas stadium.

The former Grantham Town ace seized on Conner Robinson’s slick through ball before cutting inside and steering a left footer beyond the reach of the Gingerbread’s keeper.

It marked a return to winning ways for the Ashby Avenue outfit after successive defeats to Lincoln City and Boston United.

Sam Wilkinson was without Matt Cotton and last year’s player of the season, Luke Hornsey who are both on holiday so winger Ben Fairclough stepped into the right back position as the Whites’ adopted a 4-3-3 formation.

Former Lincoln City youngster Kegan Everington was in the Grantham line-up.

Few chances were created by either side in the first half although the visitors did have the ball in the net just before the break only to see the assistant referee’s flag signify offside.

The home side looked dangerous down the flanks with Kallum Smith and Ben Fairclough sending over teasing crosses which tested the Grantham defence.

Central defenders Sean Wright and Callum Ward were rock steady at the heart of the United defence although they could only stand and watch a powerful 30 yard effort from Alley Thompson scream just wide of Jake Turner’s goal.

Several substitutions were made in the second half, the most telling of which was the replacement of Everington at half-time who was proving to be a growing influence in midfield.

Sam Wilkinson’s men saw more of the ball after the break and their efforts were rewarded when the hard-working Conner Robinson stroked the ball wide to Cann who cut inside and struck home with a sweet left-foot finish.

Five minutes’ later skipper Sean Wright headed just over from a corner.

There was a late scare for the Whites when a 25-yard-pile-driver was tipped over by Phil McGann at full stretch.

It was an excellent all round performance from United which will boost their confidence for Saturday’s home game against Gainsborough Trinity.

Grantham will be disappointed with the result though they used the match to give most of their squad valuable game time.

Peter Hayward


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