Lincoln United lost their final pre-season home fixture 1-0 to in-form Gainsborough Trinity at the Sun Hat Villas stadium yesterday.

A 22nd minute strike from winger Wafula sealed a Holy Blues’ victory which followed their heroics on Thursday evening when they overcame Grantham Town 3-2 to reach the final of the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup.

The Whites welcomed new signing Phil Watt to a back four which featured fellow central defender James Blunden making his first start of the pre-season campaign.

This allowed skipper Sean Wright to move into midfield alongside the experienced Andy Toyne and Rob Norris.

The visitors fielded a number of players fighting to secure their future before boss Dave Frecklington reduces his squad by four.

The United defence was put under early pressure although Callum Ward at full back was able to deal with the attacking force of Bradley Wells.

Sean Cann looked dangerous on the break for Sam Wilkinson’s men although his team could not create any clear-cut chances.

Sean Wright had a golden opportunity on 10 minutes to put the Whites in front but his header from a Rob Norris corner only found the side netting.

After 22 minutes Trinity danger man Wafula took advantage of a defensive mix-up in United’s defence and struck a left footer across the goal beyond the reach of Jake Turner into the far corner.

Blunden threatened the Trinity defence with a flying header five minutes before the break followed by a individual run from Robinson who was eventually outnumbered by the opposition defenders.

A number of substitutions were made by each side in the second half as both managers gave their charges the opportunity to get some valuable game-time in their legs.

Dave Frecklington’s men were not put under any undue pressure after half time.

They hit the post after 75 minutes and goalscorer Wafula continued to be a threat.

The game proved to be an excellent workout for both sides as they prepare for battle in their respective leagues next month.

Lincoln United have won one and lost three of their opening games all to higher-league opponents.

They travel to Collingham FC on Tuesday aiming to create more chances and add to the one goal they have scored so far.

After four matches in the space of only a week, Gainsborough Trinity continue their pre-season fixtures when they welcome Mansfield Town to the Northolme on Tuesday evening.

Peter Hayward

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