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NEW SIGNINGS SETTLE IN AT ASHBY AVENUE

Lincoln United’s four summer acquisitions have already made a big impact on the Whites’ quest for promotion from the Evo-Stik Division One (South) League this season.

Competition for places is fierce as the squad, put together by boss Sam Wilkinson, now boasts two players fighting for each position.

The first signing of the summer was former Sleaford striker Ryan Oliver who has been a prolific scorer in the United Counties League over several seasons.

Oliver said: “When Sam Wilkinson asked me to join the club I knew it was a no-brainer. I knew it would be a great move.

“I came here with the ambition of winning promotion.

I feel I can play a big part in the team.”

Former Lincoln City defender, Phil Watt, joined the Whites from Belper Town last month.

Watt made a number of first team appearances for the Imps and brings experience and leadership qualities to the squad.

He said: “My game is based on controlled aggression and organisation although I also have an eye for goal.

Lincoln United is a forward-thinking club and I want to be part of it.”

Wing back Scott Matthews is now enjoying his third spell at the Sun Hat Villas.

A serious injury kept him out of action for most of last season but the former Scunthorpe youth player is now back to full fitness.

Matthews said: “The way this club is run is fantastic. From top to bottom it is one of the best in the area.

I feel fully fit but realise I will have to be patient to take my chance.

Looking at the quality of the squad, there is no reason we can’t reach the play-offs.”

Twenty-two year old Jack Wightwick completes the quartet of new signings at United.

The former Spalding winger will very soon become the fans’ favourite according to manager, Sam Wilkinson.

Wightwick said: “We play the right type of football here which allows me to express myself.

My aim is to cement my place and score 20 goals.”

Wightwick sealed a 3-1 victory for his new team at Chasetown at the weekend with a clever back-heel. Watt opened the scoring just before half-time with striker Matt Cotton grabbing the second.

On Saturday the Whites host Belper Town in the preliminary round of the F.A. Cup, kick off 3.00 pm.

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Peter Hayward

sportslinc@hotmail.com

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