After the sudden and tragic passing of non-league and local legend, John Wilkinson, it seemed like fate that 'The Whites' next friendly at Ashby Avenue would be against another former John Wilkinson club, Grantham Town FC.
United welcomed back a few faces after their trip to Brigg on the Saturday, Andy Janssen and Josh Nichol but the biggest and most significant return was that of their gaffer, John's son, Sam.
The match started at a frantic pace and it was clear to see Grantham's physicality and ability to do the right things consistently. That paid dividends in the opening 25 minutes for 'The Gingerbreads'. The first goal came from a simple passing pattern that found Grantham's right-back in acres of space, his deep cross was met 10-yards out, Scrivens' header finding the far bottom corner.
#TheWhites 0 - 1 Grantham Town FC
The second goal wasn't far behind. A long clearance from the Grantham keeper wasn't dealt with by Foster and Grantham's #9, Grayson, neatly finished on the volley inside the area.
#TheWhites 0 - 2 Grantham Town FC
By the 19th minute it was 3-0. An identical move to Grantham's first goal saw right-back, Williamson, cross the ball into the centre of the box and Joe Parkin was there unmarked to power the header home past Ross Woolley.
#TheWhites 0 - 3 Grantham Town FC
Parkin had another chance just after 20 minutes; however, a dribble across the box and a drilled shot didn't trouble Woolley in goal. United were defending poorly and showed little quality on the ball, 'The Gingerbreads' could have made it four when Arbon was out-muscled, perhaps fouled, Foster did well to recover and delay but the score was kept to three as Woolley made a low down save with his legs.
United had one half chance in the first half when Jack Mcmenemy recovered a loose ball but his dink over the isolated keeper failed to trouble the goal. However, before the half was out, Grantham were 4-0 up. A direct goal kick was cleared but as the story of the first half, Town were first to the second ball and a flick forward found Grayson 1-on-1, finishing confidently to give 'The Gingerbreads' a deserved and comprehensive 4-0 half time lead.
#TheWhites 0 - 4 Grantham Town FC
Lincoln United FC 0 - 4 Grantham Town FC (HT)
United were better in the second-half, much more assured defensively and showed some quality going forward; early on both Cotton and Liversidge had shots from the edge of the box. 'The Whites' throughout the early stages of the second half were the team in the ascendency but they did rely upon Callum Foster's last ditch block to ensure the game didn't become 5-0.
Liversidge and Baker were starting to make an impact down United's left.A good piece of play between the winger [Liversidge] and Jack Mcmenemy saw Liversidge in behind Grantham's backline but his cross was well blocked to ensure Grantham only conceded a corner.
All of United's significant chances came down the left. Liversidge, Mcmenemy, Cotton and R.Smith all had half chances as the ball flashed across the area, numerous times throughout the second half.
United didn't manage to create any clear cut goalscoring opportunities throughout the second half but they were much better than the first. Grantham, similarly to United, had the odd half chance throughout the second half but the damage had been done in the opening 25 minutes.
As the game ran to a close, songs were sung for John as the match was played in front of a fitting crowd - 327. Whilst the result and first-half performance might not have gone United's way, as a spectacle, the match would have done John proud.
Lincoln United FC 0 - 4 Grantham Town FC (FT)
'The Whites' next pre-season friendly is against Spalding United FC (H), 19:45KO at Ashby Avenue, LN6 0DY.