Lincoln wing wonders raise expectations

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Lincoln enter the second week of the season with expectations slightly tinged and with realism setting in after a less than auspicious start. Rotherham are behind the Imps and the Leeds game is best forgotten. One positive from the opening week was Adam Watts, who came through the game at Elland Road unscathed.

Manager Chris Sutton will know now, if he didn’t before, that much will need to be done to prevent defensive slip ups as witnessed at the Rotherham game and particularly Leeds.

Simon Grayson's side are in the Championship and City are not, but many fans are starting to think that average League Two attacks may be too much for Lincoln’s dysfunctional back line - time will tell. With highly-rated youngster Daniel Hone out on loan, Sutton can't turn to one of our promising youth products.

To the first game of the season at Sincil Bank, and with typical luck City must now face a side in form; Torquay. Defensive issues are at the forefront of supporters minds once again, but this could be an opportunity for home fans to see Jamie Clapham after he did well replacing Joe Anderson after the half time break at Leeds.

Vastly experienced, Clapham needs no introduction but it is worth mentioning that he is Lincoln born and fans do like to see a local man, even though he comes to City late in his career rather than the other way round. Ian Pearce is injured, although he was not expected to feature in the team at all this season. Otherwise, Sutton would appear to have a full squad to choose from.

Fans will undoubtedly be licking their lips at the prospect of seeing Jarrett and Mustapha Carayol perform at Sincil Bank. These two have provided considerable excitement for the supporters so far, and much more is expected of them. For added piquancy, Carayol has only recently departed Torquay who were not exactly delighted to see him leave.

City and the Gulls must square up again, this time at a tribunal to decide any fee payable for his services. Lincoln have stated that they believe that amount should be nil so expect an exclusion zone in the directors box and a distinct chill in the air.

Up front, young Hutchinson had a run out at Leeds, replacing Scott Kerr. Hutchinson, who was recently granted a contract extension by the club, will no doubt want to make an appearance to show fans what they can look forward to.

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Mustapha Carayol
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