Lincoln finished off their preparations to the season with a resounding 7:2 victory against a Torremolinos side that posed few challenges to the Champions’ superiority.
The friendly at the Estadio Municipal ‘El Pozuelo’ in Torremolinos last Saturday saw our boys present an injury-hit eleven against a relatively inexperienced CD Zenit de Torremolinos in what Lincoln manager Raul Procopio called “a training match to clock up some minutes before the Pepe Reyes Cup”.
Despite this, the players were clearly in a hungry mood from kick-off as Lee Casciaro made the most of a defensive mistake to tee up George Cabrera within the first minute.
The early breakthrough led to a period of prolonged pressure with a nervy home side unable to mount any significant response to Lincoln’s slick passing style. After a number of close shaves and goal-line clearances the inevitable happened in the 19th minute. Cabrera found himself in space and returned the favour, setting up Casciaro for him to slot home.
He grabbed his second just over ten minutes later when more poor communication in defence led to him lobbing the Zenit goalkeeper for 3:0. There was still time for two almost identical goals, as new signing Yeray was set up by some intelligent running down the right wing for a couple of tap-ins.
The manager was clearly happy with the boys because in the second period the Champions stepped down a gear, sitting back and letting Zenit come at them. Procopio rang the changes, giving five substitutes a run-out and although Lincoln conceded a couple, they still managed to add the same amount to the already embarrassing scoreline. Jean Carlos got his name on the scoresheet as he made the most of more midfield mayhem while Liam Walker was rewarded for his consistent creativity by netting a penalty seven minutes from time.
On the whole the manager said he was happy with work done on the day: “The team hasn’t trained together that much and obviously the new players will take some time to settle in but overall it was a positive experience.
“This coming week we will be working harder on gelling together the squad so that we are ready to face Europa in the Pepe Reyes Cup on Saturday, which will clearly be a much more challenging encounter.”