It was a night for debutants at Sincil Bank, with Jefferson Louis and Louis Almond scoring in a 3-3 thriller against Braintree Town.
Jefferson Louis opened up the scoring for Lincoln in the first minute of play, giving the Imps a great start to the game with a headed goal within 40 seconds.
However the fantastic start was short lived when Jai Reason equalised with his first touch of the ball.
Both sides continued to show attacking football in the early moments of the game but neither of them could convert in front of goal. Jean Francois Christophe came closest for Lincoln forcing Braintree’s keeper Nathan McDonald to make an acrobatic save.
Towards the end of the half it was clear that both Lincoln strikers, Richard Pacquette and Conal Platt, were becoming a closely knit team by exchanging passes and forward movements. Pacquette came the closest of the pair by narrowly missing latching on to a low cross.
The start of the second half started very much like the first, with Reason scoring directly from a corner kick putting the visitors a goal in front.
However Lincoln’s Tyrone Thompson scored with a 25 yard strike within 30 seconds of the restart which took the score to 2-2.
Braintree almost replied instantly with Reason almost grabbing himself a hat trick but his shot was just wide of the goal.
Braintree kept the pressure on, as substitute Brad Quinton struck the post from a freekick on the edge of the ‘D’ which Britt Assombalonga quickly reacted to, and converted to make the score 3-2.
Debutant, Louis Almond, leveled the game 2 minutes into stoppage time with a low drilled shot in a crowded box, helping Lincoln grasp a vital point after an impressive performance from the Imps.
Assonbalonga was then dismissed in the 95th minute after receiving a second yellow card for diving inside the Lincoln box, only adding insult to injury for Braintree after coming so close to three points.