Danny Mandroiu scored from the penalty spot as the Imps drew 1-1 with King’s Lynn Town in their second pre-season friendly.
King’s Lynn started the match brightly, with Josh Barrett and Ben Isaacson testing the reflexes of Jordan Wright early on.
City soon wrestled back some control however, and Reeco Hackett should’ve opened the scoring after 11 minutes when he was played through by Ben House, but his dinked effort was clawed away by Paul Jones.
Barrett then went close again for the Linnets, with the creative midfielder unlucky to see his curling free kick rebound off a post.
Both sides were threatening in the final third, and as the half-hour approached Charley Kendall tested Jones with a curling shot towards the bottom right corner, which the goalkeeper did well to push away.
King’s Lynn would make the breakthrough however, as after 34 minutes Adam Crowther bundled in Barrett’s excellent free-kick delivery at the back post.
The Imps looked to respond immediately, with Elicha Ahui setting up Kendall from close range, but Jones once again denied the youngster with a smart save.
City quickly got themselves back on level terms in the second half as Danny Mandroiu won his side a penalty after colliding in the box with Kian Ronan.
The Irishman lifted himself from the turf to take the spot-kick, and despite an impressive stop from Jones to deny him initially, Mandroiu thumped the rebound home.
Dylan Duffy looked eager to join his team-mate on the scoresheet as he sent a powerful shot a couple of inches over the crossbar.
Town almost regained their advantage when Ponticelli slid in at the back post, but good defending from Oisin Gallagher and Hayden Cann denied the forward.
Duffy then went close again for the Imps as he showed quick feet to dance past a couple of challenges in the box only to see his stabbed effort rebound off a post.
Ultimately City couldn’t find a winner but will be grateful for another good pre-season test.
City first half: Jordan Wright, TJ Eyoma, Paudie O’Connor, MJ Camara, Elicha Ahui, Jaden Brown, Reeco Hackett, Ben House, Charley Kendall, Ethan Erhahon, Oisin Gallagher.
City second half: Lukas Jensen, Lasse Sorenson, Oisin Gallagher (Elicha Ahui 70’), Hayden Cann, Sean Roughan, Jay Benn, Alistair Smith, Morgan Worsfold-Gregg, Danny Mandroiu, Dylan Duffy, Jovon Makama.
Goals: Mandroiu (54’).