Christy Pym is expecting the toughest test of Exeter City’s league campaign so far when Lincoln visit St James Park on Saturday.
The Imps, having been beaten by the Grecians in the play-off semi-final last campaign, have strengthened well over the summer adding a number of quality new players to their ranks including high-scoring John Akinde. That has seen Danny Cowley’s side hit the ground running – winning four and drawing one of their opening League Two five matches.
“I think it is going to be toughest test yet, but hopefully we can come through with the three points,” said Christy. They proved that they were a strong test last season. I know they have changed a lot of players but we know the morals of the team and the way they are going to compete on Saturday and it is going to be a tough.
“(John) Akinde has always been a big threat over years when we have played against him. We know what to expect from him. We know the type of game it is going to be and we will prepare for that.
“They are going to want to get one over us for what happened in the semi-final last season so we know it is going to mean a little bit more to them than maybe the league game did last year. However, we will be up for that. Both teams will want the three points as much as each other.”
City have also started the season well. They have won three, drawn one and lost one of their opening five matches. Asked how he would assess his and the team’s start to the campaign, Christy said: “It has been a positive start. There have not been many goals conceded. It was disappointing to lose last weekend (against Mk Dons) in the manner that we did but we have got to move on from that now.
“I think looking back at the games and the goals conceded, I could have probably kept a clean sheet in nearly every game so far so I am bit frustrated not to have done that but also realistic to understand what does happen in a game of football and how games go.
“However, it has been a positive start all round and hopefully we can continue that.”
Up next at St James Park:
City take on Mansfield Town on Saturday, March 30 in a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are cheaper in advance. Click here to buy online.