Lincoln 2-0 Accrington: Hosts make winning return to League One
Last Updated: 03/08/19 7:54pm
Lincoln made a dream start to life in Sky Bet League One with a deserved 2-0 victory over Accrington at Sincil Bank.
Michael Connor's header in the 35th minute and substitute John Akinde's penalty nine minutes from time ensured the League Two champions got off to a victorious start.
Accrington almost took the lead just past the half-hour mark when Sean McConville's free-kick skimmed the top of the bar.
The Imps responded by taking the lead when Jorge Grant's corner was met by O'Connor, whose header looped over the defender on the line.
City almost scored early in the second half when Harry Anderson's cross was met by Tyler Walker, who was denied by an incredible save from Dimitar Evtimov.
Evtimov made another stunning stop to deny Michael Bostwick as the Imps pressed for a game-clinching second goal.
That finally arrived nine times from time as substitutes Bruno Andrade and Akinde combined.
After Andrade was bundled over in the box, last season's top scorer Akinde sent Evtimov the wrong way with a typically cool spot-kick.