Lincoln City will play host to Everton Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy this season after the Toffees were drawn out of the hat to feature in Group G of the much-maligned competition, also alongside the Imps’ other opponents Mansfield and Notts County.
The men from Merseyside will head to Sincil Bank on the week of October 2, while Danny Cowley’s men travel to Mansfield in late August and will face Notts County at home in early November.
Following the group stages, the next two rounds will also be regionalised, while there will be no geographical restriction from the quarter-finals onwards.
There is also potentially nearly £250,000 in prize on offer for a team who triumphs in all three games and then goes on to win the tournament, while every club receives a £20,000 participation fee.
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) July 12, 2017