Harrogate Town fought back bravely against Conference Premier side Lincoln City but they fell down 3-2 at the CNG on Tuesday night.
A first half hat-trick from Lincoln striker Nick Wright put Town in the backfoot at half time but Chris Hall and Michael Woods struck back for Town in a better second half performance.
Wright opened the scoring inside a minute as The Imps blasted out of the blocks and he doubled the lead four minutes later after good work by Danny Rowe.
The striker sealed his third as he smashed into an empty net on the half hour mark.
Town boss Simon Weaver gave his side some choice words at half-time and reverted to a wider, more orthodox system.
Hall thrived on his run out and scored his first goal for the club as he headed home Craig Nelthorpe’s cross.
Woods then converted a fine Liam Hardy run with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Weaver said: “They started really well. Went a goal up from a well worked move which was great movement from their centre forward.
“But the second and third goals we could have done something about.
“It’s all about gelling. We have six or seven players who are new and it’s good to have challenges early.
“We have chosen hard games for pre-season on purpose. If we can play well it does stand us in good stead for when we play part-time teams.”
Town’s development squad play Knaresborough Town tonight before the first team are back in action against Blackburn Rover at the CNG on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).