Carshalton loss still gives me nightmares, says Lincoln City's Jake Sheridan
Jake Sheridan hopes Lincoln City can make amends for last season's miserable exit from the FA Trophy when they begin their campaign this weekend.
The Imps head to Tamworth on Saturday hoping to book their place in the second round with a fifth straight win.
Lincoln fans have terrible memories of last season's competition when they were beaten 3-0 by Ryman League side, Carshalton Athletic.
It was one of City's lowest points in recent history and Sheridan vowed not to let the Imps suffer a repeat performance this weekend.
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"I would never like to experience anything like the Carshalton defeat again," he said.
"I was on the bench that night, but it still lingers in the memory even now.
"It was a bad bad night and I know John Nutter has said it was one of his lowest moments in football.
"That gives you an idea of how bad we were that night and it was embarrassing for the supporters.
"In terms of experiences it was horrible, a real low point.
"But this year we can hopefully put that right. The players who are here now would never allow another Carshalton to happen, that is for sure."
Confidence is currently soaring ahead of the trip to Tamworth, with Lincoln currently on a 10-game unbeaten run.
But having named an unchanged team for the last five games, Imps boss David Holdsworth may reshuffle his pack for the Trophy tie.
With players coming back from injury, he has a number of options to choose from which may lead to noticeable names sitting in the stands.
But Sheridan does not anticipate any problems with that scenario, insisting Lincoln's excellent team spirit will wipe out any toxicity.
"The players who are not in the stands will win you matches because at some clubs it can be awkward and the atmosphere can become poisonous," he said.
"But here there is nothing but 100 per cent support from the lads who are not in the team.
"They all get involved in the banter, they are all very supportive win, lose or draw.
"There is no 'me, me, me' attitude.
"We are all in it together and that's why we are doing so well."
Lincoln have no fresh injury worries, but given how demanding the last few weeks have been on City's legs, Holdsworth may freshen up his starting 11.
Striker Adam Boyd is pushing for his debut after signing a short-term deal last week.
But Colin Larkin and Vadaine Oliver are also vying for a place up front after their impressive contribution from the bench against Hereford.
On-loan Cambridge defender Scott Garner may also figure in defence.
David Morgan and Aristede Bassele, both on loan, may also play a part.