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Lincoln City have signed Jamaican-born winger Jordon Garrick on loan from Championship club Swansea City until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed successful loan spells at Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle in recent seasons.

Garrick joined Swansea’s youth team in 2015 before making his full debut in the 2019/20 season in which he made 14 appearances. During his breakthrough season he scored three goals.

Imps fans may already be familiar with Garrick as he scored for Swindon in a 2-2 draw against Lincoln at the LNER Stadium last year.

Garrick said: “I’m super happy to be here – I’ve been at Swansea now for 10 years and it feels like this is the right club to take my career to the next step.

“I spoke to Liam Cullen, who was on loan here last season, he said it was a great group of lads and a well-run club. He said how passionate the fans are and spoke nothing but positively about the club.

“The head coach was a winger and someone I feel I can learn off. He speaks really highly of the fans, the staff and club in general.”

Team spirit once again shone through for the battling Boston Buccaneers as their rugby league season ended with a 60-34 home defeat against a combined Sherwood Wolf Hunt and North East Worcestershire Ravens.

It was a difficult season for Boston who won one of their four games in the Midlands Merit League, but also saw four cancelled by the opposition which made it difficult to build consistency.

Despite this, Boston never let their heads dropped and the lads that played in each game wore the shirt with pride and battled hard for the full 80 minutes.

After several weeks without a game, the Buccaneers were keen to get back on the pitch. At one point the fixture looked in doubt as the Ravens were said to be struggling to field a side, but in the end joint opposition meant the game could go ahead.

With coach Jim Dearing unavailable for the final league game of the season, it was down to club stalwart Mark Bean to steer the ship.

Captain John Stanfield crossed for a hat-trick of tries for Boston in their final league game of the season. | Photo: David Dales

Despite a couple of late pull outs the Buccaneers still had a good squad on paper with a mixture of veterans and players making their debut. Debuts were handed to Lewis Himsworth, Bruno Hall, and Kieran Lynch.

The game started at pace with neither team able to complete their sets due to handling errors. However, it was captain John Stanfield who broke the deadlock after five minutes as he beat three players to score a great individual try, which Tom Balderstone converted.

The next 10 minutes saw both teams trade tries, with Buccaneers’ full-back Matt Cuthbertson outpacing the defence to dab down in the corner. This was shortly followed by captain Stanfield crossing for his second try of the match, this time from close range.

Forwards James Griffin and Kieran Lynch made the hard yards in the middle of the park, as did Lewis Wilson and Sam Jewers.

Despite their battling display, the Buccaneers were unable to stop the younger and quicker visitors who made the best use of the offload to exploit gaps in the home defence.

Boston’s James Griffin charging at the defence. | Photo: David Dales

The half-back pairing of Jimmy Underwood and Ciaran Thompson linked up well, but attacks were swiftly snuffed out.

Boston centre John Hummel came close to scoring late in the first half but was denied by a penalty. The Buccaneers were also down to 12 men after a yellow card was given to Rory O’Sullivan, with the hosts narrowly trailing 22-16 at the break.

The second half saw both sides exchange possession, but unfortunately key injuries to Underwood and Wilson made things challenging for the home side.

Dan Piggins and Will Scupham, together with loose forward Thomas Henry, pressed hard but to no avail.

The game was turned on its head in a frantic two minute spell which saw the visitors run in four tries to kill of any realistic hope of a Boston comeback.

Lewis Himsworth in action on his debut for Boston. | Photo: David Dales

Despite the scoreline the Buccaneers never gave in with George Baldwin and debutant Lewis Himsworth really taking the game to the visitors.

The Buccaneers pressed hard to try and add to their score in the closing stages of the game. Prop James Griffin barged his way over the line for a try to reduce the deficit.

Boston’s man-of-the-match captain Stanfield then ended a jinking run with a try to complete his hat-trick.

The final two tries both came from skilful kicking. Prop Scupham kicked cross field for winger Hummel to gather and score.

Not to be outdone, Boston second row Jewers chipped the winger for Hall to out jump defenders and cross for a debut try before the end of the match.

Lincoln bare knuckle boxer Nathan Decastro is training hard for what he said is “the biggest fight of my life” and will use the first defeat of his career as motivation for “a war with two fighters who will go through hell for victory”.

The 31-year-old had a perfect record of 16 wins and zero losses in professional boxing before making the switch to the bare knuckle variant of the sport in recent years.

After wins against Conan Barbaru and Paul Hilz led him to his first British title with Britain’s only bare knuckle promotion BKB, he unfortunately lost on points to veteran James Connelly in April.

This has made him more determined than ever for his next fight at the ‘world’s smallest combat arena’ The Trigon, which is a triangle ring at The O2 in London on Sunday, October 16. There will not be a BKB bout in October as the fight against Lorawnt-t Nelson is under the rules of BYB Extreme Fighting Series.

The next fight will see Nathan take on South Africa-born Lorawnt-t Nelson, who has had 50 professional fights in six different disciplines, and Nathan is under no illusion of how tough the fight will be.

Lincoln’s bare knuckle boxer Nathan De Castro. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincoln’s Nathan Decastro will be fighting South Africa-born Lorawnt-t Nelson (pictured) at The Trigon at The O2 in London.

Nathan told The Lincolnite: “He’s a come forward aggressive fighter like myself, so this fight will be war. He knocked out Ricardo Franco from Gainsborough in his last fight, who was a former world champion.

“It won’t go the distance (five three-minute rounds), it will be a knock-out and I just have to make sure it’s me that gets it. Neither of us will run around the ring, we’ll stand off in the middle.

“I am buzzing for the fight, I can’t wait. It’s a good opportunity for me to showcase how good I am.

“On the night (of my last fight), the better man won. I had personal problems leading up to it and also a broken rib, but that’s no excuses, the better man won. This time is about redemption and proving how good I am and that I’ve still got it.”

Nathan Decastro celebrating his victory in the British BKB title fight against Paul Hilz. | Photo: Teereskah

When asked about the different rules and whether fighting in a triangle ring will affect his approach to the fight, Nathan said: “It will be better for me. You have to fight and there’s not much room to move.

“BYB is similar to BKB, but in a triangle ring. You can clinch and hold and hit in BYB and it will be a really good fight.

“My approach will be the same as any other fight, training 2-3 times a day at Bracebridge Boxing Club. I’ve upped my level a bit with the training as this is the biggest fight of my life. Losing hurt me bad and I need to show I can come back after a loss.”

Nathan won’t let the first defeat of his career stop him from getting back into the ring. | Photo: Brooklyn Freeman

Since the defeat against James Connelly, Nathan admitted he’d been having takeaways almost every day and been hitting the booze, up until about two weeks ago due to a combination of enjoying post-fight life and because of the loss hurting him and taking a while to sink in.

Nathan, who runs his own business Tudor Building & Roofing Services Ltd, said: “But you can’t sit there and moan, you’ve got to get on with it. I’m not 100% yet, but mentally I feel great and I’m getting in good shape. I am getting faster, fitter, and stronger in the gym.”

Nathan (right) sparring with his dad and head coach Frank (left). | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

After confirming this definitely won’t be his last fight, as he plans to keep going for at least another year, Nathan had a message for his fans.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supports me. The support has been incredible and they are great people who have my complete and utter respect. Everyone is so good towards me and I’ve had lots of calls and messages after fights.

“I’d also like to thank my dad Frank for always believing in me from day one, even when no-one else did. I feel like I could reach the top of a mountain with him and we’ll get this victory together. I’d also like to thank Denny Oliver and Bracebridge Boxing Club for his support.

“I just want everyone to know that no matter where you come from, or what obstacles, illnesses, mentally or physically, they have that with the right mindset anything really is possible. Never give up on your dreams.”

Tickets for the fight are now sale priced at £30 (standard) and £50 (Kings Row), with VIP ringside with a private bar available for £100. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Daniel Roberts on 07858 177988.

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