TOM Crawford headed in the equaliser as Hartlepool United fought back to draw their opening home pre-season friendly 1-1 with Lincoln City.
The League One side went ahead through striker Ted Bishop’s fine first-half strike before Crawford nodded in from a corner soon after.
It proved a fine work-out at the sun-drenched Suit Direct Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,348.
New signings Reghan Tumilty, Alex Lacey, Mouhamed Niang, Jake Hastie and Josh Umerah all started while fellow new signings, Callum Cooke and Brody Paterson came on in the second period.
It was a friendly played at a lively pace despite the temperatures.
Pools began brightly enough with Hastie having a shot saved while Umerah went side.
The hosts had a good opening for Tumilty only for the right-back to fire his effort high over the bar at the Simpson Millar Rink End.
The Imps though took the lead when House placed a superb shot into Killip’s top left corner.
Lincoln’s lead was short lived, however.
Hastie should have levelled after being put clear after a quickly-taken free-kick, but Carl Rushworth made a strong save.
But from the resulting left-wing corner Crawford headed in from a central position.
Crawford soon found himself put clear and took a shot on from the edge of the area, his effort going over.
Pools made a couple of second-half changes with Cooke joining Nicky Featherstone in central midfield and a trialist coming on for Crawford.
Sights at goal were few in number with Hastie again thwarted by the goalie when sent through on goal and sub Brody Paterson going wide wit his left foot after a lively move.
At the other end, Killip made a brilliant diving save late on from sub Hakeem Adelkun’s piledriver.
Killip, Tumilty, Niang, Lacey, Ferguson, Featherstone ©, Shelton, Crawford, Hastie, Grey, Umerah
Subs: Letheran, Ogle, Patterson, Cooke, Trialist
Attendance: 1358. 95 away