Lincoln City Women made the first round of the FA Cup in their inaugural season yesterday with a fine 3-1 win away at Sporting Khalsa.
We haven’t covered the women much, not for lack of desire but for lack of time. It’s hard to get to games from Louth when I’ve followed the men’s team the day before and only get two days with my other half, so I have to prioritise the lady in my life, not the group of ladies representing our club.
Yesterday’s result is an excellent return for the women, who faced a side in their division, the FNWL Midlands Division One. A goal by Emily Atkinson and an Abbie Murrell brace secured passage to the next round, but not after Khalsa had levelled things late on.
Murrell is the goal machine, very much like Simon Yeo in the way she plays, looking to get in behind and never afraid to have a dig. She’s bagged 10 goals in the league so far at it’s fair to say in their first season as Lincoln City, the women are impressing. They share a division with Wolves, Doncaster Belles and Burton Albion, but are fifth from 12 having played far fewer matches than most of the division.
Indeed, aside from Wolves who are runaway leaders, the Imps are in a great position to fight for second place. They’ve got 12 points from six and with their games in hand could move into third, one point behind Long Eaton.
Of the two games they have lost, one was against the leaders and the other a narrow 3-2 reverse against Leicester United. Thumping wins against Solihull Moors (7-0) and Doncaster Belles (7-2) have sparked hope that success could come their way.
The FA Cup will offer some further exposure for the women and with Ashby Avenue a good-sized venue any home tie will attract a decent crowd. The next home game is scheduled for Sunday 10th November when Leafield Athletic visit Ashby Avenue, but that’s FA Cup first-round day and the fixture is set to be rescheduled.
If there is an away draw and the Leafield game isn’t played before January, there are currently no home games scheduled before the huge visit of Wolves just after the turn of the year.