Lincoln City’s women’s team are in their first season wearing the red and white we all love so much, and they’re not making a bad start at all.
Their league position is impressive; they’re third with six wins from eight and in a good position to launch a promotion challenge, although Wolves do look good for the top spot this season.
This afternoon, they’ve secured passage to the second round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win away at Leek Town. Their are currently undefeated in the league, making this an incredibly tough test for our women.
Buoyed by the return of Sophie Crosby, who signed from Northern Premier Division leaders Barnsley this week, the girls went into the tie full of confidence. Crosby was a key part of Nettleham’s FA Cup run a couple of seasons ago and is a huge addition to the side. She didn’t play a part in this cup tie but will be crucial over the coming weeks in the league.
The Lady Imps dominated the early part of the game but struggled to put the ball in the net. On 26 minutes Leek took the lead with a debated goal from close range. It certainly wasn’t the reward the Imps deserved, with Abbie Murrell going close on a couple of occasions.
It needed a big 45 minutes after the break for our ladies to get back into the game, but they did just that. Carrying on at the same pace as the first half, they had good chances before Amy Blinkhorn finished off a move created by Abbie Murrell.
Eight minutes from time they were handed the perfect chance to seal the tie when Leek handballed in the box. Eden Pedersen stepped up, but the keeper guessed right and saved the spot-kick (sound familiar).
That meant the game went into extra time and on a chilly afternoon it was the Imps who proved to be more resilient. Seven minutes into the first period of extra time, Abbie Murrell struck from distance to put the Imps in the hat for the second round proper.
Like their male counterparts, home games are at a premium at the moment, but they’ll now be hoping for a big tie back at Ashby Avenue in the second round.