The league is starting to settle down and three points for Lincoln would get them back into the bunch of clubs just above them (one being Chelsea) on 8 points. A defeat for the Imps would leave them looking over their shoulders at the bottom two Doncaster and Liverpool.
Beating Chelsea is easier said than done though as they are having a decent season. The highpoint for them i would say was beating Arsenal in the FA Cup semi final and they were only seconds away from lifting the trophy until a late Birmingham equaliser denied them before the lost they lost on penalties.
They are however the league's entertainers; having scored the most goals but also let a few in. Lincoln have also scored and conceded a fair few, so it had all the makings of a highly entertaining game.The sides had already met once this season when Lincoln gained a good 2-1 away win on matchday one of the continental cup.
Chelsea missed the best chance of the game when one of the strikers missed a decent chance when a ball fell to one of the strikers following a corner, but thankfully from a Lincoln point of view she flicked it over the bar with the outside of her boot. After that chance Lincoln settled a bit more and spent more time in the opposition's half, although neither side created a clear cut chance. Lincoln gained a few free kicks after some uncompromising Chelsea tackles but Lucy Stainforth's deliveries into the box failed to create a chance for the Imps.
I was glad when halftime arrived as it gave manger Glen Harris time to reassess the situation and work out a way to get the Lincoln midfield on the ball more and play in the Chelsea half alot more.
|Glen Harris deep in thought|
A game changing moment happened in the 60th minute. Chelsea gained a free kick about 25 yards out and Danielle Buet stepped up to take it. It was a great effort that crashed against the bar and was cleared to safety; it was a cracking free kick but i am sure that Nic would have had it covered if the ball was on target.
The talking point in the aftermath of the game was regarding some of the comments made by the Chelsea management team in the official match report on the WSL site. I have read it and will give you my views on certain things that he said.
"Lincoln are not a better side than us in my opinion"
(Lincoln have now beaten Chelsea twice this season, once home, once away)
"They didn't win a corner all game and that shows you what kind of side they are"
Goals win games not corners. Not forcing corners doesn't mean you are negative. Could it be that most of our shots were on target and the keeper held them instead of putting them out for a corner?
I understand that football is an emotional game and things do sometime get said in the heat of the moment but this kind of stuff does few favours for anybody. What it has done is written Glen Harris' team talk for the away game with Chelsea, and if twitter is anything to go by the girls will be pretty fired up for that one. A bus load of angry fired up women isn't something i would want to experience.
On a much happier note i just want to say a big well done to Meaghan Sargeant who now goes away with the England U19's for their European championship in Turkey. This does mean that the Imps will miss her for a couple of games but it does mean she will get a decent tan and hopefully help England to win the championship.
291 witnessed the game today. Lets see if we can beat that next week against Bristol on Saturday