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Glen Harris calls on Lincoln Ladies to find their form again

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 25, 2012

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Return: Lady Imps defender Casey Stoney is back in contention after serving a one-match ban

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Lincoln Ladies face a crunch eight days as they look to re-ignite their season.

The club endured a disappointing return to action last Sunday following the mid-season break in the Women's Super League.

Glen Harris's charges headed over to Birmingham and fell foul of a 3-1 defeat which left them just above Liverpool and Doncaster in the table.

But with games against those two teams coming up over the next week the Lady Imps are perfectly placed to get back in the mix.

"It was a disappointing defeat to Birmingham," said Harris. "On reflection they deserved the win. They were stronger than us both physically and mentally and we did well to keep the score down.

"I was very disappointed, especially when I consider the preparation we put in for the game.

"There were a lot of times where we weren't at it.

"But the girls have a good attitude and we will be talking this over, because we know with games at Liverpool on Sunday followed by a trip to Doncaster the following Thursday, we can get back in the mix again."

With the Lady Imps in the lower half of the table, Harris is looking for a strong finish from his side.

Harris is well aware that they need to show they can cut it in the division if they want to attract players next season.

"The biggest disappointment about last weekend was that a win would have really put us in the mix," said Harris.

"At the moment the league is very tight, so we will be aiming for six points over the next couple of games as they are against sides who are below us.

"We don't want our season to just fade away. We need to keep going to show we are team which means business in the league.

"It always has been said that we are work in progress with a number of youngsters and older players in the mix, but we want to keep pushing forward and people need to see us as an attractive club."

Crucially, revenge against Birmingham will be on the menu for the Lady Imps, with their Continental Cup semi-final clash against the Blues coming hot on the heels of the two league fixtures.

"It is crucial we get ourselves in the right shape over the next two games," said Harris.

"We have a chance to avenge the defeat from last Sunday quite quickly, so it is important we find our feet."

Looking ahead to Sunday, Harris is pleased to report no injuries and welcomes back Casey Stoney, who was suspended for the last game.

Also in contention are Martha Harris and Emily Roberts, who have been away with an England under-19 training camp.

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