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Glen Harris eyes top-four spot after tough campaign for Lincoln Ladies

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

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It has not been the season that Lincoln Ladies envisaged when they began their Women's Super League campaign back in April.

Following a storming end to last season, hopes were high that the Lady Imps could challenge for a top-two finish and a place in the Women's Champions League.

But while they have taken points off all the leading sides, including champions Arsenal, dropped points against bottom two Doncaster and Liverpool have proved costly, leaving Glen Harris's side in sixth spot ahead of the final round of matches this weekend.

However, there is still plenty to play for when Lincoln travel to Chelsea on Sunday.

Victory for the Lady Imps and defeat for Bristol Academy at third-placed Everton will propel Harris's side into fourth place and the top half of the table.

"It's not in our hands, but if results go our way you never know," said Harris.

"We can overtake Chelsea if we beat them and Bristol have a very tough game at Everton.

"It would be nice to finish the season in the top half. We had ambitions to be a lot higher than that this year, but consistency has been the problem for us.

"And I know all teams get injuries, but we had injuries to key players.

"We had Bradders (Sophie Bradley) out at the beginning of the season, then we lost Jess (Clarke) for a lengthy period. She was a big loss for us.

"But consistency has been the main issue.

"We've performed against the so-called bigger clubs, but against the lesser sides we haven't quite got to those levels.

"We've got to get that consistency into our game for next season."

Lincoln go into Sunday's clash on a high after a hugely impressive 2-1 victory over Everton.

"The whole team was outstanding," reflected Harris, who is pondering whether to start daughter Martha Harris, who has impressed off the bench in recent games against Arsenal and Everton.

"I was going to start her against Everton," revealed the Lady Imps boss.

"But she was in A&E at 6am on the day of the game with suspected appendicitis.

"It turned out to be a minor thing, but I couldn't take the risk.

"She came off the bench and didn't seem fazed at all.

"She can play left-back, right-back, out wide or up front.

"I suppose for her there's the added element that Megan plays and I'm the manager, but she takes it all in her stride.

"And with people like Meaghan Sargeant, who started against Everton, it shows what young talent we've got in the squad."

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