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Glen Harris wants to take Lincoln Ladies on a European tour

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 30, 2012

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Lady Imps chief Glen Harris has challenged his team to make history by qualifying for the European Champions League.

Lincoln go into their Women's Super League home tussle with Bristol Academy on Saturday (2pm) knowing a win could put them level on points with Birmingham, who currently occupy second spot in the table.

With reigning league champions Arsenal already pulling clear at the top it would appear only one further European berth is up for grabs.

Lincoln have never qualified for the prestigious event since it was launched in 2001.

Arsenal are the only English outfit to have ever won the competition, back in 2006.

"I want us to be challenging for second place in the league and with it European football.

"There is a long way to go of course but we have the ability to qualify and then compete at that level.

"It would be unbelievable for the players, the fans and the city.

"The knock-ons for everyone concerned would be incredible.

"And with the players we have, why shouldn't we be aiming for that level?"

Meanwhile, England international Jess Clarke is expected to make the squad for this weekend's crucial clash.

The winger has been out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Ideally, Harris will give Clarke a 20-minute run-out before hoping to start her against Liverpool on July 7.

"Jess is fighting to be back in the squad," continued Harris. "She has restarted impact training this week and I hope to give her a bit of game time against Bristol.

"If she's not quite ready then she'll certainly be fit for the Liverpool game." With an identical record to Lincoln after six games, Bristol are only one place behind Harris's troops in the table because of an inferior goal difference.

Determined to build on Sunday's solid 2-0 victory over Chelsea, Harris anticipates one of the toughest games of his side's campaign to date.

"It is going to be a really, really tough game.

"They have some sharp players that will really test us.

"They beat Everton 4-0 earlier in the season.

"They have already given us a difficult game this year and we will have to be at our best to beat them.

Following the victory over Chelsea on Sunday, two-goal hero Carla Cantrell said: "We need maximum points from our next two games.

"We had two poor performances before the Chelsea win but this sets us up nicely now.

"We have to buid on the momentum we have created.

"The game against Bristol will not be easy but we aim to win it. Then we will begin to be in a good position before the mid-season break.

"We are still making some silly mistakes and we just need to eradicate and I'm sure we will be fine."

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  • adamcayhall  |  July 02 2012, 9:27AM

    Time for a rethink after Saturday's result, wasn't good :-(