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Lady Imps hold out against Chelsea's late onslaught

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

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Lincoln Ladies rounded off the FA Women's Super League season with a thrilling 3-2 away win over Chelsea.

The Lady Imps were leading 3-0 before midfielder Sophie Walton was sent off.

Chelsea pulled two goals back, but manager Glen Harri, who was axed as first-team manager on Wednesday, did feel the victory should have been more comfortable.

"We played really well and were in cruise control for the first half and started to dominate after the break," he said.

"The sending off didn't seem to change the game, but they then managed to pull one back.

"They then got a dubious goal in injury time, but the scoreline flattered them."

Lincoln deservedly took the lead just before the break when Precious Hamilton found the back of the net.

By the 55th minute Lincoln found themselves 3-0 up, courtesy of goals by Remi Allen and Lucy Staniforth.

Midfielder Walton was sent off for an altercation with a Chelsea player after 65 minutes, and although Chelsea managed to claw two goals back, the Lady Imps held on to take all three points.

The result meant Lincoln finished the season in fifth spot, though Harris felt they could have achieved more.

"It's been a frustrating," he said. We've suffered from a lack of consistency and dropped too many points against teams below us.

"But we have done well against the so-called big teams and that's promising."

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