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Lincoln Ladies boss Glen Harris turns to youth for season finale

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

Lincoln Ladies manager Glen Harris

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Glen Harris is set to give youth a chance to shine in Lincoln Ladies' final two matches of the season.

The Lady Imps face Champions League chasing Everton in their final home match of the season on Sunday (2pm).

With several members of his squad on international duty this week, Harris's options could be stretched.

England trio Casey Stoney, Sophie Bradley and Jess Clarke were on Euro 2013 qualifying duty in Croatia on Wednesday night while Laura Alleway has been playing for Australia.

Harris is hoping Stoney, Bradley and Clarke return injury-free after Alleway picked up a shoulder injury which will rule her out of Sunday's clash.

"Like all managers, you're anxious when the girls go away on international duty," said Harris.

"Casey and Sophie are fit, strong girls so hopefully they'll be okay while I wasn't sure if Jess was going to start.

"Laura has picked up an injury playing for Australia during their tour to America.

"It doesn't sound as serious as first feared, but she'll be out for a couple of weeks and will miss Sunday's game. Hopefully we'll have her back for the last match at Chelsea (on October 7)."

Harris's options have been further diminished after another Australian international, Collette McCallum, left the club and returned home.

"During the mid-season break she went home and I think it made her realise how much she missed it," said Harris. "It's a shame from our point of view because she had done well for us and her left foot gave us some balance in midfield."

With those depleted options, Harris is likely to give some of the squad's fringe players, like youngsters Martha Harris and Meaghan Sargeant, match time.

Martha Harris, a striker, smashed in six goals for the reserves against Newcastle on Sunday while Sargeant is a versatile defender.

"Martha came on in the Arsenal game recently and looked lively while Meaghan is a promising defender," added the Lincoln boss.

"This is an ideal time to try out the young players against quality opposition."

Sunday's game will be proceeded by a the FA Girls' Football Festival at Hartsholme Park.

The festival, featuring football-related activities for girls aged five to 17, starts at 11am.

Girls who take part in the festival will be offered a free ticket for the Everton game.

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