Lincoln Ladies Reserves 2-1 Rovers Ladies Reserves
FA Women's Premier Reserve League Cup
Sunday October 28th, 2012
Rovers Ladies Reserves bowed out of the FA Women's Premier Reserve League Cup following a 2-1 defeat away to Lincoln.
Lincoln started the brighter of the two teams, creating early chances and taking the lead on 12 minutes when Emily Roberts found herself bearing down on goal and she made no mistake with a shot past Chloe Grice in the Rovers goal.
Rovers thought they had levelled on the half-hour mark when Evie Manning scored from a Hollie Kelsh free-kick, but a dubious decision by the linesman ruled the goal out.
The visitors got the goal their play deserved just eight minutes later however, as Ainsley Strickland headed home after great work from Jade Newton down the left.
Both teams made a slow start to the second half, with Rovers failing to find their rhythm. Chances were at a premium at either end, until Lincoln grabbed the winner 14 minutes from time. Martha Harris was pushed by Grice in the box and the striker made no mistake from the spot, slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Rovers pushed for a late equaliser, but their efforts were in vain.
Manager Zac Foley said: “We are disappointed to be out of the cup because I thought we had a real chance of going far in this competition.
“We showed spells of the football we know we are capable of, but only in short periods, which was disappointing.
“Had Evie’s goal stood in the first half, it may have been a different game and we felt it was a poor decision from the linesman.
“We never really got going in the second half and it was a sloppy goal to give away. We have to deal with the consequences and learn from this performance and now concentrate on our league form.”
ROVERS: Grice, Rutter, Newton, Weston, Fuller, Flynn, Kelsh, Moorhouse, Bland, Strickland, Manning (Noori 50).