As we enter into Lockdown 2 and the temporary suspension of the FAWNL season, Lincoln City Women manager, Richard Cooper reflects on the season so far which he says has been a largely positive one and signs are looking good for the future.
As I write our first team are sitting fifth in the FAWNL Division 1 Midlands with a game in hand on the leaders having had a tough start to the season. If we were to win this game, we would go second so, it’s not been a bad start to the season at all in the league. Our game against the league leaders Wolves recently narrowly ended in defeat conceding a 90+9 winner that was hard to take but shows how close we are to the benchmark club at this level. Our league form is coupled with two excellent Women’s FA Cup ties behind us to progress to the 1st Round Proper for the second successive season and a very good draw awaiting us, with the visit of Solihull Moors Women when we get back underway, so we have every chance of venturing further and deeper into the competition.
Our Reserve Team continues to hold their own in an extremely competitive league with some very big clubs and with a step up in quality this season, the players have really risen to the challenge. They have pushed the likes of Stoke City and Leicester City to the limit, whilst maintaining a mid-table position with some convincing wins also. This just goes to show what quality we have throughout the Club now as we continue to progress and move forward on the pitch.
Off the pitch our board also continues to grow and become stronger as the Club develops rapidly. At times it is difficult to catch your breath as just over two years ago the Club was competing in the East Midlands Regional League and here we are now talking about being serious title contenders and having our sights firmly set on the Women’s Premier League, over the next 18 months. It is certainly exciting times and an exciting Club to be a part of.
Everyone at Lincoln City Women FC hope you all take care and stay safe in these difficult and testing times for so many of you and we can all join together in looking forward to hopefully more balanced and calmer times ahead.