Three weeks after returning to football, three training sessions and three friendlies - Lincoln United Women return to competitive action against local rivals Lincoln Moorlands Railway Ladies in the East Midlands Regional Women's League, Trevor Clifton Trophy.
In the lead up to Sunday's fixture, United had played Leafield Athletic, Derby County Community and Notts County - each opponent providing a really competitive match and different challenges in the lead up to the competitive cup competition, after such a long lay-off. Despite the excite around returning to competitive football, United won't be heading into the game with a clean bill of health. Chloe Brock-Taylor, Heather Pettit and Libby Shipham all ruled out through injury. Further unavailability in Amie Barnes-Ford, whilst Lucy Farrow and Abi Ringrose both only returned to training this week.
Manager, Chris Funnell, had this to say on the upcoming match.
"We're all really looking forward to Sunday's match against Moorlands, it's been an age since we played a game in which the result really matters. Saying that, the friendlies we've played in the last three weeks have been hugely important, against very good opposition and, people may see friendlies as 'non-competitive' but to the players and management, the performances and results in friendlies are important. That's shown in these recent matches - the intensity that the team have shown in every showing has been great.
It's disappointing to lose three through injury however, I'm aware of how lucky I am as a manger. I've got six players not in the squad, each and every player would 'walk' into any other team within this division and the one above. Yet, I'm still able to bring a squad of 16 into tomorrow's match, all of them raring and ready to go with fantastic quality to match their desire to get back playing.
Finally, the team know the messages for tomorrow and we're going to come into the match with the aim of getting three points and our group stage off to a good start".