Lincoln United travel to fellow EMWRFL club, Sleaford Town, in their second Trevor Clifton Trophy game. The two sides met earlier in the season, during the now curtailed league campaign with The Whites running out 3-1 winners in the autumn - goals coming from Duxbury Mead (2) and Heather Petit.
Sleaford Town's first game within the competition ended in a goalless draw against higher opposition, Premier Division side, Ollerton Town. Whilst 'The Whites' put eight past Lincoln Moorlands Railway without reply - Murrell and Duxbury-Mead both helping themselves a hat-trick a piece. A win for Lincoln United would see them qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
The Whites have significant absentees from the squad for the forthcoming fixture with Heather Pettit still out injured, alongside Abbie Murrell and Katie Davison but to name a few. The squad however, welcomes back Chloe Brock-Taylor, Amie Barnes-Ford, Abi Ringrose and Lucy Farrow.
Manager, Chris Funnell, had this to say on the upcoming fixture.
"Sunday's game is against an opposition I've faced on several occasions during my time as a women's manager in the past three seasons and so I'm relatively confident in our preparation based on previous experiences. As they did in our last match, back in October, they defend with their lives all over the pitch and endeavour not to give you a second's peace on the ball. We need to move the ball as well as we did first half last week and keep those high standards for 90 minutes.
I'm often asked about how difficult it is to keep players happy and how I manage such a big squad. That's testament to the players, since the return and even before that, every single player has been magnificent and understands all decisions are objective based on the teams needs week by week. This week sees us without some significant players, players of such quality that should they be left out of any other team, I've no doubt there would be noticeable differences; the togetherness and understanding this group of players has, I'm confident in them to go out and continue to deliver our team's messages, hopefully resulting in us getting three points which will ultimately see us through to the next stage of the competition".