After a couple of below average performances to start pre-season, Lincoln United Women, turned up for their friendly match against Grimsby Town. As ever with pre-season, both sides had players missing but it was nice for United to be able to play a friendly that didn't involve rearranged opponents at the last minute.
'The Whites' made the perfect start and were one up inside two minutes. A great ball forward by Demi Barai found the run of Duxbury-Mead who confidently chipped the onrushing keeper from 25 yards, giving the home-side the perfect start.
#TheWhites 1 - 0 Grimsby Town WFC
United continued their positive start and could have extended their lead not long after getting their first. Good play down the right saw the ball pulled back to Churcher who shot first time but her effort struck the bar and away from danger. 'The Whites' were on the front foot both in and out of possession, not allowing Grimsby much time on the ball, Cairns and Nelson in particular down the left were extremely effective; whilst United's other defenders dealt well with the young Amber Sharp up top for 'The Mariners.
It wasn't long before Churcher did get her rewards. Again, build-up play down the right found 'The Whites' playmaker in the area, her shot was too powerful to stop as the Grimsby keeper couldn't get enough on the save to push it over the bar, and the ball dropped the other side of the line.
#TheWhites 2 - 0 Grimsby Town WFC
Two minutes later and it was three. Amy Nelson's tireless work paid off; a ball forward and a flick-on by her striker partner Duxbury-Mead found the young attacker baring down on goal, with good composure Nelson rounded the keeper and passed the ball into an empty net to give United a well deserved three goal lead.
#TheWhites 3 - 0 Grimsby Town WFC
The final 10 minutes of the first half saw more of the same with United pressing well and restricting Grimsby, whilst creating and delivering on good patterns of play in the middle and final third.
Lincoln United FC 3 - 0 Grimsby Town WFC (HT)
The second half was halted minutes after the re-start as both Frankie Wilson and Olivia Smith had to withdraw due to injury and illness respectively. Grimsby came out in the second-half with more purpose and that paid dividends as they found an eqauliseer inside 15 minutes; Wharton cut inside from the left, hitting a good shot towards goal. The bounce and skid off the surface helped speed the shot up and take Gilbert by surprise, the ball nestling in the far side-netting.
#TheWhites 3 - 1 Grimsby Town WFC
The goal for Grimsby spurred United back into gear although the away side did nearly double their tally but a good double save from Gilbert kept the score 3-1.
The final 20 minutes of the match saw'The Whites' compose themselves and dominate proceedings, particularly down the left with Thompson, Nelson and Churcher all playing a significant part. The first interchange found Churcher on the edge of the area but her shift and shot struck the post thankfully for 'The Mariners'. Hopewell then missed a golden chance as the ball fell to her 12-yards but her shot missed the target. Churcher struck the woodwork for the third time as her delicate lob beat the keeper but struck the inside of the post and bounced clear.
United's dominance did result in an extra goal five minutes from time. Churcher and Cairns combined, with the latter delivering a brilliant cross, met by Duxbury-Mead's diving header and giving 'The Whites' their fourth goal of the evening.
#TheWhites 4 - 1 Grimsby Town WFC
On a night which saw a downpour from the 30th minute onwards, a local derby and 80+ strong crowd, Lincoln United Women put in their best performance of pre-season so far and deservedly ran out 4-1 winners.
Lincoln United FC 4 - 1 Grimsby Town WFC (FT)