LADIES REPORT: LINCOLN 2 CHELSEA 0
Chelsea Ladies fell to defeat at Lincoln, conceding a goal in each half to lose the game 2-0.
The home side were in front within 19 minutes. A dangerous Horwood corner swung in towards goal; Carly Telford was unable to punch clear and the ball floated over everyone and into the back of the net.
Four minutes later Lincoln almost doubled their lead. Jess Clarke's dangerous running won them a corner, and the resulting kick fell to Sweetman-Kirk whose header was blocked. The ball was then played back into the striker who took it down before poking it past the onrushing Telford, who managed to get something on the ball, stopping it going in. Whelan followed up, only to be denied by Telford again, and the loose ball was cleared off the line by Hannah Blundell.
As the game passed the half-hour mark, we had our best chance to equalise. Helen Ward pounced on a loose ball following a mix-up in the Lincoln defence, but as she raced through on goal she was denied by a good save from Bardsley in the Lincoln goal.
Just before the hour mark Telford almost gifted Lincoln a second. Whelan chased down a back pass, the 'keeper only kicking it as far as Sweetman-Kirk, she played it back to her strike partner, but Whelan was unable to beat Telford who had recovered.
Shortly after, we hit Lincoln on the counter-attack. Sofia Jakobsson beat the offside trap out wide and pulled the ball back, but her delivery was too far behind Yuki Ogimi.
Billson then presented us with a great chance to equalise, the striker conceding a free-kick on the edge of her box. Ogimi took the set-piece, but could only fire high over the bar.
As the minutes ticked down, Lincoln doubled their advantage and put the game to bed. Another Horwood corner caused panic in the Chelsea defence and substitute Cantrell added the finishing touch to make it 2-0.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Carly Telford; Hannah Blundell, Katie Holtham, Sophie Ingle, Helen Bleazard (Dunia Susi 46), Ester (Laura Coombs 69), Danielle Buet; Yuki Ogimi; Eniola Aluko, Helen Ward (Drew Spence 59), Sofia Jakobsson
Subs not used: Marie Hourihan, Kylie Davies, Jodie Brett, Rosella Ayane.
Referee - M Hutchinson
Attendance - 259