Lincoln Ladies prepare for big day
Feature by Gary Hutchinson
Updated Tuesday, 11th March 2008
The Lady Imps are preparing for potentially the biggest game in the clubs history this weekendEuropean Champions, Domestic Champions and until recently undefeated in competitive action for two years. Arsenal Ladies.
This weekend the footballing giant that is the gunners will be gracing Sincil Bank as our very own Lady Imps are looking to pull off the result of their history by defeating the previously undefeatable.
A few weeks back The Imps beat Blackburn in the FA Cup quarter finals to set themselves up for a fantastic tie against Arsenal, and with the girls battling well at the top of their division as well, it might not be too long before Lincoln has a top flight team to celebrate.
The Imps moved joint top of the Women's Premier League Northern Division with a thumping 5-1 victory at bottom-club Crewe on Sunday, and with leaders Nottingham Forest being held to a 2-2 draw against Sunderland, City are left on level points with their rivals who remain top by one goal difference.
Wilson admitted to local press that finishing the season as champions would represent a fantastic achievement, but would leave all the celebrations down to his players.
"Let's put it this way, if we do end up winning the title, I won't be going out with them" joked the Ladies boss "I expect the celebrations would be pretty wild. As for me, I think I would make a cup of tea and then go and book myself a nice holiday."
Howevr Wilsons thoughts will now be focused on Sunday, and the visit of Arsenal. The game will be played at Lincolns own 'Theatre of Dreams', and it will be the first time this season City, who play their home games at Collingham FC, will have played at Sincil Bank.
Chairman Geoff Adams reckons it will provide Lincoln with the perfect boost ahead of the biggest game in their history.
"I am absolutely delighted the FA have chosen to have our semi-final at Sincil Bank" said Adams. "The girls love to play there. It's a bit of a home from home for us. We always get magnificent support when we play at Sincil Bank."
"That really gives the players a lift and it all bodes well for another good FA Cup performance."
The game kicks off at 3pm, and tickets are £3 adults and £1 children payable on the gate.