6 March 2012
Established in 1995, Lincoln Ladies are yet to taste glory in the Women's FA Cup, but will be looking to set the record straight this season, starting with their opening tie, a mouthwatering fixture, against Arsenal Ladies on Sunday.
It was in fact their London rivals that put an end to the Lady Imps best run in the competition, during the 2007 – 2008 season after a toughly fought match in front of a crowd of 3,000 at The Sincil Bank Stadium. The hosts eventually lost 5 -1, and Arsenal Ladies went on to win the cup, beating Leeds in the final.
The next season saw the Lady Imps initially go out of the competition in the fourth round, to Curzon Ashton, who secured a 1 – 0 victory over the Lincoln side. But, after their opponents were found to have fielded illegible players, the Lady Imps were reinstated and went on to beat local rivals Nottingham Forest, before losing out to Chelsea in the quarter final stages.
There was plenty of cup drama for Lincoln Ladies during the 2009 – 2010 season, after a third round tie at home to Newcastle had to be decided on a penalties. With the sides unable to be split after their first five, the responsibility of seeing the Lady Imps through fell to Stacey Aisthorpe, who having already scored twice, slotted home the vital spot kick during the sudden death shoot out. The Ladies beat Sheffield Wednesday to progress to the fifth round, but went out of the competition to an extra time winner away at Blackburn Rovers.
Last season the Lady Imps were involved in one of the shocks of the round, going out at the first time of asking to Women's Premier League outfit Sunderland, but are keen to put that to the back of their minds when they take on favourites Arsenal this weekend.