Lincoln United FC Women’s put eight past Mansfield Town FC Women’s in a pre-season thrashing on Tuesday night.
It seemed to be all Lincoln throughout the first half, with almost every Church corner finding a Lincoln head.
The game took a turn in the sixteenth minute after a cross from Mansfield’s skipper found a head that lead to a goal – putting them 1-0 up.
Lincoln quickly fired back, finding themselves inside the oppositions box, with Holly Newman face to face with the keeper. The attacker fired the ball straight down the keeper’s throat.
Soon after Milly Seaton found herself one-on-one but was also denied by the Mansfield stopper.
Lincoln finally struck the net through Holly Newman. A deflected clearance by the keeper fell to her and she found herself outside the box with just two defenders between her and a keeper-less goal.
Her effort slung into the top left, beating a keeper struggling back into position and put the Whites level.
The Whites made an early change, brining on Pettit after midfielder Carter was injured in the oppositions box.
They won the midfield battle all of the first half, dominated possession and made sure it was seen in the scoresheet on the stroke of half time, going up 2-1 right before the half – this time through a strike by Murrell finding the bottom corner.
Murrell started the second half fast, looking for her second goal with a shot from thirty yards going just over the bar.
Murrell had the pace on the Mansfield defenders, and it looked like the Whites were trying to expose this.
A Farrow ball over the top to Murrell meant her dangerous start was rewarded as she slotted it to the left of the keeper, putting Lincoln 3-1 up.
She found her third in rapid succession, taking the ball past the keeper and slotting it into the open goal to put the Whites 4-1 up in the fifty-fourth minute.
Chances came at a rarity for Mansfield, with their only real opportunity being the goal they scored.
However, on the other end there were plenty, and they were being capitalised on.
The half-time sub Wilson made it 5 for Lincoln with a beautiful side footed finish from outside the box.
Murrell was subbed, but the Whites showed she wasn’t the only source of goals. Wilson picked up the ball in midfield before slotting it through to Farrow who found the back of the net.
When finally called upon, the Lincoln United defence held strong as Nadina Green chucked in a last-ditch challenge, stopping a one-on-one opportunity.
Wilson, of Lincoln United, found herself through on goal again before she was pushed. The referee pointed to the spot and Churcher buried it to the right of the keeper. 7-1.
With the last knockings of the game, Lincoln United looked to add insult to injury, as Farrow charged into the box. She slotted a ball across that found Hopewell, who comfortably slotted the ball home. 8-1.
From the start it was clear the Whites were the fitter, faster team. They exploited that pace advantage throughout the ninety, and Mansfield couldn’t keep up.
Match report by Luther Odame.