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Arsenal Ladies are the defending Continental Cup final holders but Lincoln City Ladies soon to become Notts County Ladies could give the Cathedral City at least one more honour before they wave Impdom goodbye leaving the city without a women’s Football club for the foreseeable future.
Arsenal will be the favourites if League form is anything to go by, but the LadyImps who reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup have done well in the Cups despite an inconsistent season that sees them second from bottom with a game to play. Arsenal traditional runaway leaders in the Women’s game can do no better than third this season after losing three points due to an illegible player.
Both fixtures have been draws this season with the most recent on 5th September finishing 0-0. Lincoln Ladies are the only adversaries that Arsenal have failed to beat this season, thanks to the meanest defence in the ladies game. The Gunners have won 39 trophies in their illustrious 21 year history while the Lady Imps have yet to lift any silverware with club’s soul triumph being the surprise granting of a Women’s Super League franchise. It’s certainly
David V Goliath this one. Good luck Lady Imps and goodbye!
Lincoln City ladies have signed Precious Hamilton from Doncaster Rovers and Meaghan Sergeant from Arsenal Ladies. Precious is an England Under 23 international who should develop well alongside new acquisitions Collette McCallum and Laura Alleway, who are both Australian internationals.
Precious was ever-present for the Belles last season, and after a string of impressive performances has now made the short trip down from local rivals Doncaster, to link up with her new teammates.
Capped at the England Under-23 level, Hamilton has been a part of teams that have conquered some of the world’s best, including arch rivals Germany in 2010.
Now she joins a group of players that have their eyes set on silverware next season.
LLFC Manager, Glen Harris is excited to have captured Hamilton, whom he believes can become a hit with the fans.
“It’s brilliant to have Precious here. She’s an interesting and exciting player to watch, and I think that the fans will enjoy seeing what she can do”
Along with Hamilton, Harris brings in Meaghan Sargeant who has spent nearly 2 years at the Arsenal academy and playing for Arsenal reserves as well as being a regular in the England U.19 set up.
“Meaghan is a tall, strong, quick defender who can play anywhere across the back line and is one of the brightest young prospects in the country. I have seen her develop as a footballer through the centre of excellence programme at Sheffield United and I am delighted that we have signed her for the forthcoming super league season” said Harris
He went on to add “Having recentIy watched her in Holland playing for the u.19’S V France and Holland and she was the stand out player. I know with her working alongside experienced quality England players her game will develop and I fully expect her to be challenging for a starting place.”
“These are two great players, and I think that everyone else in the league will have to take notice now. This is a fantastic sign of our intentions, especially considering that we faced opposition from other clubs for the girls’ signatures”.
Lincoln Ladies manager looks to push the club forwards under his
stewardship.Harris, who took over at the end of the last WSL season, has
introduced Paul Campbell, Hannah Dingley and Dean Wheatley to the team
as he prepares for the new season next year.
Paul Campbell will be the new Strength and Conditioning Coach, and
having worked with the first team squad since last September, he
already knows what to expect in his new role.
He said: “It is a real pleasure to work with the ladies on a regular
basis. They’re a very hard working group of players with a lot of
focus in every session.
“My experience of the WSL last season was excellent and I am really
looking forward to what the next season brings. There is a lot of hard
work to do between now and the start of the season but the ladies have
started very positively and are progressing well so far”.
Hannah Dingley is a UEFA A licenced outfield coach, as well as holding
a B licence in coaching goalkeepers. She will now be taking up the
role of First Team Coach, having previously held this position at
Nottingham Forrest Ladies.
The prospect of working alongside Harris is something that she said
influenced her decision to join the Lady Imps, despite reaching the
Premier League Cup Final with Forrest only last season.
“Lincoln Ladies FC not only have some of the best players in the
country, but also have one of the best youth systems. Glen Harris has
a reputation of being an excellent coach and he wants to play the game
the right way and I think Lincoln offers me the best opportunity to
develop as a coach”.
It is not just the team that excites Hannah though, as she looks ahead
to challenging for the WSL title next season.
“It is a fantastic challenge to be pitting your wits against some of
the best coaches in the country. All the players are obviously
technically very good however at this level it is about getting teams
to gel and play together as a team”.
Last and definitely not least, Dean Wheatley has been appointed as the
club’s new Technical Consultant, as he returns to the club after
almost 17 years.
Dean also worked for Lincoln City Football Club for a decade before
moving abroad where he headed football in the Northland region of New
Zealand where he was also head coach of second tier side, North Force
Now he returns to his hometown to a club that has grown, to say the
least, since he was last a part of the set-up, where he will take up a
very different role this time around.
“My title is Technical Consultant which covers a broad range of things
from working with Glenn with the 1st team, which will be one of my
priorities, to working with the coaches and players in the Centre of
“It’s brilliant to be a part of the team regarding the upcoming
season. We have some great players here and will be looking to achieve
something this year after the very positive first year last year.