Thursday 12 May 2011
Chelsea entered the mid-season break with three points after beating Lincoln Ladies with a second-half Danni Buet strike.
The Blues travelled to Sincil Bank for the clash, our second with Lincoln this campaign after the home game ended 1-1. It was a tough encounter which saw the hosts dominate much of the possession but it was the Blues who stole three points.
Chelsea Ladies manager Matt Beard lined-up his side in a 4-3-3 formation, with Lara Fay joining Ashlee Hincks and Helen Lander up front.
Chelsea made a bright start with midfielder Drew Spence sending a long-range effort whistling over Nicola Hobbs’ crossbar.
But Lincoln hit back. A troublesome Lea Little saw one shot blocked by Claire Rafferty before being denied by keeper Carly Telford from an acute angle.
Little caused more problems for Chelsea when she charged down a weak clearance from Telford, but the player was unable to take advantage after being pulled up for an infringement.
Telford watched as Smith sent a 20-yard strike skidding wide of the far post. Then, on the stroke of half-time, Smith sent in a dangerous cross which the Chelsea stopper failed to catch, but Lincoln also failed to build on the advantage and the ball went out of play.
Lincoln continued to press in the early stages of the second-half. A magnificent cross-field pass from Sophie Walton sent Smith racing clear of the Chelsea defence, but Telford came racing off her line to belt the ball to safety.
Soon after, Jess Clark’s dangerous free-kick was narrowly missed by Sophie Bradley, with an unsighted Telford only clutching the ball at the second attempt.
Then, in the 59th minute, Lincoln conceded a goal against the run of play.
After Chelsea won a free-kick over 25 yards out from goal, Danni Buet stepped up and found the net with a low shot, beating a poorly-organised wall and Hobbs between the posts.
That lead was almost doubled five minutes later when Gemma Bonner rose above the Lincoln defence to head inches wide.
The hosts threw on new signing from Sunderland, Rachel Furness, in a bid to fashion an equalizer but despite their best efforts, Lincoln struggled to create any real chances.
Their best opportunity saw Lucy Staniforth’s glancing header, from a Sophie Bradley long throw, drift wide of the far post. The game ended 1-0 to Chelsea, who sit comfortably in third place.
Lincoln (4-3-3): Hobbs; Sutcliffe, Bradley, Stoney, Daly; Harris (Horwood 80), Staniforth, Staniforth; Clarke, Little, Smith (Furness 66).
Unused subs Hawke (GK), Barker, Aisthorpe.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Carly Telford; Sophie Perry, Gemma Bonner, Kylie Davies, Claire Rafferty; Danni Buet, Drew Spence, Leanne Champ; Ashlee Hincks, Helen Lander (Shelby Hills 89), Lara Fay (Rebecca Jane 58).
Unused subs Quantrill, Sherwood, Plewa.
Bookings Champ (83)
Goals Buet (59)
Referee N Pratt.