Chelsea and Lincoln earned first points of the season

Both Chelsea and Lincoln Ladies pick up their first point of the 2011 Women’s Super League.

Casey Stoney, 28-year-old Lincoln new comer, returned to South London to face her former Club in the hope of earning her Club’s first 3 points.

Chelsea earned a valuable first point of the season

The game started at a fast pace with both teams attacking either end but Lincoln were showing just that little more pressure, with Lincoln’s number 11, Jess Clarke troubling Chelsea’s left back, Sophie Perry.

There was a definite sign of revenge shown by the Chelsea girls towards their former defender and England international, Stoney, with challenges flying in throughout Chelsea’s half.

After both teams suffering a 1-0 loss on the opening day of the WSL, there were clear instructions from the sidelines, encouraging both sides to push forward and attack the opposition’s goal.

With Hope Powell, the England Ladies Manager, watching from the terraces numerous England internationals such as Chelsea’s Leanne Champ and Drew Spence and Lincoln’s Jess Clarke and Sue Smith felt they had a lot to prove.

The first goal fell to Lincoln, which didn’t come as a surprise to the fans as they were in control most of the first half. A looping cross was put into the box nicely by Sophie Walton for Carla Cantrell to head into the back of Carly Telford’s net in the 35th minute – a well deserved goal.

Even though it was clear that changes in play were needed the Chelsea Manager, Matt Beard, decided not to make any substitutions at half time. However, he obviously gave the ladies a good talking to in the dressing room at half time as the Chelsea girls came out all guns blazing for the second half.

The home side certainly started to impress their fans at Imperial Fields (home of Tooting & Mitcham) by having most of the possession in the first 5 minutes of the second half culminating in the Blues’ equaliser in the 50th minute.

Lincoln’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Chelsea’s full-back, Sophie Perry’s header which was crossed in from a corner. Chelsea always looked dangerous with their set pieces.

It looked like Chelsea were going to steal the points when the fresh legs of Drew Spence were introduced from the bench after 65 minutes.

Many chances passed Chelsea by, with Danielle Buet hitting the crossbar and Lincoln goalkeeper Kay Hawke having to make a few saves too, which left Lincoln manager Rod Wilson very frustrated.

Clearly it wasn’t either team’s day, who still have yet to win a game in this year’s Women’s Super League.

Stephanie Bailey

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