Foxes were defeated in the second week of the Pygott & Crone Cup, as they lost to Lincoln City Women 5-3. It was a story of what could have been for Foxes, though. They dominated the game for large periods and had some good chances. However, it was Lincoln who ran out winners, thanks to two early goals which turned the game in their favour.
Foxes goals from Emily Brett, Becky McGrother and captain Chloe Young weren’t enough to win the game for the blues but another 90 minutes of action saw lots of positives to take.
Foxes started the game strongly, passing the ball around well and applying the early pressure. However, two quick goals for Lincoln turned the game in their favour.
The first, in the 6th minute was a shot from the edge of the area which travelled quickly towards Amy Burle’s goal. The Foxes keeper could only parry the ball into the net.
Then, after 8 minutes, Lincoln went 2-0 up. A cross from the left hand side looped up high towards Burle’s goal but the keeper couldn’t keep hold of it and it ended up in the Foxes net.
Despite the early setbacks, Foxes remained on top and their good work was rewarded in the 25th minute. Emily Brett was sent through on goal but was brought down in the box after holding off the defender well. She then stepped up herself and confidently dispatched the penalty to the Lincoln keeper’s right.
Lincoln restored their two goal advantage, though, just one minute later. A good ball from the right-hand side found it’s way to the Lincoln left-winger, who placed her finish past Burle for Lincoln’s third. And their fourth came towards the end of the half when a shot from the edge of the box took two deflections and trickled past a stranded Burle.
Straight from the whistle, the second half was a very even affair, with good spells from both sides.
Foxes were first to strike in the second half, after 58 minutes. A great ball in from Lauren Taft on the right-hand side was well cleared by the Lincoln defence at the back post. However, the ball bounced out to Becky McGrother on the edge of the area and her thunderous first time striker found the corner. Foxes were right back in it.
A 5th goal goal, though, for Lincoln extended their lead once more, after 64 minutes.
It was then time for another spectacular Foxes goal, this time from captain Chloe Young. A ball in from the right was well held up by striker Emily Brett. She then laid the ball off to Chloe Young, who took one touch out of her feet and struck the ball sweetly. It dipped over the Lincoln goalkeeper and into the top corner.
That goal made the game 5-3 to Lincoln and, despite chances for both sides, that’s how it stayed.
It was another good run-out for Foxes, in a season which has had far too few games of football. More importantly it was a very entertaining game of football. The sooner spectators can be back in to witness these kinds of matches, the better.