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Lincoln City have been a steadily improving team over the last few seasons and may be one of the teams in with a chance of challenging for the Northern Division title this time around.
One player who is certain to be a key figure in their campaign is England under-17 midfielder Jade Moore, who is rated as one of the brightest young prospects around.
Jade was a part of the Lincoln team which opened up the season with a 2-1 victory against newly promoted Crewe Alexandra and she told Women's Soccer Scene that her team can get better. "We didn't play to our best but we got a win," admits Jade. "The result was the most important thing.
"Crewe must have worked really hard for the game as they were ready and well prepared. It was good to start with a win but the worst thing is that we don't have a game this week."
Lincoln finished in fourth place last season after a good finish and Jade is setting her sights higher. "We're looking for promotion!" she smiles. "At least, to get further than we have got before. If we can finish higher than fourth place, we'll have done well as last year we had a good season."
Last season was Jade's first with the Lady Imps, after joining from Doncaster Rovers Belles, and a series of good performances won her international recognition at the age of 15. However, she is not getting carried away with her early success and is keeping her feet on the ground. "I did quite well last season," she says modestly, "so I must keep up the hard work to try and keep playing well, and keep my place in the team."
When asked about the main title challengers in the Northern Division this season, Jade is convinced the race will be an open one. "The strong teams from last year should be there again - Tranmere Rovers, Liverpool and hopefully us," she replies. "Newcastle have started strongly but our league is always close."
Jade made her debut for England under-17 in last year's Nationwide tournament, in which she finished a winner. "The tournament was good and I really enjoyed it," she says. "It was a great experience - we got better as we got used to each other and it's always nice to win of course! I played the full game against Holland at the end of the season and, although we lost 1-0, we played well on the day.
"My ambition is get to into the Premiership with Lincoln and to cement myself further into the England fold."
Photo of Jade Moore courtesy of www.ladyimps.com
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