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Liverpool 0 Lincoln Ladies 1 (Staniforth 82)
Lucy Staniforth grabbed an 82nd minute winner as Lincoln sealed their first FA WSL victory in the clash of the bottom two at Skelmersdale.
The midfielder headed home Jess Clarke's precise cross late on to leave winless Liverpool rooted to the foot of the table.
But Lincoln were indebted to a series of fine saves from Nicola Hobbs as the Merseysiders could find no way past the inspired goalkeeper.
Kick off was delayed 10 minutes after the Lincoln team bus turned up late after getting lost on the way and the visitors were nearly caught cold on six minutes when Nicki Harding headed against the crossbar and Hobbs' reacted brilliantly to save Katie Brusell's follow up effort.
Then it was Lincoln's turn to go close as Casey Stoney's shot rattled the bar after Sophie Bradley's long throw had caused problems in the Liverpool area.
The woodwork was reverberating again on 24 minutes when the Reds' Cheryl Foster curled a superb free kick over the wall and against the underside of the bar. Hobbs produced a fine double save as she denied Brusell then Kelly Jones following a scramble in the box.
Leandra Little headed wide Sue Smith's corner at the other end before Hobbs thwarted another Liverpool attack when she beat away Brusell's shot in first half injury time.
Lincoln improved after the break but Megan Harris could not break the deadlock when she volleyed over on the hour mark. Danielle Gibbons was making her WSL debut in goal for Liverpool after first choice keeper Andrea Worrall paid the price for her costly mistake in midweek when she fumbled a cross into her own net in the 1-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers Belles. The teenage shot stopper was nearly caught out by Staniforth's 35-yard free kick but she recovered to tip the long range effort onto the bar.
Suzanne Lappin then headed over another great chance for the hosts before Gibbons palmed away Smith's free kick.
The game looked to be heading for a draw when Staniforth grabbed only Lincoln's second goal of the season to secure a much needed victory.
Liverpool: Danielle Gibbons, Vicky Jones, Sam Chappell, Nicky Twohig, Nicky Harding, Kelly Jones, Suzanne Lappin, Lynda Shepherd, Cheryl Foster, Katie Brusell, Ruesha Littlejohn (sub Michelle Evans 69mins). Subs not used: Andrea Worrall, Gemma Watson, Carmel Bennett, Caroline Charlton.
Lincoln Ladies: Nicola Hobbs, Mel Sutcliffe, Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney, Rachel Daly, Jess Clarke, Megan Harris (sub Bonnie Horwood 75mins), Sue Smith (sub Sophie Barker 90mins), Sophie Walton, Lucy Staniforth; Leandra Little. Subs not used: Kaye Hawke, Stacey Aisthorpe, Carla Cantrell.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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