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Lincoln Ladies 3 (Hamilton 3,15, Allen pen 73)
Liverpool 3 (Gielnik 25, C.Jones 71, K.Jones pen 90)
A late penalty rescued a point for Liverpool and denied Lincoln the opportunity to join the pack of clubs level on eleven points in the FA WSL table.
The match between Bristol Academy and Birmingham City was postponed after heavy rain in Bristol, but Lincoln survived a late onslaught of rain as the match was given the go ahead.
It was Lincoln who started the brightest and they took the lead after just three minutes. Similarly to last week's game against Bristol Academy, it was Precious Hamilton who put the home side ahead. The former Doncaster Belles striker latched on to a great ball forward by Casey Stoney, and controlled it before hooking it past Nicky Davies in the Liverpool net.
It was the home side who continued to press after the goal and Hamilton's strike partner Carla Cantrell could have added a second after just ten minutes, her shot was well blocked though by Vicky Jones. On the quarter hour mark Lincoln and Hamilton got their second goal of the game. A last ditch header from a Liverpool defender just prevented Hamilton latching on to a cross, but from McCallum's corner there was nothing Liverpool could do. The ball fell to Cantrell who composed herself well before striking towards goal, the shot was well blocked, but it only fell to Hamilton who sidefooted high into an empty net.
Just ten minutes later though, Liverpool halved the deficit with their first real attack of the game. Sophie Walton was punished for a foul in Lincoln's right back position and from the free kick, Michelle Evans whipped in a delivery which was met by an unmarked Emily Gielnik, who sidefooted the volley into Nicola Hobbs' bottom corner.
After a frantic first twenty five minutes the rest of the first half was played out with both teams looking to create opportunities, both defences standing equally strong. The only chance of note fell to Hamilton who, when through one-on-one, was thwarted well by Davies who rushed out quickly to deny the home side's striker.
The second half started much like the first, with Lincoln on the front foot. However, much like the first half, both midfields were getting hold of the ball but were finding it hard to get in behind the defence.
With just less than twenty minutes to go Liverpool found the equaliser. Chloe Jones broke from the midfield, and with few options, lined up a shot from thirty yards. Sophie Bradley threw herself in front of the shot, but could only watch as it deflected off her head and over a stranded Nicola Hobbs.
Despite Lincoln being disappointed to have let their two-goal lead slip, they picked themselves up and were ahead again just two minutes later. Sam Chappell chased Hamilton in the area and as the two went down, the linesman, who wasn't far from the incident, flagged for a penalty. Remi Allen, who has established herself as Lincoln's penalty taker, made no mistake as she placed the spot kick down the middle.
As the game entered stoppage time Jess Clarke, who was making her first appearance since recovering form a hamstring injury, almost sealed the win but was only to be thwarted by not one but two fantastic tackles by Chappell.
Lincoln had beaten Liverpool by three goals to two when the two faced in the Continental Cup just four weeks previously. However, it wasn't to be the same score this time as Liverpool equalised with the last kick of the game.
With time running out Liverpool played the ball forward and as Lincoln 'keeper Hobbs claimed the ball, Stoney and the Liverpool striker collided and the referee pointed to the spot, showing Stoney her second yellow, and therefore a red card, in the process. Kelly Jones made no mistake firing low into the bottom left hand corner, just out of the reach of the Lincoln goalkeeper.
The penalty saw Liverpool travel back to Merseyside with a point which keeps them four points behind Lincoln.
Lincoln Ladies: Nicola Hobbs, Sophie Walton, Rachel Daly, Colette McCallum (sub Sophie Barker 78mins), Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney, Megan Harris (sub Bonnie Horwood 78mins), Precious Hamilton (sub Jess Clarke 81mins), Carla Cantrell, Remi Allen, Lucy Staniforth.
Liverpool: Nicola Davies, Sam Chappell, Vicky Jones, Michelle Evans, Caroline Charlton, Nicki Harding (sub Cheryl Foster 60mins), Katie Brusell (sub Lynda Shepherd 81mins), Emily Gielnik, Hannah Keryakoplis, Kelly Jones, Chloe Jones. Subs not used: Aroon Clansey, Nicky Twohig.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
9 - Kim Little (Arsenal);
6 - Helen Lander (Chelsea;
4 - Jessica Fishlock (Bristol Academy), Precious Hamilton (Lincoln Ladies), Jodie Taylor (Birmingham City);
3 - Carla Cantrell (Lincoln Ladies), Kelly Jones (Liverpool), Dunia Susi (Chelsea).
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