Lincoln City 1 were struggling with injuries and absences this week when they went head-to-head against Hinckley Hurricanes. However, Laura Forsey, Zoe Cooper, Beth Sullivan and Megan Samways all played for the Imps, whilst Emily Coulter made her first appearance since September.
As the game got under way, Hinckley’s tall Goal Shooter caused lots of problems for Lincoln City 1. The Imps also made some critical errors and struggled to feed the ball into attack, leaving the score 6-17 to Hinckley after the first 15 minutes.
Lincoln City 1 started better in the second quarter though. The team’s attack was playing well with Laura Forsey putting some great shots up. Meanwhile, Lucy Heathershaw made a tip and interception as she fought to break down the Hinckley attack. The whole of the Imps’ team efforts were epitomised by Captain, Gemma Carter, who led by example, playing out of position at Goal Defence (GD) but still showing her versatility by giving great support in the centre court and producing a fantastic interception. Unfortunately the opposition already built up a good lead and Lincoln City 1 finished the quarter four goals behind, to trail 16-31 overall.
The third quarter saw Megan Samways enter the court. Once again, Lincoln City 1 raised their game and continued to turn over possession. Emily Coulter was having a good game at Centre (C) with a few tips and an interception but unfortunately she landed off court. Hinckley changed their defence and Anna played well against their Goal Keeper. At the other end, Hinckley’s shooter missed a few shots but the Imps were unable to catch the rebounds due to her height. Although Lincoln City 1 lost the quarter by four goals again, it was a much better performance.
As the last quarter began, the Imps were down 30-49 but Lincoln had the first centre, which meant they had a chance to close the gap and build some momentum. Unfortunately the team couldn’t convert but Hinckley’s shooter also missed and Lucy Heathershaw did exceptionally well to get the rebound. However, Hinckley turned over the ball again and this time they converted. Despite this, Lucy continued to have an excellent quarter. She pressurised the opposition for the remainder of the game, made at least three interceptions and managed to force Hinckley’s Goal Shooter (GS) into making mistakes, ensuring the Imps regained possession. Megan made a couple of good tips too and Emily Coulter picked up a loose ball on one occasion. Anna then stepped in on a shot from the edge of the semi-circle and scored. However, in the end it was not enough.
The final score was Lincoln City 1 (the Imps) 38-65 Hinckley Hurricanes.
Player of the Match went to Anna Gilbert for fantastic shooting throughout the game. Her form encouraged the rest of the team to battle through, especially in the second and third quarters. She also worked the ball around the attacking circle well.