Everton Ladies v Lincoln Ladies
Everton Ladies responded from their derby disappointment in the best possible fashion by securing a 1-0 win over Lincoln Ladies.
Nikita Parris’ 61st-minute header – her ninth goal of the season – ensured there was no hangover from the 4-2 defeat to Liverpool three days earlier.
The rain and wind made for a scrappy contest at the Arriva Stadium, but manager Andy Spence will have been more encouraged with the character his team showed, particularly the dominant second-half showing.
Lincoln had shaded the first half and Everton had Rachel Brown-Finnis to thank for keeping the scores level at the interval.
The England international made three excellent saves, the best of which was a full stretch dive to tip Carla Cantrell’s long-range shot over the bar.
Cantrell was the visitors’ main threat and she should have done better with another opportunity, but her shot from distance was fractionally off-target following a rare mistake from Brown-Finnis.
At the opposite end, Lucy Whipp had Everton’s best chance of the first half when she shot into the side-netting from just inside the area.
Everton started the second half full of purpose and Parris should have opened the scoring shortly after the restart but she blazed over the bar after some tidy footwork from Toni Duggan.
Parris made no mistake with her next chance, however, powering a header into the top corner to put the Blues ahead on 61 minutes. It was a great finish – as was Whipp’s inch-perfect delivery from the right.
After breaking the deadlock, Everton sensed more goals were there for the taking.
Duggan and substitute Brooke Chaplen both lashed efforts from distance over the bar and Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah also saw an attempt from a tight angle trickle across the goalline.
Lincoln offered very little in the latter stages and Everton comfortably saw the game through to record their fourth league win of the season.