Women's Super League: Everton up to third after win at Lincoln

Nikita Parris

Brooke Chaplen and Nikita Parris scored as Everton moved up to third place in the Women's Super League with a 2-0 win at Lincoln.

The hosts did all of the early pressing and went close in the 17th minute when midfielder Remi Allen's cross-shot curled just wide.

But midfielder Chaplen gave the Toffees a half-time lead, chipping over England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

And substitute striker Parris's late goal wrapped up victory for Everton.

After Lincoln started brightly, the visitors went ahead in the 21st minute thanks to a mistake by Bardsley.

The England international mis-kicked an attempted clearance straight to Chaplen, who had the simple task of lobbing the ball into the empty net.

The home side were soon back on the attack but were unable to unlock the Toffees defence.

Winger Jess Clarke had a 58th-minute effort fumbled but then retrieved by goalkeeper Lizzie Durack and later raced clear of the Everton defence to shoot past Durack but inches wide of the target.

The Imps' efforts proved in vain when Parris collected a Simone Magill pass to loft the ball into the roof of the net for the 89th-minute clincher.

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