Glen Harris ready to take a fresh look at misfiring Lincoln Ladies
Glen Harris admitted the mid-season break has come at the perfect time for Lincoln Ladies as he set about freshening up his misfiring squad.
The Lady Imps have endured a mixed first half of the season. Securing a semi-final spot in the Continental Cup with a 100 per cent record has been tempered by inconsistent form in the Women's Super League.
At the halfway stage, Lincoln are third-bottom of the table and are up against it in their quest to secure a top-two spot.
Harris insists his side are capable of repeating their flying form from the second half of last season, which saw them clinch a top-half finish.
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But the Lady Imps boss says his squad needs a shake-up and is in the market for a new striker and a goalkeeper to put pressure on current number one Nicola Hobbs.
"We're always looking out for strikers," said Harris, who has been without England striker Jess Clarke because of a knee injury.
"We'll have Jess back fit. She's been a big loss to us.
"And we need another goalkeeper. We've got to put pressure on Nic (Hobbs).
"She knows that and we've spoken about it.
"We're not just going to bring someone in to warm the bench, we want someone who is going to be challenge her.
"But they're difficult to find in women's football.
"The players are going to have a break and come back later this month.
"We've got a couple of friendlies lined up against Derby and Colchester.
"Then we've got Birmingham in the first game of the second phase of the season. But we need a break and we need to freshen a few things up.
"It's probably come at the right time. Let them get away and get a bit of sun on their backs, then come back refreshed."
Despite an up and down first half of the season, Harris insists there will be plenty to play for when the campaign resumes in late August.
"We've still got a lot to play for, like the Continental Cup semi-final, although we've missed a few opportunities to get back into the pack in the league," added Harris.
"But we had a good second half to the season last season and that's the aim again."
Having played all but one of their home league matches, Lincoln face a mountain of away matches when the season resumes.
But Harris believes that could potentially work to his side's advantage.
"We've got a lot of away games to come. We haven't been away on the coach, which helps in terms of team bonding," he said.
"It's been home game after home game and that's not what footballers are used to."