Glen Harris warns Lincoln Ladies squad they are playing for their futures
Lincoln Ladies boss Glen Harris has challenged his squad to prove they want to be part of his plans for next season.
Harris is looking ahead to the 2013 campaign after seeing his side's challenge for a top-two spot and silverware end in the space of three days.
The Lady Imps went down 2-1 at lowly Doncaster Rovers Belles last week to quash any lingering hopes of snatching a Champions League spot.
Then on Sunday they were knocked out of the Continental Cup at the semi-final stage following a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City Ladies.
With just three Women's Super League games remaining – starting at leaders Arsenal on Sunday – Lincoln are playing for little more than pride.
But Harris is demanding a strong end to the season after admitting some members of his squad are playing for their futures.
"I want to see that the girls want to play for Lincoln. I want to see that they want to play for the shirt. They are playing for next season," said the Lady Imps chief.
"Obviously we want to bring players in and strengthen so I want to see the desire from them.
"We've got three good games, Arsenal away, Chelsea away and Everton at home (on September 23).
"They need to show me that they want to be here next season and help us finish as high up the league as we can."
After such a disappointing week, reigning Super League champions Arsenal are the last team most sides would want to face.
But not Lincoln who are unbeaten against the Gunners so far this season after winning 4-3 in the Continental Cup and drawing 3-3 in the league.
"You know it's going to be a quality game against Arsenal. Every team in this league is tough, but at least with Arsenal you know they are going to play good football," added Harris.
"We need to match that. We've shown that we can match them at our place, now we've got to go to their place and do it.
"We beat them 4-3 and drew with them in the league.
"They'll be smarting after that and will want to put us in our place.
"We've proved that we can match the big guns in this league.
"We want to be one of the big guns in this league, but there are still things we need to improve on.
"The thing we've struggled with is consistency.
"We've got to be more consistent during games.
"If we're more consistent, we'll get more points that we lose."
Sunday's match at Arsenal's Borehamwood home kicks off at 2pm.