Stacey: Nettleham will fly the flag
Stacey Aisthorpe is confident Nettleham Ladies will keep the Lincoln area on the women's football map.
With Lincoln Ladies poised to abandon the city for Nottingham, the Netts will assume the role of the area's top women's club.
The Mulsanne Park side play in the East Midlands League and are aspiring to reach the Midlands Combination and then the Women's Premier League in the next few seasons.
After finishing fifth and winning the County Cup last season, Nettleham are one of the favourites for the title after some impressive summer signing.
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They include Aisthorpe who declined the opportunity to follow the Lady Imps to Nottingham, where they will become Notts County Ladies from next season.
The Netts have already beaten one of the top sides in their league, Peterborough Northern Star, and play their first home match of the season against Long Eaton on Sunday (2pm kick-off).
"The club is really ambitious, that's why I wanted to join," said Aisthorpe.
"The manager, Paul Durrands, is a good coach and I played under him at Rotherham.
"He's very well connected in the women's game and wants to take the club forward. The aim is to get promotion this season and, one day, get back up to the National League, where Lincoln Ladies were playing before the Super League."
Aside from Aisthorpe, Nettleham have several other familiar faces in the side, including former Lady Imps players Shelley Futter and Sara Priestly.
"We've made a lot of quality signings over the summer," added Aisthorpe.
"And many of those have got Combination League or National League experience, so there's no reason why we can't have a good season."
Nettleham suffered a setback on Sunday when they were beaten 4-3 by Pelican Ladies.