The Women fall to a heavy defeat against Lincoln City on Wednesday night.

Peterborough United Women suffered a disappointing 8-0 defeat to Lincoln City Women at the Idverde training ground on Wednesday night in a performance that Chloe Brown described ‘as lacking the basics’.

Katie Cooper was called into an early save in the opening minutes, pushing a fierce shot out for a corner to the visitors. The first opportunity for Posh fell to Beatriz Borque as her shot from the edge of the box failed to hit the target.

Lincoln City had the ball in the back of the net on nine minutes, but the play was brought back for an offside earlier in the build-up as the visitors continued to threaten to break the deadlock. That came three minutes later, after Lincoln City worked it well into the box, with Toni McHamilton crossing into Leah Hardy to slot past Cooper.

Cassie Steward produced a brilliant pass to set Borque free on the left-hand side, whose cross was picked out of the air from Lincoln City’s goalkeeper. On 25 minutes, the visitors doubled their advantage as Posh failed to clear a corner, eventually falling to the feet of Amy Blinkhorn to poke home from close range.

In the space of two minutes, Lincoln City had their third of the evening when Jess Rousseau raced beyond the Posh back-line and slotted the ball past Cooper. Just after the half an hour mark, Keir Perkins’ effort from inside the box forced the keeper into a terrific save at the near post.

On 32 minutes, the visitors scored their fourth as Rosseau’s effort from the edge of the box was fired into the bottom right corner. Steward saw a long-range effort fall straight into the hands of the keeper before being forced off with an injury minutes later, being replaced by Elizabeth Santiago.

At the break, Cooper was replaced by Sophie Powell, coming on to make her first appearance for the first-team this season. Lincoln City grabbed their fifth five minutes into the second half after Rosseau’s low cross was tapped home by McHamilton from close-range.

On 52 minutes, Borque burst down the left-hand side, played it back to Jess Driscoll on the edge of the box and her left-footed forced the keeper into a low save, as Ellen Marson made way for Megan Parrett.

Lincoln City had their sixth on 57 minutes after a thunderous strike from Sophie Crosby from about 30-yards out, leaving Powell no chance. Stacey McConville long-range free-kick tested the keeper, but it was a routine save for the visitors’ number one.

On 62 minutes, it was seven for the visitors, as Blinkhorn played in Rousseau, who rounded the keeper and passed the ball into an empty net. Parrett then saw an effort from the edge of the box fly over the bar.

Lincoln City had a free-kick just outside the box after McConville was penalised, in which they rattled the post before the ball fell to a player inside the box, who blazed their effort well over the bar.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, McConville had another fierce strike from distance, but the shot was deflected into the hands of the keeper. On 86 minutes, some great play by Santiago as Hannah Hipwell fizzed the ball to Dodwell, who laid it back to Driscoll, but she couldn’t get a shot out of her feet.

On 90 minutes and just seconds before the whistle, Lincoln City had their eighth as McHamilton raced onto a long ball over the top and fired past Powell into the bottom corner.

Posh XI: Cooper (Powell, 45), Breakwell (Stevenson, 60), Connor, McConville, Copeland, Marson (Parrett, 54), Steward (Santiago, 44) Driscoll, Borque (Dodwell, 82), Perkins and Hipwell

Attendance: 120