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Kay Hawke is setting her sights on a third successive appearance in the semi finals of the F.A.Women's Cup this Sunday when OOH Lincoln take on Chelsea in the last eight.
The Lady Imps travel to play the National Division high fliers and Kay told Women's Soccer Scene: "This will be a good test to see where we are at right now.
"We are massive underdogs because Chelsea have internationals at all levels throughout their squad and a lot of quality. It is also on their pitch so they will be big favourites and people will not expect us to win, but they only just scraped past Derby County in the last round and maybe it might be the best time to play them.
"We played Chelsea in the League Cup last season and lost 5-0 but our team is almost completely different from then, there has been a big overhaul and the team has improved so much."
Last season, Lincoln made it as far as the semi finals and Kay feels that another Cup run can only benefit the team. "A few people said that the Cup run last year hampered our chances of winning the league, but it breeds confidence and I look at the positives," she insisted. "We did pick up injuries but you could get those in training, or even falling down the stairs, so it wasn't the reason why we didn't go up."
During that Cup run last year, Lincoln knocked out Kay's former club Blackburn Rovers and this time around they beat more top flight opposition in the last round in the shape of Nottingham Forest. "I think that beating Blackburn last year was a better result for us," says Kay. "Forest are a good team but we felt that we should have gone up last season.
"It was a very professional performance against Forest on the day. They have always been our rivals - there is a big rivalry between the two clubs - and we knew they would come at us from the start, but we also knew that we were capable of beating them."
Now Lincoln must overcome Chelsea to reach the last four once again and England goalkeeper Kay is fully aware of the task that awaits them. "It would be fantastic if we could win," she says. "In fact, it would be the biggest result we've ever had. It would be a great achievement to get to another semi final if we can do it and I know we would get the support if we did - not just from the men's club but from Lincoln in general.
"The game will be a good experience for the younger players in our squad, if we are going to make the step up to the top flight, this is what we would have to face. The likes of Sophie Wallis and Sophie Barker have come on leaps and bounds this season and they can only benefit from this."
Lincoln still lead the Northern Division table and Kay is keen to point out that promotion is still their biggest ambition. "The Cup is a nice distraction, but we have got to make sure we go up," she admits. "Nothing less than three points from every game will do. We beat Newcastle 3-0 recently and when we are on our game, nobody can stop us. It's not in our hands but Sunderland have a few difficult fixtures to cram in a small space of time, so you never know what will happen.
"We still have to play Sunderland and there are some massive games coming up, but we know we can win them. The skill level in our team means we need not fear anybody when we play them - we've just got to keep pushing until the end of the season and see what happens."
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