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Lincoln Ladies' move to Nottingham will 'kill Forest Ladies'

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Media captionThe new team will be known as Notts County Ladies.

Bosses at Nottingham Forest Ladies say a move to rebrand Lincoln Ladies FC as Notts County will "effectively kill their team as an elite force".

Director of football Lisa Dawkins said it was a shock when the club found out its rivals would now be part of a new two-tier Women's Super League.

Forest Ladies had launched its own bid to be part of the league, but was unsuccessful.

However, the club said it did not know it was up against Notts County.

Ms Dawkins said: "Being unsuccessful we have to take - but not being aware of what we were competing against is disgraceful.

Image caption Lisa Dawkins, former player and team manager, said it was a shock when she heard the news

"We had no idea we were selling the city on behalf of Notts County, too."

'Best of the rest'

She added: "We are a grassroots club, and can't go anywhere even if we are the best of the rest.

"This is about one man's dream that has ruined thousands of others across Lincoln and Nottingham."

Lincoln Ladies owner Ray Trew, who also runs Notts County men's team, said the details of the move were currently embargoed by the Football Association.

He said: "It will all come out in three weeks time - the whole rationale for all this and why they have become Notts County.

"Basically, you have to be affiliated to a men's football club - that's as much as I can say at the moment."

The other teams joining Notts County in the top tier of the Women's Super League will be Arsenal Ladies, Birmingham City, Bristol Academy, Chelsea Ladies, Everton Ladies, Liverpool Ladies and Manchester City.

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