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Phoenix rise to the top
 Women's Football News 31 May 2013
Phoenix rise to the top - 31 May 2013 - Women's Football News

Wyre Forest Phoenix have come to the end of their very first season, which has turned out to be an incredibly successful one as they lifted an impressive four trophies. 
Originally known as Ferndale Ladies, they set themselves up as a new team for the 2012-13 season and were relegated to play in the Hereford & Worcestershire County Women's League. Joint managers Alex Reeves and Paul Lacey also had to do some team building as they lost five experienced players who wanted to continue playing in the West Midlands Regional League. They managed to sign three players from local side Mostyn Rangers and recruit two players back into the game who had taken time out of football for a few seasons.
Things could hardly have gone better for Wyre Forest as they raced clear at the top of the table and carried off the league title by winning all twelve games and finishing fourteen points clear of runners-up Droitwich Spa. On top of this, they also landed the League Cup when they followed up a semi final victory over Cookley Sports by beating Droitwich Spa 2-0 in the Final, thanks to goals from Kirsty Jones and Kirsty Roberts.
During the course of the season, teams from the H & W League join up with the Shropshire League clubs to play in the Tri-County (3C) League. Wyre Forest duly won all of their six matches, scoring 57 times and conceding just four, to finish as League Champions. They also made it through to the League Cup Final where they came up against runners-up Pegasus Ladies Res and won their fourth trophy of the campaign when a Kirsty Jones brace, Leah Haney-Wilcox, Chelsea Mudge and Stacy Whittle gave them a 5-2 victory.
On top of this, Wyre Forest also had a great run in the Herefordshire County Cup and made it all the way to the Final where they were beaten by Hereford Pegasus of the West Midlands League Premier Division, the only defeat they suffered all season.
In all, Wyre Forest Phoenix played a total of 29 matches during the season and won an impressive 27 of them, drawing one and losing one. They scored a total of 161 times and conceded only 28.
The team is captained by Kat Meredith and Kirsty Jones has had a remarkable season in front of goal, scoring 55 times in just 23 matches whilst Chelsea Mudge and Kirsty Roberts contributed 34 and 22 goals respectively. At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Vicky Hyde played her very first season between the posts after playing all her football as an outfield player. She soon adapted and played 24 games and conceded 28 goals, which included a very respectable nine clean sheets.
Wyre Forest also became a Charter Standard Development Club earlier this year and they have now accepted promotion into the West Midlands Regional League for the 2013-14 season. 
Wyre Forest Phoenix squad: Vicky Hyde, Bex Meredith, Kelly Preece, Lucy Millward, Stacy Whittle, Kayleigh Turner, Eleni Papadapollous, Kat Meredith, Kirsty Jones, Chelsea Mudge, Tracy Evans, Amy Rutland, Leah Haney-Wilcox, Kirsty Roberts.

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